Other reviewers have outlined Jackson C Frank's troubled and eventually tragic life, and there's much more in the sleevenotes about him.
What we have here is pretty much all there is of Frank's output: the original LP of 10 songs from 1965, both sides of a single from that time, nine tracks from 1975, and on the second CD seven tracks, mainly traditional numbers, from 1960, and 16 tracks from after Frank's remarkable rediscovery after many years of illness and vagrancy.
The original LP has four songs, 'Blues Run the Game', 'Milk and Honey', 'My Name is Carnival' and 'Here Come the Blues', that are easily as good as the very best songs written by 1960s singer-songwriters, and indeed have been variously covered by Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch and Nik Drake. Most of the rest are pretty good too. Although the 1965 LP contained a some numbers with at times disturbing lyrics -- 'Here Come the Blues' in particular -- the 1975 songs are mainly very sombre. This isn't easy, happy listening, but who wants to be comforted by music all the time? This CD is one of my favourites of its genre, and much of it still sounds great today, all those years after its original release.
The second CD doesn't get so many playings, as the later material is largely rather rough demo tapes. There are some songs, however, which do deserve more than just a quick hearing. 'October' could have fitted in well on his 1965 LP. Perhaps these songs could have been refined to produce a pretty good album had Frank not died in 1999. The songs from 1960 are from a very worn acetate that almost defied rescuing, with a great deal of hiss and distortion.