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4.0 out of 5 stars An essential classic but meanly presented., 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Jackson C. Frank (Audio CD)
Britain in the late 50s and 1960s was awash with finger-style guitar players doing interesting things with folk and blues music. We had native sons such as Jansch and Renbourn, Ralph McTell, Davey Graham and Martin Carthy. There were also some noted visiting Americans such as Paul Simon, and this guy - Jackson C Frank. The whole scene, rattling around a national network of folk clubs and sessions, was inspirational for people like John Martyn and Nick Drake who came later.

Jackson C Frank seems to have had a hard life, lending an honest wistfulness to much of his playing. This is not one of those introverted singer songwriters with no life experience to lend their output weight.

The album here was produced by Paul Simon. It is stunningly simple. Great songs recorded on voice and guitar. No overdubs. Lots of clarity.

It is a five star classic. I mark it down to four stars here due to the packaging. The CD comes in an unmarked paper envelope inside a cardboard envelope, with no sleevenotes. Its like DIY CDs of my own band I used to run off at home in the early days of burners. A bit rubbish really. Its described as a Digipack, but that to me implies a carboard case that folds open and contains a spindle.

It seems if you buy the LP on vinyl they give you a free CD. I suspect this is the same item but sold separately.

Thanks for the release Earth Records but you could have done better with the packaging.
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