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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Koch
  • ASIN: B000P6R8BS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 962,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Your Ears Are Burning
  2. El Matador
  3. Waltz With Me
  4. Carousel
  5. Road 92
  6. Alabaster Dove
  7. White Turquoise
  8. Frankie Ray
  9. Sign To You
  10. For Every 10
  11. Yonder Lies My Love
  12. You Can Have Me
  13. Born To Be My Truelove
  14. Dreaming
  15. Masters In China/Frankie Ray
  16. Frankie Ray

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Format: Audio CD
This 2007 debut album by Jonathan Wilson Americana's current hot property has puzzlingly never received a proper release although It can be downloaded from a number of official internet sites. On "Frankie Ray", the uber talented Wilson played every instrument such as guitars, electric bass, acoustic bass, moog, mandolin, banjo, drums, pedal steel, lap steel, baritone uke, mellotron, theremin and percussion. It is a beautifully produced album with a mellow 2AM mood and predominately acoustic songs to die for. Why then is is not available for general consumption? Wilson's record essentially got caught up in record company politics. As he states "It sort of came out with this record label called Koch. The album was supposed to come out and I could tell nothing was going on, there hadn't been one interview. So I freaked out right before it was supposed to come out, and I was able to get it back but it took years and years. It did actually come out through iTunes." It is worth noting that the years did pass by and what his often viewed as Wilson's debut "Gentle Spirit" would see four long years pass until its release in 2011.

As for the songs they are pure Alt country gold. They throw up desolate imagery and on "Alabaster Dove" and the superb "Road 92" you can almost hear the tumbleweed blowing past. In total the album is probably closer to "Gentle Spirit" than his stellar 2013 album "Fanfare", although it does lack some of the more "hippy" affectations of the former. In this sense other wonders include the rolling Spanish sounds of "El Matador" and the bluesy title track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Wilson - The Debut Album lost in action 5 Nov. 2013
By Red on Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 2007 debut album by Jonathan Wilson Americana's current hot property has puzzlingly never received a proper release although It can be downloaded from a number of official internet sites. On "Frankie Ray", the uber talented Wilson played every instrument such as guitars, electric bass, acoustic bass, moog, mandolin, banjo, drums, pedal steel, lap steel, baritone uke, mellotron, theremin and percussion. It is a beautifully produced album with a mellow 2AM mood and predominately acoustic songs to die for. Why then is is not available for general consumption? Wilson's record essentially got caught up in record company politics. As he states "It sort of came out with this record label called Koch. The album was supposed to come out and I could tell nothing was going on, there hadn't been one interview. So I freaked out right before it was supposed to come out, and I was able to get it back but it took years and years. It did actually come out through iTunes." It is worth noting that the years did pass by and what his often viewed as Wilson's debut "Gentle Spirit" would see four long years pass until its release in 2011.

As for the songs they are pure Alt country gold. They throw up desolate imagery and some like "Alabaster Dove" and the superb "Road 92" you can almost hear the tumbleweed blowing past. In total the album is probably closer to "Gentle Spirit" than his stellar 2013 album "Fanfare", although it does lack some of the more "hippy" affectations of the former. In this sense other wonders include the rolling Spanish sounds of "El Matador" and the bluesy title track. His ability to not only reflect but transcend the West Coast classic rock of his great Laurel Canyon predecessors is no where more clearly demonstrated on the gentle frontier sounds of "Dreaming" one of the best songs in the entire Wilson canon of work, although the lovely "Carousel" nearly matches it. If push came to the shove and a second favourite was demanded then it is the Tom Waits style "Yonder lies my love" that draws you back time and time again Like all Wilson albums "Frankie Ray" is jam packed with music stretching over the 70 minute mark with two tracks including the brilliant closer "Master in china" which sees him slip in the Beatles "Im looking through you".

Comparisons of the work of Jonathan Wilson have been made to Nick Drake, Alex Chilton, and Gram Parsons. Wilson would probably be embarrassed with the linkages but his output over three albums is such that such claims are completely credible. Someone once described this album as "a road movie in song where Jonathan Wilson drives you all over the map". As such a campaign should begin forthwith to get "Frankie Ray" released since it is every bit as good as subsequent albums from this great artist
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