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Jackson C. Frank - Fixin' To Die 
 

Jackson C. Frank - Fixin' To Die

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CD £9.99
Artist: Jackson C. Frank
Genre: Folk Blues
Cat No. SECCD086 Barcode 5036436090327



16 track CD of rare early recordings from the legendary folk singer.


Having flourished on the mid-1960s folk scene in London, Jackson C. Frank became a well-known face, establishing himself as a song-writer of beautiful songs and befriending a myriad of up and coming British and American songwriters and singers, only to succumb to stage fright and eventual depression during his upward trajectory. His dark, melancholic acoustic songs spoke of a deeper pain that had haunted him and would continue to for many years to come.

Frank had been a troubled man since a childhood trauma in which much of his body was badly burnt in a school fire and most of his class mates died. While being treated in hospital Frank was introduced to playing music, when a teacher, Charlie Castelli, brought in an acoustic guitar to keep him occupied during his recovery. Elvis was his hero and when he was 13 his mother took him to Graceland where, astonishingly, he got to meet Elvis and have his picture taken. Frank's life would change even more dramatically when he turned 21 and collected an insurance cheque for more than $100,000. By now an accomplished folk singer, he set sail for England where he made his name playing in folk clubs around the country as well as indulging in the lifestyle a small fortune would buy.

His first and only album was recorded by his friend Paul Simon during a 3 hour recording session and his song ‘Blues Run The Game’ became a folk standard for many artists at the time such as Simon and Garfunkel, Bert Jansch and his girlfriend Sandy Denny from Fairport Convention, up until the present day by artists such as Laura Marling. His depression that came to the surface, stemming from a bout of writer’s block, seemed to be rooted from his non-assessed trauma as a child and after the death of his son and the end of his marriage he was eventually institutionalised.  Frank then left Woodstock for New York in search of Paul Simon but ended up living on the streets for years. There was one final indignation – some kids with an air rifle took a potshot at the homeless Frank and blinded him in one eye – before a happy ending of sorts, when Frank was tracked down by a fan called Jim Abbott who found sheltered accommodation in Woodstock and encouraged him to start writing and recording again.

 

Fixin’ To Die contains 16 rare tracks of early recordings including reel-to-reel tape recordings from the 1960’s and home recordings from the 1970’s.

Release date: 24th February 2014

 

Tracklisting CD


1.Mystery

2.I Don't Want to Love You No More

3.Goodbye to My Loving You

4.Halloween Is Black As Night

5.October

6.Child Fixin' to Die

7.Bull Men

8.The Spectre

9.Maria Spanish Rose

10.Singing Sailors

11.Night of the Blues

12.(Tumble) In the Wind

13.Washington Jail

14.In the Pines

15.On My Way to the Canaan Land

16.Jesse James

 
 
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