Frisco Mabel Joy Revisited

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Peter Blackstock, founder of No Depression magazine, is to be commended for organizing a tribute to Mickey Newbury's landmark early-'70s album Frisco Mabel Joy, a forerunner of the country-folk singer/songwriter movement that is also something of a lost gem despite its relative popularity that is, relative to the meager sales of Newbury's other recordings at the time of its release. Blackstock himself, in his liner notes, admits to not having heard the original until the early '90s, when he plucked it out of a bin in a used record store for a dollar. He has made up for lost time with this collection, even if the result doesn't really live up to the spirit of Newbury's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Peter Blackstock, founder of No Depression magazine, is to be commended for organizing a tribute to Mickey Newbury's landmark early-'70s album Frisco Mabel Joy, a forerunner of the country-folk singer/songwriter movement that is also something of a lost gem despite its relative popularity that is, relative to the meager sales of Newbury's other recordings at the time of its release. Blackstock himself, in his liner notes, admits to not having heard the original until the early '90s, when he plucked it out of a bin in a used record store for a dollar. He has made up for lost time with this collection, even if the result doesn't really live up to the spirit of Newbury's recording. That disc was a unique suite of songs and string-filled instrumental interludes that matched the spiritual hangover from the '60s to romantic distress and a drifting ethos for a portrait of a romantic loner. Though broken down into individual songs, it was really a tone poem. But by giving different songs to different performers for their interpretations, Blackstock defeats that unity of mood, especially when the interpretation is very different, as is the Meredith Miller Band's up-tempo treatment of "Frisco Depot." Michael Fracasso on "Remember the Good" and David Halley on "Swiss Cottage Place" capture Newbury's sense of emotional exhaustion well, and the inclusion of Kris Kristofferson singing "San Francisco Mabel Joy" despite its title a song not included on the original album is welcome. But like many tribute albums, this one is really a showcase for a group of relatively unknown performers. Still, if it draws attention to the Newbury album, its purpose will have been served.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2000
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587104823
  • Catalog Number: 1048
  • Sales rank: 208,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (1:10)
  2. 2 An American Trilogy (5:08)
  3. 3 How Many Times (Must the Piper Be Paid for His Song) - The Walkabouts (5:25)
  4. 4 Interlude (1:35)
  5. 5 The Future's Not What It Used to Be (4:10)
  6. 6 Mobile Blue - Dave Alvin & the Guilty Men (3:48)
  7. 7 Frisco Depot - Meredith Miller Band (3:10)
  8. 8 You're Not My Same Sweet Baby (3:41)
  9. 9 Interlude (1:05)
  10. 10 Remember the Good (2:49)
  11. 11 Swiss Cottage Place (4:39)
  12. 12 How I Love Them Old Songs - The Hole Dozen (6:44)
  13. 13 San Francisco Mabel Joy (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Robin Holcomb Vocals
Victoria Williams Banjo
Bob Neuwirth Vocals
Chuck Prophet Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Sitar, Vocals
David Halley Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Joe Terry Piano
Michael Fracasso Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Russell Mandolin, Vocals
Lisa Mednick Accordion
Greg Beck Drums
Stephen Bruton Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Slide Guitar
Chris Eckman Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer, Wind Chimes
Grant Eckman Drums
Bill Frisell Guitar
Bruce Hughes Bass
Max Johnston Fiddle
Brantley Kearns Fiddle
Greg Leisz Dobro
Meredith Miller Vocals
Mark Olson Dulcimer, Vocals
Glenn Slater Organ
Carla Torgerson Vocals
Brian Young Percussion, Drums
Terri Moeller Background Vocals
Dave Monsey Bass
Rick Shea Guitar
Gary Heffern Vocals
David Henry Cello
Reed Easterwood Banjo, Electric Guitar, Kazoo
Tim Mooney Cymbals
Murry Hammond Bass
Marty Jourard Organ, Piano
Midnight Choir Track Performer
The Hole Dozen Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bob Neuwirth Musical Director
Chuck Prophet Producer
Stephen Bruton Engineer
Chris Eckman Producer
Chet Himes Engineer
Mark Linett Engineer
Shawn McLean Engineer
Meredith Miller Producer
Rick Fisher Mastering
Bobby Whitfield Engineer
David Henry Engineer
Reed Easterwood Producer, Engineer
Todd V. Wolfson Tray Card
Tim Mooney Engineer
Tucker Martine Engineer
Kevin Suggs Producer, Engineer
Joe Bass Contributor
Peter Blackstock Producer
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