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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having taken 13 years between the releases of his first and second albums, Frank Christian was back after only a year with his third. One reason for the speed seems to be that he chose to make an album more like his live performances, mixing in cover songs along with his own originals. Those songs gave some insight into the breadth of the artist, ranging from the kinds of folk-blues songs Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," Mance Lipscomb's "Sugar Babe" and singer-songwriter songs Gordon Lightfoot's "Did She Mention My Name," Tom Rush's "No Regrets" you might have expected to more unusual fare you might not have, such as Jacques Brel's "Port Of Amsterdam" and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having taken 13 years between the releases of his first and second albums, Frank Christian was back after only a year with his third. One reason for the speed seems to be that he chose to make an album more like his live performances, mixing in cover songs along with his own originals. Those songs gave some insight into the breadth of the artist, ranging from the kinds of folk-blues songs Blind Willie McTell's "Statesboro Blues," Mance Lipscomb's "Sugar Babe" and singer-songwriter songs Gordon Lightfoot's "Did She Mention My Name," Tom Rush's "No Regrets" you might have expected to more unusual fare you might not have, such as Jacques Brel's "Port Of Amsterdam" and the 1928 Walter Donaldson-Gus Kahn comic song "Makin' Whoopee." What brought all of this material, along with Christian's six originals, together was both the tasteful assurance with which they were presented and the rich beauty of Christian's acoustic guitar playing. Christian is steeped in the kind of delicate fingerpicking and warm tone of Mississippi John Hurt, a style that contains its own chuckle, especially when accompanied by the kind of wry observations found in the lyrics of the songs Christian both wrote and chose for this album. As on his earlier albums, his guitar playing is so accomplished that it tends to obscure the subtler pleasures of his songwriting, at least on the first few listens. After that, one is likely to appreciate him as a singer, songwriter, and interpreter just as much, if not more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/1998
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957202125
  • Catalog Number: 2021
  • Sales rank: 349,799

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Christian Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Matt Balitsaris Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandola, Asheiko
Jeff Berman Percussion, Drums
Paul Adamy Bass, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Mindy Jostyn Harmonica, Violin
Brian Mitchell Organ, Accordion
Lindsey Horner Bass, Bass Clarinet, String Bass
Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Frank Christian Songwriter
Matt Balitsaris Producer, Engineer, Contributor
Jeff Berman Producer, Contributor
Scott Ansell Engineer
Willie Brown Composer
Mindy Jostyn Contributor
Brian Mitchell Contributor
John Duffey Composer
A.T. Michael MacDonald Mastering
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