Frisco Mabel Joy Revisited

Frisco Mabel Joy Revisited


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2000
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587104823
catalogNumber: 1048
Rank: 78457

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
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
Hole Dozen   Track Performer
Grant Eckman   Drums

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
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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