Don Francisco - The Early Works

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Don Francisco - The Early Works
Don Francisco - The Early Works

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 24251-21784
LABEL: Benson CDO2769

Reviewed by Jonathan Priday

Don Fransisco is something of an enigma. Ignoring musical trends he doggedly continues to play the 'unrepentant folkie". So the musical differences between Vision Of The Valley' his latest album, and 'The Early Years, a collection of tracks from the period 76 -- '84, are slight. The heart of the sound is still acoustic guitar and country tinged vocals. The emphasis is firmly on the lyric, especially the story songs that are his trademark. So "Gotta Tell Somebody" (Jairus' Daughter), "Voyage To Gennesafet" (walking on the water), "The Traveller/Joy" (road to Emmanus) from the early repertoire give way to "Vision Of The Valley" (the birth of Christ) and "Everything Is Possible" (the man with the demon possessed son) -- each one recounted with a finely tuned insight into the human condition. The most obvious difference comes in the tone of the newer songs. Where the earlier tracks reflect the concerns of a recent convert the newer material tackles the problems inherent in Church life ~ bad leadership ("Foolish Shepherd"), the way some get rich at the expense of others ("Righteous Disgrace") and the tendency to think everything's O.K. as long as we put on a show ("The Proof"). Whether you're a Fransisco fan or whether, like me, you've overlooked his output to date these two albums form a balanced introduction to the output of a man whose songs have touched many.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Don in state of Delaware @ 14:10 on Jun 24 2011

This is a great collection by one of ccm's top singer/
songwriters: nice to see classics on cd as well.
This is 60 minutes of Don's original recordings that we have come to love and know by heart. 5 songs are taken from his well known 1977 "Forgiven" lp; to include the wonderful top song "He's Alive". 3 songs are from his 1976 debut, I like "Come and Follow". I just love "The Traveler/Joy" from 1981: and his 1979
"Got to Tell Somebody" is right at the top also. Don is very talented at puttin Bible stories into song; we are so blessed to hear them all! This collection also includes "Give Your Heart a Home" that he wrote with top gospel singer/songwriters Bill & Gloria Gaither. 15 songs from 5 of Don's top ccm albums make up this superb collection to hear. Even though I missed not seeing the 1984 "Walking Wounded" heard on radio.
GOD Bless! - Don

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