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Brief Histories
Bob Franke
Brief Histories
Genres: Folk, Pop
 
This album of all-original songs by singer/songwriter Bob Franke was issued in 1989. It features the support of vocalists Patty Larkin, Sally Rogers, Howard Bursen, the Short Sisters (Kim Wallach, Kate Seeger, Fay Baird), ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bob Franke
Title: Brief Histories
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 11/18/2008
Genres: Folk, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018964049522, 018964049515, 018964049546, 018964049522

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This album of all-original songs by singer/songwriter Bob Franke was issued in 1989. It features the support of vocalists Patty Larkin, Sally Rogers, Howard Bursen, the Short Sisters (Kim Wallach, Kate Seeger, Fay Baird), mandolinist Howie Tarnower, and the Boogaloo Swamis' Mickey Bones on bones and "Rockin'" Ralph Tufo on accordion -- and others.

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Brief Histories & quick looks at Salem Massachusetts
06/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Brief Histories was done in part due to a grant from the town of Salem MA, for the writing of some music about Salem's history. Where my memory fails, I am consulting Bob's songbook. It covers the maritime aspects (Little Yankee Sailor, A visit to 34 Essex St, Under the WIllows), Alexander Graham Bell's courtship (Bell's song--which I had almost expected to hear in a subsequent special on TV about Bell's life), the Witch Trials (I but a Little Girl--a thought-provoking song about how we invest power in people who are not ready for it), Just Life in or near Salem (To plant in Autumn, and this album's whimsy piece: Christine's Return from Paris), and as usual, something from Bob's sprititual nature (often stemming from Just Life): Roll Away the Waters (the biblical Exodus story) and Where the Silence ends, written after the Challenger disaster, and while a small child nearby was enduring chicken pox. There is also a political, in the sense of seeking justice, side of Bob that appears now and then in his songs. On this album, A Still, Small Voice holds that place.I note that I only have this on cassette--time to upgrade to CD! This album is especially good if you are planning a trip to Salem, or to Boston. Make time to visit all the Salems you will find in this album."