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by David Francis

13 songs recorded on cassette in New York, Houston, Chicago and Florida, featuring an instrumental from the 70's, a jam session from the 80's, and a live track from the 00's; themes: love, war, peace, work, madness, memory and dreams.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Come Clean
3:04 $0.99
2. Youth
1:59 $0.99
3. Riot in My Heart
2:09 $0.99
4. Indoor Sunset
1:08 $0.99
5. Battleship Gray
6:26 $0.99
6. By Victoria Station
4:30 $0.99
7. Delivery Man
1:31 $0.99
8. Fahrenheit 451
1:42 $0.99
9. Intimate Evening Conversation (feat. Ed Vargas)
8:17 $0.99
10. Don't Let Me Lose What I Have Known
2:01 $0.99
11. Atlas
2:57 $0.99
12. Dawn Is Coming
1:51 $0.99
13. Prove My Love but How
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
I went through some seventy tapes to find the performances that comprise “Cassette”: 13 songs, including two instrumentals, an 8-minute jam session, and a live track. Though most date from the period of my four albums (2001-2011), one is from the 80’s and one from the 70’s. They were recorded in New York, Houston, Chicago and Florida.

As I say, I was looking for “performances” among the demos and snippets of ideas to be developed in rehearsal or in the studio. In many cases there were two takes of a song, sometimes several versions spread out over different cassettes. For many I recalled the circumstances, the mood, even the decision of how to sing those particular lyrics. But there were also discoveries that would have been consigned to oblivion without a comprehensive search.

Probably my favorites are those captured immediately they were finished. They have a freshness that cannot be duplicated. Of those there is one version only.

The themes are love, war, peace, work, madness, memory and dreams.

These recordings, naked and intimate, are my most personal album.


"Dawn Is Coming" was played on Radio Wildfire
"By Victoria Station" was played on "Sher Delight" on Home Grown Radio NJ
"Prove My Love But How" was played on Brian Player's Acoustic Cafe Radio Show no. 127


iTunes review

Legendary Village Folksinger's early recordings. Ever the deadpan humorist, only David Francis would put out a cd and call it "Cassette". True, these are cassette recordings cleaned up but they shine a light in the attic of one of the best songwriters you've never heard of. A haunting voice that sounds like a ghostly shade of Paul, George and John. With Elliott Smith's sense of intimate, late night revery. The recordings may be lo-fi but the singing songwriting are of the highest fidelity. He's the nephew of the late country singer Jim Reeves to boot. But one listen and no doubt the Beatles were much more of an influence. Heartily recommended for fans of Bill Fox's Shelter From Smoke. Here's hoping his first album and its classic follow-up Fake Valentine will be on iTunes soon.

by Lester Banger

Luna Kafé e-zine record review
David Francis

David Francis has recorded four albums, this is a collection of demos that were made on cassette, hence the title.

“Come Clean” is a very rough, but nonetheless melodic song with a cool melody. Francis makes it work as a song even this early on. “Indoor Sunset” is a lightly strummed song that sounds like a very cool thing. It’s got some nice guitar playing. “By Victoria Station” is a nicely played little ditty with a good tune. It could have been recorded anywhere between the seventies and now, it sounds very timeless.

“Dawn Is Coming” is a hopeful song, Francis singing sweetly to a soft guitar backing. It’s an intriguing idea for an album, and it works as an intimate insight into the singer’s music.

by Anna Maria Stjärnell

David Francis' albums "David Francis," "Fake Valentine," "Poems," "On a Shingle Near Yapton," "Memory Journey" and "Improvisation" are also on CDBaby.



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