Bob Frank, Vanguard, 1972 —

Reissued on Light in the Attic records, in vinyl as well as CD. Don’t wait! Buy it now, or your children will reproach you in later life for such an uncalled for lack in their education!

“Awesome down home Southern Fried Acid Folky Blues stoner vibe rarity, ‘She Pawned Her Diamond for some Gold’ tells the story of the girl who smoked her last bowl, and penniless needed s’more, so she… Killer. Really scarce LP and brings a $100 in circles, dig??? I thought you did.” — description of Vanguard album being auctioned off on ebay.

A collector’s item, this is the record that created a cult following all over the world.

This album has been reissued on Light in the Attic, a prestigious label that if you don’t know about, you should check it out right now!

Sample:  She Pawned Her Diamond for Some Gold.

Here’s how Bob looked when he played this song at the Arkansas Folk Festival in 1973. You can’t see his feet in this photo. Too bad, cause he’s not wearing any shoes. The original barefoot hippie, he threw away his shoes in 1969, and never got another pair til sometime in the ’70’s.

“… a counterculture confederate with a capital C whose ribald songs mixed folk balladry, sex, an outlaw social conscience and really good drugs. That he took about 30 years to follow it up says less about his talent than his inability to suffer the music biz gladly.” — J.R., Nashville Scene

“… an outlaw songwriter’s outlaw songwriter, a Vietnam veteran …tougher than Kristofferson and more spry than Cash, an often-jolly light in typically dark corners.” — Grayson Haver Currin, Pitchfork

 Sample: “Judas Iscariot”

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24 thoughts on “Bob Frank, Vanguard, 1972 —

  1. Marian

    I bought the original BobFrank album back in the 70’s…..LOVED every song on it…sadly I don’t have it any longer, it went the way of 8 tracks and old 45’s……

  2. masayuki minatobe

    I had this record a long time ago.
    And it was often heard.
    It will be digital at UK AMAZON in 2008. Although the copy was sold, it was sold out in the twinkling of an eye, and bought and missed.
    It is a wish!!
    MR.BOB Please sell to me.
    Although searched from that, it does not sell anywhere.

  3. Steve

    I was turned on to this album when it came out. I played it until I couldn’t play it anymore. Got lucky, found two more copies at a music store going out of business. I only played it to make cassettes or now CDs.

    • victor gehle

      have steve would mine burning me a copy’I pay you for your time Victor

  4. Dave

    I only learned recently that Bob also released a single on Piney Woods Records label. The tune, titled “Step at a Time,” is a bit of a departure from the Judas Iscariot-y, Wino-y ballads from his debut record. Would you believe me if I told you that this track is even harder to find than his album?

    • The only thing harder to find than that record is Bob Frank hisself. Last i heard, he was camped out up on Forgotten Pass, over in the Inyos.

  5. patti

    Our vinyl of this gem is still in great shape and sounding good after 40 years plus. Truly good stuff…

  6. victor gehle

    I bought it to back when it came out and somehow lost is various moves

  7. Rose Boyer

    I managed to get the belt back on the old record player today and listened to my favorite, the Vanguard album. Still pristine even after all these years. It has been a good day!

  8. Does anyone know when this will finally be re-released on Light In The Attic? It’s spring, it’s 2013, know what I’m sayin’? I still have my trusty vinyl-to-mp3 transfer, but I’m certainly ready for more.

  9. no word on the reissue date yet. getting very close now, the liner notes have been completed, everything is rolling along at a leisurely pace…. which is normal for the music business. so all we can say is, “keep your britches on.” (wonder under what circumstances that saying originated???)

    • patti

      So Bob, whom shall I call? I’m quite good at guided suggestions 🙂

  10. patti

    Still got my britches on but the button has popped! Please hurry (I’m getting old)!!! At eighteen in 1975, literally pawned my diamond for some gold… Lost the ring but kept the husband! We still have the album and listen regularly with a smile 🙂

    • patti, you’re a funny gal. i keep asking ’em when they’re going to reissue it, and they keep telling me “soon.” give ’em a call and tell ’em to step on it. most of us will probly not live as long as methusalah…

  11. floris

    Among the lucky few, I bought my lp a few years back in Bruxelles, Belgium, but will buy the cd to be safe… Thanks for the reissue, this site and of course the music, Bob Frank!

  12. james donahue

    great stuff but even though i clicked a button titled “buy cds” i see no way to purchase them here from this site or any leads to another site where theyre available

  13. in case you haven’t been paying attention, they did finally re-issue that Vanguard album. it’s on Light in the Attic. in vinyl as well as CD.

  14. I have MY copy. I would never part with it.

  15. thanks, candace. you’re quite an artist yourself, i saw your work on your site M.A.D. House Artists. it reminds me a lot of my wife’s art. she was as chaotic as you, loved to paint with swirling bright colors, trees that morphed into people, pottery that was wild and chaotic and sculptural. she also loved my music, so i guess that’s something chaotic artists have in common….. love of chaotic music!

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