Frisco Mabel Joy

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'Frisco Mabel Joy
Mickey Newbury Frisco.jpg
Studio album by Mickey Newbury
Released October 1971
Recorded 1971, Cinderella Studios, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 44:47
Label Elektra
Producer Dennis Linde
Mickey Newbury chronology
Looks Like Rain
(1969)Looks Like Rain1969
Frisco Mabel Joy
Sings His Own
(1972)Sings His Own1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Frisco Mable Joy is the 1971 concept album by singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury. This was the second of three albums Newbury recorded at Cinderella Sound. The album includes the original version of "An American Trilogy", which Elvis Presley later performed in his Las Vegas shows with much success. "How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)" is a dramatically re-imagined version of a song first released on Harlequin Melodies, Newbury's RCA debut. Other standout tracks include "The Future's Not What It Used to Be", "Remember The Good", "Frisco Depot," and "How I Love Them Old Songs." The track "San Francisco Mabel Joy" was not initially part of the album, though it is included on some versions. Frisco Mabel Joy was collected for CD issue on the eight-disc Mickey Newbury Collection from Mountain Retreat, Newbury's own label in the mid-1990s, along with nine other Newbury albums from 1969 to 1981. In 2011, it was reissued again, both separately and as part of the four-disc Mickey Newbury box set An American Trilogy, alongside two other albums recorded at Cinderella Sound, Looks Like Rain and Heaven Help The Child. This release marks the first time that 'Frisco Mabel Joy has been released on CD in remastered form, after the original master tapes (long thought to have been destroyed in a fire) were rediscovered in 2010.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mickey Newbury unless otherwise noted.

  1. "An American Trilogy" (Newbury/traditional) – 4:50
  2. "How Many Times (Must the Piper Be Paid for His Song)" – 5:48
  3. "Interlude" – 1:44
  4. "The Future's Not What It Used to Be" – 4:14
  5. "Mobile Blue" – 2:48
  6. "Frisco Depot" – 3:38
  7. "You're Not My Same Sweet Baby" – 3:46
  8. "Interlude" – 1:05
  9. "Remember the Good" – 2:57
  10. "Swiss Cottage Place" – 3:10
  11. "How I Love Them Old Songs" – 5:30
  12. "San Francisco Mabel Joy" – 5:17


  • Mickey Newbury – guitar, lead vocals
  • Dennis Linde – guitar, background vocals
  • Charlie McCoy – guitar, harmonica
  • Bobby Thompson – banjo, guitar
  • Wayne Moss – guitar
  • Weldon Myrick – steel guitar
  • Beegie Adair – keyboards
  • Jimmy Capps – guitar
  • Jim Isbell – drums
  • Buddy Spicher – drums
  • Farrell Morris – percussion
  • Bob Beckham
  • John Harris
  • John Moss
  • Charles Navarro
  • Walker Sill


  • Producer: Dennis Linde/Owsley Manier/Robert Rosemurgy
  • Recording Engineer: Wayne Linde/Wayne Moss
  • Art Direction: Robert L. Heimall
  • Photography: Robert L. Heimall
  • Liner Notes: unknown



Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak position
1972 Pop Albums 58
Year Single Chart Position
1972 "An American Trilogy" Billboard Pop Singles 26

Selected cover recordings[edit]