19 February 2014
I always thought "The Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp" was either inspired by Francis Bacon, the 20th century painter, or by Francis Bacon, the 17th century philosopher. I thought Harrison was making a joke, a play on words based on the idea of crispy bacon, particularly in view of his song "Piggies," the last line of which sees the animals "clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon," and while I was dead wrong I have to imagine that others have made the same error for the same reasons.
Or am I out here on my own?
17 December 2012
Sorry, but speaking just for me, when I first heard it, I wondered who Sir Frankie Crisp was, and discovered lots about him quickly. A most interesting man. A lawyer and very interested in microscopes, I found it interesting that it was him that drew up the contract for the cutting of the Cullinan diamond - still the most famous diamond(s) in the world.
"I only said we were bigger than Rod... and now there's all this!" Ron Nasty
17 February 2014
Maybe I am giving my age away, but I remember on the release of All Things Must Pass. George gave an interview explaining who Sir Frankie Crisp was. As the years have passed more information has been gathered about the "loony" that built Friar Park. It seems he was an eccentric genius.
20 December 2010
'Friar Park' was built with many oddities such as caves that lead to nowhere and waterways. The castle was owned by nuns before George purchased it in 1970. It was in bad shape and I believe may have been torn down but George bought it and fixed it up, re-did all the grounds and put it back in pristine condition. I have always wanted to see the inside of the entire house but there has never been any pictures posted or made available. I was always curious if they decorated the entire house or just a few rooms that they lived in. Sir Francis Crisp really created a unique set up which for me is why it is so special.
14 April 2010
Up until I joined this Forum years back, I had not collected very many solo albums and was quite pleased with ATMP when I first heard it in its entirety. I absolutely love this song. It made me 'Google' good Sir Frankie and was amused (in a good way) to learn about him. There are several videos for this song on the web, but my favorite is one that features all of the different...well...features of Friar Park. It was as if George was the tour guide singing you through the house and grounds. I just looked for it, but I tire of looking for things if it takes more than a few minutes. If you find it, enjoy it!
19 February 2014
31 October 2013
Thanks for the replies, all, which I'm just finding.
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