425. Forgiven – Don Fransisco

FORGIVEN (1977)

Don Fransisco

The son of a theologian, Don Fransisco was caught up in the folk lifestyle of the late 60’s and early 70’s until a supernatural experience brought him back to the faith of his childhood and he began writing decidedly Christian music. On his second record he recorded two songs the would live on for decades, but for altogether different reasons.

Stylistically Fransisco’s music would be comparable to Jim Croce, Noel Paul Stookey and Arlo Guthrie with more of southern or country gospel feel and an exaggerated vibrato . Very acoustic and “safe” for the burgeoning Christian music scene. Fransisco is one of the handful of artists that began to bridge the gap between the Jesus Music scene and the new CCM industry.

On Forgiven, Fransisco recorded what many considered a controversial song in “I Don’t Care Where You’ve Been Sleeping.” Many struggled with the imagery of a whore like individual being called by Jesus to return to His love, despite the fact that it is totally Biblical as the life of Hosea can attest. The song remains the most requested song in Fransisco’s career outside of one other song also on this album…

He’s Alive.

Possibly the first “classic” song in the CCM world, the only other song before He’s Alive to garner such universal admiration and honor would be Larry Norman’s, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready.” The half talking, storytelling format of the resurrection seen through the eyes of Peter has moved millions and that song alone is enough for this album to receive recognition. Brilliant, inspirational and simply unforgettable.

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    My third CCM album after my salvation….this was an album for the time yet it remains timeless.

  2. Greenchili
    March 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Had an aunt that was totally crazy about Don Fransisco. She played his entire collection while our youth group was over at her house painting.

  3. Tim
    February 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    It’s actually spelled ‘Francisco’. Though this is a great album, since only one of his albums is represented on this countdown, I would have chosen his 1981 album The Traveler, which is better beginning to end than Forgiven is.

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