Jake Holmes, A Letter To Katherine December

Dan Epstein

By Dan Epstein

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Best known today as the folksinger from whom Led Zeppelin stole "Dazed and Confused," Jake Holmes was also the songwriting genius behind the Four Seasons 'Genuine Imitation Life Gazette and Frank Sinatra's Watertown, two of the most underrated concept albums of the '60s. Released in 1967, Holmes 'own A Letter to Katherine December is right up there with those aforementioned records, a haunting folk-psych song cycle that dissects both the failure of Holmes 'first marriage and the emptiness of the American Dream. The poignant "Late Sleeping Day", the caustic "High School Hero" and the disturbing "Leaves Never Break" are just a few of the album's highlights.