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BERT JANSCH

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BERT JANSCH was a pivotal Scottish folk-rock musician who rose to prominence during the modern folk revival period of the mid- and late-sixties. He was a founding member of the PENTANGLE as well as a prolific solo artist, and collaborated widely with such folk-rock luminaries as ANNIE BRIGGS, JOHN RENBOURN, MARTIN JENKINS, DAVEY GRAHAM, VASHTI BUNYAN, ROD CLEMENTS and next-generation folkers like DEVENDRA BANHART and HOPE SANDOVAL.

Jansch was a multi-instrumentalist, playing banjo, dulcimer, recorder, piano, electric guitar and concertina live and in the studio at various times, but was most known for his work on acoustic guitar and a huge portfolio of original compositions as well as innovative arrangements and interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk music.

Jansch lost a long battle with cancer on October 5, 2011, less than two months after his final live performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London. His influence lives on in the form of new folk-rock and neo-folk courtesy of scores of modern 21st century folk artists.

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4.08 | 4 ratings
Bert Jansch
1965
5.00 | 1 ratings
It Don't Bother Me
1965
3.03 | 3 ratings
Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn)
1966
4.91 | 3 ratings
Bert and John (w/ John Renbourn)
1966
3.09 | 2 ratings
Nicola
1967
3.00 | 1 ratings
Birthday Blues
1969
4.83 | 3 ratings
Rosemary Lane
1971
4.00 | 2 ratings
Moonshine
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
L.A. Turnaround
1974
2.00 | 1 ratings
Santa Barbara Honeymoon
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Poor Mouth
1976
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Rare Conundrum
1977
4.23 | 8 ratings
Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins)
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Thirteen Down (aka Conundrum)
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
Heartbreak
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Outside
1985
0.00 | 0 ratings
Leather Launderette (w/ Rod Clements)
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
Sketches
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Ornament Tree
1990
2.00 | 1 ratings
When the Circus Comes to Town
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Toy Balloon
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Crimson Moon
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Edge of a Dream
2002
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Black Swan
2006

BERT JANSCH Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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Live at La Foret (w/ Martin Jenkins)
1980
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BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1993
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Live at the 12 Bar: An Authorised Bootleg
1996
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Young Man's Blues - Live In Glasgow 1962-1964
1998
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Downunder: Live in Australia
2001
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The River Sessions
2004
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Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning
2007
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An Acoustic Hour With Bert Jansch
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Sweet Music
2012

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Fresh As a Sweet Sunday Morning
2007

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Lucky Thirteen
1966
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The Bert Jansch Sampler
1969
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Box of Love: The Bert Jansch Sampler Vol. 2
1972
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Bert Jansch
1973
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The Guitar of Bert Jansch
1977
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Anthology
1978
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The Best of Bert Jansch
1980
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The Gardener: Essential Bert Jansch 1965 - 1971
1992
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After the Dance (w/ John Renbourn)
1992
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Three Chord Trick
1993
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The Collection
1995
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Blackwater Side
1998
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An Introduction to Bert Jansch
2001
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Dazzling Stranger
2002
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Legend: the Classic Recordings
2003
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Running From Home: An Introduction to Bert Jansch
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Bert Jansch
2009
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Angie: The Collection
2011

BERT JANSCH Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Needle of Death
1966

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 Heartbreak by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Heartbreak
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

— First review of this album —
4 stars Out of chaos comes a classic.

After reviewing the rather ordinary When The Circus Comes To Town album by acoustic folk guitar maestro Bert Jansch, I felt it was necessary to uncover, and rediscover, one of Jansch's lost gems.

This reissued 2 LP (or 2 CD) set of the remastered 1982 Heartbreak album is a must have for Jansch's fans, and for fans of Folk and Folk Rock/Prog specifically.

This album was recorded in California by two novice brother producers named John and Bob Chelew, who captured Jansch at a time in his life that he himself recalled as 'dark' and when his over drinking was at its summit. Contrary to this, Jansch was in fine voice, still a maverick acoustic guitar player and, perhaps not surprisingly, was at the height of his songwriting powers.

Jansch's songs on this album are his most introspective and questioning of his life circumstances and relationships, and were also blessed with great melodicism. This was further enhanced by his passion for this material and for the faith his devoted producers had in him.

First off, Jansch stole back his arrangement of Blackwater Side (Black Mountain Side) from Jimmy Page for the album's first track. Jansch also added back the fantastic traitional song lyrics, along with a wonderful mandolin accompaniment that Zeppelin would have been envious of.

It's on this song that we are first introduced to the fantastic fretless bass playing of Randy Tico, that will become a hallmark of this album and brings Jansch into a more modern sound style for the first time in his career. Also assisting Jansch is Eric Clapton's sideman at the time, Albert Lee, who added electric guitar and the afore noted Mandolin, and acoustic guitar accompaniment as well. Two excellent studio drummers, Matt Betton and Jack Kelly, tastefully help to hold down the bottom end as Jansch, Tico and Lee weave intricate hypnotic melodies and rhythms around Jansch's songs.

The album's second track (this remaster has tracks lined up differently from the originally issued LP) Is It Real? shows Jansch at his most Dylan-like and again showcases Tioc's fretless slip sliding bass lines as Jancsh lyrically inquires if his partner's love is real. Lee supplys restrained but tastetful electric guitar licks for coloring while the drums are almost absent in the restraint that was required for this yearning ballad.

In contrast, the following song Up To The Stars finds Jansch at his most optimistic, while Tico's bass almost sounds like a counter vocal to Jancsh's verse and chorus, while Jansch sings about his love 'taking a shuttle up to the stars'. Lee starts to let loose a little more on this upbeat track without overstepping his limits.

Side one ends with a cover of the perennial folk classic Wild Mountain Thyme that allows for Jansch's real affection for this song to shine through and elevate it from just a filler track.

Side two of the vinyl remaster kicks off with the album's namesake, a cover of Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. As soon as Janschs's alternately tuned guitar riff starts off the song, you know your in for something a little different as the Rock & Roll standard is covered in almost the same arrangement as Presley's, but Jansch wisely excises the songs original R & B strut for a more straight up rock arrangement that in the tune that results in feeling as if the song owes more to Pentangle then Presley, as a straight up cover would have sounded cheesy. And Jansch is way too classy for cheese. You can clearly tell that Jansch had great fun singing this cover. And he sung quite well at that!

Another heartfelt cover is found on side two, If I Were a Carpenter. Jansch's impassioned vocals again rises the level of the song to something better than a mere filler. As a matter of fact, passion seems to be the watchword for this album, as all involved easily show.

The side two remaster ends with an eight and a half minute jam appropriately titled Not A Word Was Said,. The song is based on a six note blues riff from Jansch and turns into a showcase for both Jansch and Tico. Bert uses every bit of his acoustic guitar skills for numerous bluesy leads that sound like his employs everthing from percussive string pops from his thumb pick to his finger nails and extensive use of hammer ons and pull offs. Tico, by the song's last three minutes has gone into full funk mode and duels with Jansch with finger pops of his own as well as thumb slaps. This jazzy concoction finally winds down with Jansch returning to his original 6 note riff.

The second disc contains a well recorded solo acoustic performance of Jansch from LA's acclaimed music club Gabe's Guitar Shop. There is no details on how this intimate performance was recorded, save for the actual recording date. Jansch is again in fine voice and his guitar skills are a clinic as he was playing to guitar students and was showing off his best skills. The song selection is outstanding and includes such Jansch concert standards such as Jackson C. Franks folk classic Blues Run The Game and, of course, Blackwater Side.

This remarkable sounding solo performance coupled with the original album make this an essential addition for both fans of Jancsh, Folk music and Folk Rock.

The material found on these albums is far from prog, but Tico's fretless bass does give the music a proggy feel. However, I'll keep my rating at 4 stars as it's obviously not an essential album for prog fans. Nevertheless, it's still highly recommended.

Thanks to clemofnazareth for his many Bert Jansch album listings on PA. This made my job a thousand times easier.

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 When the Circus Comes to Town by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.00 | 1 ratings

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When the Circus Comes to Town
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

— First review of this album —
2 stars After hearing so many good things about this album, such as 'this is one of Bert's best albums in years', etc. I have to admit that I was very disappointed by the pedestrian sounding songs on this album from the late acoustic guitar master recorded and released in 1995. The best that I can say is that the better songs are relaxing and pleasant and the lesser ones are not offensive, just forgettable. The few tracks that stand out are the jazzy Summer Heat, that features some hot guest sax playing and the catchy Just a Dream.

I would highly recommend to those just discovering the genius of Bert Jansch to stick to his late sixties classics (barring his embarrassing pop effort Nicola) and his stellar seventies classics such as Crimson Moon and the exquisite Avocet album from 1979. There are many great Bert Jansch albums worth owning. This is not one.

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 Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.23 | 8 ratings

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Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by GruvanDahlman
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4 stars This is a surprise and "pleasant" doesn't even begin to describe the feeling. At first I was hesitant about the content of the album. I liked the idea and the cover but sort of lacked the vocals of Jansch. Or so I thought, anyway.

The album consists of six instrumental pieces, vTying in lengts from a couple of minutes to the epic title track with it's striking 18 minutes in length. The songs are all varied but cling together very nicely, bringing musical texture to the wildlife presented on the cover. Now, I am not an ornothologist but I do see before me beautiful scenery with birds flying, eating or whatever they do do.

Avocet is, in essence, a bold step. Not really a too far cry from the folk he'd already produced, yet quite different. Maybe it is due to the fact that Jansch does not sing on the album or maybe it is more of a prog-folk album than anything else he had been recording up to that point. And besides, producing an album of this kind in 1978/1979 shows a musisician totally in control of his vision, being on top of his game. Avocet is a rare little gem, well worth discovering. If you are hesitant, try Kingfisher first. I guatantee you you won't be disappointed.

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 It Don't Bother Me by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1965
5.00 | 1 ratings

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It Don't Bother Me
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by BarryGlibb

— First review of this album —
5 stars I am not worthy to review such a landmark album but I will try my best.

Put simply "It Don't Bother Me" is proto-prog folk. Is it the first of its type? Some would say his first album would come under this category but to me this *is* it. "It Don't Bother Me" is a mixture of traditional folky songs with Jansch's trademark edgy idiosyncratic (read "genius") guitar playing intermingled with some bewildering instrumentals that defy classification; sort of Jazz/Folk/Never heard this type of playing before!

Bert is aided on guitar by John Renbourn on 2 tracks "My Lover"...now where did the Beatles get that sitar sound? Renbourn? This was recorded in early to mid 1965, well before Norwegian Wood had been recorded and actually released a month before Rubber Soul. "My Lover" is way out there for 1965. Lucky Thirteen (a Renbourn composition) is a mesmerizing interplay between Jansch and Renbourn...a proto-prog folk gem.

Other tracks such as the instrumental "The Wheel" is too good to describe; just listen to it. It states on Wikipedia and other sources that Roy Harper sings lead and plays guitar on "A Man I'd Rather Be" but I have my doubts. Nothing is mentioned on this in the extensive liner notes for the 2000 CD remaster and besides it sounds exactly like Bert! But then again it might just be Roy.

"Anti apartheid".....has there ever been a better protest song?

All other songs including "Oh My Babe", the title track and So Long (Been on the Road so Long) are classics. Sounds as if Bert is physically attacking his guitar on that latter song...you can almost hear him sweating and the guitar pleading for mercy.

"It Don't Bother Me" is just a fantastic album and it takes you back to a bygone pre-prog era; although no-one in that era was doing anything quite like Bert.

5 stars

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 Bert and John (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
4.91 | 3 ratings

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Bert and John (w/ John Renbourn)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Negoba
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5 stars One of the Defining Albums of Folk Baroque

Bert Jansch and John Renbourn were some of the most important guitarists of the "2nd" English folk revival of the 60's that coincided with the similar American movement. Jansch's quirky guitar style was an extension and evolution of Davy Graham's pioneering work, while Renbourne combined early American country blues guitar stylings with European medieval folk. Together, they helped create a sound called "folk baroque" that also drew from American jazz and Northern African influences. While many of the solo albums from this group of musicians are folk with some progressive tendencies, BERT AND JOHN draws on so many influences and highlights enough new ideas that I think "prog folk" is a truly apt description.

To be certain, the two guitarists have a much wider concept of harmony than that found in American folk and old-time music. The jazz influence is most obvious on a cover of Charles Mingus' classic "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat." Alternate tunings and modal ideas abound, which will remind most of Jimmy Page or perhaps Nick Drake. (If you imagine those two with acoustic guitars and in a good mood, that might approach the sound of this disc.) Both Jansch and Renbourne play intricate rhythm ideas based on strong fingerstyle skills. But the core sound is Jansch's elaborate accompaniment with Renbourn's ornamentation and bendy soloing. Pentangle fans will recognize the sounds here immediately.

"After the Dance" superficially is based on a single plodding bass note but both guitarists weave in and around this pulse in a snaky twirl. At times they seem to be simply soloing independently, and then will lock in for a phrase like the best jazz combos. "East Wind" is a more composed piece with the two fingerstyle parts creating an enormous sound. The whole recording is recorded very upfront and clean, with the guitars sounding just as they would if the two were giving a living room concert. Davy Graham's taste for Moroccan tonality slips in subtly in various bends and note choices. Despite a fairly wide base of songs choices, the sound of the two is consistent and solid. The album is also well paced with just the right combination of variety and identity.

I've been searching for the best example of this sound for a long time. The tastes I first got from Led Zeppelin III and later from the Pentangle may reach their peak here. Though the vocals and amazing rhythm section of this pair's later group were delicious, they did place a constraint on the pure guitar bliss found here.

I initially intended to give this 4 stars but on repeated listening for this review, this may be the best of its kind. Whether Folk Baroque, Prog Folk, or whatever label you choose, this sound is unique and this album is a masterpiece within the style. Highly highly recommended.

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 Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.03 | 3 ratings

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Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Negoba
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3 stars Digging to the Source

My love of acoustic guitar sprang largely from a little boy named Jimmy Page. His slightly exotic and Celtic flavors on the Led Zeppelin albums always appealed to me, and one of the most impressive outings was a little piece from LZ I called "Black Mountain Side." I have never really been able to nail this piece, but I've certainly tried. Over the years, I finally found that the piece is essentially ripped straight from the English Dylan, Bert Jansch. As I've combed through Jansch's works, it is clear that this album, JACK ORION, is one that Page must have listened to over and over.

For me, the big track initially was "Black Waterside." Anne Briggs gave Jansch this tune during an earlier collaboration, and he arranged the iconic guitar part that Page lifted. But Jansch also uses the same rolling rhythm and style on "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" and "The Gardener." However, the great opener "The Waggoner's Lad" was also accessed liberally by Pagey most notably on "Bron-y-Aur Stomp." "Lad" is a great duet with Jansch playing banjo and John Renbourne playing lead guitar. Both guitarists learned at the foot of the legendary Davy Graham, with Renbourne becoming the more schooled player and Jansch the more moody. This contrast works extremely well musically. The pair really shine on "Henry Martin," creating a shimmery sound that I've really found nowhere else.This would foreshadow the duo's fantastic group Pentangle. Renbourne helps on several other tracks and in fact Jansch recording will officially be under the duo.

Jansch's voice is fairly melancholy and languid which is great for this style of folk, but may not be everyone's cup of tea. He does kick it up a notch for "Nottamun Town." Clearly, Jansch's forte is his guitar work, which is quite fresh and energetic here. This album is not really prog in any classic sense, but Jansch's advanced technique and sound went on to infuse a number of bands that we think of as prog folk. Jansch himself has more "progressive" records.

Thus, I am giving this a good but non-essential rating despite its excellent quality. If you like English folk guitar, this may be a near essential recording.

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 Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.23 | 8 ratings

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Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by BarryGlibb

5 stars - First review of this album -

This is one of my favourite Bert Jansch albums and probably the most proggy of his folk/jazz albums.

He went out on a limb in 1979 to produce a daring, experimental instrumental album that contains 6 tracks with the 18 minute title track being IMHO a masterpiece. On the title track the interplay between Jansch, Martin Jenkins and Danny Thompson is head shaking in its complexity, yet extremely satisfying in regards to it's melodic themes. Thompson does go off on some amazing acoustic double bass solo territory especially on the track Bittern.

The other 4 tracks are superb with Kingfisher being the best of these. To me Avocet is a masterpiece.

Please have a listen, you will not be disappointed.

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 Birthday Blues by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Birthday Blues
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Dayvenkirq

— First review of this album —
3 stars Yet another interesting record from Bert. This time there is no prog - again.

Not a lot of this stuff worked for me, but feel free to check it out anyway. Almost half of the album has some of my favorite tracks. The other tracks are not so bad, though.

Do check out the light-hearted 'The Bright New Year', where Bert is probably at his most melodic on both the guitar and the vocals. 'Tree Song' is amazing in its own way. Like the previous track, it's very tacky and melodic. Plus, the lyrics are just outstanding, in which the man wishes he was many things, like a branch of a tree, a grain of corn, a glass of wine, a piece of silken thread, so that he would be very close to his sweetheart. That's very British. As much as I am allergic to romantic songs, especially some of the sappy stuff that gets put out at the time of this writing, I simply approve of this song by Bert. It is also light-hearted, and the lyrics are really charming and, in a way, fun.

But let's take a break from all the easygoing stuff because the next track is another one of those songs about addiction to drugs. 'Poison' sounds more convincing musically and lyrically than 'The Needle of Death'. Now you don't have to hear things like the 'pure white snow'. Now it's 'I know that I might from the poison', which contains a direct metaphor that to me also sounds somewhat out-dated for the year 2012. Oh, well. Overall, the lyrics are pretty strong and quite imaginative in a poetic way.

If you want something a wee-bit proggy from this record besides the marriage of folk with blues, 'Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell' sounds like a composition consisting of three different pieces that were sown together. 'Wishing Well' is just full of catchy melodies, but the first one that occurs in the beginning of the song was just instantly imprinted in my head. I once fell asleep and woke up to that tune. All it was is Gmaj-Gmaj-Ebmaj-Gmaj-Gmaj- Ebmaj, and so on. Probably played in a drop-Eb tuning, it is quite dark and charming.

As for the rest of the record, each track has its own character in a memorable tune, but only a couple of those tracks are based on some truly decent ideas. 'Birthday Blues' is very nice and tacky, and so is 'I am Lonely'.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along The Lumpy, Bumpy, Long Dusty Road' - ** ; 2. 'The Bright New Year' - ***** ; 3. 'Tree Song' - ***** ; 4. 'Poison' - ***** ; 5. 'Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell' - **** ; 6. 'I've Got a Woman' - ** ; 7. 'A Woman Like You' - ** ; 8. 'I am Lonely' - *** ; 9. 'Promised Land' - ** ; 10. 'Birthday Blues' - *** ; 11. 'Wishing Well' - **** ; 12. 'Blues' - **

Stamp: 'I like it.'

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 Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.03 | 3 ratings

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Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Dayvenkirq

3 stars A good 3.0.

When I look at the different track listings of this album on PA, Windows Media Player, and Wikipedia, I can't help myself but ask this question: "Why does this obscure folk work have different running orders on different sources?" Let's just discuss the music itself.

Spoiler alert: you won't hear any prog. But don't lose all of your faith in this album if you are still looking for some good music and you haven't found it yet, unless you are not into folk. Half of the record is a set of my personal favorites. 'Waggoner's Lad' is a traditional folk piece played on a banjo by the legend himself, Bert Jansch, who is backed by his future Pentangle buddy John Renbourn. The whole thing sounds so darn catchy and has a good beat. Just think back to Led Zeppelin's 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp' if you still remember that one. If you want some more traditional folk, there you have it in the face of 'Black Water Side', where Bert's technique and vocal melodies won't let you down. Again, think Led Zeppelin. Does 'Black Mountain Side' ring any bells? After that comes my biggest favorite, as you can see that in the ratings below. 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' is Bert's rendition of an old Ewan McColl song, and this cover sounds pretty similar in melody, rhythm, and tempo to 'Black Water Side'. But what is it that makes this one so different from the previous track? 'The First Time Ever' is played in a different key and the melody is a tiny bit different, and that makes all the difference for me. By the way, have you ever heard an inebriated gardener? Well, Bert was one of them on 'The Gardener'. The way he sings with that slight growl on occasions is just so remarkable. As for the music, it sounds somewhat similar to the previous tracks. Who said that 'tis a sin to recycle own music? If J. S. Bach used to do that, why couldn't Bert? As for the rest of the album, the tracks sound very much alike and there isn't that much variety in texture. At least the music isn't over the top. Check out 'Pretty Polly' and 'Henry Martin' where the buzzing guitar sounds like a saw.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'The Waggoner's Lad' - **** ; 2. 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' - ***** ; 3. 'Jack Orion' - ** ; 4. 'The Gardener' - **** ; 5. 'Nottamun Town' - ** ; 6. 'Henry Martin' - ** ; 7. 'Black Water Side' - **** ; 8. 'Pretty Polly' - ** ; 9. '900 Miles' - ** ;

Stamp: "I like it."

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 Nicola by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1967
3.09 | 2 ratings

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Nicola
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Dayvenkirq

3 stars A solid three. It's kind of sad that the first review on a Jansch album is a three-star one, but that's the album.

There is a bit of prog here, which is evident in the presence of jazz drumming, alternating meters, strings, a piano, and a flute. Also, Bert took on more of traditional ditties, which maintained his reputation as a folk revivalist.

Just because you are seeing three stars here doesn't mean that you must avoid this album. There are quite a few decent numbers here. The album opens with a dark 'Go Your Way My Love', followed by a gentle and splendid 'Woe is Love My Dear'. In the middle we have 'Little Sweet Sunshine', a little, sweet, and successful mix of Motownesque pop with blues. If this is R&B, then it is R&B of a caliber very different from the one I used to know.

After that we have 'Rabbit Run', which I assumed to be a song that is literally about a rabbit and other forest animals, but then I was a bit confused when I found out that the rabbit was on a motorcycle. So, we are talking about a young hobo on a bike. I like the 'nature' version better than the 'human' version, though. Plus, I really admire Bert's technique of juggling those catchy melodies in the middle and in the treble. Also, I like the interplay of the vocal melodies.

Then you get 'Life Depends on Love'. The songwriting on this little piece of chocolate isn't important; it's the arrangement and the melodies that count, which is why I really like that song. As for the rest of the album, you decide whether it works or not.

By the way, if the musical and lyrical resemblances to Bob Dylan here bug you in some way or another, do yourself a favor: please, don't take them seriously.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Go Your Way My Love' - ***** ; 2. 'Woe is Love My Dear' - **** ; 3. 'Nicola' - *** ; 4. 'Come Back Baby' - ** ; 5. 'Little Sweet Sunshine' - **** ; 6. 'Love is Teasing' - ** ; 7. 'Rabbit Run' - ***** ; 8. 'Life Depends on Life' - **** ; 9. 'Weeping Willow Blues' - ** ; 10. 'Box of Love' - ** ; 11. 'Wish My Baby Was Here' - *** ; 12. 'If the World isn't There' - **

Stamp: 'I like it.'

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