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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 | 3 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
4.91 | 2 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Heartbreak
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Outside
1985
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Leather Launderette (w/ Rod Clements)
1988
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Sketches
1990
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Ornament Tree
1990
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When the Circus Comes to Town
1995
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Toy Balloon
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Crimson Moon
2000
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Edge of a Dream
2002
4.00 | 1 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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 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
Prog Reviewer

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
Prog Reviewer

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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 Rosemary Lane by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.91 | 2 ratings

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Rosemary Lane
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Dayvenkirq

5 stars Definitely 5.0. Spoiler alert: no prog here, unless you count classical influences, alternate meters, and various tunings.

Sadly, this is one of Bert's most overlooked efforts. I've said 'sadly' because this album is a darn classic, even though Ritchie Unterberger of AllMusic doesn't exactly see it that way. If Unterberger says that the album "isn't quite as striking as [Bert's] best albums of the '60s" because "it's largely a restatement of already visited themes", then I say that Jansch's guitar really does a lot on my deepest senses. How? The music is somewhat different because some of the tracks here possess a classical flavor. Also, most of the tracks are mid-tempo and very quiet, which provides the listener with some room in the musical space to focus on the tone and the melodies (played in various tunings), which are usually the qualities that are emphasized in ambience music. This is, probably, the tenth time I'm bugging the readers about tone and melody, right? Well, it is for the good cause, and my man Bert is here to prove that. Check out 'Alman', for instance. Classical folk has never made such an impact on me until I heard that piece. Also, give a listen to 'A Dream, A Dream, A Dream', and see what happens for you. However, it is 'Peregrinations' that really gripped me as the moodiest and most imaginative of all tracks here.

Buyer, beware: this is modern folk at its absolute best. This album is actually in my chart of the 30 most influential (on me as a musician and as a person) and quintessential works of their genre. Buy this album, don't download it; it is worth every penny. Get the release with the liner notes in it, and you won't regret it. I once committed the sin of downloading the album once for free and now I regret it a bit because it's too good to get hold of at no cost.

Obviously, if we do some calculations, we will find that the arithmetic average of all ratings below is a four. However, my aura tells me that this record is just too good for a four. It is too good for 4.5, also. Why? This record is nearly flawless and very consistent, and some of the tracks actually sound a bit 5-star-worthy. Let me ask you this: how could it be possible for all tracks to come off as fives? How about 12 tracks? How about 11 tracks? Remember: this is ambient folk, and I usually choose ambient over anything else because it's the purest and most intimate of all musical styles that I have ever heard. Plus, there is no filler on the album in terms of texture; there is only the guitar and the voice. That's all you need. My rating for this album is just something the arithmetic average of the ratings below won't explain to you.

Ratings/comments (if you have to ask):

1. 'Tell Me What is True Love' - **** ; 2. 'Rosemary Lane' - ***** ; 3. 'M'Lady Nancy' - **** ; 4. 'A Dream, A Dream, A Dream' - ***** ; 5. 'Alman' - ***** ; 6. 'Wayward Child' - **** ; 7. 'Nobody's Bar' - **** ; 8. 'Reynardine' - **** ; 9. 'Silly Woman' - **** ;10. 'Peregrinations' - ***** ; 11. 'Sylvie' - ** ;12. 'Sarabanda' - *** ; 13. 'Bird Song' - ***

Stamp: 'Highly recommended' (since Bert's fans really like this one.)

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 Bert Jansch by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1965
4.08 | 3 ratings

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Bert Jansch
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by Dayvenkirq

4 stars 4.0. Spoiler alert: no prog here, even if a little presence of Mingusian jazz is felt on 'Alice's Wonderland'.

I really like the album. It doesn't feel like a 3.5-star kind of stuff. There are plenty of strong numbers and a couple of truly outstanding tracks. All of the creations here are very short and accessible, so you shouldn't be having any problems digging this album. One more thing here: don't even bother about prog aspects except for virtuosity and instrumental "song"- writing. This is a folk album.

Of all the tracks on here my most favorite ones are the ones that are short, like 'Finches'. If you enjoy Steve Hackett's acoustic guitar noodling but haven't ever heard Bert, this should be your first purchase or download. The bottom line is that these tracks are a must-hear box of chocolates.

"What about the other tracks on the record?" Those are good too. We hear Bert displaying flashes of virtuosity for a good cause, i.e. those flashes add to the beauty, so they are functional. Of all the songs on the record my favorites are 'Strolling Down the Highway' and 'Rambling's Gonna Be the Death of Me', but the rest has a good value too.

1. 'Strolling Down the Highway' - ****

2. 'Smokey River' - ****

3. 'Oh How Your Love is Strong' - ***

4. 'I Have No Time' - ***

5. 'Finches' - ****

6. 'Rambling's Gonna Be the Death of Me' - ****

7. 'Veronica' - *****

8. 'Needle of Death' - ****

9. 'Do You Hear Me Now' - ***

10. 'Alice's Wonderland' - *****

11. 'Running, Running from Home' - ****

12. 'Courting Blues' - ***

13. 'Casbah' - ***

14. 'Dreams of Love' - ***

15. 'Angi' - **

Stamp: "I like it."

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