Header

BERT JANSCH

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Bert Jansch picture
Bert Jansch biography
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.

>> Bio by Bob Moore (aka ClemofNazareth) <<

Bert Jansch official website

BERT JANSCH MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

BERT JANSCH forum topics / tours, shows & news


BERT JANSCH forum topics Create a topic now
BERT JANSCH tours, shows & news Post an entries now

BERT JANSCH Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to BERT JANSCH

Buy BERT JANSCH Music


Bert JanschBert Jansch
Import
Sanctuary UK 2008
Audio CD$5.27
$8.98 (used)
Rosemary LaneRosemary Lane
Import
Castle Music UK 2001
Audio CD$5.72
$7.25 (used)
River SessionsRiver Sessions
Import
River Records UK 2004
Audio CD$17.44
$10.59 (used)
From the OutsideFrom the Outside
Remastered · Import
Sanctuary UK 2008
Audio CD$41.99
$24.12 (used)
Birthday BluesBirthday Blues
Import
Castle Music UK 2002
Audio CD$4.17
$4.39 (used)
L.A. TurnaroundL.A. Turnaround
Import · Remastered
Emd Int'l 2009
Audio CD$3.89
$4.58 (used)
Best of Bert JanschBest of Bert Jansch
Shanachie 1992
Audio CD$10.68
$6.46 (used)
Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A Label, A Film SoundtrackGood Vibrations: A Record Shop, A Label, A Film Soundtrack
Import
Ace Records Import 2013
Audio CD$8.22
$16.27 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Bert Jansch Conundrum Thirteen Down - Bert Jansch (2011, CD New) USD $14.23 Buy It Now 9h 24m
Bert Jansch - Black Swan CD DRAG CITY USD $21.19 Buy It Now 9h 41m
Bert Jansch - L.A. Turnaround CD DRAG CITY USD $21.19 Buy It Now 9h 42m
Bert Jansch - Santa Barbara Honeymoon CD DRAG CITY USD $21.19 Buy It Now 9h 42m
Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch Conundrum Thirteen Down CD USD $18.69 Buy It Now 9h 44m
THE BEST OF BRITISH FOLK - XTRA LP Various artists Bert Jansch, Ian Campbell USD $12.47 [0 bids]
9h 45m
BERT JANSCH & JOHN RENBOURN BERT & JOHN EMPTY BOX FOR JAPAN MINI LP CD USD $33.99 Buy It Now 14h 27m
BERT JANSCH - HEARTBREAK - 0816651012428 USD $13.53 Buy It Now 14h 51m
Bert Jansch Self titled Debut UK Transatlantic Records TRA 125 1965 LP USD $140.42 [0 bids]
15h 17m
The Guitar Of Bert Jansch Taught By Rolly Brown DVD NEW! USD $20.95 Buy It Now 15h 38m
Jansch,Bert - Bert Jansch Conundrum Thirteen Down [CD New] USD $15.51 Buy It Now 17h 56m
BERT JANSCH & JOHN RENBOURN stepping stones VANGUARD US STEREO VSD-6506 folk LP  USD $21.60 Buy It Now 19h 52m
Bert Jansch & John Renbourn - Stepping Stones LP W/L PROMO UNPLAYED Pentangle USD $34.99 Buy It Now 21h
Bert Jansch Edge Of A Dream CD NEW Folk 2002 USD $7.79 Buy It Now 23h 20m
The Charisma Poser SEALED '93 UK CD Bert Jansch Hawkwind Alan Hull Nice Genesis USD $23.95 Buy It Now 1 day
THE PENTANGLE - Solomon's Seal 1972 UK Folk Psych Bert Jansch John Renbourn USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
STEVE HACKETT BERT JANSCH VDGG albums 1975 UK Poster size Press ADVERT 16x12" USD $15.52 Buy It Now 1 day
Bert Jansch - Heartbreak CD USD $18.49 Buy It Now 1 day
Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane (NEW CD) USD $9.74 Buy It Now 1 day
Bert Jansch-Nicola 1967 Folk-Blues Great & 2 bonus tracks! USD $6.23 [0 bids]
1 day
Bert Jansch-Birthday Blues;1969 Folk-Blues Great! USD $6.23 [0 bids]
1 day
JANSCH, Bert - Bert Jansch (remastered) (Record Store Day 2015) - LP USD $30.35 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH - YOUNG MAN BLUES LIVE - SAHER001 USD $41.27 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH - SANTA BARBARA HONEYMOON CD 18 TRACKS INTERNATIONAL POP NEW+ USD $14.96 Buy It Now 1 day
CONTEMPORARY GUITAR SAMPLER VOL 2 pentangle/bert jansch/john renbourn LP EX/EX USD $18.18 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH - A RARE CONUNDRUM CD 17 TRACKS INTERNATIONAL POP NEW+ USD $14.96 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH - L.A.TURNAROUND CD 17 TRACKS INTERNATIONAL POP NEW+ USD $14.96 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH Edge Of A Dream CD 11 Track Promo In Special Card Sleeve UK Sanctua USD $28.08 Buy It Now 1 day
Bert Jansch - Strolling Down The Highway The Essential Collection Vol. 1 RARE CD USD $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Bert Jansch - The Black Swan (CD, 2006) very good condition; The Pentangle; Folk USD $4.94 Buy It Now 1 day
MOJO The Quiet Revolution CD 2006 NEW FOLK KEVIN AYERS BERT JANSCH PENTANGLE USD $9.35 Buy It Now 1 day
Pentangle-History Book-UK Vinyl Transatlantic A1/B1 LP-Folk Rock Bert Jansch-'72 USD $15.59 [0 bids]
1 day
BERT JANSCH, ROSEMARY JANE - UK LP TRA 235 USD $45.00 Buy It Now 1 day
PENTANGLE ~ SWEET CHILD ~ RARE FULLY SIGNED UK TRANSATLANTIC CD ~ BERT JANSCH USD $195.03 Buy It Now 1 day
L.A. Turnaround, 5099996486306, Bert Jansch USD $8.75 Buy It Now 1 day
Acoustic Routes, 5037300783857, Bert Jansch & Friend USD $19.11 Buy It Now 1 day
Edge of a Dream by Bert Jansch (CD, Oct-2002, Sanctuary (USA)) USD $5.99 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH a rare conundrum LP VG KM 302 Vinyl 1977 Record USD $75.00 Buy It Now 1 day
BERT JANSCH A Rare Conundrum LP EX UK 1977 Charisma CAS 1127 USD $17.98 Buy It Now 2 days
BERT JANSCH Heartbreak LP EX UK 1981 Logo 1035 USD $15.98 Buy It Now 2 days
Santa Barbara Honeymoon - Bert Jansch New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $25.29 Buy It Now 2 days
BERT JANSCH, MOONSHINE Album Advert 8X10" USD $10.92 Buy It Now 2 days
EDGAR BROUGHTON BERT JANSCH Vintage Music Press Article/Cutting 1970 USD $15.60 Buy It Now 2 days
Bert Jansch - Black Swan CD SANCTUARY USD $19.89 Buy It Now 2 days
Bert Jansch - L.A. Turnaround CD EMI USD $17.59 Buy It Now 2 days
Bert Jansch - Santa Barbara Honeymoon CD EMI USD $16.39 Buy It Now 2 days
Bert Jansch - Dazzling Stranger - Anthology/Greatest Hits (2CD 2000) NEW/SEALED USD $46.77 Buy It Now 2 days
John Renbourn - Sampler LP Folk Nick Drake Bert Jansch Pentangle USD $1.54 [0 bids]
2 days
Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane (CD 2001) USD $4.66 [0 bids]
2 days
Pentangle - Cruel Sister (Reprise RS 6430) ('70) (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Pentangle - In the Round (Varrick VR-026) ('86) (Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
PENTANGLE Basket of Light '69 U.S. REPRISE LP edition Bert Jansch John Renbourn USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Solomon's Seal by Pentangle (CD, Nov-2008, Sanctuary) Bert Jansch USD $3.75 [0 bids]
USD $5.50 Buy It Now
2 days
Bert and John by John Renbourn/Bert Jansch (CD Sanctuary 2001) Pentangle RARE USD $32.75 [0 bids]
USD $65.25 Buy It Now
2 days
It Don't Bother Me by Bert Jansch (CD, Jun-2001, Castle) Pentangle USD $4.25 [0 bids]
USD $5.75 Buy It Now
2 days
Moonshine by Bert Jansch (CD, Mar-2001, Sanctuary) Pentangle Remaster USD $19.75 [0 bids]
USD $26.25 Buy It Now
2 days
Sketches by Bert Jansch (CD, 1995, Temple (UK)) Pentangle USD $14.75 [0 bids]
USD $20.25 Buy It Now
2 days
Edge of a Dream by Bert Jansch (CD, Oct-2002, Sanctuary) Pentangle USD $7.25 [0 bids]
USD $10.75 Buy It Now
2 days
Crimson Moon by Bert Jansch (CD, Aug-2000, 2 Discs, Castle Music) Pentangle USD $11.75 [0 bids]
USD $16.50 Buy It Now
2 days
One More Road by Pentangle (CD, May-1997, Spv) Bert Jansch John Renbourn USD $7.25 [0 bids]
USD $10.75 Buy It Now
2 days
From the Outside by Bert Jansch (CD, Sep-2002, Castle Music Ltd.) Pentangle USD $8.00 [0 bids]
USD $14.75 Buy It Now
2 days
Nicola by Bert Jansch (CD, Mar-2002 Sanctuary) Pentangle USD $5.25 [0 bids]
USD $8.75 Buy It Now
2 days
BERT JANSCH Bert Jansch YS-7016-LA LP Az7743 USD $7.99 [0 bids]
2 days
BERT JANSCH Heartbreak Albert Lee limited edition CLEAR VINYL SEALED LP USD $29.97 Buy It Now 2 days
Sweet Sweet Music Bert Jansch Audio CD USD $13.04 Buy It Now 3 days
Acoustic Routes Bert Jansch & Friends Audio CD USD $24.11 Buy It Now 3 days
The Black Swan Bert Jansch Audio CD USD $10.92 Buy It Now 3 days
Bert Jansch Downunder Live In Australia LIKE NEW CD Sanctuary Folk Pentangle USD $13.93 Buy It Now 3 days
Young Man Blues Live In Glasgow 1962-1964 [VINYL] Bert Jansch Vinyl USD $44.08 Buy It Now 3 days
BERT JANSCH / JOHN MARTYN / VASHTI BUNYAN Quiet Revolution CD Mojo Comp 2006 USD $7.57 Buy It Now 3 days
LOVE / MONTY PYTHON / FREE / BERT JANSCH + Playlist UNCUT CD Oct 2006 USD $7.57 Buy It Now 3 days
Bert Jansch (50th Anniversary Edition) [Re-Issue], 5414939917516, Bert Jansch USD $17.63 Buy It Now 3 days
Bert Jansch (50th Anniversary Edition) [Re-Issue] Bert Jansch Audio CD USD $20.28 Buy It Now 3 days
BERT JANSCH "" NICK DRAKE """"" Folk Blues " 60s DVD USD $11.31 [0 bids]
USD $16.38 Buy It Now
3 days
Bert Jansch (50th Anniversary Edition) [Re-Issue], 5414939917516, Bert Jansch USD $19.97 Buy It Now 3 days
Bert Jansch - It Don't Bother Me NEW CD USD $7.66 Buy It Now 3 days
Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch NEW CD USD $7.66 Buy It Now 3 days
24/2/79Pgn40 Advert: Bert Jansch's Conundrum Perform 'avocet' In London 7x5" USD $7.79 Buy It Now 3 days
UNCUT Playlist 2006: Bert Jansch,Sparklehorse,Monty Python,Charlotte Gainsbourg+ USD $8.07 Buy It Now 3 days
A Stereo Introduction To The Best Of Transatlantic Folk LP (1972) Bert Jansch USD $8.36 Buy It Now 3 days
BERT JANSCH It Don't Bother Me CD REMASTER 14 TRACKS LIKE NEW DONOVAN RENBOURN USD $8.99 Buy It Now 3 days
SEALED RECORD 33 RPM 12" BERT JANSCH & JOHN RENBOURN / STEPPING STONES VANGUARD USD $9.99 [0 bids]
3 days
Bert Jansch - Young Man Blues: Live In Glasgow [Vinyl New] USD $39.40 Buy It Now 3 days
L.A. Turnaround - Bert Jansch 5099996486306 (CD Used Very Good) USD $6.78 Buy It Now 4 days
Sealed BERT JANSCH Dazzling Stranger NEW 2CD Sanctuary UK compilation ANGIE oop USD $39.99 Buy It Now 4 days
BERT JANSCH LP Rosemary Lane ORIGINAL WLP Promo CLASSIC FOLK ROCK PSYCH BLUES USD $39.99 [0 bids]
USD $59.99 Buy It Now
4 days
Bert Jansch 5414939917516, CD, BRAND NEW FREE P&H USD $25.17 Buy It Now 4 days
Santa Barbara Honeymoon - Bert Jansch New & Sealed Compact Disc Free Shipping USD $19.79 Buy It Now 4 days
Bert Jansch - L.A. Turnaround [CD New] USD $8.78 Buy It Now 4 days
Press Article & Picture : Recent, Bert Jansch USD $6.24 Buy It Now 4 days
BERT JANSCH ? JACK ORION ? EX/NM orig '70 Vanguard UK 66 folk RENBOURN Pentangle USD $40.00 Buy It Now 4 days
Bert Jansch & John Renbourne Royal Festival Hall, London 23/6/75 Ticket USD $23.37 Buy It Now 4 days
Kirsty MacColl Undertones Prefab Sprout Corrs Bert Jansch S Vega 2000 Programme USD $19.50 Buy It Now 4 days
Pentangle Bert Jansch 1968 Programme USD $77.98 Buy It Now 4 days
Pentangle Bert Jansch Royal Albert Hall, London 4/10/69 Ticket USD $31.17 Buy It Now 4 days
the pentangle (bert jansch) l.p. 2-record set sweet child.... USD $15.00 [0 bids]
4 days
BERT JANSCH Best Of US CD 1979 Shanachie excellent condition out of print USD $15.59 Buy It Now 4 days
Bert Jansch - Birthday Blues NEW CD USD $7.66 Buy It Now 4 days
Bert Jansch - Rosemary Lane NEW CD USD $7.66 Buy It Now 4 days
Bert Jansch - The Black Swan NEW CD USD $7.66 Buy It Now 4 days


More places to buy BERT JANSCH music online Buy BERT JANSCH & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for BERT JANSCH DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

BERT JANSCH shows & tickets


BERT JANSCH has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

BERT JANSCH discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

BERT JANSCH top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 6 ratings
Bert Jansch
1965
5.00 | 1 ratings
It Don't Bother Me
1965
3.55 | 5 ratings
Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn)
1966
4.78 | 4 ratings
Bert and John (w/ John Renbourn)
1966
3.09 | 2 ratings
Nicola
1967
3.00 | 1 ratings
Birthday Blues
1969
4.77 | 4 ratings
Rosemary Lane
1971
3.67 | 3 ratings
Moonshine
1972
4.00 | 1 ratings
L.A. Turnaround
1974
2.00 | 2 ratings
Santa Barbara Honeymoon
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Poor Mouth
1976
2.00 | 1 ratings
A Rare Conundrum
1977
4.16 | 9 ratings
Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins)
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Thirteen Down (aka Conundrum)
1980
4.09 | 2 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
4.00 | 1 ratings
Toy Balloon
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Crimson Moon
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Edge of a Dream
2002
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Black Swan
2006

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at La Foret (w/ Martin Jenkins)
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the 12 Bar: An Authorised Bootleg
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
Young Man's Blues - Live In Glasgow 1962-1964
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Downunder: Live in Australia
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
The River Sessions
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Acoustic Hour With Bert Jansch
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
Sweet Sweet Music
2012

BERT JANSCH Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Fresh As a Sweet Sunday Morning
2007

BERT JANSCH Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Lucky Thirteen
1966
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bert Jansch Sampler
1969
0.00 | 0 ratings
Box of Love: The Bert Jansch Sampler Vol. 2
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Bert Jansch
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Guitar of Bert Jansch
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Bert Jansch
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gardener: Essential Bert Jansch 1965 - 1971
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
After the Dance (w/ John Renbourn)
1992
0.00 | 0 ratings
Three Chord Trick
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackwater Side
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
An Introduction to Bert Jansch
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dazzling Stranger
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Legend: the Classic Recordings
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Running From Home: An Introduction to Bert Jansch
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Bert Jansch
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Angie: The Collection
2011

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Needle of Death
1966

BERT JANSCH Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.55 | 5 ratings

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

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars OK, so I own the 1970 American version on Vanguard (same label that brought you Joan Baez and Country Joe & the Fish), so this was released some four years later, with a totally different cover (a 1970 picture of Bert Jansch on the cover) and the songs switched around. This is without a doubt my favorite folk album ever. This is straight-up folk, not even folk rock, but even here you can hear elements of what would become the Pentangle, which comes as no surprise, given he and John Renbourn had released albums under their names and together prior to the Pentangle. Here you get "Black Water Side", much talked about, especially because that was the basis for Jimmy Page on Zeppelin's "Black Mountainside", but then it was actually a traditional folk song, but make no mistake the guitar picking from Jansch, and hearing that again on Zeppelin's first album. There's Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", which he did with wife Peggy Seeger, and later on in 1969 by Roberta Flack (which became a big hit for her in 1972). Jansch's version is all instrumental, though. "Pretty Polly" is a nice folk song, plus you get another version of "Nottamun Town", which many of you should be familiar with through Fairport Convention's second album What We Did On Our Holidays (or simply Fairport Convention in the States on A&M, with a different cover, not to be confuse with the self-entitled debut that was released in Polydor in the UK, but Cotillion in the US). The title track is amazing, a great folk epic. If you know the version of the Pentangle's Cruel Sister, then you'll notice this one is at a much faster tempo, and half as long. If you didn't care for the slower pace of the Pentangle version, you'll like this one much better. Might not be quite prog folk here, it was 1966, after all, but a real enjoyable folk album!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Toy Balloon by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1998
4.00 | 1 ratings

BUY
Toy Balloon
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

— First review of this album —
4 stars Folk, Blues and Beyond.

Those familiar with the works of Davy Graham will immediately recognize that the title of my review was lifted from Graham's incredibly influential album of the same name. It was Graham's albums like this and 3/4 AD, along with the genre defining classic Folk Roots: New Routes, that had an incredible impact on the sixties English folk boom and subsequent folk rock groups like Jansch's Pentangle, which combined elements of folk, blues and very hip jazz into the Pentangle sound. (Regardless of how much the late Bert Jansch may have denied it in later years. Jansch and Graham were not particularly fond of each other, so Jansch's declaration should best be taken with a grain of salt. Especially owing to the fact that Jansch sited Graham as his major influence back in his early folk club days.)

That's also the reason why Toy Balloon works so well on so many levels and why Jansch actually sounds enthusiastic when he recorded this material. Dismissed by many Jansch aficionados as merely When The Circus Comes To Town Part Two, this album is anything but a sequel.

Where "Circus" (as Jansch called it) was mired in a middle ground of easy listening folk rock exercises, Toy Balloon shows Bert back in his folk/blues/jazz groove with a welcome cover of ill-fated contemporary Jackson C. Frank's eerie minor key ballad (My Name Is) Carnival as the album's lead off track, followed directly with Jansch's arrangement of the English traditional folksong She Moved Through The Fair. Both feature just Jansch and his acoustic Yamaha. Jancsh's patented string snapping playing style and mesmerizing finger picking on this album is admirable, as is Jansch's abandon and confidence when singing. Something that was sorely lacking from the previously mentioned "Circus" album from 1995.

Jansch switches gears from folk to blues with his self penned nugget titled All I've Got, which features some great harp blowing from guest guitarist Johnny Hodge, who also adds some great slide guitar to this infectious track.

Waiting And Wondering and Hey Doc are Jansch's nods to his other prime influences as he channels the blues from his freely acknowledged boyhood heroes, Lightnin' Hopkins and Brownie McGee, respectively (along with a looser nod to Jansch's other early hero, Big Bill Broonzy, on the afore noted All I've Got.) Again, Jansch absolutely shines while delivering typical acoustic blues originals.

Jansch then switches gears back to solo acoustic with the slight instrumental titled Bert's Dance, before Jansch sings elegantly on the album's title track, another ballad before Bert get's jazzy and hands over some inspired R&B (with smoking sax) on two tracks that almost feel out of place on this album's nod back to Jansch's roots and inspirations. How It All Came Down actually sounds like Jansch channeling Steely Dan with this funky R&B and Jazz workout. Just substitute Donald Fagan's voice for that of Jansch's. Out of place or not, this is Jansch at his most inspired in years, with Jansch ending this wonderful outing with a heart rending autobiographical solo ballad titled Just A Simple Soul.

There's nothing ground breaking or particularly progressive about Toy Balloon except that it's a return to both form and quality by the late Scottish folk and blues guitar legend. 3.5 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Santa Barbara Honeymoon by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.00 | 2 ratings

BUY
Santa Barbara Honeymoon
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

2 stars Sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is bad. And sometimes change is just strange, as is the case of Bert Jansch's 1975 album Santa Barbara Honeymoon.

Recorded after Jansch's excellent first album for the British Charisma label, LA Turnaround from 1974, Santa Barbara Honeymoon sounds more like a wrong turn at times. In an effort, I would guess, to modernize his sound, Jansch utilized an obscure record producer, who was a studio musician, and a cast of thousands in the form of studio support players to produce an album that sounds quite polished but gives one the "who are you trying to kid?" feeling, as Jansch tackles songs with male and female backing vocals that come off like a Nashville studio choir on Love Anew and When The Teardrops Fell. Horns and female backing are featured on a swampy New Orleans jazz style are featured on the Song Dance Lady Dance, with an arrangement and instrumentation that sounds like it was pirated from Dr.John The Night Tripper.

This fascinating mix of styles even includes steel drums (!) on the songs Baby Blue and Build Another Band.

Like a hideous highway accident, it's hard to look away from this auto wreck, as it's just unbelievable that someone like Jansch could make an album so far out of his acoustic folk rock comfort zone. However, if you can look past the billowing blaze, you will find that great songs lie at the heart of this album and given enough time, the great melodies and lyrics will break through on occasion.

I guess that's why I've played Santa Barbara Honeymoon about five times before writing this review. It's just too strange an album from Jansch to be ignored, that eventually reveals the treasure hidden beneath the surface. But still, I cannot recommend it. If LA Turnaround puts one in a California state of mind, Santa Barbara Honeymoon will send you straight back to New York, both mentally and physically, on the next fight out. 2 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 The Black Swan by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.00 | 3 ratings

BUY
The Black Swan
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

4 stars What a difference a decade makes.

In what I believe is the late Bert Jansch's last recorded album, Black Swan, is as good as anything he has produced in the sixties and seventies, and is light years above his highly vaunted "return to form" album, 1995's When The Circus Comes To Town. The Black Swan is everything that When The Circus Comes To Town was not . Whatever it is that inspires gifted artists to raise their game was definitely evident on this album as Jansch's songwriting is once again stellar and his guitar playing, though still a bit restrained, is as impressive as ever with Jansch occasionally but briefly taking off in flights of fancy that come to close to Flamenco styles runs along with his ever present percussive string pops and his basic ability to sound like a guitarist born with an extra hand.

Jansch's voice shows only a sliver of hoarseness, which is amazing considering the abuse he had put it through. Indeed, it makes songs like the title track even more heartfelt with his world weary delivery

The title track is also the album's lead off song and it's one of Jansch's best. Just Bert and his guitar explaining about the hopelessness of space travelers searching for a new home. The Black Swan is their vehicle, and the planet they have escaped is no logner habitable. (Earth in the future?). A beautifully mournful cello accompanies this song along with ominous percussion that sounds off in the song's coda.

High Days is a Jansch remembrance song of a long ago love that brilliantly features just Bert and his guitar.

When The Sun Comes Up is a Jansch original song by guest vocalist Beth Orten, who has a beautiful voice with a slight hoarseness similar to Janschs' and it complements his own very well, especially on the traditional song Watch The Stars, which is song as a duet and is an old Pentangle standard that was originally sung by Pentangle member and past Jansch solo collaborator, the late great John Renbourn.

Jansch also resurrects his signature Pentangle song A Woman Like You which is infinitely more soulful and heartfelt this time around, and is given a country lilt thanks to a change in the song's arrangement by Jansch.

Bring Your Religion and Texas Cowboy Blues give Jansch a chance to rock out with a full rhythm section and deft slide guitar work from guest player Richard Wood. Both songs also give Jansch a chance to be topical, especially on Texas Cowboy Blues, which is an unabashed swipe at the then presiding Bush policies regarding the Iraq invasion.

Madellina's Dance is a banjo duet with Jansch and guest player Paul Wasif that also features flute from guest Maggie Boyle. It's not the best instrumental that I've ever heard forn Jansch but it's a good set up for closing track Hey Pretty Girl. Another quality Jansch original featuring just Bert and guitar performing the the guitar wizardry stated in my opening. Great stuff and a wonderful return to form from one the greatest, and deeply missed, acoustic guitar masters. 4 stars.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Heartbreak by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1982
4.09 | 2 ratings

BUY
Heartbreak
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

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 4.5 stars as it's obviously not an essential album for prog fans. Nevertheless, it's still highly recommended to fans of Jansch and British folk rock.

Thanks to Bob (clemofnazareth) for his many Bert Jansch album listings on PA. This has made my efforts a thousand times easier.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

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

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1978
4.16 | 9 ratings

BUY
Avocet (w/ Martin Jenkins)
Bert Jansch Prog Folk

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

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

BUY
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

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Bert and John (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
4.78 | 4 ratings

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
 Jack Orion (w/ John Renbourn) by JANSCH, BERT album cover Studio Album, 1966
3.55 | 5 ratings

BUY
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.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password
Thanks to ClemofNazareth for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 2.08 seconds