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    Posted: October 29 2018 at 00:22
So good to see John Renbourn finally included on PA in the Prog-related category.

If you haven't heard any of his solo work. I recommend virtually all his instrumentals...not a great voice, however, better when he has other vocalists stepping in.

His 1985 album The Nine Maidens is IMHO a masterpiece with the 13:24 minute title track:

The Nine Maidens: Clarsach / The Nine Maidens / The Fiddler


one of the greatest pieces of acoustic guitar playing ever......extremely complex, melodic and ethereal.

Here it is below:




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2018 at 03:59
The entire studio discography of Renbourn's is now included, so feel free to review a few of your favs.
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A truly amazing album for 1968 was Renbourn's Sir John Alot of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng and ye Grene Knyghte, a modern take on medieval tunes that is an astonishing and transformative album that really no one's ever heard of.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote micky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2018 at 19:12
that's pretty cool... haven't heard a none of his albums.  Then again it wasn't till Raff and I merged our collections and her love of Pentangle.. that I ever really heard to the group. Probably my favorite discovery from her side of the music spectrum.

any suggestions guys to be the first to check out...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2018 at 20:58
Nice...own very few (4 or 5) but all excellent. Stunning guitarist.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2018 at 04:06
Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

that's pretty cool... haven't heard a none of his albums.  Then again it wasn't till Raff and I merged our collections and her love of Pentangle.. that I ever really heard to the group. Probably my favorite discovery from her side of the music spectrum.

any suggestions guys to be the first to check out...
Sure. For a Pentangle fan I'd start with the duet album that he did with Bert Jansch titled "Bert and John" which is mostly instrumental jazz/blues. For Renbourn's pseudo Elizabethan work I'd go with "Sir John Alot" and "The Nine Maiden" albums, and for folk/blues I'd go with "The Attic Tapes" and "Another Monday" or "Faro Annie".
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Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

any suggestions guys to be the first to check out...

My favorite is The Enchanted Garden...overall the album is OK, but includes The Plains of Waterloo which I think is his best song Wink
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Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

any suggestions guys to be the first to check out...

My favorite is The Enchanted Garden...overall the album is OK, but includes The Plains of Waterloo which I think is his best song Wink
To me The Enchanted Garden sound like a lost Pentangle-masterpiece. Line-up and their instruments should be enough to run out and buy

Snare [Drum] – Glen Tommy
Tabla, Finger Cymbals – Keshav Sathe
Vocals – Jacqui McShee
Vocals, Dulcimer [4 & 5-string], Mandolin, Whistle, Fiddle, Psaltery [Bowed], Spoons – John Molineux
Vocals, Flute, Whistle, Bagpipes [Cornemuse], Cymbal, Recorder, Glockenspiel [Sopranino, Descant, Tenor], Bass Clarinet, Harp [Swalamandala] – Tony Roberts
Vocals, Guitar, Harp [Swalamandala] – John Renbourn
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^ I agree about the Enchanted Garden sounding like a Pentangle album but that side stepped the whole purpose of Renbourn having so many solo albums. His solo guitar playing is what the above videos showcase and that's really what was most dear to Renbourn. And for good reason. Behold this little slice of heaven:



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Faro Annie has always been my favorite by Renbourn though I also enjoy....Sir John, Lady and Unicorn, 
Maid In Bedlam, and 9 Maidens...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2018 at 15:27
I remember some guitar-playing friends I had as a teenager mention John Renbourn, but for some reason I never got round to checking out his solo work. Thank you so much for the recommendations - we'll definitely get hold of some of these albums! They sound like something I would really enjoy.
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You're welcome, so here's one more for raff. From the album So Early In The Spring.
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Originally posted by Saperlipopette! Saperlipopette! wrote:

Originally posted by The.Crimson.King The.Crimson.King wrote:

Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

any suggestions guys to be the first to check out...

My favorite is The Enchanted Garden...overall the album is OK, but includes The Plains of Waterloo which I think is his best song Wink
To me The Enchanted Garden sound like a lost Pentangle-masterpiece. Line-up and their instruments should be enough to run out and buy

Snare [Drum] – Glen Tommy
Tabla, Finger Cymbals – Keshav Sathe
Vocals – Jacqui McShee
Vocals, Dulcimer [4 & 5-string], Mandolin, Whistle, Fiddle, Psaltery [Bowed], Spoons – John Molineux
Vocals, Flute, Whistle, Bagpipes [Cornemuse], Cymbal, Recorder, Glockenspiel [Sopranino, Descant, Tenor], Bass Clarinet, Harp [Swalamandala] – Tony Roberts
Vocals, Guitar, Harp [Swalamandala] – John Renbourn

And my fave Jacqui performance as well...



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And to end on a cherry note, this drinking song featuring Jacqui is dedicated to the Crimson.King.
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thanks guys for the suggestions.. Much appreciated!!!!
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One of the best ever guitarists...along with Bert Jansch, of course, in this genre.  
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