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After The Long Night / Playing The Game [Original recording remastered]

Loren Auerbach, Bert Jansch Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005AFMN
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carousel
2. Weeping Willow Blues
3. Give Me Love
4. I Can't Go Back
5. Smiling Faces
6. Yarrow
7. Playing The Game - Bert Jansch
8. Is It Real
9. Sorrow
10. Days And Night
11. Rainbow Man
12. Frozen Beauty
13. Christabel
14. So Lonely
15. The Miller

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bert's best work 5 April 2013
By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a welcome issue on CD of two albums which Auerbach, Jansch and a small band cut in the mid 80s. Only 1000 copies of each were pressed and it is good to have these rarities available. My guess is that you're interested in this because, like me, you admire Bert Jansch very much and that, like me, you'll want this in your collection whatever it's like, but I do have my reservations about it.

I find this album a slightly odd period piece - odd, because the songs and the vocal style seem to me to belong more to the late 60s or early 70s. The songs are largely penned by producer Richard Newman, and are generally pleasant, forgettable tunes of the generic type found on lots of albums by folky duos and groups in the 70s, with an accompaniment often sounding a bit like Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well, Part 2. The lyrics feature a lot of hackneyed "sorrow/tomorrow" sort of rhyming and have that familiar, almost meaningless pseudo-profundity in places: Days And Nights, for example contains the lines "The mountains make love/And an angel descends from Heaven above." There's a lot of this sort of thing, which I'd have loved when aged 17 and reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but it's hardly enduringly insightful.

Lauren Auerbach's vocals go very well with the lyrics. They are breathy and fragile, and multi-tracked to give them quite a haunting quality - again a style very popular in the early 70s. Bert Jansch's guitar work is very good (of course) but it's from a time when he was drinking very heavily and to me lacks any real bite or originality. The rest of the band are competent but rather ordinary, and the whole thing adds up to an inoffensive, pleasant piece of background music, acceptable for late student nights after a few non-proprietary cigarettes but not much more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A legacy 8 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
Quite a treat which flows from humble beginnings to ever more confident performances, and all on one cd! Good biographical sleevenotes too. RIP Bert and Blessings upon your dear widow, Lorna.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I thought Julie Cruise (American singer) has a breathless and raspy voice, wait until you hear Loren Auerbach. Cruise at least sings in pitch most of the time, and occasionally do some inflection to the lyrics. Auerbach's voice is plain monotone, and she sounds like chanting rather than singing 99% of the time. That naturally kills all the joy of listening to Bert Jansch's decent background accompaniment and arrangement.
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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The liner notes of this first time CD edition of two mid-80's vinyl albums from folk vocalist Loren Auerbach explain how this memorable collaboration with Bert Jansch led on a winding path through the intervening years to recent marriage. One can hear sparks of muses co-mingling betwixt the Icelandic poetry graduate student-turned-unsteady-vocalist and the diving swallow grace notes of Jansch's steelstring guitar. Most of the material is written by producer Richard Newman, and is very nearly up to the quality of Jansch's handful of originals that reflect depths he'd never had a chance to show on his previous repertoire of English Isles folk standards.
This is clearly a very personal project, and I feel the intimacy and emotional risk every time I play the feverish songs, which has been often during this past rainy season.
The song that haunts me deeper each time I hear it is "Give Me Love." It would be on any tape I'd blend to commune with beauty being approached slowly, or held at a distance. It's visceral power recalls Wendy Waldman's torch ballad "Mad Mad Me", and Auerbach's far less agile voicing makes me wish other vocalists would try recording "Give Me Love" without changing the simple arrangement. Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star has been recording of late with Jansch, and her breathey sensual approach and huskier vocal timbre might draw some luster from the song's facets. It'd be intriguing to hear whether a male vocalist could handle the surrender to yearning limned by "Give Me Love", but after hearing Danny O'Keefe's arcing glissando on his recently released "Pieces of the Rain" I find myself wanting to hear these two songs threaded together through an extended suite grounded in a "Bolero" cadence of hypnotic attraction.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Newman is a most amazing writer 27 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this music, and having realised that Richard Newman wrote most of these songs, I commend him. Richard Newman's music, guitar playing and lyrics excel over and above anything I have ever heard before. How he has remained Bert Jansch's secret all these years is a mystery. most of these songs were written by Richard Newman. Look at the detail in the CD. Amazing!
Congratulations Richard Newman - hero of English music.
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