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Bert Jansch [CD]

Bert Jansch Audio CD
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Herbert "Bert" Jansch (3 November 1943 – 5 October 2011) was a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s, as an acoustic guitarist, as well as a singer-songwriter. He recorded at least 25 albums and toured extensively from the 1960s to the 21st century.

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005AFMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Strolling Down The Highway
2. Smokey River
3. Oh How Your Love Is Strong
4. I Have No Time
5. Finches
6. Veronica
7. Needle Of Death
8. Do You Hear Me Now
9. Rambling's Gonna Be The Death Of Me
10. Alice's Wonderland
11. Running From Home
12. Courting Blues
13. Casbah
14. Dreams Of Love
15. Angie
16. Instrumental Medley (Finches, Alice's Wonderland, Do You Hear Me Now, Needle Of Death)
17. Angie

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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This dates from 1965, and what a stir it caused then! Jnasch went on to work famously with John Renbourn and Pentangle, but this solo work is wonderful stuff. His guitar style is unique and accomplished, his songs,with exception of the 2 "protest" songs, which are a bit bum-clenching in retrospect, are romantic and poignant. The album contains one or two of his most famous songs - Needle of death, Strollin' down the highway, and Ramblings gonna be the death of me", interspersed with dazzling little instrumentals like "Finches". It's bluesy, jazzy, and brilliant! A little walk down Memory Lane for those who spent their formative years in 1960s folk clubs, and a real treat for everyone.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone and a must have album 6 May 2007
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Dylan is revered. Robert Johnson, Skip James are re-discovered. But, this album by Bert Jansch is a milesone in folk blues. Vastly underated, his lyrics have am impact today and his guitar technique as displayed on this CD leave his songwriter acoustic contemporaries standing. He has produced many things since but this is his seminal work, as fresh now as it was when it left a crack in the ground. Listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unadorned unrivalled 3 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Babbler & Crow
For depth of songwriting and passion, & subtlety and strength of performance and lyrical content this album rivals almost any folk LP from the 1960s, including Dylan. Though Jansch's voice might not be everyone's cup of tea, his astonishing guitar playing is mesmerizing.
In the time you spent reading this review you could have pressed "buy now", I strongly suggest you do so now.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album 8 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
Now in his 60s, the excellent Bert Jansch has had an impressive and extensive career, having won such awards as the lifetime achievment award at the 2001 BBC Folk Awards. And this is where it started. This is his debut album and one of my favourites. There are many great tracks on 'Bert Jansch' and listening to it, it is no surprise that it was heavily responsible for the elevation of his career and the beginning of his success. The tracks are tuneful, with a fluency throughout the album which is more than can be said for some of his later albums (though he has done about 25). As a previous reviewer has already said, there is a lot of his most famous tracks on this album and his influence on people like Neil Young, Jimmy page and various artists is plain to see. If you're interested in getting into folk music and Bert Jansch, or you're already an experienced folk listener, this is an ideal album to buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album - with a two-track reservation 22 Oct 2011
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My first exposure to Bert Jansch was through a friend who used to go to Les Cousins in the mid-60s. I was about 15-16 at the time, and although I lived in Bromley, Kent I never got around to going with Simon to experience the folk scene live at the time. But Simon bought the records - Bert Jansch, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, John Renbourn, Incredible String Band, Simon & Garfunkel and Donovan - and a little later Roy Harper, and Al Stewart.

It took my ear some considerable adjustment to get used to the finger-picking style of these folk musicians. Like most of my generation, I'd been brought up on a musical diet of the Shadows, the Beatles, the Stones and the many other glorious groups of the early 60s. But once I learned to appreciate the skill, the musicality, and the genuine emotions expressed by the upcoming wave of folk artists there was no turning back.

And I bought some of the records too, and we'd listen to them, as moody teenagers, often stoned, until late into the night. They stayed with us, although, in my case, most of them (with the exception of the ISB) moved somewhat to the back burner during the later stages of the 60s when the psychedelic explosion occurred.

And then, a few years ago someone sent me a CDR of People on the Highway: A Bert Jansch Encomium to check out. I liked this tribute CD so much that I bought my own copy - which record companies please note, is often the way it works with me. The CD brought those early folk music memories right back to the front of my consciousness.

And then, a week or so ago, Bert Jansch died. He wasn't old - though some might say he lasted a lot longer than might have been predicted at one time.
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A good friend of mine once said that, whereas Bob Dylan gives you a whole book to go at, with Bert Jansch you get only a page. It's certainly true that Jansch seemed almost to exhaust his songwriting talent with this album; but if only a page, it's a page of vividly, glowingly illuminated manuscript (while Dylan can sometimes be as drab as the phone book). In fact, I rate this the greatest 'folk' guitar album ever.

It's the vision of a young man who, like a folktale hero, has set out to seek his fortune and finds love, death, unintended paternity, fear of Armageddon - but above all an expanding horizon and the road leading ever on. As resonant as anything Dylan produced, musically it's far superior; the instrumentals, which set a standard no-one else has matched, seem to embody the restless theme even more graphically than the songs.

It boggles the mind that someone here thinks he has nothing to say: in a sense there *is* no more to say than this. None of that bloody harmonica, either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
Whether you're into folk or just into music, this is a jaw dropping album. It inspired Jimmy Page, Neil Young and many others. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MF Escudero Morland
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed
Yes, excellent guitar player, and one fantastic song in 'Needle of death', but very much the work of a young man, lyrically not a great deal to say. Nice moody cover though..
Published 5 months ago by ChrisP.
5.0 out of 5 stars To keep your collection up to date
I've had this album in vinyl format since it came out - and now I can listen as I work
Published 9 months ago by Miss Sally V Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars My first product review!!!
I can't believe I lived so long without this album... It is brilliant. I brought this album in response to the pre-existing reviews - many thanks to all who had done so, without... Read more
Published 9 months ago by HW
4.0 out of 5 stars Rave from the grave
I used to own the record in the 60's and loved it then.This cd is the same .Nice to have it back on my music shelf.
Published 11 months ago by moonwillow
4.0 out of 5 stars Bert Jansch CD
Delivery prompt, sound quality excellent.CD purchased so that I can listen to the tracks more easily, no longer having access to a record player. Read more
Published 18 months ago by alijoyh
2.0 out of 5 stars Some tracks are poor quaity reproduction
Some of the tracks, particularly the last 2 have very poor sound quality and are very disappointing. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2011 by aitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Strolling through the Years!
Being an old folkie I can remember seeing Bert way back at the Scots Hoose and Les Cousins, coming to this album and being amazed at the songs, the words, the melody. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2011 by A.Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars A remembered time !!!!!
It is 1972 and I am walking to Honor Oak Park Station. I have just started at university near London Bridge. There is a small record shop near the station. I walk in and browse. Read more
Published on 16 May 2011 by Dr. Tom Bell
1.0 out of 5 stars Now hate me
Gee, friends, I've honestly tried and tried and tried, but I'm truly sorry ... I really don't get it. What is so wonderful about Bert Jansch? Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by Philip S. Walker
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