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Dazzling Stranger 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 (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Castle/Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00004YU42
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Strolling Down The Highway
2. Angie
3. Running From Home
4. Needle Of Death
5. It Don't Bother Me
6. Lucky Thirteen - Bert Jansch, John Renbourn
7. Blackwaterslide
8. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
9. Soho - Bert Jansch, John Renbourn
10. Rabbit Run
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
2. Lost And Gone
3. The Blacksmith
4. Chambertin
5. You Are My Sunshine
6. Blues Run The Game
7. One To A Hundred
8. Sweet Mother Earth
9. Where Did My Life Go?
10. Blackbird In The Morning
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description

why we used 2 Loren Auerbach tracks on a Bert Jansch CD...
I compiled this album - the very first Jansch compilation to feature material licensed from more than one label - and I'm delighted r. smyth has enjoyed it. In response to his caveat about two Loren Auerbach tracks being 'a mistake' let me explain: those tracks, both featuring bert as guitarist and one as writer, were released in the mid 80s. During this period bert recorded the solo album Heartbreak (1982) and the reformed Pentangle albums Open The Door (1984) and In The Round (1986). All these albums were 'big production' albums with full band sound. However, for licensing reasons none of these recordings were available to us to use on this occasion and so, to balance this (and to avoid an impression that bert only recorded sparse acoustic music in the 80s and 90s) we used the two 'full band' loren auerbach tracks. In any case, the two Auerbach albums which Bert appeared on (After The Long Night and Playing the Game) have since been reissued on CD credited jointly as 'Loren Auerbach & Bert Jansch'. Hope this explains things!

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. D. Flint on 2 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Once in a while there comes along a record that does justice to an artist's career and in "Dazzling Stranger", we have a compilation that does an excellent job in highlighting the work of Bert Jansch. These 2 discs cover his output from 1965 to 2000 and includes not only his solo work, but also his music with John Renbourn, The Pentangle and Lauren Auerbach/Richard Newman.
His solo writing has always been strong with such songs as, Needle of Death, It don't bother me, One to a hundred and Looking for love, but his arrangements of traditional songs such as, Blackwaterside (reportedly used by Jimmy Page for Black Mountain Side, on Zep 1), Rosemary Lane, Lady Fair and Three Dreamers are equally as skilful. I now own such albums as, It don't bother me, Rosemary Lane, Moonshine, A Rare Conundrum ( always been a personal favourite of mine) and Crimson Moon, since buying this compliation a few months ago. Although his instrumental playing has always been excellent, his voice(always an accquired taste) has suffered through the years from smoking and it has become less strong and more mellow in his later 1990's recordings.
There are 44 songs to choose from on these discs and they show that Bert's guitar playing stretched to folk rock, folk baroque and english folk music. The " Dazzling Stranger" also includes an excellent set of notes which not only trace Bert's recording career, but also give summary information on each of the albums from which the songs came from. All the notes were written by Colin Harper who is the author of the book, Dazzling Stranger, which covers Bert Jansch and his role in the English folk/blues revival. It's been a joy for me to write this review, having been a long time fan since the early 1970's, when I first heard Bert's playing on various Transatlantic samplers. I just hope my review can encourage you to listen and enjoy this extremely interesting and highly regarded performer too, even if you only ever buy this great collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 24 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
You cannot go wrong with this. This a what all compilation albums should aspire to. Well chosen tracks and informative sleevenotes by Colin Harper (who wrote the equally excellent biography of Jansch with the same title). I wasn't sure which Jansch album to plump for so I took the conservative option to try this first. I wasn't disappointed. A great introduction to one of the major figures in British folk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I was sad to hear of his death and wanted to get some of his well known songs on one album. This is it. Guitarists of his era, me included, aspired to play like him and learnt to play many of the songs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hampshire Rose on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bert Jansch is a little like Marmite, when it comes to his voice, you eaither you either love it or hate it - I love it.
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