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Palermo Snow

25 Jan 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Jan 2011
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Shanachie
  • Total Length: 46:45
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  • ASIN: B004IDOB46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,047 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By njr on 17 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
After (for me) the relative disappointment of his last album, Traveller's Prayer, this is a glorious return to scintilating form for The Professor.

I'm particularly delighted that he's finally recorded Little Niles, a Randy Weston tune which he has been gigging for more years than I can remember. It's an outstanding piece of playing, as is the title track, Palermo Snow.

The playing is as inventive, as varied, and original as ever, with unmistakable Renbourn bluesy nuances in the most unlikely of places. Even the improbably-titled "Weebles Wobble but the Don't Fall Down" (a Renbourn composition that bears no discernable similarity to the jingle) and Blueberry Hill are great.

For me, the only disappointing tracks are Sarabande (Eric Satie) and Bach's Cello Prelude in D. Both are played beautifully, but I've never heard a Sarabande I liked, and the Cello Prelude, while more than competent, is just a pale shadow when compared with a great cello version like Tortelier's.

These minor reservations apart, this is an outstanding CD from one of the inventors and greatest exponents of modern fingerstyle guitar.

It's also worth mentioning that Dick Lee plays clarinet on the title track, on Little Niles and on Ugly James, and is sounding better than ever, adding a new dimension to music when he comes in.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By pfrostsm on 15 Feb 2011
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You have to wait a long time between albums (except live ones) with 10 years between each of the last two but it is truly worth the wait. The standout for me is the title track which is entrancing. I have listened to it about 100 times now and am still getting new nuances. This is breakthrough stuff. Funnily enough, reading the other review, Sarabande is a bit static for me but I love the rest.

As a Pentangle fan, it was always for me about John not Bert. He has never really been anything but immaculate, apart from his very first album back in the 60s that was a bit rough! The Black Balloon, Nine Maidens, The Hermit, Sir John Alot etc stands the test of time. Having seen him about 30 times live or more, I hope he showcases some of this on the upcoming tour- I shall be cheering him on. It would be nice if some nationals picked up the album and were positive. JR interviewed in OK mag.....
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sadly the world is a deeply unfair and unjust place and while the reputation of the impeccable John Renbourn gently ticks over, Bert Jansch his great sparring partner both within and outside of Pentangle is rightly/regularly namechecked by a the glitterati of rock guitarists as a massive and central influence. Yet Renbourn is by any standards one of the great British guitarists of his generation and friends who particularly love British folk music speak of him in the most hallowed tones with his very distinctive fingerstyle and massive impact on acoustic play. He is a true renaissance man with his musical interests covering a huge musical landscape ranging over classical, folk, jazz, blues to that huge box marked Celtic/Renaissance/Medieval. If you have not had the privilege yet to hear this virtuoso guitarist as a starting point either please check out the great bluesy version of Charlie Mingus's "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" or the absolutely sublime "The Hermit" both to be located on his "Best of" retailing at an obscenely reasonable price on Amazon. Your world will be a better place for it.

While Renbourn has released various live concerts over recent years "Palermo Snow" is his first proper album since 1998s "Travellers Prayer" and what an event it is to have him return and in such style. The old goats sense of humour is firmly intact and frankly I never imagined that a song dedicated to those roly poly toys beloved of a certain generation of children and their theme tune "Weebles wobble but they dont fall down" would figure on a Renbourn album but here it is beautifully played and executed. His cover of "Blueberry Hill" is an equally a lovely bit of mischief with Renbourn showing a style that most guitarists can only dream of as he weaves complex patterns around Fats Domino great classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Just to add my voice to the chorus of praise for this excellent album. There are already half-a-dozen very good reviews here; I haven't all that much to add to them. John Renbourn is a great guitarist who hasn't lost any of his brilliance, and this is a hugely enjoyable, varied album of a master playing superbly and with immense enjoyment in a variety of pieces and styles...but you almost certainly knew that already.

What it comes down to is this: if you like John Renbourn, you'll like this. It's up there with his best over the last forty years and more (and with excellent recorded sound, by the way). Don't hesitate - this is a terrific album.
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