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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Dusk Fire Records
  • ASIN: B00004WN14
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Strolling Down the Highway - Chris Smither - Chris Smither
2. Dreams of Love - Rab Noakes - Rab Noakes
3. Running from Home - Ralph McTell - Ralph McTell
4. Rambling's Going To Be The Death Of Me - Rod Clements - Rod Clements
5. Do You Hear Me Now? - Donovan - Donovan
6. Needle of Death - Roy Harper - Roy Harper
7. It Don't Bother Me - Steve Ashley - Steve Ashley
8. Soho - Al Stewart - Al Stewart
9. Blackwater Side - Kelly Joe Phelps - Kelly Joe Phelps
10. Love Is Teasing - Steve Benbow - Steve Benbow
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Bird Song - Maggie Boyle - Maggie Boyle
2. People On The Highway - The Legends Of Tomorrow - The Legends Of Tomorrow
3. When I Get Home - Bernard Butler - Bernard Butler
4. Tell Me What Is True Love? - Brooks Williams - Brooks Williams
5. Moonshine - Steve Tilston - Steve Tilston
6. Fresh As a Sweet Sunday Morning - Wizz Jones - Wizz Jones
7. In My Mind - Birddog - Birddog
8. Sweet Mother Earth - Martin Jenkins - Martin Jenkins
9. Where Did My Life Go? - Eleanor McEvoy - Eleanor McEvoy
10. Blackwater Side - Polly Bolton - Polly Bolton
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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Specially recorded treatments from this cult performer’s catalogue by peers and subsequent generations of artists influenced by his writing, guitar playing and distinctive vocal delivery. Participating artists include Al Stewart, Johnny Marr’s Healers, Roy Harper, Chris Smither, Brooks Williams, Steve Ashley, Bernard Butler, Donovan, Steve Tilston, Eleanor McEvoy and Ralph McTell. A track by track listing follows this news release. The 26-song 2CD album comes with an illustrated 20pp booklet.


" … Bert himself must be reassured that the consistently high levels of performance here tell a mighty story." -- Q MAGAZINE

"Some great music bristles throughout this album – beautifully executed, seductive, and more than a little chilling." -- IRISH POST

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just check out the line-up on this! Johnny Marr's Healers (the first track they put down together apparently), Donovan, Chris Smither, Ralph McTell, Duffy Power, Steve Tilston, amongst 26 great musicians -from the famous to the relatively unknown -turning in beautifully crafted covers of the work of Jansch (Zeppelin's Page and Plant, and Neil Young are amongst the many to acknowledge a debt to this guy). With folk, blues, rock and even a touch of country on offer, eclecticism is the order of the day, but it all works brilliantly, thanks to the capabilities of the musicians and their evident fondness and regard for the subject.
Thus, over 2 CDs, you get to hear Jansch's extraordinary story through these - his - songs, from his early days at the the dawn of London's folk blues boom in '63 through fame with Pentangle early 70s to relative down-time in the 80s. All very cleverly compiled: try playing the CDs on shuffle and you really do get a different record each time. A must for collectors of these artists' work certainly (they recorded these tracks especially for this album) but wonderful listening also for people who enjoy a good story told through music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Jones on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bert Jansch died this week (Oct 2011). One of the sad things about his death is that although reported on BBC News it will have made little impact on the majority of the population. But Bert's music, while maybe not directly impinging on the public at large, had a huge influence on a small percentage of the population, and fortunately that small percentage included some of the most prestigious musicians in the world - many of whom owe a debt to Bert that can't be repaid.

This encomium is an appropriate tribute to the man and his music, and is studded with many of the more famous folkies - Roy Harper, Donovan, Ralph McTell, Al Stewart, amongst others. It also has one or two names which might not have been expected here - including Johnny Marr of the Smiths. Fittingly, this 2 CD set ends with Bert's son Adam performing Morning Brings Peace of Mind.
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By john f keys on 23 July 2013
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this cd has some excellent songs and many very good covers of some classic songs,i liked it very much.Roy Harpers version of needle of death especially.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Naked Songs 19 Jun. 2005
By Lee Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This 2-CD set from 2000 that celebrates the music of Bert Jansch is a varied mix of acoustic folk gems that is easy on the ear & will put a smile on your face. The opener is by one of my favorite artists, the prolific Massachusetts folkie Chris Smither. On "Strolling Down the Highway" Smither taps his foot to keep time and delivers a sweet shuffle. "Dreams of Love" boasts one of Jansch's most gorgeous melodies with Rab Noakes' voice weary like an often heard complaint. Ralph McTell's voice holds a gentle strength that interfaces with the lovely melody on acoustic guitar on "Running from Home," "A passing image of you reflects a pain to my heart and disappears in the crowd." Donovan recorded "Do You Hear Me Now?" in 1965, but this new re-recording pops with acoustic energy and Donovan's passionate delivery slamming the song through the speakers, "There's snowmen in the winter, blossoms in the spring, if they drop the bomb in the summertime, it won't mean a doggoned thing, Do you hear me now?" Al Stewart of "Year of the Cat" fame drenches the melody of "Soho" with acoustic waterfalls of guitar, "Come watch the naked dance that spins before your very eyes, naked like a song." Kelly Joe Phelps' haunting raspy vocal undresses the lovely melody of "Blackwaterside" with that delightful Jansch-style guitar. Johnny Marr who has worked with Morissey & the Smiths does a haunting version of "A Woman Like You" with cymbal percussion and a rare flash of electric guitar. While disc one is all male, disc two opens with female vocalist Maggie Boyle who lets her Irish brogue on "Bird Song" from my favorite Jansch album, "Rosemary Lane." Brooks Williams' acoustic guitar & gentle vocals do a good job on "Tell Me, What Is True Love?" One of Jansch's most lovely melodies, "Moonshine," is given a gentle embrace by Steve Tilston's sonic caress. Wizz Jones does a good rendition of "Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning" that Simeon Jones' flute lifts to an utter delight. Martin Jenkins from the band Dando Shaft gives a traditional folk reading with some delightfully alive finger-style guitar on "Sweet Mother Earth." Eleanor McEvoy presents one of the rare piano-based tracks on the slow and deeply felt "Where Did My Life Go?" Interestingly enough, the set repeats "Blackwater Side" on the second disc with Dando Shaft's Polly Bolton instead of Kelly Joe Phelps. James Devlin & Helen McGurk do an excellent job on "Is It Real?" Bert's son Adam Jansch concludes the set with a piano-based rendition of "Morning Brings Peace of Mind." This folk set offers many folk gems and highlights the long career of Bert Jansch. Enjoy!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Gold, pure gold 6 Jan. 2001
By Todd Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Albums made up of various artists always provide an interesting mix of music especially if you are buying the album for one song. Personally I was after Johnny Marr's Healers, but I was pleasantly surprised not to have bought it for one song. Combines heavier (in a rock sense, not punk or metal) with a few sleepy jams and sounds great in my CD player. Take a chance, if you are truly addicted to music you are gonna need to buy something, and you can't go wrong here.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb! 25 April 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard the song "Moonshine" on a folk station (on the internet!) and on the strength of that 1 fine song bought this collection. I was very impressed with the quality of songwriting and the inspired covers by these artists. It clearly was a labor of love for them.
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