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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0006OL5JK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Moon Shines Bright
2. The English Dance
3. Bouree I and II
4. The Mist Covered Mountains Of Home/The Orphan/The Tarboulton
5. The Pelican
6. The Black Balloon

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Penguin Egg on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although The Hermit is a close contender, I would claim this to be Renbourn's finest album, and this from a man who has a respectable body of work behind him. This is an instrumental album displaying the virtuosity of Renbourn's guitar playing. The dazzling display of fingerwork shown on all these tracks would impress a Segovia or a Bream, with whom, to these ears at least, I would not hesitate to place him. The first three tracks of stately baroque pieces played without accompaniment. The final two tracks are composed by Renbourn and have a lovely accompaniment by a flutist and, through the use of double tracking, Renbourn on electric guitar. In case you think the use of an electric guitar clashes with the acoustic purity displayed elsewhere, the playing is so masterly that he manages to make it sound like the most natural thing on earth.
The Black Balloon is a thing of beauty from the opening note to the last. For fans of the acoustic guitar, I recommend it whole-heartedly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2013
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First released in 1979, this is the tenth solo album from guitar maestro John Renbourn. It was a particularly artistically successful period of his career, this highly acclaimed album coming hot on the heels of his other fan favourite, the Hermit.

It’s a simple instrumental album in which Renbourn gives full reign to his baroque leanings. In the first three tracks he plays solo on guitar, dazzling with his mastery. The music is a complex whirlpool of melodies gushing forth from his guitar. On the last two tracks he is accompanied by a flute and electric guitar, which serves to add more colour to the album and does not detract from the wonderful music.

Highly recommended for all those who enjoy virtuoso musicianship, finely crafted tunes and thoughtful music into which the artist has poured his soul. It’s five stars from me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. F on 27 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
A worthy contendor for his finest hour, flawless playing, and inspired compositions, conveying as usual the wonderful sense of Old England, the sort of music that should be played behind a mediaeval mime troop acting out fairy tales. Only "Nine Maidens" and "Lady and the Unicorn" compare.

The title track in particular is outstanding, an epic of guitars and flute.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. Hubbard on 17 May 2013
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There's only one downside for me with this album, in comon with many other of Renbourn's albums: the balance between guitar and flute tends to favour the flute, so that John's guitar often sits far too quietly in the background while the flute dominates the show ... and although the flautist is good, he too often succeeds in drowning out the delicate intricacies of John's guitar playing. Other than that gripe, this is a very good album, with the long Black Balloon track a stand-out piece of craftsmanship ... a piece of rare beauty and subtlety.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
High up on my desert island list 4 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Renbourn fan ever since his Pentangle days, and this is my favorite solo recording of his (although "The Nine Maidens" and "Sir John Alot of" are close runners-up). It's mostly solo guitar, with discreet flute and percussion accompaniment, and Renbourn is nothing short of spectacular the whole way through. The tunes range from the lively to the meditative, and from the straight-ahead to the discursive (his improvised dialog with the flute in "The Mist-Covered Mountains" is wonderful). And this to me is the sign of a true professional: in the virtuoso "English Dance," he muffs a note, laughs, and picks it right up again; very few musicians would have the guts to put THAT on a CD! I practically wore this album out when I had it on vinyl, and was delighted when it was reissued as a CD. (The recording quality, by the way, is excellent -- nothing was lost in the translation.) This one always lands high up on my ever-changing list of 10 Albums I'd Take to a Desert Island.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Collection of Instrumentals 2 Dec. 2000
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this collection of mostly solo instrumentals (Renbourn is occasionally joined by flute and tabors), the listener is treated to a series of folk pieces--the last three all in excess of seven minutes.
The liner notes get a bit technical for this listener. For example, of the opening track we are told: "After establishing the theme in sedate quarter-notes, it launches into a fascinating set of variations in typical Elizabethan manner, moving into progressively more animated figurations in slightly altered harmony. At the fifth variation, the theme migrates beneath lively motifs in the upper voice in eighth--and sixteenth notes, before introducing fresh but related material leading to a closing restatement of the original theme intact." I think what that really means is that Renbourn plays some of the most amazing fingerstyle guitar you're ever likely to hear.
In addition to his solo albums, Renbourn has recorded a series of duo albums with former Pentangle bandmate Bert Jansch as well as with American Stefan Grossman, all of which are worth seeking out. If you enjoyed the folk music of Pentangle or the John Renbourn group, but are more interested in simply hearing Renbourn's unadorned guitar playing, this album is an excellent introduction. RECOMMENDED
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A thing of beauty 27 Dec. 2005
By Penguin Egg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although The Hermit is a close contender, I would claim this to be Renbourne's finest album, and this from a man who has a respectable body of work behind him. This is an instrumental album displaying the virtuosity of Renbourne's guitar playing. The dazzling display of fingerwork shown on all these tracks would impress a Segovia or a Bream, with whom, to these ears at least, I would not hesitate to place him. The first three tracks are stately baroque pieces played without accompaniment. The final two tracks are composed by Renbourne and have a lovely accompaniment by a flutist and, through the use of double tracking, Renbourne on electric guitar. In case you think the use of an electric guitar clashes with the acoustic purity displayed elsewhere, the playing is so masterly that he manages to make it sound like the most natural thing on earth.

The Black Balloon is a thing of beauty from the opening note to the last. For fans of the acoustic guitar, I recommend it whole-heartedly.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sublime acoustic guitar music 14 April 2005
By Vega Player - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very special recording indeed - and one I first loved in the mid eighties. Standout tracks are "The Pelican" with inspired use of harmonics with cleverly swooping and diving melody, and the beautiful "Black Balloon". There is something intensely moving about this music - I always did "fill up" when hearing it,- something wistful and bitter sweet about it! John Renbourn is an amazing guitarist - as all who've seen him live will testify! I cannot imagine any guitarist/acoustic lover being disappointed after buying this gem.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Classic Renbourn 15 Aug. 2000
By C. H Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't know if I would consider this Renbourn's best album (and I have everything else he's ever produced to compare it with), but it certainly is a very good one. 'As good a place as any to begin if you had to choose one as a starting point. For the unitiated: Renbourn sounds a bit like Pierre Bensusan, though the latter performer cannot match his speed and elegance.
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