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The Hermit CD

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E99
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Walker on 2 Aug. 2009
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This is where you really need those five rosettes or golden stars, because of all John Renbourn's many brilliant albums this is the best. It is often compared to "The Lady and the Unicorn" and "Black Balloon", which are both fantastic records, but there is a difference, not so much in technical approach and consistency as in the material. Stylistically it is pure Renbourn with its unique and seemlesly blended mixture of folk, blues, early music, ragtime, and classical, yet it possesses an immediate appeal unparalleled in any of his other releases. Quite simply, every single track on "The Hermit" is saturated in astonishing melodic taste and inspiration, whether written by the man himself or derived from the works of Thomas Robinson and Carolan. It is like a Beatles or Abba album, or Bach's Brandenburg Concertos for that matter, where every lick, riff, verse, chorus, bridge and phrasing is singing straight to your soul and, moreover, will continue do so for the rest of your life, performed by just one man and his acoustic guitar (in fact, the only two tracks that don't shine quite so brightly are the ones where he has invited another guitarist to participate). The question "does it still stand more than 30 years after its first release" seems almost absurd. This is music out of time and place made by one of the great composers and musicians of our time, who should by now have been granted at lifetime achievement award.

The reissue sounds about as good as a CD can get, meaning that some of the warmth of the original vinyl is missing but you avoid and crackles etc. that may have developed over the years. The sleeve notes are a bit rudimentary and suffer from lack of background history so I assume JR must have declined from making personal comments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 July 2015
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After the break up of the group Pentangle in early 1973 and a failed solo album project (later released as the lost Sessions in 1996) things went quiet from John Renbourn for awhile. He had been living a reclusive life to some degree and so it was fitting that the next album from John would be called the Hermit.
This most excellent instrumental album is one of the finest by the great performer John Renbourn. The album came out in 1976. I first discovered the album about seven years later when I borrowed a copy from my local library. It was on vinyl and a few years later I bought a CD version.
This new re master CD version is by far the best release of the album so far and really does the album proud in its presentation.

As I said this is an instrumental album and one of some quality. John uses influences from Lute and Harp music. For example there are pieces from Turlough O’Carolan with the track Three pieces by O’Carolan which includes O:Carolan's Concerto that is transcribed for guitar. There is more from O'Carolan with the Lamentation of Owan Roe O’Neil. This is a piece that was collected in Francis O’Neil’s music of Ireland publication. Then finally the piece Lord Inchiquin.
There is another piece called A Toye which comes from 1603 and collected by Thomas Robinson.
There is also an Elizabethan piece called Lord Willoughby's Welcome. And more versions for solo lute by Thomas Robinson, Nicolas Vallet and John Dowland as well as a piece by William Byrd from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.

There is also much by John Renbourn himself. The Hermit, John's Tune, Goat Island, Old Mac Bladgitt, Faro's Rag, The Princess and the Pudding, The bicycle tune and Pavanna Anna Bannana.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Davey VINE VOICE on 25 Mar. 2010
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I recently bought this on CD, having originally had it when ot first came out. It is one of those records that just gets better the more you play it. My wife and I were listening to it last night and discussing Pentangle and how good they were. So, it is going back to their albums, maybe seeking more John Renbourn etc.... Quite brilliant musicianship, timing, arrangements and running order and great to have the extra tracks as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 2013
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Released in 1976, this is the ninth solo release from guitarist extraordinaire John Renbourn.

Showcasing that musical style that is all his own - a fascination with early baroque and medieval music infused with a love of jazz/blues/English folk/celtic, this is a stately and elegant piece of music. Dominated by his beautiful guitar work, seemingly effortless as he sends waves of music rippling from his fret, it's an album that just demands attention and suffuses the listener's world with a peaceful beauty.

This 2001 remaster from Sanctuary is excellent. The remastered sound is as clear as a bell and lets' Renbourn's delightful playing shine through. There is a reproduction of the original sleeve and some interesting liner notes. The release has been put together by people who care about the music for people who care about the music. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scriabinmahler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 July 2012
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The album needs no introduction, as the other reviewers said it all. Only thing to add, this remastered version has more clarity and focus. Especially when the two guitars play, each part is distinct and beautifully balanced against each other. It is refreshing and nice to hear these works in different order.

There are five bonus tracks from Renbourn's other albums, including my favourite, Luke's Little Summer, one of his finest works for solo guitar. The only problem of this CD is, there are confusing mistakes in the track list; track 12 is not Luckett Sunday but Luke's Little Summer and track 13 is Luckett Sunday instead of New Nothynge.
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