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The Ornament Tree [Original recording reissued]

Bert Jansch Audio 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 (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000056O6Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Ornament Tree (Bonny Portmore)
2. The Banks O'Sicily
3. The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
4. The Rocky Road To Dublin
5. Three Dreamers
6. The Mountain Streams
7. The Blackbirds Of Mullamore
8. Ladyfair
9. The Road Tae Dundee
10. Tramps And Hawkers
11. The January Man
12. Dobbins Flowery Vale

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5.0 out of 5 stars Jansch has continued to be an important voice 6 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
As Colin Harper points out in the liner notes, Bert Jansch has sometimes been viewed as folk hero from yesteryear. He correctly argues that Jansch has continued to be an important voice in contemporary folk, and that The Ornament Tree, recorded in 1990, is worthy of his early to mid'70s work. While it may be a stretch to compare it to a great album like 1973's Moonshine, there is little doubt that Jansch continued to be a vital artist. The overall sound of The Ornament Tree is quite uniform, filled with Celtic fiddles and flutes, and the song choices are a nod toward tradition...but as always Bert Jansch makes every song his own. Ballads like the title cut and "The Rambling Boys of Pleasure" tell tales of lost love and warn of the pitfalls of roving, while "The Dreamers" is a wistful salute to the romantics of the world. The evocative "The Mountain Streams" conjures up the magic of a forest and a mysterious love, of two strangers who meet, part, and agree to meet again in another season. Jansch is in good voice throughout, and his guitar work is excellent as always. The supporting players provide sympathetic accompaniment and topnotch solo work throughout the album. Two instrumentals, "The Rocky Road to Dublin" and "Lady Fair," have been included. The first features the lovely fiddle of Peter Boyle and the latter, the superb whistle playing of Maggie Boyle. For Jansch fans, or for those who love good acoustic music with a Celtic twist, The Ornament Tree will be a satisfying album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Jansch Gem 18 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolute hidden and forgotten delight. Bert is in fantastic voice and his guitar playing is as brilliant as anything he has ever done. Stand out track is The Road Tae Dundee - just magical. It would melt a heart of stone. Not a bad track to be found and some absolute beauties. Cannot recommend this enough if you love traditional music with a contemporaty spin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars January Man 29 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
Most of the songs on this album appear to be old traditional Irish songs I think. Some of them are very nice, when Jansch has applied his unique interpretation on arrangements. His voice sounds absolutely fantastic, deep and dark. Some of them are a bit on the twee side. If you like old ballads and all that, you'll probably like this. However, if like me the sound of the whistle does your head in, you might not enjoy the whole thing as much as some of his other albums. I'm not knocking him for using the whistle player or anything, he's Bert Jansch, he can do what he wants, but I think whistles are pretty horrible things really. At least there are no whistle duels, now that would be horrible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Ignored Classic 25 May 2010
By K Brennan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Due to Jansch's limited exposure in 1991, the somewhat unexciting album cover, and other reasons for which I do not know, but sure are there, this is a superb album that has been overlooked. Jansch fans will most likely find a few Jansch favorites on this album, it being full of beautiful songs.

This has become one of my favorite Jansch albums. It is full of great guitar work, but also of great bass, keyboards (though there aren't many), drumming, and fiddle. My two favorite songs are his instrumental cover of "The Rocky Road to Dublin" and the re-recording of "The January Man" which I feel is infinitely better than the one featured on the Moonshine album.

From first song to last, this album is consistent with soft creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of Acoustic Folk 10 Feb 2002
By cmw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my favorite Jansch recording. Every single song is a joy to listen to. Jansch is the best guitarist in his field. I am constantly returning to his work for the poetry, and creative melodies. If you like Bert at all, why don't you have this disk? Get it!!!!!!!!
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