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jack orion LP
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The highlights of the album include the wonderful Blackwaterside, not so famously stolen by Jimmy Page for his insturmental track on Led Zeppelin's first album. Another song that has obvioiusly influenced Page is the Waggoner's Lad. The interplay between the Jansch's banjo and Renbourn's guitar is bordering on genius although admittedly the song does start to ramble on a bit. The chord sequence and intro banjo solo have a great resemblance to Led Zeppelin's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. However the higlight of the album has to be the 9 minute epic and title track Jack Orion. This song truly broke the mold for the typical folk song arrangement. As the liner notes say it was previuosly unheard of for folk songs to last for longer than 3 minutes.
Although I simply dont have enough time to mention all the tracks, it must be said that not a single track on this album is a filler.
The album has influenced countless musicians and i strongly advise that you follow in their wake and buy this album
It's a straightforward album of traditional folk songs, played in a seemingly simple fashion. But listen more closely, and you can hear how Jansch cleverly uses the guitar to evoke his trademark feeling of darkness and gloom. The atmosphere is thick with doom as he leads us through tales of love, betrayal and death. Underpinning it is always his gifted guitar abilities. The sound is raw, lacking the polish and richness that marked Jansch's later work, but it is totally suited to the material, a more polished finish would have been totally wrong for the album.
This album is famous for being the controversially uncredited source of Led Zeppelin's Black Mountain Side, Jimmy Page seems to have lifted it wholesale from Jansch's innovative rendering of Black water side. Even if it weren't for the rest of the great music here it would be an interesting album just to hear the genesis of this rock classic.
This 2008 Sanctuary release boasts a good clear remastering, and some interesting liner notes. No extra material from the vaults though, which would have been nice. All in all a decent release for an excellent album. 5 stars.
A great guitarist and singer at the peak of his powers on this album.
Just buy it and enjoy it, and ignore all the noise about "better than Bob Dylan", "Nick Drake was a better guitarist" etc etc
After the success the year previously with his debut album and second album with fresh new songs by Jansch, this third album leans more to the tradtional side of folk music but still retaining that Jansch sound of jazzy blues influence through the arrangements. This third album, Jack Orion, was recorded in 1966 and it is one of my favourite albums by Jansch. It contains the traditional epic title track Jack Orion. And there is also a ten minute adaptation of Glasgerion, a Child Ballad.
The debut album had been recorded in the front room of a house belonging to engineer Bill Leader but that relaxed setting was followed by the stress of a studio for the second album. For this album, Jack Orion, and the next album Bert and John, also recorded in the same year 1966, Jansch returned to the front room atmosphere of their flat to record, here on this album are various influences such as Baroque, Hillbilly, Dylan, Jazz, Blues and British and Irish Traditional music. Once again we have the familiar acoustic guitar with vocal and instrumental tunes that form the unique sound of Jansch.
Jansch had spent time with traditionalist Anne Briggs and the pair had played around at traditional songs together. This influence gave this album such a special unique sound. Many sang traditional songs. And many sang and performed in an established three chord sort of way. The unique performance style of jansch injected a new refreshing take on the traditional sound here. The album was a shake up for some of the traditionalists of the older generation.Read more ›
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One star cos it never turned up so I can't tell you if it's any good or not! Refund process worked fine though.Published 19 months ago by Geoffrey R. Wilson
This is one of my favourite Jansch CD's and it is a Classic which you will enjoy and be safe with. Enjoy it for now as in his later years Bert loses the plot.Published on 11 Mar. 2010 by Chris Waywell