17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2007
For anyone who has never heard Bert Jansch solo, this would be an ideal place to start. His style encompasses folk, renaissance, blues and conveys an ethereal quality that marks his work from his contemporaries. This particular album displays in my view, that wistfullness of the mysterious bard the best. There isn't a bad track on here. Reminds me of winds playing over moor and heath just as the sun sets below the horizon.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
It is perhaps surprising that I have only recently started listening to Bert Jansch's solo work. I have long been a devotee of Pentangle and John Renbourne, as well as artists such as Dylan, Fairport Convention and the like. But up until now I have never really dipped my toe into the world of Jansch. And now that I have I regret that I have spent so long without this sublime music in my life.
Rosemary Lane is a traditionalish folky album, released in 1971 just at the end of Jansch's time with the original Pentangle line up. While in some respects stylistically similar to what he was doing with the group at the time, it is very definitely a solo album and has his own distinctive persona running right through it. Stylistically it is rooted in folk, but as with so many of the artists of the time Jansch uses a much wider musical palette, introducing elements of jazz, blues and a tinge of rock.
Jansch is lauded as a master technician on the guitar, and he really shows why here. Playing with a depth of skill that is breathtaking, he delivers vivid emotional imagery just with a few plucks of a guitar string. But at the same time he is singing, and the melding of voice and guitar, the balance between the two is just perfect. He delivers ballads and love songs with real grace and clarity. Contained herein is Reynardine, a classic from Fairport Convention's Leige and Leaf, but here Jansch does so much more with it, accentuating the lyric with his beautiful guitar work and delivering a version that I would suggest is even better than the sublime Sandy Denny rendition.
This is what music should be. It enters the soul and lodges there, driving feelings and emotions and evoking real passion. I just love this record and am looking forward to hearing more from Jansch's back catalogue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Rosemary Lane is a beautiful album by Bert Jansch. It was recorded in 1971 during a time when Bert was still a member of the group Pentangle. After four albums with the group and losing interest in what they were doing, Rosemary Lane was like returning to the more simpler arrangement and sound of his early solo albums.
The album was recorded with Bill Leader as producer on portable equipment in much the same way they had produced the debut album. The album was a throwback to happier times. For me this is one of the best albums by Bert. The album has simple acoustic sound of guitar and vocals with expert playing and wonderful songs.
The album has original songs by Jansch such as the opening Tell me what is true love, and M’Lady Nancy. But it also has a few songs from other people or Tradition. Traditional pieces like the title track Rosemary Lane gets a wonderful treatment from Bert. He sings with such meaning and passion.
Reynardine, is another Traditional piece that gets a great arrangement here. And another Traditional piece called Sylvie is a delight.
The Jansch written songs are some of the best of his work and they sit very comfortably with the other pieces to make a true folk album.
The CD version with re mastered sound is perfect. There is a good booklet with original art work for the original vinyl release. It sounds great and this album is one of the Bert Jansch albums that you really should have if you are going to collect his recordings.
28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Anyone already familiar to Bert Jansch will know exactly how important he was to the english folk scene of the early sixties - basically, he did for the acoustic guitar what Jimi did for the electric. Hearing his versatility with the old piece of wood is a wonder - noone had played like this before (it also made Dylan quite envious, which is no bad thing)! whereas other folksters treated their instrument with respect, Jansch abused his, strumming with fierce verocity and producing highly original interpretations of folk standards as a result.
Rosemary Lane is the first album in which the focus is not entirely placed on guitar. Whilst song was never sacrificed by Burt for lightning string picking, sometimes it was obscured a little as the listener sat back and gasped 'wow' at yet another incredibly inventive use of scaling or chord progression. On this album the songs shine just as brightly as the talent displayed with guitar. And what songs they are! 'Tell me what is true love' is a request from a child to his father, stunningly evocative and quite (sniff) touching. 'Silly woman' despite the rather unfortunate title is no misogynistic rant ala 'Stupid girl' but rather a remonition on the uselessness of words in a relationship that transcends understanding. 'Reynardine' is quite simply, a gorgeous interpretation of an old standard based on a medieval comedy of sorts. I could go on and on but I'll wind up with saying that this without doubt the most affecting (and argueably best) Jansch album you'll hear. Right, I'm off to fall in love with it all over again!
on 14 July 2014
Just Bert and his guitar but none the worse for that . The celebrated title track is the all too familiar tale of a naive servant girl who finds herself up the duff . Reynardine is our old foxy friend who seems to crop up in my collection almost as often as the song that dare not speak it's name . A Dream , A Dream , A Dream is hopelessly catchy . We have all drunk in Nobody's Bar . Tell Me What Is True Love is the universal child /parent interrogation about the meaning of life . Silly Woman is a tender song in which the woman is addressed with fond exasperation rather than the misogynistic bullying which the likes of Jagger and Richards were indulging in around this time . I got this a few years ago on a twofer with Birthday Blues and , if you can find it , that is the one to go for .
on 1 March 2013
Undoubtedly, one of Jansch's best albums: just voice and guitar, beautiful songs, non-intrusive production, sounds as if he is playing in your living room...