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Pure outstanding fingerstyle blues guitar heaven
on 22 March 2006
I originally bought this album (in English, LP) when I was at university in 1969. It still inspires me today and I still aspire to play more of the songs on it. From the simple instrumental Judy to the more difficult blues instrumental Plainsong this was the defining album that made Renbourn a cult figure among acoustic guitarists. You will never hear a better version of Candyman - this contains the definitive haunting version that makes all others seem pale imitations.
The blues breaks that he puts into every song are just incredible, even now after 35 years of playing fingerstyle guitar I cannot get anywhere near them. I would love to be able to play them such is the level of sheer virtuosity and inspiration. I just wish someone would 'tab' them.
There are even a couple of duets with contemporary Bert Jansch - 'blue bones', a great song about hitching on the N7 in France (National Seven) and to end a great and haunting song "blues run the game" that you will hum for days.
He doesnt play the same material any more - i went to see him in Chester - it was an excellent evening but he has moved on in style leaving a great legacy in acoustic blues fingerstyle guitar that in my educated view stands among the best ever recorded.
I was absolutely stunned to see that nobody had reviewed this great album and just had to rectify that..