5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I write this a few days after Bert's untimely death at 67 from cancer. Like most artists who are taken prematurely from us,there is generally an upswelling in interest from people who are not devotees but simply curious. To them I would say,this is the perfect Bert Jansch album to 'get into Bert'. It's a lovely fusion of folk and blues with that crystal clear guitar picking from the maestro himself. With contributions from fellow musicians and singers,the tracks herein are far from being traditional finger in your ear dirges that a lot of people think folk music is. With crisp drums and electric and acoustic guitar accompaning Bert's unique melancholic vocals,the album just flows along as smoothly as a mountain stream. A fine,fine work by a brilliant artist.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2003
Bert Jansch is one of the most influential figures to emerge on the scene over the past Forty years.
This album proves he is still a powerful figure who composes and performs music that has a relevance and resonance today.
Bert performs with friends and family and there are no disappointments here.
"All That Remains" is an evocative sensitively performed number. Hope Sandoval sings, Bert and Colm O'Ciosoig accompany in an atmospheric but restrained performance. The traditional, "I cannot Keep From Crying" confirms that with hindsight and the passage of time we appreciate the irrevocable change certain courses of action can have on life.
Dave Swarbrick is here on "Sweet Death" and "Gypsy Dave". Ralph McTell appears complete with "harp" on "Bright Sunny Morning"
Bernard Butler, Johnny Guitar Hodge and Paul Wassif provide some electric, Spanish and Slide guitar-all good stuff. Adam Jansch and Loren Jansch make convincing and enjoyable appearances and Makoto Sakamoto continues the good work on drums and percussion that he started on Berts' Crimson Moon album.
Don't miss this album, it is a treat. it will lead you down the path to discover more Jansch. It is a fascinating route to follow.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There is no doubt that Burt Jansch is one of the great names in British Folk Music. After many years of recording and high acclaim Bert came up with his twenty second solo album in 2002.
This album is a fine album for someone that had been around for so long. You would think that any new album would be just an other album after over 35 years of recording. But that is not the case, as this album offers up great originality. The songs by Bert are strong and the arrangements which are more folk Rock in general are highly polished and very interesting.
The opening title track gets a rock treatment but it is a really good arrangement and suits the song well. There is a strong mix of blues and folk in the majority of the album with some great new material. Also on the album offering support is Bernard Butler (Suede) on electric guitar and keyboards. Makato Sakamoto on drums on two tracks, Hope Sandoval on vocals on one track, Colm O Ciosoig on drums, Johnny guitar hodge plays guitar on I cannot keep from crying and Paul Wassif plays slide guitar on Black cat blues.
Also of note Ralph McTell plays harmonica on Bright Sunny morning, Bert’s son Adam plays bass guitar on the title track and The quiet joys of brotherhood, Bert’s daughter Loren also performs on The quiet joys of brotherhood, on vocals and Dave Swarbrick plays fiddle on Sweet Death and Gypsey Dave.
All songs are by Jansch except for The quiet joys of Brotherhood and I cannot keep from crying which are Traditional pieces.
The song Bright sunny morning is a solemn description of the fall of the World Trade Center in the previous year 2001. I find this song actually very good. I think that such a subject could be a bit too sensitive and certainly an easy attention seeking subject to write about, but this is actually a great original song that is in good taste. It tells te story well and makes some good points.
A lot of the tracks are acoustic with just a few that are more folk rock in style. The album is a really solidly good one. It is an album that is worth having in a Bert Jansch collection.