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Bert Jansch CD
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Bert Jansch is the debut album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. The album was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at engineer Bill Leader's house and sold to Transatlantic Records for £100. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The record includes Jansch's best known tune ""Needle of Death,"" which was inspired by the death of a folk singer friend of his, Buck Polly.
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It took my ear some considerable adjustment to get used to the finger-picking style of these folk musicians. Like most of my generation, I'd been brought up on a musical diet of the Shadows, the Beatles, the Stones and the many other glorious groups of the early 60s. But once I learned to appreciate the skill, the musicality, and the genuine emotions expressed by the upcoming wave of folk artists there was no turning back.
And I bought some of the records too, and we'd listen to them, as moody teenagers, often stoned, until late into the night. They stayed with us, although, in my case, most of them (with the exception of the ISB) moved somewhat to the back burner during the later stages of the 60s when the psychedelic explosion occurred.
And then, a few years ago someone sent me a CDR of People on the Highway: A Bert Jansch Encomium to check out. I liked this tribute CD so much that I bought my own copy - which record companies please note, is often the way it works with me. The CD brought those early folk music memories right back to the front of my consciousness.
And then, a week or so ago, Bert Jansch died. He wasn't old - though some might say he lasted a lot longer than might have been predicted at one time.Read more ›
For depth of songwriting and passion, & subtlety and strength of performance and lyrical content this album rivals almost any folk LP from the 1960s, including Dylan. Though Jansch's voice might not be everyone's cup of tea, his astonishing guitar playing is mesmerizing.
In the time you spent reading this review you could have pressed "buy now", I strongly suggest you do so now.
There are many famous names in the folk song revival that have had rightful recognition and the American influence was very strong with the likes of Dylan. But then there were other wonderful artists that deserve at least equal credit. These people are maybe familiar within the folk world but not so well known outside. Like America, Britain produced quality performers and this CD respresents one of the greats.
Bert Jansch, a singer songwriter from Edinburgh, has his debut album here on this excellent CD version of a beautiful folk album. It was recorded in 1965 and features songs written by Jansch except for the tune Angie, written by Jazz blues guitarist Davy Graham of whom both Bert Jansch and his friend John Renbourn were big fans.
The songs cover all sorts of issues. There are songs with great passion and sensitivity. There are songs of death and life, hope and despair. And there are protest songs. The performance is on acoustic guitar with unique vocal style by Jansch. There is a magical quality to the whole sound and this album deserves a place in a folk music collection. Within the folk world Bert's most famous song appears here. Needle of Death deals with drug use and death. It was inspired by the death of a folk singer friend. Hardly a jolly song. But it is a most poiniant piece performed with great senstitvity. Such examples have sadness yes, but they also have a beauty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant - the only reason not to buy it is if you have it already.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bert's first album and it still sounds superb, what a player.Published 13 months ago by GEORGE MARTIN
I'll let you into a little secret if you're good and call me helpful. You see, I only really ('Reilly - Ace of Spies', any of you remember that, with Sam Thingy, not Wanamaker,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Shillam