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Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng and Ye Grene Knyghte Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
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The album is instrumental and it is one of the finest albums ever recorded.
John had recorded many albums previously. Two solo albums, one album and many tracks with Bert Jansch and two albums with Dorris Henderson. He had just been involved with the group Pentangle along with Jaquie McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.
Now he turned to his next solo project. Here on this album Terry Cox helps out on percussion. And the connection to pentangle can also be found on track two, The trees they do grow high. This would be performed and feature on the next Pentangle album but this time sung.
This album is different from previous albums in many ways. It is all instrumental for a start and the strong leaning towards early music gives it a different atmosphere.
Ray Warleigh helps out on flute on some tracks which helps to give the album a more unique feel.
The album starts with a piece by Byrd, The Earl of Salisbury arranged by Renbourn, This sets the atmosphere perfectly. He plays guitar miniature on Lady goes to church, track three written by Renbourn, On track four, also by Renbourn we get an epic called Morgana complete with tempo changes. Transformation is a blues tinged piece with African drums. There are in fact six pieces by Renbourn and the other four from other sources. The album is wonderful
The CD version has three bonus track which are just alternative versions of three of the songs on the original album but the presentation is generally very good.
If you like John Renbourn, Bert Jansch or Pentangle you will like this album.
Since the album was recorded there have been a lot of first-rate lute recordings of this type of music by genuine virtuosi like Jakob Lindberg, Paul O'Dette and Nigel North, but I think this still stands up very well beside them. Renbourn was (and still is) a serious musician and scholar and a magnificent guitarist, and the great musicianship here makes it as fresh and rewarding as it was in 1968. The recorded sound is good, and you can't go wrong here, in my view. A classic, and very warmly recommended.
(If you're interested in more English Renaissance lute music, I recommend the disc Go From My Window by the great lutenist Nigel North. Go From My Window )
In other words, a fine record, and my only real objections here are related to the sleeve notes which forget to tell us anything much about the sidemen (thanks for informing us that David Munroe was there but not what he did!), and the bonus material which consists of three rather uninteresting alternative versions of the least interesting tracks from the original resin album, otherwise deleted since 1648.
The Trees They Do Grow High is an earlier medieval tine than the one sung by Jacqui McShea on Pentangle albums. Ray takes the melody.
Aspiring ginger-style guitarists could begin with Transormation and Forty-Eight byt the My Dear Boy solo is gymnastic.
My favourite on this disc is the old Booker T. and the MGs Sweet Potato number (remember their Green Onions single and all the backing the did got the TAmla Motown label and Bob Dylan?)
I bought this as an LP when it first came out in 1968 aod replaced it when one of my many student friends who wanted it eventually slipped it out the door without me noticing. I don't know how it sounds in digital but it's a first class tour of finger style guitar and it's a pity that John's recent Oxfor University Press tutor does not include music and tab for this mix of transcriptions and original compositions.
If you're discovering John Renbourn, make this your first purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had an old vinyl copy of this from my younger years, but this had become of poor quality and I was surprised (during a nostalgic moment) to find it available on CD. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ashleya
I started playing guitar to this album back in '68. Still one, if not the, finest acoustic guitar albums ever!Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Sir John most definitely chose the right path some forty to fortyfive years ago, where so manny others went astray.... Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2013 by Kjell Karlsson
I've never owned a copy of this particular LP, but learned the music from other peoples' over the years.
I hadn't realised that CDs were so cheap these days!