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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Castle / Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00006IJY5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Earle of Salisbury
  2. The trees they do grow high
  3. Lady goes to church
  4. Morgana
  5. Transfusion
  6. Forty-eight
  7. My dear boy
  8. White fishes
  9. Sweet potato
  10. Seven up
  11. Transfusion (alternative take)
  12. Forty-eight (alternative take)
  13. The Earle of Salisbury (alternative take)

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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2015
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Sir John Alot of Merrie England is one of my favourite albums by John Renbourn. It has its blend of early music, medieval music, classical music, folk music and hints of jazz blues.
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.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 April 2014
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Four and a half decades on, this is still a very fine album. It is brief by today's standards (40 minutes or so) but it's a wonderful collection of instrumental tracks by John Renbourn and friends. It is a mixture of more jazzy, Pentangle-esque music - which is excellent - and mediaeval and Renaissance works which Renbourn had unearthed from places like The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and arranged for guitar with some flute and percussion.

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 )
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Anyone with just the slightest love for guitar music should own an album by Renbourn. This is from his early period, and it showcases his technique and style with a wit and humour that other Renbourn records don't have. Personally, I prefer his reworks of very old midieval material, but the other tunes are just as good. This album, along with "Another Monday", makes a perfect document of Renbourn music.
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Perhaps they should have been a bit more careful with the wheat they used for baking that winter at Camelot, because during the John Renbourn Consort's performance of a tune called "Morgana" one of the recorder players positively freaked out. Prior to this the percussionist had replaced his tabor and tambourine with a set of bongos, while the consort leader and lute player had put steel strings on his instrument, which seemingly enticed him into playing some funny, kind of African sounding melody lines, bending the strings in a manner so you couldn't tell if he was going by minor or major scales during his elaborate ornamentations. The whole thing was recorded on the rather primitive equipment of the day. Still the sound was good, though the edit on a track called "Lady and the Unicorn" left a bit to be desired. In hindsight it wasn't the best record John Renbourn Esquire ever made (too much ergot, one is led to believe), but the album went on to inspire a whole generation of would-be musical Robin Hoods, from Fairport Convention through the Amazing Blondel to Phil Pickett (the Wilson Ditto of the crumhorn), and as such was an essential forerunner for the wonderful musical style we now know as Mock Tudor R&B.

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.
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John is joined by Terry Cox (finger cymbals, African drums and glockenspiel) and Ray Warliegh (flute) on a number of instruental pieces from medieval to modern. We begin with the familiar Earle of Salisbury - Terry on glock (this is a studio recording and so tne nervous erors in the live performance on 'Sweet Child' are not repeated.
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.
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