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Birthday Blues
Birthday Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another solo project from Bert surrounded by Pentangle, 29 Jun. 2015
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Whilst still in the group Pentangle with John Renbourn, and Jacqui McShee, Bert Jansch recorded another solo album. Although in many ways this could be regarded as almost a Pentangle album.
Renbourn and McShee may be missing but Bert has other Pentangle band members Terry Cox and Danny Thompson on board here giving Bass and percussion sounds. Also joining them is Duffy Powers on blues harp and Ray Warleigh on flute and Saxaphone.
This is an impressive album indeed and all the songs are by Bert Jansch which is something different from his previous releases that had song writing from various sources including his own. Here there is one track that was written jointly between Jansch and Anne Briggs and that is the lovely piece Wishing Well.
One song, A woman like you, had appeared on the live disc of the double album Sweet Child by pentangle around the same time that this album was recorded. Track two is of note too. It was written for Bert’s Mother. A bright new year is short but sweet. It is a beautiful track.
There are two instrumentals, Birthday blues and Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell. The latter being inspired and dedicated to Bert’s wife Heather. Heather was an artist and provided art work for each of the songs on the Pentangle album Sweet Child.

The album is a quality offering by Jansch and should not be over looked, Sadly it probably was over looked at the time because of the power of popularity that Pentangle were receiving,
It is a good album with much to offer and if you like other albums by Bert Jansch, or indeed albums by Pentangle, then you will no doubt like this.


Sweet Child
Sweet Child
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5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliant Second album from Pentangle is a live and studio double album, 29 Jun. 2015
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It was 1968, and the group Pentangle had already had massive success with their debut album The Pentangle earlier in the year. It had been a busy time for all the members of the group both on their individual projects or collectively as a group and that was to continue as they recorded this second album for release at the end of the year.
Sweet Child is quite frankly an outstanding release. It was a double album. The first disc contained a live concert recorded at London’s festival Hall back in June. This was welcome since it also contained new songs by the group.
The album begins with the brilliant Market Song written by all the group members collectively. This is followed by the Traditional tune No more my lord. There is a cover of the Lewis song Turn your money green and then a cover of Haitian Fight Song by Mingus. After a new live version of the Jansch song A woman like you we get another live version of another song by Mingus, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. A piece that John and Bert had recorded before as a duo. Track seven is brilliant. It echoes the material visited on John’s album Sir John Alot from earlier in the year. We get a medley of three tunes. The first is by composer C Gervaise, the second is Traditional and the third is by Byrd with the Earl of Salisbury.
We then get two traditional pieces that have outstanding arrangements. These are Watch the stars and So Early in Spring with McShee singing in a beautiful A cappella part. We finish the original first disc with a new version of No exit by Jansch and Renbourn, The time has come by Anne Briggs and a live version of Bruton Town.
The CD version continues with some extra tracks which is just excellent since it continues the rest of the concert that could not fit onto the original vinyl record.
Next track is Hear my Call, a live version of the song they recorded on the debut album The Pentangle. This is followed by a live version of Let no man steal your Thyme. This also had appeared on the studio debut album. The same goes for the next track Bells. There is a new live version of Travelling song by Jansch, Renbourn and McShee. Then two more songs given the live treatment that first appeared on the debut album, Waltz and way behind the Sun. Finally we get a live version of the John Donne Song by Renbourn. This is words by Elizabethan poet John Donne set to a tune by John.
As live albums go this is an exceptionally good one. The CD sound is excellent and this Re master is better than ever.
The second disc is the Studio album. We begin with the group created title songs Sweet Child.and I Ioved A Lass.
After a great song by Jansch and Renbourn we get a really good version of the Traditional song Sovay.
Other highlights on this album are I’ve got a feeling, a song by the group to a melody by Miles Davis. And there is a new vocal version of The trees they do grow high, a piece that featured in the instrumental album Sir John Alot by John Renbourn released the same year.
There are some interesting bonus tracks added to the CD version here and the whole studio album is an excellent follow up to the debut album.
Together the Live and Studio discs make a great release from the group Pentangle. The Picture art work on the front cover came from Peter Blake better known for his design of The Beatles Sgt Pepper Album cover.
Also there was art work for each of the songs provided by Bert’s wife Heather who was an artist.

This is definitely a must have release for any fan of Pentangle, Bert Jansch or John Renbourn.


Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng and Ye Grene Knyghte
Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng and Ye Grene Knyghte
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early music sound for John Renbourn, 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.


The Pentangle
The Pentangle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Debut album from Pentangle, 26 Jun. 2015
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There was Folk Rock and then there was Pentangle. This debut album by the group, recorded in 1968 is divine brilliance.
Pentangle was formed by Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Terry Cox, Danny Thompson and Jacqui McShee ant the album called The Pentangle brought the most unique form of Folk Rock to that date.
It’s unique blend of Traditional and modern folk songs, Jazz and blues, and early music was a breath of fresh air to the folk world and a commercial success for the band.

All the band members had previously recorded much already and had been successful in their own right. Jansch and Renbourn had recorded both as solo artists and together as a duo. McShee had sung folk and blues for some time and had recorded with Renbourn on his album Another Monday. Cox and Thompson had much experience working with Alexis korner’s Band. And prior to the album being recorded Pentangle performed together and built up a reputation. By the time the album was released Pentangle were a very attractive band in terms of the individual work and collective work as a band. They even had many sessions on BBC Radio One during the early days of the Radio station.
Not only do we get the expert playing of Renbourn, Jansh, Cox and Thompson but we also get the wonderful vocal style of McShee that holds the key to the band’s unique identity.

The album is pure genius of originality. The choice of songs and arrangements is first class. The album begins with the Traditional song Let no man steal your Thyme. McShee gives a beautiful vocal performance backed by an inventive arrangement. The same can be said of Traditional song track seven, Bruton Town. This is a wonderful version of the song.
Jansch and Renbourn offer up original pieces such as Bells, Pentangling, Way behind the sun, and Waltz. And there is a song by Jansch and McShee called Mirage.

The CD version offers up seven bonus tracks that are all interesting. These include alternative versions of two Jansch songs from previous releases, An alternative version and an instrumental version of Way behind the sun, an alternative version of Hear my call and an edit of Bruton Town. The re mastered sound is excellent and the presentation for the CD is good. The name for the group came from Renbourn who was inspired by Arthurian Legend.

The Pentangle is a brilliant album that is an important land mark in the story of Folk and Folk Rock as well as the collective works of Renbourn, Jansch and McShee etc.


Nicola
Nicola
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual diversion for Bert's fourth solo album, 25 Jun. 2015
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A number of performers during the folk revival of the 1960s progressed from acoustic to electric or heavier arrangements. And so it was with Bert Jansch.
After Three solo albums and a duo album with John Renbourn, this fourth solo project recorded in 1967 was in mood of its time. Here we get Bert on twelve string and electric guitars, double voice tracking and a fifteen piece orchestra with elaborate arrangements.
Some people don’t like this album because it sees Bert move from the acoustic sound that everyone had been familiar with, and to be fair that he returned to, to a more commerrcial project. But it is easy to over look this album. After all it is very different and in that way very unique compared to what he had done before. He would have been criticised by some for turning out yet another acoustic album.
In fairness what we have is an album that does have much to offer. And it has its own originality. I think it is worthy of a place in a Bert Jansch collection. The album is just not as bad as some would make out. I think it is a good album in many ways.

The title of the album comes from a friend of now wife of Bert’s friend John Renbourn. Nicola was a friend of Judy, John’s wife. Bert and Nicola got into a relationship together during the year of this album.
Bert and John were looking towards developing their new group Pentangle and influences of instruments other than acoustic guitar were coming in fast.
Some people didn’t like the end result of this album and its new direction for Jansch but the album is very good indeed and does have its own originality. It stands out from the previous three solo albums.
The instrumental title track has a sort of baroque woodwind cello and guitar feel to it. There is also the blues influence again with tracks Come Back Baby and Weeping Willow blues. Rabbit Run by Jansch is inspired by Wind in the Willows This is one of the tracks with the double vocal tracking,
The first track is by Ann Briggs and Bert Jansch and gets off to a good start in terms of what sort of sound everyone was used to hearing from Jansch. The second track, by Jansch, woe is love my dear, is a beautiful track and although there is orchestration and a busy sound compared to previous works, it is a brilliant track with a lovely arrangement. The track love is teasing is Traditional and the arrangement on guitar and vocals is very appealling.
. It is also clear that there was an attempt to push Jansch into the succesful pop singles charts. It doesn’t quite work though. There are clear pop influences here, Life depends on love, by Jansch has a soft pop feel to it.
Box of Love brings us back to the more familiar acoustic sound with a beautiful song and a wonderful recording, I wish my baby was here offers a very short break back to a pop kind of arrangement only to end the original album with the acoustic blues jazz folk sound of If the world isn’t there. Both are by Jansch.
This re mastered CD version is excellent. It has a good booklet with good photos and there are two bonus tracks which fit very well indeed on to the programme of tracks.


Eclection
Eclection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten folk rock gem, 25 Jun. 2015
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It is a shame that this group was so short lived and only one album produced. It is also a shame that the album has been largely forgotten about.
Eclection were a a British Folk Rock group formed in 1967. The resulting sound on the album is just brilliant.

I first heard this album on a vinyl original borrowed from the local library back at the end of the 1980s. Every week or so I would have to take my stylus for inspection, although actually rather in a lazy way (or was it smart) just a spare, and borrow a few records. This album I fell in love with straight away and searched for many following months for more albums by the group. It took a long time to find out that this was the only one. However it is a unique gem of an album.

The sound is much like the Seekers, Mamas and the Papas or Fairport Convention. There are hints of psychedelia and it is a wonderful sound atmosphere.
There is electric and acoustic guitar combinations as well as optimistic songs. There is a Californian or West Coast sound with catchy songs and the classic folk rock sound.
There are some outstanding songs and quite beautiful at times. There is a haunting atmosphere that is possibly just down to a nostalgic echo of the era. Nevertheless it is a brillian album.

The group were formed by Georg Hultgreen, Michael Rosen, Trevor Lucas, Gerry Conway (later working with Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention) and vocalist Kerrilee Male who was later replaced with Dorris Henderson who had worked with John Renbourn on two duo albums. Dorris would form a new version of the band, Eclection II with her son after the band split up,

The album could easily be forgotten about but give it a chance. I would recommend the album very much as a lost gem. If you like folk rock you will like this.


Watch the Stars
Watch the Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second album from Dorris Henderson and John Renbourn, 24 Jun. 2015
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When you put together ingrediants such as Jazz, Blues, Classical and Folk along with a Scottish guitar player and songwriter, and an african/Native American Singer songwriter and autoharp player you would expect to get a unique package. And that is what you get here in this second album by Dorris Henderson and John Renbourn together.
The first album had been a success and this album from 1967 is very impressive. I don’t think it is as good as the first album called There you go, but if you liked that album you will like this. If you haven’t heard that album I recommend you start there before trying this album.

John had already recorded solo albums and duet albums with Bert Jansch and Dorris Henderson. Dorris had moved from L.A. to London where she had embraced British Folk music as well as Americal Traditional music. She had recorded with Renbourn on the album There you go.
The jazz blues and folk influences from both worked well on that first album and it works equally as well here too. The choice of songs is perhaps not as great as the first album but this album is still one to get. Dorris uses her autoharp and there are other musicians present on this recording other than John and Dorris. The first album just had guitar and voice but this album has a little more and offers a slightly (very slightly) different atmosphere.

There are Traditional pieces such as the first track When you hear them cuckoos hollerin (one of the best tracks) and the song 30 days in Jail. Also from Tradition comes No More my Lord, arranged by Renbourn, Watch the stars and come up Horsey arranged by Renbourn and Henderson follow.
But on this second album we also get a cover version of the Tim Walker (who was also involved in the recording sessions) song Its been a long time and a cover of There is anger in this land by Hedy West. We also get covers of the Bob Dylan song Tommorow is a long time and For lovin me by Gordon Lightfoot.
There is an interesting version of the Billy Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr song God bless the child as well,

Anne Briggs was a friend of Renbourn and Jansch and then Henderson and here on this album we get a cover of one of her songs The time has come as well as Mosaic Patterns by Briggs and Henderson. Dorris continues her songwriting with Lonely Mood and Gonna tell my Lord. The album ends with a cover of Message to pretty by Arthur Lee.
There is one other track of note. Poems of Solitude is a medley of Chinese poerms set to music by Renbourn and sung by Henderson.
The album is a gem of the mid sixties folk revival and deserves a place in a good folk collection. The CD re mastered sound is brilliant and the album sounds good even today.

Joining Dorris and John in the sessions Danny Thompson on double bass. John and Danny would join forces with Bert Jansch and Terry Cox to form the group Pentangle.
Meanwhile Dorris would go on to join the short lived group ECLECTION
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There You Go
There You Go
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Renbourn and Dorris Henderson pure magic duo album, 24 Jun. 2015
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A unique cover version of the Cyril Tawney song Sally free and easy begins this outstandingly beautiful folk album by John Renbourn and Dorris Henderson.
There is much to say about this outstanding album. Beginning with a representation of British folk song writer and traditionalist Cyril Tawney’s song writing ability in the more than capable hands of John and Dorris is a good place to start. Sally free and easy is a great song and the version here is one of the best.
Following that there are three Traditional pieces arranged by Renbourn or Henderson. These are Single girl, Ribbon Bow and a fabulous rendition of Cotton Eyed Joe. Each track is given a unique treatment here. The wonderful guitar playing by Renbourn and the stunning voice of Henderson just works so well. They move on to a really good version of the Bob Dylan song Mr Tambourine Man and a Renbourn song Mist on the Mountain. The original side one of the vinyl record ends with a cover of a Ewan McColl piece The Lag’s song and two Traditional songs, American Jail song and The water is wide which gets a beautiful treatment here.
The next set of songs continues in excellent style. Something Lonesome is an original piece by Renbourn and a fine example of his skill it is indeed. The next piece is a clever one. It uses words by Elizabethan poet John Donne. These dreamy like lyrics are set to a tune by Renbourn and sung with quality by Henderson. The next song is called The winter is gone and is an Appalachian Ballad of Murder. This piece is arranged by Henderson. It is a song with its roots in British Folk History and has been adapted into the world of Blues music that both Henderson and Renbourn were familiar with.
This is followed by Strange Lullaby, a song with words by a friend of Dorris’s and developed by Renbourn and Henderson into a wonderful folk tune. Then we get an excitingly orignal version of the Traditional gospal song You’re gonna need somebody on your bond. This is arranged by Renbourn and the powerful singing by Henderson and the strong guitar work by Renbourn make this a great recording, The album ends with three Traditional pieces. The Appalachian song One Morning in May, Banjo Tune, a moonshine Kentucky song, and finally Going to Memphis. This brilliant CD version also incudes two bonus tracks that quite frankly fit very well on this album. One is Called Hangman and the other is a sensatational version of the Paul Simon song Leaves that are Green.

John Renbourn had already had success as a solo artist and duo work with Bert Jansch by the time of this album. Dorris Henderson is an interesting folk musician. She had grown up in Florida and New Jersey and then Los Angelas and found an interest in Folk music. Something that was unusual for a African American and granddaughter of a Blackfoot Native American. She moved to London in the early 1960s and embraced British Traditional Folk musc as well as American Folk Music. She met John Renbourn and the two got on well with their folk, jazz blues interests.
This album is just wonderful and the mixture of John Renbourn and Dorris Henderson works so well that the pair did record again together.
If you are a fan of Pentangle, Bert Jansch or John Renbourn then this album is essential in those areas of Folk music.


Bert and John
Bert and John

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5.0 out of 5 stars duo magic from Bert and John, 23 Jun. 2015
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By 1966 the folk revival was in full swing and established folk song writers and performers Bert Jansch and John Renbourn had already gained much success. Both had recorded solo albums, both had recorded the odd few tracks together already on their respective solo projects, both were fans of jazz blues guitarist Davy Graham and the jazz blues folk sound, both had lived together, and both recorded on the same record label It was bound to lead to a whole album where they would join forces for joint billing on one album. This is the album Bert and John. It is an outstanding album.
There seems to be some confusion about this album with some sources suggesting that it is really just a Bert Jansch album with Renbourn on a few tracks. But that is not the case. If anyone bothers to listen and to look at the album, (admittedly once they have it) they will find that this is most certainly a duo album. For a start off there are eight tracks of the twelve that are credited to Renbourn and Jansch or Jansch and Renbourn as composers. Then there is one track by Renbourn and one by Jansch, That leaves two songs by other composers. The first of those is the notable track Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, a brave and very original cover version of the classic Charles Mingus piece. Both Renbourn and Jansch were fans of of the work of Mingus and very few people would dare tamper with it, but the result here is excellent. The other song by another writer came from Jansch’s friend and fellow folk star Ann Briggs and The time has come.
Back in 65, Jansch had recorded his debut album in a front room of engineer Bill Leader’s house. And then the studio for the second album. But the stresses of the studio led him to record his third album and this duo album back (both in the same year) in the relaxed setting of Jansch and Renbourn’s home. For some people the sound may suffer with close michrophones. I for one find the sound absolutely fine and a great atmosphere is present in the end result.
The majority of the album is instrumental and has the by then typical fusion of jazz blues folk and classical sound. It is indeed a fine album that should be in any good folk collection. The CD edition is excellent with a good booklet that has many photos in it. This is a must have for anyone that likes John Renbourn or Bert Jansch.


Jack Orion
Jack Orion
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5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional sound for Jansch third album, 23 Jun. 2015
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The folk song revival produced many contemporary folk songwriters and new folk songs. But it also gave a resurgence of interest in tradtional folk music.
After the success the year previously with his debut album and second album with fresh new songs by Jansch, this third album leans more to the tradtional side of folk music but still retaining that Jansch sound of jazzy blues influence through the arrangements. This third album, Jack Orion, was recorded in 1966 and it is one of my favourite albums by Jansch. It contains the traditional epic title track Jack Orion. And there is also a ten minute adaptation of Glasgerion, a Child Ballad.
The debut album had been recorded in the front room of a house belonging to engineer Bill Leader but that relaxed setting was followed by the stress of a studio for the second album. For this album, Jack Orion, and the next album Bert and John, also recorded in the same year 1966, Jansch returned to the front room atmosphere of their flat to record, here on this album are various influences such as Baroque, Hillbilly, Dylan, Jazz, Blues and British and Irish Traditional music. Once again we have the familiar acoustic guitar with vocal and instrumental tunes that form the unique sound of Jansch.
Jansch had spent time with traditionalist Anne Briggs and the pair had played around at traditional songs together. This influence gave this album such a special unique sound. Many sang traditional songs. And many sang and performed in an established three chord sort of way. The unique performance style of jansch injected a new refreshing take on the traditional sound here. The album was a shake up for some of the traditionalists of the older generation. In the same way that Folk Rock would be criticised by some and praised by others, Jack Orion would also be embraced as just a new modern way to interpret folk music by some and derided by others. So here there are songs all from Tradition except for The first time ever I saw your face by Ewan MacColl. And even there Jansch’s rendition sounds so original compared to the MacColl version. . Also of note is that once again, like album two, John Renbourn helps out on a few tracks. The opening track The Waggoner’s lad, has Jansch on banjo whilst Renbourn plays the guitar.
It is clear that this album influenced a lot of people in the music business. It is obvious that Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin more than borrowed from it.
I first heard this album back in the 1980s on a original vinyl copy that I borrowed from the public library. It was the first album by Jansch that I heard. Since then I have discovered the other albums by Jansch and collected on CD. This album, and this CD version is one of my favourites and it is a fabulous release. The sound is excellent, and much better than that vinyl version years ago, and there is a good booklet with photos. This album should be a must have in a good folk collection.


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