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on 11 January 2007
Bert Jansch's third album is, in my humble opinion, his greatest. An album filled with traditional songs it truly goes to show just what a great guitarist he is. As if Bert's talent wasn't enough he is joined by the equally great John Renbourn on some tracks which even further heighten the worth of this album to any guitar player. Even if you arent a guitar player the album is so full of great songs that you won't be able to stop listening to it.

The highlights of the album include the wonderful Blackwaterside, not so famously stolen by Jimmy Page for his insturmental track on Led Zeppelin's first album. Another song that has obvioiusly influenced Page is the Waggoner's Lad. The interplay between the Jansch's banjo and Renbourn's guitar is bordering on genius although admittedly the song does start to ramble on a bit. The chord sequence and intro banjo solo have a great resemblance to Led Zeppelin's Bron-Y-Aur Stomp. However the higlight of the album has to be the 9 minute epic and title track Jack Orion. This song truly broke the mold for the typical folk song arrangement. As the liner notes say it was previuosly unheard of for folk songs to last for longer than 3 minutes.

Although I simply dont have enough time to mention all the tracks, it must be said that not a single track on this album is a filler.

The album has influenced countless musicians and i strongly advise that you follow in their wake and buy this album
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on 27 January 2007
This album is an absolute gold British folk classic. Bert Jansch has made over 25 amazing albums in his time but this 1966 recording is definitely one of his best. Here, although the banjo does feature in the first track, he plays mainly his acoustic guitar. This is executed with perfect skill and sense of rhythm making this truely enjoyable and interesting to listen to. Most of the tracks compile a masterclass in the art of solo guitar-playing, with Jansch playing alone, but there are a few tracks in which the great man plays with his old flat-mate John Renbourn- 'The Waggoner's Lad', 'Henry Martin', 'Pretty Polly' and the nine and a half minute masterpiece, 'Jack Orion'. These duets make the already stunning guitar music even more powerful and entertaining. After buying 'Jack Orion' I am not at all surprised that so many great artists have been heavily influenced by Bert Jansch, namely Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. If you're a guitarist, a fan of folk or just appreciate good music, you'll be listening to this solid classic over and over again. It's definitely worth buying...enjoy.
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on 19 March 2007
Great music. It sounds much more fresh and inventive than folk music normally does, and it is 40 years old.

A great guitarist and singer at the peak of his powers on this album.

Just buy it and enjoy it, and ignore all the noise about "better than Bob Dylan", "Nick Drake was a better guitarist" etc etc
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This 1966 album is the third from Scottish folk maestro Bert Jansch. As an added bonus it also features John Renbourn. It's an album very much of it's time. It shows a young Jansch already a master of the guitar and with a love of folk, yet at the same time still learning and growing. In many respects it has the feel of an early Bob Dylan album, though Jansch is clearly a better musician and singer.

It's a straightforward album of traditional folk songs, played in a seemingly simple fashion. But listen more closely, and you can hear how Jansch cleverly uses the guitar to evoke his trademark feeling of darkness and gloom. The atmosphere is thick with doom as he leads us through tales of love, betrayal and death. Underpinning it is always his gifted guitar abilities. The sound is raw, lacking the polish and richness that marked Jansch's later work, but it is totally suited to the material, a more polished finish would have been totally wrong for the album.

This album is famous for being the controversially uncredited source of Led Zeppelin's Black Mountain Side, Jimmy Page seems to have lifted it wholesale from Jansch's innovative rendering of Black water side. Even if it weren't for the rest of the great music here it would be an interesting album just to hear the genesis of this rock classic.

This 2008 Sanctuary release boasts a good clear remastering, and some interesting liner notes. No extra material from the vaults though, which would have been nice. All in all a decent release for an excellent album. 5 stars.
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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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on 12 July 2014
A young Jimmy Page was obsessed by this record and , for a while , it took over his life . With the exception of the Ewan MacColl song which dare not speak it's name , the songs are all traditional . They are beautifully played and sung . When Jimmy Page came to the studios with Led Zeppelin , he couldn't resist pinching Black Water Side .
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on 11 March 2010
This is one of my favourite Jansch CD's and it is a Classic which you will enjoy and be safe with. Enjoy it for now as in his later years Bert loses the plot.
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on 25 January 2010
Nice album; but not as interesting as the 1st two, or indeed his later work "Black Swan". If you are a fan (as I am) you will have to have it.
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