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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