This delightful 1973 album is the eighth solo release from Scottish folk guitarist extraordinaire, the sadly late and missed Bert Jansch.
It is a beautiful album, full of brooding, gentle songs that really tug at the heart. Jansch was a master with the guitar, and complex melodies seem to trickle and flow effortlessly from his fingers. All the while his earthy voice hovers just above the music, leading us through tales of love, regret and life.
It's a definite progression from some of his earlier work, with a wider musical palette to draw on and some richer arrangements. The backing is deceptive, it seems spare and restrained, but in reality is a rich mixture of fiddle, harp, flutes and harmonica which provide a gorgeous background texture for Jansch to paint his pictures on.
Its music that just reaches down to the soul and touches you with its beauty.
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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