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Artist: JANSCH, BERT
Title: Birthday Blues
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Bert Janschs freewheeling fifth album, Birthday Blues, occupies a unique place in his solo discography. Released in 1969, the same year Basket of Light propelled Pentangle into the UK pop charts, Birthday Blues almost sounds like a Pentangle LP missing John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee. Backed-up by bandmates Danny Thompson and Terry Cox, Jansch neither holds back his characteristic moodiness nor takes himself too seriously. Whats more, Jansch is in love. Heather Rosemary Sewell isnt just the inspiration for one of the song titles; she also designed the cover, whose Hans Feurer front photo shows Bert holding the couples puppy. With just enough of a Donovanesque pop sense, Pentangle producer Shel Talmy keeps the overall feel of these recordings fresh, warm and immediate. As its playfully ambivalent title suggests, Birthday Blues reveals an artist fully comfortable in his own skin. Blues and folk influences are woven together into songs at once directly personal, yet generously light and free. The most pop of Janschs 60s solo recordings and perhaps one of his most underrated, Birthday Blues is a deep and rewarding family affair at the height of his musical powers. This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: JANSCH, BERT
Title: It Dont Bother Me
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Bert Jansch recorded his second album in 1965, just after his self-titled debut earlier that same year. The sessions were a step-up from the intimate, field-recording setting of his first album, although still not labored over too much in the studio. I figured that the faster I put down the tracks, the faster I could get out of the place, Jansch told NME, so I just ordered about a dozen bottles of wine, put the microphone in front of me and off I went, for three hours. The lyrics of It Dont Bother Me shift vividly between pure poetic imagery and the hollow resonance of pain. The LPs underrated title song stands as a manifesto for the way Jansch lived at the time. My Lover, featuring guitarist John Renbourn, has almost sitar-like drones, while Lucky Thirteen is a captivating, melancholy instrumental that shimmers with brilliant fingerpicking. This first-time domestic release is remastered from the original tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger. Bert Janschs It Dont Bother Me remains another essential British folk LP that belongs next to Nick Drake, Roy Harper and John Martyn in every record collection." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: JANSCH, BERT
Title: Jack Orion
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"Jack Orion, Bert Janschs third album, may have surprised some fans upon its 1966 release, as it features no original compositions by Jansch. While nearly all of the eight tracks (four of which include guitarist John Renbourn) are interpretations of traditional folk songs, Janschs experimental approach breathes new life into this repertoire through his exploratory use of open tunings and passionate, gritty vocals. According to Melody Maker, his interpretations illuminate the songs from a completely new angle. As sung by him, with brilliant accompaniments, the brutal world that created the old ballads doesnt seem so very far off. The ten-minute title song foreshadows the future through the past: with his sublime retelling of this dark tale of desire and revenge, Jansch embarks on a musical trajectory he would further develop with his group Pentangle. In Black Water Slide, a haunting ballad he first heard from Anne Briggs, Jansch plants the seeds for future versions by Led Zeppelin and Sandy Denny. Jack Orions unique combination of medieval themes and progressive arrangements would pave the way for the next wave of the British folk revival and beyond. This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: JANSCH, BERT
Title: Rosemary Lane
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"By the time Rosemary Lane was released in 1971, Bert Jansch had covered a great deal of territory on numerous albums as a solo artist, collaborations with John Renbourn and records by the band in which he and Renbourn sang and played guitar, Pentangle. Returning to the intimate economy of his self-titled debut LP from a half-dozen or so years earlier, Rosemary Lane was recorded on portable equipment by engineer/producer Bill Leader and featured Jansch with no accompaniment save his guitar and voice. Rosemary Lane has elements of many of the styles Jansch covered in his extraordinarily eclectic career -- from the folk and blues that were his bedrock to medieval music -- yet cuts to the heart of his strength as spell-binding storyteller and empathic interpreter of isolation and want. Occasional instrumentals vary the mood that, like much of his work, is usually somber and introspective. Jansch once again lights the way forward with detours through the past. His sparse arrangements seamlessly merge original songwriting and traditional folk songs, while Janschs imaginative lyrics charm every step of the way -- as if speaking directly to the listener alone. This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger." - Superior Viaduct.

Artist: JANSCH, BERT
Title: s/t
Format: LP
Label: Superior Viaduct
Country: USA
Price: $26.00
"Scottish singer-songwriter Bert Jansch recorded his first album in producer Bill Leaders London flat with a borrowed guitar, sitting on the edge of the bed and singing into a portable tape recorder. As author Richie Unterberger writes in the liner notes, When Bert Janschs self-titled debut LP was issued in April 1965, he was already a major figure on the British folk scene. His synthesis of traditional British folk with blues and a bit of jazz was at the vanguard of a new generation of UK folk performers, well-versed in past forms but unafraid to venture into new territory. His virtuosic guitar was complemented by a plaintive rough-hewn voice that didnt just document the on-the-road experience, but lived it. Bert Jansch contains all original material, except a shattered cover of Davy Grahams Angie that Jansch makes all his own. Needle of Death, one of the first folk songs to address the consequences of heroin use, yields to a restraint uncommon for Jansch, yet beautifully encapsulates the albums tone of heartfelt conviction. Superior Viaduct is honored to present the first-time domestic release of Bert Janschs debut, remastered from the original master tapes. For those interested in a unique strand of music that would become a major influence on everyone from Jimmy Page, Nick Drake, Donovan, Neil Young and more - there is no better place to start than here." - Superior Viaduct.

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