Nicola (2015 Remaster) Bert Jansch

Album info

Album-Release:
1967

HRA-Release:
14.11.2018

Label: Sanctuary Records

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Folk Rock

Artist: Bert Jansch

Album including Album cover

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  • 1Go Your Way My Love (2015 Remaster)04:22
  • 2Woe Is Love My Dear (2015 Remaster)02:20
  • 3Nicola (2015 Remaster)02:55
  • 4Come Back Baby (2015 Remaster)03:02
  • 5A Little Sweet Sunshine (2015 Remaster)02:22
  • 6Love Is Teasing (2015 Remaster)02:08
  • 7Rabbit Run (2015 Remaster)02:46
  • 8Life Depends On Love (2015 Remaster)01:48
  • 9Weeping Willow Blues (2015 Remaster)03:43
  • 10Box of Love (2015 Remaster)02:03
  • 11Wish My Baby Was Here (2015 Remaster)01:41
  • 12If the World Isn't There (2015 Remaster)03:04
  • Total Runtime32:14

Info for Nicola (2015 Remaster)



‘Nicola’, released in July 1967, was Bert Jansch’s fifth album for Transatlantic. At the time, critics and fans were less than impressed by David Palmer’s florid string arrangements on some tracks but time has been kind and the record stands as Jansch’s prettiest album.

By the time the record was released the summer of love was upon us, with a backdrop of civil rights, the Vietnam war and revolution in the air. Bert’s marvellous playing, as evidenced on every one of his recordings, was a perfect antidote to the real world, creating its own place. Out of step with the fashionable recordings and productions of the day, (this was the year of ‘Sgt. Pepper’, the first Doors album, Jefferson Airplane’s ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ and Love’s ‘Forever Changes’) ‘Nicola’ is timeless.

Continuing the series of Bert Jansch’s Transatlantic recordings, this album was remastered using the original 1967 master tape recorded at Decca Studios and Sound Techniques in London during the Spring of 1967. This is the first time this tape has been used since the album was released. The vinyl was cut from the same tape and is the best possible representation of the wonderful music that Bert Jansch recorded at these sessions.

"Jansch's third solo album is perhaps too lightly dismissed by both folk critics and the artist himself. Bowing slightly to commercial pressures, he allowed orchestration to be used on five of the 12 tracks. Actually, the orchestrated cuts aren't that bad at all, and the remainder are pretty much keeping with the character and high standard of his other '60s work. Nine of the 12 cuts are Jansch originals, and ably display his nimble guitar work, incorporation of blues, traditional British Isles folk influences into a contemporary style, and his Donovan-esque vocals. For the first and only time, he played both electric and acoustic guitars on this LP; it's also his first work to feature drumming. Some of the orchestrated numbers, especially "Woe Is Love, My Dear," were actually deemed to have potential as singles. That didn't happen (the cut "Wish My Baby Was Here" would have been a better choice in any event), but that doesn't take away from their fey period charm." (Richie Unterberger, AMG)

Bert Jansch, guitar

Digitally remastered


Bert Jansch
born in Scotland, he was steeped in American blues and jazz, North African music, and folk early in his career, and by the beginning of the ’60s he was playing the British folk clubs, extending his musical education. Artists like Martin Carthy and Anne Briggs turned him on to songs in the British folk tradition. By the mid-’60s Jansch had set up residence in London where he began and playing live shows, and by making the studio recordings that would come to influence a generation of songwriters, singers, and guitar players. Classic artists like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Donovan, Elton John, and Nick Drake, all the way up to present artists like Fleet Foxes and Devendra Banhart, have acknowledged Jansch as a major influence and innovator of acoustic guitar playing. By his second album, Jansch was collaborating with John Renbourn, another seminal British folk guitar giant. Together in 1967, they formed The Pentangle, one of the most important British folk groups of the ’60s.

Bert Jansch is listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 100 Guitar Players Of All Time.”

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