Rosemary Lane (2015 Remaster) Bert Jansch
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- 1Tell Me What Is True Love (2015 Remaster)02:05
- 2Rosemary Lane (2015 Remaster)04:04
- 3M'Lady Nancy (2015 Remaster)02:43
- 4A Dream, a Dream, a Dream (2015 Remaster)01:29
- 5Alman (2015 Remaster)02:07
- 6Wayward Child (2015 Remaster)03:03
- 7Nobody's Bar (2015 Remaster)05:25
- 8Reynardine (2015 Remaster)03:17
- 9Silly Woman (2015 Remaster)01:50
- 10Peregrinations (2015 Remaster)04:34
- 11Sylvie (2015 Remaster)01:33
- 12Sarabanda (2015 Remaster)02:56
- 13Bird Song (2015 Remaster)02:34
Info for Rosemary Lane (2015 Remaster)
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 spellbinding 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 Jansch's imaginative lyrics charm every step of the way – as if speaking directly to the listener alone.
"Although rated very highly by many Bert Jansch fans, Rosemary Lane isn't quite as striking as his best albums of the '60s. It's more of a delivery of all the attributes listeners had come to expect of him by 1971 -- excellent acoustic guitar work, imaginative interpretations of traditional material and well-constructed originals in the same vein, and committed vocals -- than a step forward, or even sideways. It's perhaps one of his more low-key efforts, both in the sparse arrangements and the subdued tone. It's certainly a worthy effort on its own terms, even if it's largely a restatement of already visited themes." (Richie Unterberger, AMG)
Bert Jansch, guitar
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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