Bert Jansch & Various Artists
Submitted by mojoworking on 19 April 2013 - 8:46am
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Originally recorded in 1993 as the soundtrack to a BBC Scotland film about Bert and his contemporaries, this double CD edition accompanies an expanded DVD version of the film and features an entire disc of unreleased material. Just about everyone here is a nailed-on 60s folk legend and almost without exception they name Jansch as a major influence. While featuring heavily in the film John Renbourn did not appear on the original CD. That's now been rectified and the two Renbourn/Jansch guitar duets are highlights, as are unreleased tracks from Davey Graham and Anne Briggs. Brownie McGhee gets the lion's share of the new material with six songs, which seems like overkill at times. As always, Wizz Jones, Martin Carthy and Davey are essential listening, but this is Bert's party and he carries the show with some style. 20 years on and inevitably we've lost several of the main characters here. Not only Bert himself, but Davey, Brownie and Hamish Imlach have passed on too.
What does it all *mean*?:
What was originally a collection of contemporary tracks by the heroes of the UK 60s folk scene is now, two decades on, very much a look into the past.
Goes well with …:
Break out those classic 60s/70s albums by Pentangle, Martin Carthy, Davey Graham and, of course, Bert and John. This is acoustic folk blues guitar at its best.
Might suit people who like …:
See above. The original CD booklet carried nine closely-typed pages of sleeve notes from the Afterword's very own Colin H. There is no booklet with the new release, so those sleeve notes are seemingly lost forever. For shame!