All of it provides an illuminating glimpse into the work that they put into sounding as laidback and effortless as they did. They sweated over their arrangements, trying different instrumentation and lineups to get It just so. Even more exciting is the live material scattered throughout.
The rigors of the studio sessions being removed, Pentangle came even more fully alive onstage. A set like this is also a great source to get a full understanding of how a band evolves over any length of time. While things were becoming more fractious among its members and with its former label Transatlantic, the group never lost its focus when making music together. In fact, that album wound up being their most complete statement.
But in their earliest recordings, there is a slight distance between the musicians LP as they settled into this exciting new project not to mention, their insistence early on of using primarily acoustic instruments. This album truly exemplifies this. Bert and John collaborated in recordings only once as a duo and that is this one album.
He began performing his unique synthesis of folk, blues and jazz in the early s, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown of Edinburgh. His iconic first album, Bert Jansch Aprilwas played on borrowed guitars and recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck. That album caused a sensation for its innovative guitar technique and powerful songs, and has been phenomenally influential to this day, cited by legions of guitar players famous and otherwise as a major inspiration.
The group Album) in and Jansch once again perused a solo career. On the eve of a US tour, Bert was diagnosed with lung cancer. John Renbourn was born in London in and was surrounded by music from an early age as his mother was an accomplished pianist and his great-uncle, a cello playing priest. John never got to know his father who perished during the second world war. His life revolved around music, and that included his formal education which was supplemented by LP tuition with maestro John Reds Favorite - Bert Jansch & John Renbourn - Bert And John (Vinyl.
However, the Roundhouse in London had a more tolerant attitude, and there John Renbourn joined blues and gospel singer Dorris Hendersonplaying backing guitar and going on to record two albums with her. Possibly the best known London venue for contemporary folk music in the early s was Les Cousins on Greek Street, Soho, which became the main meeting place for guitar players and contemporary singer-songwriters from Britain and America. As a result of frequenting this establishment, aroundRenbourn teamed up with Bert Janschwho had moved to London from Edinburgh, and together they developed an intricate duet style that became known as folk baroque.
Their album Bert and John is a fine example of their playing. Renbourn went on to join Pentangle and in doing so kept a successful music relationship with Bert Jansch active. Between and John Renbourn recorded 20 solo albums, 11 collaborative albums including this album and released 5 live albums and appeared on 7 compilation albums. This album is a classic example of such a case. Track number 1 on side 1 — East Windis my favourite track on this album.
East Wind is the shortest track on the album but it is a classic case of quality always rules over quantity. The credits for the composition go to them both and it is a superb way to open an album that will please on so many levels.
The track has a real flamenco feel and that initial sound cleverly, and gently, mutates into something much more with its blisteringly fast chord changes. East Wind. Track number 3 is Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Despite their obvious predilection for all things folk, this is an out and out blues track. A Charlie Mingus composition. Yet it is been beautifully interpreted by these two and it also reminds us of the passion that John Renbourn had for blues based music. Once again this track demonstrates that these two guys not only were technically superior to most other acoustic players of the day, they had an inherent feel for the music that allowed them to shape the pieces into what are beautiful examples of music.
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. Track number 5 is Tic Tocative. It only missed out being the shortest track by 2 seconds. It has a loose feeling, yet there is not a note out of place, nor a note that is surplus to requirements. Tic Tocative. I turned the album over, having realised that I had already played three tracks from side 1yet I needed to also consider that side 2 would be no slouch! I could not go past track four on side 2.
The Time Has Come. This is the longest track on the album coming in at 2 minutes 58 seconds. Written by Anne Brigg s, it is only one of two tracks on the album with lyrics, the other being Soho. It could be argued that the vocals actually get in the way of the music and for a while I supported that line of thinking.
Bert Jansch and John Renbourn provide an entire album which shows what happens when two great steel-guitar players duel each other through a dozen tracks. They have created an amazing musical landscape in this album. In many ways their guitar duelling, albeit acoustic, is equally on par of the electric duelling that came fashionable not long after, as exemplified by Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. The great thing about the album is that there is not a dud track on it, Album).
The music covers a variety of styles and really does showcase the brilliance of both men. Pegi and I were lucky to play with him on all of our shows for the last couple of years. He is a hero of mine, and one of my greatest influences. Bert was one of the all time great acoustic guitarists and singer-songwriters. Our sincerest sympathies to his soulmate, Loren. We love you, Bert. Sadly, John Renbourn passed very recently, on Thursday 26th March When he failed to appear at a concert, police visited his home in Hawick in the Scottish Borders and found his body.
It is believed he died of a heart attack. Sadly, there is live footage on Youtube featuring both Bert and John from those early days.
I did come across a 10minute documentary with VERY rare footage of them. Bells Click to open the following Vinyl reviews from onward:.
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