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Best of Bert Jansch
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Well-known and emulated by acoustic guitar devotees, Bert Jansch has never had the notoriety that British folk rocker Richard Thompson gained, though he's every bit as dynamic a guitarist, and has absorbed and transformed ... more »
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Well-known and emulated by acoustic guitar devotees, Bert Jansch has never had the notoriety that British folk rocker Richard Thompson gained, though he's every bit as dynamic a guitarist, and has absorbed and transformed even more influences--notably the Delta blues. There's a geometric precision behind this Scot's fleet, rhythmic fingerstyle work, which never sounds quite like any guitarist you can name. He's also an underrated composer, as the opening track alone should tell anyone, especially Led Zeppelin fans: Jimmy Page and band recorded it, renamed as "Black Mountain Side." This single-disc collection overflows with Jansch's formidable, hypnotic talent. --Roy Francis Kasten
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To date, the best Jansch anthology
C. H Smith | Bowling Green, Kentucky United States | 08/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Bert Jansch fan for over thirty years, own just about all of his recorded material, and count him as my single favorite performer. This anthology is clearly the best one available as of this writing (the other reviewer's comments notwithstanding--some of the "tape stretch" he refers to was also present on the 33 rpm issues: a lot of Jansch's early material was recorded at home on a portable tape player, so high audio quality can hardly be expected). If you can't admire the man's significant creative genius from this sample of tracks, there's no hope for you--it would be difficult to come up with the name of another acoustic guitarist in the second half of the 20th century who produced a more original and influential style than did Jansch. And the good news is that this sample by no means exhausts his catalog of first-rate material."
Robert Lunte | Seattle, WA USA | 05/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Im listening to this CD as Im writing this review and Im exceedingly stunned by the raw beauty of the playing and production.Im new to this artist, but this is simply one of the best finger-style CDs I have ever bought.bluesy/celtic/salty vocals...This is a six star!"