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Rosemary Lane
Bert Jansch
Rosemary Lane
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
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Digitally remastered UK reissue of the important British folk-rock artist's 1971 album for Reprise. Housed in a slipcase, includes 12 page booklet with informative sleevenotes. 2001.


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All Artists: Bert Jansch
Title: Rosemary Lane
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Castle Music UK
Release Date: 11/26/2001
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


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Digitally remastered UK reissue of the important British folk-rock artist's 1971 album for Reprise. Housed in a slipcase, includes 12 page booklet with informative sleevenotes. 2001.

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Bert Jansch gets back to the basics and plays his guitar
Lawrance M. Bernabo | The Zenith City, Duluth, Minnesota | 05/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Rosemary Lane" is a 1971 album from Bert Jansch that finds him getting back to the basics. In this case that means Jansch playing his guitar without any added orchestrations. "Nicola" was the last Jansch album I heard for the first time and after some of those arrangements the simplicity of this album was a joyful discovery. These recordings are so basic that you can hear Jansch's fingers rubbing the strings of his guitar. Jansch is one of the great acoustic guitar virtuosos of his generation, equally comfortable playing the blues, American folk music, or, as is largely the case here, the more traditional music of the British isles.

The rather Renaissance tone of this album is captured in the second and third tracks, the title song being a traditional work interpreted by Jansh and the acoustic piece "M'Lady Nancy." There are certainly pieces that are more contemporary in both origin and execution, but the Robert Johnson written instrumental "Alman," the traditional songs "Reynardine" and "Sylvie," and the instrumentals "Peregrinations" co-written by Jansch and John Renbourn and "Sarabana" written by Corelli & Corelli, are the heart of the album. The proof of this is that when you look at "The Best of Bert Jansch" album, these are the tracks that are included in that collection.

If there is one noticeable difference between the "Rosemary Lane" album and Jansch's first self-titled album from 1965 is that he is much more comfortable and effective as a singer. But the chief attraction here remains listening to this guy play the guitar. In that regard this is one of Jansch's best albums and falls in the "must have" category for his legion of fans."
One Of Few
StevieMac | 09/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bert is fantastic and this album is fantastic. I would never call Bert a guitar "virtuoso" though, I would call him a creative genius. His acoustic guitar arrangements sound at first oddly foriegn and then somehow, reconfiguring the patterns in your brain, change into the most natural and complete compositions you've ever heard. His lyrical style exactly compliments the style he plays on guitar and he comes off as a very convincing poet, storyteller. Bert and his music seem to come from the same place myth and folklore come from."
What the young folk said
eBoy | snoqualmie WA | 05/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A lot of folks make a lot of claims about which are the great albums of the early 70's British Folk Scare, and most make a pretty good case. The core Steeleye Span albums, the early Albion Band releases, any number of solo LP's by Peter Bellamy, The Dransfields, The earlier Watersons' albums, and, of course, The Pentangle albums. The Pentangle holds a particular spot, given the virtuosity of its musicians and the eclectic folk/jazz/rock roots of its music.
Bert Jansch's Rosemary Lane is a standout of the Pentangle solo material. Remarkable guitar playing and a rough hewn voice are startling even today; Jansch continues recording into the 21st century (though at a much reduced level of power) and has an unfortunate tendency to ramble off the map, musically speaking. That being said, Rosemary Lane is the beacon of his earlier work. From the tasty instrumental work to the excellent choice of songs, it is a first-rate work. The title song remains one of the great classics of the genre, a fascinating and moving piece not easily put out of your mind once you have heard it.
Bottom line- if you are putting together a core collection of British Folk Scare albums, this is an essential item.