Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Bert Jansch's groundbreaking virtuoso acoustic guitar playing, deeply affecting songwriting and dark, passionate voice have delighted audiences since the mid sixties. Famously admired by Jimmy Page and Neil Young, more ... more »
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Bert Jansch's groundbreaking virtuoso acoustic guitar playing, deeply affecting songwriting and dark, passionate voice have delighted audiences since the mid sixties. Famously admired by Jimmy Page and Neil Young, more recently Noel Gallagher (Oasis), Jarvis Cocker (Pulp), Bernard Butler (Suede) and Johnny Marr (The Smiths) have paid homage to this quiet, unassuming, but hugely revered master. Toy Balloon showcases this remarkable performers' playing and singing abilities. 12 tracks.
Poet, innovator, survivor - troubadour par excellence
firstname.lastname@example.org | Seattle | 07/22/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's getting so one doesn't actually review a new Bert Jansch so much as comment reverentially on its appearance. Every time I play 'LA Turnaround' or 'Nicola', people ask who *is* that? When I shove 'Avocet' on the turntable, people clamor for a copy. Bert is The Man, and he's back again, tricking us all with his twists and turns and that wickedly simple-seeming style that dissolves instantly when you reach for your own instrument.His leathery voice continues to fight shy of hitting the precise note but that's his charm and he picks and writes perfectly for it: Jackson C. Frank's 'Carnival', the exquisite title track, 'Toy Balloon' that's tailor-made for the movie theme song of Ian McEwan's "Everlasting Love", if and when it makes celluloid; "She Moved through the Fair" with the familiar Davy Graham-type modal twists and the rhyme that only Bert would come up with: who else would, with a straight face, match, "Oh my young love said to me, my mother won't mind" with "And my father won't slight you for your lack of kine."? God bless the knave. On the livelier side, it certainly sounds like he's having fun on the statutory rockin' blues tunes, but I've never come to terms with that particular energetic side of BJ's repertoire; is it that his voice isn't quite up to it, or the formulaic harmonica and drums and bland middle-eight instrumental just don't excite? Whatever, listen to the quieter, more melodic tracks and then remind yourself of the earlier goodies like "It Don't Bother Me" or even "Jack Orion", and just marvel and thank Le Bon Dieu that Mr Jansch is still with us and stronger than ever."
Bert Jansch in Arran and still the best!
email@example.com | 08/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bert recorded this album on the beautiful Isle of Arran in Scotland. It obviously gave him inspiration since it has several high spots on it. Perhaps it is not quite so consistently good as his previous release (When the circus comes to town) but there is much to savour on it. Like the other reviewer I prefer Jansch when he is not tempted to add harmonicas, saxophones, electric guitars and pianos in attempts to create a band. Solo guitar, thats all he ever needs (unless the original Pentangle could reform!). The stand out tracks are Carnival, She moves through the fair, Bett's dance, Toy balloon, Paper houses, and Just a simple soul. Bert is still the best."