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Black Balloon
John Renbourn
Black Balloon
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve.


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All Artists: John Renbourn
Title: Black Balloon
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 6/27/1990
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016351970923


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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve.

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A Wonderful Collection of Instrumentals
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 12/02/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"On this collection of mostly solo instrumentals (Renbourn is occasionally joined by flute and tabors), the listener is treated to a series of folk pieces--the last three all in excess of seven minutes.The liner notes get a bit technical for this listener. For example, of the opening track we are told: "After establishing the theme in sedate quarter-notes, it launches into a fascinating set of variations in typical Elizabethan manner, moving into progressively more animated figurations in slightly altered harmony. At the fifth variation, the theme migrates beneath lively motifs in the upper voice in eighth--and sixteenth notes, before introducing fresh but related material leading to a closing restatement of the original theme intact." I think what that really means is that Renbourn plays some of the most amazing fingerstyle guitar you're ever likely to hear.In addition to his solo albums, Renbourn has recorded a series of duo albums with former Pentangle bandmate Bert Jansch as well as with American Stefan Grossman, all of which are worth seeking out. If you enjoyed the folk music of Pentangle or the John Renbourn group, but are more interested in simply hearing Renbourn's unadorned guitar playing, this album is an excellent introduction. RECOMMENDED"
Classic Renbourn
C. H Smith | Bowling Green, Kentucky United States | 08/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I don't know if I would consider this Renbourn's best album (and I have everything else he's ever produced to compare it with), but it certainly is a very good one. 'As good a place as any to begin if you had to choose one as a starting point. For the unitiated: Renbourn sounds a bit like Pierre Bensusan, though the latter performer cannot match his speed and elegance."
A thing of beauty
Penguin Egg | London, England | 12/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although The Hermit is a close contender, I would claim this to be Renbourne's finest album, and this from a man who has a respectable body of work behind him. This is an instrumental album displaying the virtuosity of Renbourne's guitar playing. The dazzling display of fingerwork shown on all these tracks would impress a Segovia or a Bream, with whom, to these ears at least, I would not hesitate to place him. The first three tracks are stately baroque pieces played without accompaniment. The final two tracks are composed by Renbourne and have a lovely accompaniment by a flutist and, through the use of double tracking, Renbourne on electric guitar. In case you think the use of an electric guitar clashes with the acoustic purity displayed elsewhere, the playing is so masterly that he manages to make it sound like the most natural thing on earth.

The Black Balloon is a thing of beauty from the opening note to the last. For fans of the acoustic guitar, I recommend it whole-heartedly.