Bert Jansch restrospective for October release

Bert Jansch, the dazzling folk guitarist who picked up Davey Graham’s torch and ran with it.  The Pentangler, the creator of themed instrumental albums, one half of ‘Bert and John‘, the surprising seventies electric guitar singer-songwriter with a Monkee for a producer.  So many sides to this talented player, and that is what the upcoming release ‘Just a Simple Soul‘ is aiming to capture.  It’ll be available as a 2LP or 2CD set, and will be the first such collection to run chronologically from his eponymous solo album in 1965 all the way to his final release ‘The Black Swan‘.

It reveals a musician of great talent, and who had a supporting group of musicians and friends who were always there to chip in their own special talents – the influences of Anne Briggs, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox amongst others are present across the extent of ‘Just a Simple Soul‘.  The collection has been put together by Bernard Butler, who also provides the sleeve notes.

If you’re wondering about the picture – the tote bag is available with vinyl album pre-orders.

Tracklist – LP

Side 1
1. Strolling Down The Highway
2. Angie
3. Needle Of Death
4. It Don’t Bother Me
5. Black Water Side
6. Soho
7. The Time Has Come

Side 2
1. Go Your Way My Love
2. Come Back Baby
3. Poison
4. The Bright New Year
5. Rosemary Lane
6. Reynardine
7. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

Side 3
1. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
2. Chambertin
3. Baby Blue
4. Daybreak
5. Kittiwake
6. Sweet Rose
7. Let Me Sing

Side 4
1. Morning Brings Peace of Mind
2. Carnival
3. Just A Simple Soul
4. Crimson Moon
5. On The Edge Of A Dream
6. High Days

Tracklist – CD

CD1
1. Strolling Down The Highway
2. Angie
3. Needle Of Death
4. It Don’t Bother Me
5. A Man I’d Rather Be
6. The Waggoner’s Lad
7. Black Water Side
8. Soho
9. The Time Has Come
10. Go Your Way My Love
11. Come Back Baby
12. Poison
13. Promised Land
14. The Bright New Year
15. Rosemary Lane
16. Reynardine
17. M’Lady Nancy
18. Moonshine
19. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

CD2
1. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
2. Chambertin
3. The Blacksmith
4. Baby Blue
5. Daybreak
6. Kittiwake
7. Up To The Stars
8. Sweet Rose
9. The Road Tae Dundee
10. Let Me Sing
11. When The Circus Comes To Town
12. Morning Brings Peace of Mind
13. Toy Balloon
14. Carnival
15. Just A Simple Soul
16. Crimson Moon
17. Omie Wise
18. On The Edge Of A Dream
19. The Black Swan
20. High Days

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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