0056. Bert Jansch – Bert Jansch [1965]


This is a guy named Bert Jansch, whom I imagine most of you haven’t heard of. Which, again, is fine, because I hadn’t heard of him before this project either. His stuff is British folk music, so basically a British Bob Dylan, but with less harmonica. Pretty good stuff if you’re into folk. If not, then feel free to skip it, but you’re missing out.

Wikipedia Says:

Bert Jansch is the debut album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. The album was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at engineer Bill Leader‘s house and sold toTransatlantic Records for £100. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. It is also mentioned in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The record includes Jansch’s best known tune “Needle of Death,” which was inspired by the death of a folk singer friend of his, Buck Polly.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bert Jansch unless otherwise noted.

  1. “Strolling Down the Highway” – 3:06
  2. “Smokey River” – 2:56
  3. “Oh How Your Love Is Strong” – 3:40
  4. “I Have No Time” – 3:09
  5. “Finches” – :51
  6. “Rambling’s Gonna Be the Death of Me” – 3:18
  7. “Veronica” – 1:32
  8. “Needle of Death” – 3:20
  9. “Do You Hear Me Now?” – 2:06
  10. “Alice’s Wonderland” – 1:46 (inspired by Charles Mingus)
  11. “Running from Home” – 2:24
  12. “Courting Blues” – 4:02
  13. “Casbah” – 2:10
  14. “Dreams of Love” – 1:44
  15. Angie” (Davey Graham) – 3:15

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