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Bert At The BBC

    Bert At the BBC is a comprehensive collection of Jansch’s appearances at the BBC, featuring over eight hours of rare and unreleased recordings, including live-on-air spots, studio sessions and full concerts straight from the BBC vaults, delving further into this legendary performer’s canon. Bert Jansch was the very essence of folk music, providing inspiration for everyone from Paul Simon and Neil Young to Led Zeppelin and countless folk revivalists.

    This unparalleled limited-edition compendium is available as a 4xLP and 8xCD set, housed in a coffee-table book set with a lavish 40-page book tracing the recordings from Bert’s earliest moments at the BBC. It includes interviews and insights from Lauren Laverne, Jools Holland, Johnny Marr, Jacqui McShee, Bob Harris, Bernard Butler, Mark Radcliffe and many more. Twenty broadcasters, producers and collaborators contribute at length to the booklet, with great affection for this gentle, maverick genius.

    Bert’s BBC legacy remains the most significant and exciting untapped reservoir of his music. The undeniable advantage of recordings made for broadcast is that they were, by their nature, created for public consumption and, barring live-on-air appearances – which might go well or go badly, but were going out either way – were explicitly signed-off by the artist as representations of his art that were good enough to be heard.

    The set is compiled by Colin Harper, author of Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival (Bloomsbury, 2000), who contributes detailed liner notes to the package. The release is mastered by IFTA award-winning engineer Cormac O’Kane.

    The vinyl release features 48 tracks on LP and is accompanied by a download card with over six hours of extras spanning 1966–2009, including BBC4’s St Luke’s concert (2003), and a complete Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh concert (2004) for BBC Radio Scotland. It is also available as a special 8xCD set containing all 147 tracks and encased within a coffee-table book.

    Bert Jansch At The BBC is an epic and enduring trail, 45 years in the making.

    “He was that rarity, a musician who really did deserve to be regarded as a legend.” The Guardian.

    “As a guitar player there was no one like him. He was jazz and blues and folk but there was a whole world in there that was just him, esoteric” Johnny Marr.


    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklisting:
    Disc One - Side A
    A1 Whiskey Man (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    A2 Running From Home (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    A3 Interview (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    A4 The Wheel (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    A5 Orlando (Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, 1968)
    A6 Thames Lighterman (Night Ride, BBC Radio 1, 1968)
    A7 I Am Lonely (Radio 1 Club, BBC Radio 1, 1969)
    A8 Speak Of The Devil (The Pentangle, BBC Radio 1, 1970)
    Disc One - Side B
    B1 Blues Run The Game (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    B2 Daybreak (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    B3 Running From Home (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    B4 Up To The Stars (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    B5 Heartbreak Hotel (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    B6 Angie (Russell Harty, BBC1, 1982)
    Disc Two - Side C
    C1 Sweet Rose (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    C2 Knight’s Move (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    C3 The Snows (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    C4 Been On The Road So Long (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    C5 Bogie’s Bonny Belle (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    Disc Two - Side D
    D1 Heartbreak Hotel (Anderson On The Box, BBC NI, 1992)
    D2 Stealing The Night Away (Bob Harris, Unbroadcast, 1993)
    D3 Walk Quietly By (Bob Harris, Unbroadcast, 1993)
    D4 Trouble In Mind (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    D5 When The Circus Comes To Town (Later... With Jools Holland, BBC2, 1996)
    D6 The River Bank (Later...with Jools Holland, BBC2, 2000)
    Disc Three - Side E
    E1 High Days (Liz Kershaw, BBC 6 Music, 2004)
    E2 Blues Run The Game (Liz Kershaw, BBC 6 Music, 2004)
    E3 The Auld Triangle (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    E4 A Woman Like You (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    E5 It Don’t Bother Me (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 2006
    E6 Angie (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    Disc Three - Side F
    F1 Empty Pocket Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    F2 Courting Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    F3 Rosemary Lane (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    F4 October Song (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    F5 Summer Heat (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    F6 Texas Cowboy Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    Disc Four - Side G
    G1 Crimson Moon (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    G2 Blackwater Side (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    G3 Train Song (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    G4 Fool’s Mate (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    G5 Carnival (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    Disc Four - Side H
    H1 Running From Home (Celtic Connections, BBC Scotland, 2008)
    H2 In The Bleak Midwinter (Teddy Thompson And Friends, BBC Radio 2, 2008)
    H3 Angie (Radio 2 Folk Awards, BBC Radio 2, 2009)
    H4 Blues Run The Game (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)
    H5 Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)
    H6 One For Jo (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)

    DOWNLOAD CARD: Includes An Additional 6 Hours Of Music From The BBC Archives

    CD Tracklisting:
    Disc 1 (1966–77)
    1. Whiskey Man (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    2. Running From Home (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    3. Interview (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    4. The Wheel (Guitar Club, Light Programme, 1966)
    5. Tic-Tocative (Wonderful Copenhagen, BBC Radio 2, 1967)
    6. The Time Has Come (Wonderful Copenhagen, BBC Radio 2, 1967)
    7. Soho (Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, 1968)
    8. Orlando (Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, 1968)
    9. Thames Lighterman (Night Ride, BBC Radio 1, 1968)
    10. Sarabande (The Pentangle, BBC Radio 1, 1969)
    11. I Am Lonely (Radio 1 Club, BBC Radio 1, 1969)
    12. Reynardine (The Pentangle, BBC Radio 1, 1970)
    13. Speak Of The Devil (The Pentangle, BBC Radio 1, 1970)
    14. Introduction (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    15. Poor Mouth (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    16. Blues Run The Game (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    17. Daybreak (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    18. Pretty Saro (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977
    19. Ask Your Daddy (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    20. If I Had A Lover (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    21. Come Back Baby (Folkweave, BBC World Service, 1977)
    Disc 2 (1980–87)
    1. Poor Mouth (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    2. Running From Home (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    3. Kingfisher (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    4. Let Me Sing (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    5. Sovay (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    6. Alimony (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1980)
    7. Introduction (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    8. Love Is Lost (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    9. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    10. Up To The Stars (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    11. If I Were A Carpenter (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    12. Sit Down Beside Me (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    13. Is It Real? (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    14. Heartbreak Hotel (In Concert, BBC Radio 1, 1982)
    15. Angie (Russell Harty, BBC1, 1982)
    16. Is It Real? (Round Midnight, BBC Radio 4, 1985)
    Disc 3 (1988–94)
    1. Sweet Rose (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    2. Knight's Move (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    3. Strolling Down The Highway (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    4. This Land Is Your Land (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    5. Ain't No More Cane (Folk On 2, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    6. Been On The Road So Long (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    7. Bogies Bonny Belle (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    8. Sally Free And Easy (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    9. The Snows (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    10. Poor Mouth (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    11. Heartbreak Hotel (Anderson On The Box, BBC NI, 1992)
    12. Stealing The Night Away (Bob Harris, Unbroadcast, 1993)
    13. Walk Quietly By (Bob Harris, Unbroadcast, 1993)
    14. Interview (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    15. Lily Of The West (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    16. Trouble In Mind (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    17. The Bonny Boy (Gloria Hunniford, BBC Radio 2, 1994)
    18. Sally Free And Easy (Gloria Hunniford, BBC Radio 2, 1994)
    19. Interview (Gloria Hunniford, BBC Radio 2, 1994)
    20. Chasing Love (Gloria Hunniford, BBC Radio 2, 1994)
    Disc 4 (1996–2009)
    1. When The Circus Comes To Town (Later... With Jools Holland, BBC2, 1996)
    2. Blackwater Side (Later... With Jools Holland, BBC2, 1996)
    3. She Moved Through The Fair (Cunningham And Co, BBC Radio Scotland, 1998)
    4. The Riverbank (Later...with Jools Holland, BBC2, 2000)
    5. Crimson Moon (Cambridge Folk Festival, BBC4, 2004)
    6. High Days (Liz Kershaw, BBC 6 Music, 2004)
    7. Blues Run The Game (Liz Kershaw, BBC 6 Music, 2004)
    8. Angie (Folk Britannia, BBC4, 2006)
    9. Interview (Freak Zone, BBC6 Music, 2008)
    10. The Old Triangle (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    11. A Woman Like You (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    12. Angie (Freak Zone, BBC 6 Music, 2008)
    13. Interview (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 2006)
    14. High Days (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 2006)
    15. It Don't Bother Me (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 2006)
    16. The Old Triangle (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2, 2006)
    17. High Days (Celtic Connections, BBC Scotland, 2008)
    18. Running From Home (Celtic Connections, BBC Scotland, 2008)
    19. In The Bleak Midwinter (Teddy Thompson And Friends, BBC Radio 2, 2008)
    20. Angie (Teddy Thompson And Friends, BBC Radio 2, 2008)
    21. Moonshine (Teddy Thompson And Friends, BBC Radio 2, 2008)
    22. Blues Run The Game (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)
    23. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)
    24. One For Jo (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music, 2009)
    Disc 5 (BBC4 St Luke’s Concert 2003 & Radio 2 Folk Awards 2001)
    1. Introduction (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    2. Blues Run The Game (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    3. Blackwater Side (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    4. Running From Home (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    5. Moonshine (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    6. Angie (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    7. Edge Of A Dream (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    8. Crimson Moon (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    9. Bruton Town (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    10. Train Song (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    11. I've Got A Feeling (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    12. It Don't Bother Me (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    13. Fool's Mate (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    14. The River Bank (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    15. Strolling Down The Highway (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    16. Carnival (60th Birthday Concert, LSO St Lukes, BBC4, 2003)
    17. Presentation Speech (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Radio 2, 2001)
    18. Poison (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Radio 2, 2001)
    Disc 6 (Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 17/8/04, BBC Radio Scotland – Set 1)
    1. Carnival (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    2. Come Back Baby (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    3. Rosemary Lane (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    4. Black Water Side (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    5. She Moved Through The Fair (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    6. Crimson Moon (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    7. The River Bank (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    8. Empty Pocket Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    9. The Old Triangle (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    10. Poison (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    11. October Song (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    Disc 7 (Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, 17/8/04, BBC Radio Scotland – Set 2)
    1. Strolling Down The Highway ( Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    2. Angie (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    3. Blues Run The Game (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    4. Lily Of The West (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    5. Down Under (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    6. Summer Heat (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    7. Weeping Willow Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    8. Let Me Sing (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    9. Walking This Road (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    10. La Luna (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    11. Watch The Stars (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    12. It Don't Bother Me (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    13. Step Back (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    14. High Days (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    15. Courting Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    16. A Woman Like You (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    17. Texas Cowboy Blues (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    18. Candy Man (Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, BBC Radio Scotland, 2004)
    Disc 8 (Extras 1968–2000)
    1. I Am Lonely (Top Gear, BBC, 1968)
    2. Tree Song (Night Ride, BBC, 1968)
    3. I Got A Woman (Night Ride, BBC, 1968)
    4. I Loved A Lass (Night Ride, BBC, 1968)
    5. The Snows (Unabridged On Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    6. Knight's Move (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    7. This Land Is Your Land (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    8. Strolling Down The Highway (Night Ride, BBC Radio 2, 1988)
    9. Come Back Baby (Look North, BBC Yorkshire, 1994)
    10. Blues Run The Game (We Stayed In With… Jungr & Parker, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    11. Dobbin's Flowery Vale (We Stayed In With… Jungr & Parker, BBC Radio 2, 1993)
    12. Paper Houses (Bob Harris, GLR, 1998)
    13. How It All Came Down (Bob Harris, GLR, 1998)
    14. Crimson Moon (Edinburgh Fringes, BBC Radio 4, 2000)
    15. The River Bank (Edinburgh Fringes, BBC Radio 4, 2000)
    16. Moonshine (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2, 2004)
    17. Angie (Radio 2 Folk Awards, BBC Radio 2, 2009)
    18. Crimson Moon (John Bennett, BBC Radio Ulster, 2000)
    19. The River Bank (John Bennett, BBC Radio Ulster, 2000)

    Bert Jansch

    The Ornament Tree - 2021 Reissue

      The world renowned guitarist, Bert Jansch, has long been celebrated for his innovative playing style, influencing generations of musicians and fans alike.

      A companion piece to 1966’s Jack Orion, The Ornament Tree gets newly reissued with liner notes from Colin Harper, who wrote the biography of Bert and the new folk Revival, Dazzling Stranger.

      Bert's eighteenth studio album comprises Scottish and Irish traditional songs. Filled with ballads like the title song and instrumentals ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’ and ‘Lady Fair’. Tradition is threaded throughout with the accompaniment of Celtic fiddles, flutes and bodhran. It features performances from Maggie Boyle, Peter Boyle, Steve Tilston and Michael Klein.

      It’s been over thirty years since The Ornament Tree’s initial release, here Jansch continues to prove his importance in contemporary folk with this timeless and invigorating offering.

      TRACK LISTING

      Side A
      A1 The Ornament Tree (Bonny Portmore)
      A2 The Banks O'Sicily
      A3 The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
      A4 The Rocky Road To Dublin
      A5 Three Dreamers
      A6 The Mountain Streams

      Side B
      B1 The Blackbirds Of Mullamore
      B2 Ladyfair
      B3 The Road Tae Dundee
      B4 Tramps And Hawkers
      B5 The January Man
      B6 Dobbins Flowery Vale

      Bert Jansch

      Crimson Moon - 20th Anniversary Reissue

        One of Bert Jansch’s later recordings, ‘Crimson Moon’ is some of his finest work and sees the musician at the top of his game, with appearances from Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and many more. Earth Recordings revisits the album on its 20th Anniversary with its first standalone cut to vinyl. Originally released in 2000, there is a brooding resonance in ‘Crimson Moon’ centred around his accomplished guitar style that brings his contemplative songwriting to the fore. Traditional ballads have touches of jazz and blues adorned by contributions from guitarists Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Johnny “Guitar” Hodge along with guest vocals from Bert’s wife Loren Auerbach (‘My Donald’).

        The addition of electric guitar subtly compliments Bert’s percussive fingerpicking bringing new depth to his compositions. Title track ‘Crimson Moon’ is a take on traditional song ‘Omie Wise’ and was written about his wife Loren, ‘Caledonia’ conjures pastoral images of Scotland alongside covers of The Incredible String Band’s ‘October Song’, Guy Mitchell’s ‘Singing The Blues’ and Owen Hand’s ‘My Donald’. Otherworldly tale ‘Neptune’s Daughter’ sees a mermaid-like creature recount the death of her relatives from a poison in the sea. Passionate about nature, the song carries an underlying ecological message. Released in his 60s, ‘Crimson Moon’ proves Bert Jansch to still be an innovator and a unique talent

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Caledonia
        A2 Going Home
        A3 Crimson Moon
        A4 Downunder
        A5 October Song
        A6 Looking For Love

        B1 Fool's Mate
        B2 The River Bank
        B3 Omie Wise
        B4 My Donald
        B5 Neptune's Daughter
        B6 Singing The Blues

        Bert Jansch

        Avocet (Expanded Anniversary Edition)

          Newly expanded audio. New liner notes from Pentangle bandmate and collaborator Danny Thompson. Vinyl only, limited to 500 copies worldwide. Expanded 40th anniversary edition, featuring newly discovered live tracks and notes from Pentangle bandmate (and Avocet collaborator) Danny Thompson. Bert Jansch was often quoted as saying “I’m not playing for anyone, just myself” and this feels no more apparent than on 1979’s ‘Avocet’, his beautifully meditative paean to British birds.

          This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience, more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins - with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.) For fans of Jansch this is often the album that is singled out as his best work. The freedoms of a post-Pentangle career are much in evidence; folk rock and even trad folk give way to an album that is not only without lyrical accompaniment but really quite orchestral, classical even, in its composition. There are surprises in particular in ‘Lapwing’ (a dirge-like waltz that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nils Frahm album) and ‘Bittern’ (which speaks of Arthur Russell’s more experimental pieces). Featuring ex-bandmate Danny Thompson, alongside Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, amongst others) with sleeve notes by Jansch aficionado Colin Harper (author of ‘Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues revival’). This new edition also comprises three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in in 1977 (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine) in typical style. Remastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes. 

          TRACK LISTING

          01: Avocet
          02: Lapwing
          03: Bittern
          04: Kingfisher
          05: Osprey
          06: Goldfinch Bonus Tracks ( DL Only ) – Recorded Live In Italy, 1977
          07: Bittern
          08: Kingfisher
          09: Avocet

          Bert Jansch

          Just A Simple Soul

            • The first comprehensive Best Of collection spanning Jansch’s 5-decade-long career, compiled by Bernard Butler and the Bert Jansch estate

            • Presented chronologically, the collection begins by drawing from his prolific 1960s period, during which he released six albums between 1965 and 1969

            • This collection plucks tracks including the seminal song ‘Needle of Death’ (famously covered by Neil Young) and the achingly beautiful ‘Angie’

            • Includes the track ‘Black Water Side’, the foundations of which were taken by Led Zeppelin for their later release ‘Black Mountain Side’

            • Just A Simple Soul reminds us of Bert Jansch’s enduring legacy and his influence across the musical spectrum. As Bernard Butler eloquently puts it; “Bert lived and breathed the sound of the guitar and its endless possibilities for communication, storytelling, conversation, emotional dialogue. We have a life’s work here, and what a life Bert Jansch has given us.”

            “But as for acoustic guitar, Bert Jansch is on the same level as Jimi [Hendrix]. That first record of his is epic.” – Neil Young.


            TRACK LISTING

            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

            Bert Jansch

            A Man I’d Rather Be (Part 1)

              Comprising Bert’s seminal 1960s output (alongside his only album as a duet with Pentangle bandmate John Renbourn) this four disc set covers an era that forged creative paths for everyone from Neil Young to Johnny Marr. New listening notes from Bill Leader, as well as unseen photographs from Brian Shuel complete this special collection. Where to start with a career as prolific as that of Bert Jansch? Why, the beginning of course. Bert’s first studio (though as Bill Leader rightly points out, that’s a bit of a stretch) albums capture a man whose star is truly on the rise. It also marks his most prolific period - these four LPs were written, recorded and issued in just two years; a testament to not only Bert’s abundant musicality but to a time for music that was changing - excitedly - from minute to minute.

              From Bert’s masterclass in elegant, melodic, one-man-and-his-guitar fingerpicking on his self-titled LP, to the beginnings of something altogether more exotic on ‘Bert and John’, these records are nothing if not a remarkable insight into the changing face of folk music at the time. For those unfamiliar with Jansch’s oeuvre, this is a real treat; you won’t find a more comprehensively produced collection. ‘A Man I’d Rather Be’ includes all the original liner notes (from both Keith De Groot and Bert himself) as well as new ruminations from Bill Leader (who recorded much of Jansch’s nascent work) as well as never-before seen photographs by the illustrious Brian Shuel.

              For those in the know, this is a chance to revisit these extraordinary albums, revel in new insights and add some - perhaps more listenable LPs - to sit alongside their love-worn originals. “The Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar” - Neil Young // "At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP, I couldn’t believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing. No one in America could touch that.” - Jimmy Page // "I particularly like his second record. The album before it [1965's Bert Jansch] is more revered and held up by most journalists as being the seminal one, but I think the songs are better on It Don't Bother Me, particularly the title track. The fact that they were both recorded in a kitchen at his mate's house is another reason why it has never dated.” 

              TRACK LISTING

              DISC ONE –

              Bert Jansch:

              1 Strolling Down The Highway
              2 Smokey River
              3 Oh How Your Love Is Strong
              4 I Have No Time
              5 Finches
              6 Ramblings Going To Be The Death Of Me
              7 Veronica
              8 Needle Of Death
              9 Do You Hear Me Now?
              10 Alice's Wonderland
              11 Running From Home
              12 Courting Blues
              13 Casbah
              14 Dreams Of Love
              15 Angie

              DISC TWO – It Don’t Bother Me:

              1 Oh My Babe
              2 Ring-A-Ding Bird
              3 Tinker's Blues
              4 Anti Apartheid
              5 The Wheel
              6 A Man I'd Rather Be
              7 My Lover
              8 It Don't Bother Me
              9 Harvest Your Thoughts Of Love
              10 Lucky Thirteen
              11 As The Day Grows Longer Now
              12 So Long (Been On The Road So Long)
              13 Want My Daddy Now
              14 900 Miles.

              DISC THREE – Jack Orion:

              1 The Waggoner's Lad
              2 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
              3 Jack Orion
              4 The Gardener
              5 Nottamun Town
              6 Henry Martin
              7 Black Water Side
              8 Pretty Polly.

              DISC 4 – Bert And John:

              1 East Wind
              2 Piano Tune
              3 Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
              4 Soho
              5 Tic-Tocative
              6 Orlando
              7 Red's Favorite
              8 No Exit
              9 Along The Way
              10 The Time Has Come
              11 Stepping Stones
              12 After The Dance.

              Bert Jansch

              Living In The Shadows Part 2: On The Edge Of A Dream

                Following on from Earth’s definitive collection of Jansch’s 1990s works ‘Living In The Shadows Part 2: On The Edge Of A Dream' picks up from where it left off, bringing together Bert Jansch’s final recordings, made between 2000 and 2006. This remarkable anthology documents some of Jansch’s finest work, and a man at the top of his game, some forty years(!) after his first release. From the brooding resonance of Crimson Moon (where Jansch is joined by Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Johnny “Guitar” Hodge, as well as son Adam Jansch and Bert’s wife Loren Jansch) to the intimacy of Edge Of A Dream (Bernard Butler, Hope Sandoval, Dave Swarbrick, Ralph McTell, Johnny “Guitar” Hodge, Paul Wassif, Adam Jansch and Loren Jansch) to the wondrous new folk / trad folk harmony of Black Swan (Beth Orton, Devendra Banhart, Kevin Barker, Helena Espvall, Paul Wassif), these seemingly very different albums all speak of one thing: Bert’s natural talent for turning out extraordinary music, regardless of genre. Disc four, The Setting Of The Sun, takes in more demos and unreleased material, with guest appearances from Gordon Giltrap and Johnny Marr adding additional delight for fans old and new. These peeks into Jansch’s recording process are nothing if not fascinating, with his home studio lending itself perfectly to any recording fancy he might arrive at. Like Part 1, this deluxe case-bound set exhibits the sublime attention to detail that has become Earth Recordings’ calling card. Liner notes come courtesy of colleague Bernard Butler and Bert’s son Adam, while a comprehensive listening guide (by esteemed journalist, Dave Henderson) is also included. 

                TRACK LISTING

                DISC ONE – Crimson Moon

                1 Caledonia
                2 Going Home
                3 Crimson Moon
                4 Downunder
                5 October Song
                6 Looking For Love
                7 Fool's Mate
                8 The River Bank
                9 Omie Wise
                10 My Donald
                11 Neptune's Daughter
                12 Singing The Blues

                DISC TWO – Edge Of A Dream

                1 On The Edge Of A Dream
                2 All This Remains
                3 What Is On Your Mind
                4 Sweet Death
                5 I Cannot Keep From Crying
                6 La Luna
                7 Gypsy Dave
                8 Walking This Road
                9 The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood
                10 Black Cat Blues
                11 Bright Sunny Morning

                DISC THREE – The Black Swan -

                1 The Black Swan
                2 High Days
                3 When The Sun Comes Up
                4 Katie Cruel
                5 My Pocket's Empty
                6 Watch The Stars
                7 A Woman Like You
                8 The Old Triangle
                9 Bring Your Religion
                10 Texas Cowboy Blues
                11 Magdalina's Dance
                12 Hey Pretty Girl..

                DISC FOUR – The Setting Of The Sun (Bonus Disc)

                1 Watch The Stars Demo, The Black Swan
                2 It Don’t Bother Me Unreleased, With Johnny Marr
                3 On The Edge Of A Dream Demo, Edge Of A Dream
                4 Walking This Road Demo, Edge Of A Dream
                5 My Pocket’s Empty Demo, The Black Swan
                6 Cocaine Unreleased, With Johnny Marr
                7 Untitled Unreleased
                8 Chambertin Unreleased, With Gordon Giltrap
                9 Katie Cruel Demo, The Black Swan
                10 Fool’s Mate Demo, Crimson Moon
                11 The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood Demo, Edge Of A Dream

                With an output as far reaching as Bert Jansch’s, it’s small wonder that the occasional gem would be overlooked. ‘Moonshine’ - recorded in 1973 - is one such treasure. While the slightly more obvious (and indeed Pentangle-like) albums of 60s Bert are undisputedly wonderful, there is something about the gently brooding style of ‘Moonshine’ that really resonates. Joined by an all-star cast (Ralph McTell! Mary Hopkin! Tony Visconti!) Jansch’s eighth solo album is steeped in tradition, often giving way to a more baroque style of folk music.


                TRACK LISTING

                1.Yarrow
                2.Brought With The Rain
                3.The January Man
                4.Night Time Blues
                5.Moonshine
                6.The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
                7.Rambleaway
                8.Twa Corbies
                9.Oh My Father

                Available on vinyl for the first time, included download code. Inspiring generations of musicians, Scottish guitarist and songwriter Bert Jansch will be forever known as a remarkable talent and a leading figure in the British folk revival. He came to prominence in the 1960s becoming widely known for his exemplary guitar technique and innovative blend of folk, blues and jazz. Later he became a founding member of folk super group Pentangle before returning to his solo career. Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Donovan and Johnny Marr have long been fans. Reaching people far and wide, Bert deservedly received many accolades for his contributions to music including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards and a MOJO Merit Award.

                ‘Live at the 12 Bar’ was recorded in 1995 at the legendary London music venue and is a fitting tribute not only to Bert’s virtuosity but to this renowned hub for folk music and other genres. Bert’s meticulous performance brings together songs from ‘When The Circus Comes To Town’, released in the same year, along with the haunting reworking of ‘Blues Run The Game’ (written by Earth’s own Jackson C. Frank) and traditional folk songs ‘Curragh Of Kildare’ and ‘Lily Of The West’ which were staples in Jansch’s repertoire. ‘Live at the 12 Bar’ captures an intimate gig that’s richly brought to life by his spellbinding ability to hold a room. The warmth and reverent silence from fans reminds us of what it was like to attend his shows and the true legend that we have lost. Two decades after its first release, ‘Live At The 12 Bar’ is issued for the first time on vinyl. This exceptional record is the first release in Earth Recordings’ new extensive reissue series of Bert Jansch catalogue. 

                “One of the most innovative instrumentalists of the twentieth century in the folk rock canon” The Quietus.

                Peerless in his consistency of making astonishing records” All Music.



                TRACK LISTING

                1. Summer Heat
                2. Curragh Of Kildare
                3. Walk Quietly By
                4. Come Back Baby
                5. Blackwater Side
                6. Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
                7. Morning Brings Peace Of Mind
                8. The Lily Of The West
                9. Kingfisher
                10. Trouble In Mind
                11. Just A Dream
                12. Blues Runs The Game
                13. Let Me Sing
                14. Strolling Down The Highway
                15. A Woman Like You

                Bert Jansch

                Birthday Blues

                  ‘Birthday Blues’, released in January 1969, was Bert Jansch’s sixth album for Transatlantic.

                  It’s no surprise that the album sounds like a modified version of The Pentangle as Bert was a member of the classic British folk / jazz / rock group at the time of this record’s release. Additionally Shel Talmy, who worked with the group (as well as The Who and The Kinks), produced ‘Birthday Blues’. To complete the circle, the record’s rhythm section was Pentangle’s - Danny Thompson on bass and Terry Cox on drums.

                  Jansch was the group’s finest musician, and can still be a compelling writer and performer on his own. All of the cuts on this album are originals, showing the artist leaning a little more toward bluesy styles than usual, though the mood is predominantly British folk.

                  Continuing the series of Bert Jansch’s Transatlantic recordings this album was remastered using the original master tape recorded at IBC Studios in London during November 1968. This is the first time this tape has been used since the album was released. The vinyl was half-speed mastered from the same tape and is the best possible representation of the wonderful music that Bert Jansch recorded at these sessions.


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