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Angie: The Collection

  • 1. Angie
    2. Blackwater Side
    3. Needle of Death
    4. Harvest Your Thoughts of Love
    5. Little Sweet Sunshine, A
    6. Nottamun Town
    7. Train Song
    8. Tree Song
    9. Stepping Stones
    10. Soho
    11. Rosemary Lane
    12. No Love Is Sorrow
    13. Waggoner's Lad, The
    14. Come Sing Me a Happy Song to Prove We Can All Get Along the Lumpy Bumpy Long and Dusty Road
    15. Do You Hear Me Now?
    16. Woe Is Love My Dear
    17. Reynardine
    18. Woman Like You, A
    19. As the Day Grows Longer Now
    20. Sylvie
    21. Poison
    22. Courting Blues
    23. Life Depends on Love
    24. East Wind
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPEC 2075

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Peter Paphides.
    Bert Jansch was a wonderfully maverick musician, as much a gypsy as he was anything, but he was also remarkably consistent to his own vision as a guitarist and songwriter throughout his career, which began when he borrowed a guitar and played a riveting set into a reel-to-reel recorder in his kitchen in the early '60s, which resulted in his first album, simply called Bert Jansch, released on the tiny Transatlantic label in 1965. Mixing jazz, American blues, and British folk into an intense and brilliant acoustic guitar style, he wrote sparse and ruggedly romantic songs while artfully reimagining traditional fare to fit his template, and with his smoky, hard-traveled vocals, he was as consistent a studio artist as we've had in the past 40 years, and every one of his 23 studio albums, even if some of them seem like curious missteps, was unmistakably Bert Jansch. This two-dozen track set, although it might not be the best Jansch compilation out there track for track (one would have to include all of that first album, for instance, to truly be the "best" of Bert Jansch), still does an impressive job of spanning Jansch's entire career, and it makes for a true portrait of this distinctive artist. There are classic sides like "Angie," "Needle of Death," "Blackwater Side," "Nottamun Town," "The Waggoner's Lad," "Do You Hear Me Now?," "A Woman Like You," and "Poison" here, as well as a couple of key Pentangle sides, "Train Song" and "No Love Is Sorrow," and assorted tracks with different backings, from flute and horns to chamber orchestras. But it's always Jansch -- you get that exciting acoustic guitar style and that feel of hard-earned truth in his singing every time. Jansch's recent passing on October 5, 2011 means the angels are going to be unanimously in his corner once he pulls out that guitar. He was one of a kind. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t is the quiet power of his songwriting that startles now."
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