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BERT JANSCH - Sweet Sweet Music

BERT JANSCH - Sweet Sweet Music
Secret Records SECCD045

Bert Jansch left this world on October 5th 2011, leaving as a legacy a prodigious body of recordings including this live album from a 1996 concert in Sheffield Memorial Hall.

Sweet Sweet Music is classic Jansch. Just one man and his guitar, sounding just like he did the last time I heard him play in a small folk club.

It’s full of classic Jansch songs including Strolling Down The Highway and Courting Blues from his 1964 debut album. There’s Poison, from Birthday Blues in 1969 and his arrangements of traditional songs, Reyanardine and Rosemary Lane, from the 1971 album Rosemary Lane. Then of course there’s Blackwaterside, which he learned from Anne Briggs and included on his 1966 album, Jack Orion as well as the first song he ever wrote, Courting Blues.

Bert Jansch was one of the most gifted and innovative guitarists of the 20th century. If I could only have one Bert Jansch album it would be this one.

Hugh Taylor


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This album was reviewed in Issue 94 of The Living Tradition magazine.