Bert Jansch - Acoustic Routes (Original Soundtrack) (Music CD)

Release Date: 08 April 2013
Artist: Bert Jansch
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The so-called folk revival (or folk scare, as some have called it) of the 1960s manifested itself a little differently in the U.K. than it did in the U.S. Drawing more on the blues and modal elements of traditional music, British folk guitarists tossed in a healthy dose of jazz sensibility, as well, and in essence developed what amounted to a British school of acoustic guitar playing. Players like Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Davy Graham, Wizz Jones, John Renbourn, and Duck Baker all exhibit a similar approach and style, full of snapped strings, intricate picking, and jazzy fills, patterns that can also be heard in the playing of Paul Simon, Donovan, and even Jimmy Page. Of these guitarists, none has had a greater impact or influence than Jansch, whose playing has maintained an impressively high level throughout his long career, and coupled with his laconic Scottish drawl and sturdy songwriting talents, Jansch has managed to survive artistically in his own comfortable niche far from the centers of the pop music industry. Acoustic Routes is the soundtrack to a BBC Scotland documentary that uses Jansch as the centerpiece in telling the story of the British folk scene, and the selections here (14 of the 20 are by Jansch) are all live performances done specifically for the project. Jansch sounds a bit tired and weary on what must be the umpteenth versions he's recorded of "Running From Home" and "Needle of Death," but two duets here (one with Brownie McGhee on the heartbreaking "Don't Pity Me" and the other with Billy Connolly on the disc closer, a banjo and guitar version of Dock Boggs' "Country Blues") more than make up for that. Graham's raga-tinged "Sitar Ram" is another highlight, while Jones turns in a haunting rendition of "The First Girl I Loved." Truthfully, everyone here played a little faster, better, and more spirited 30 years ago, but this is still an interesting document of an amazing confederation of musicians. ~ Steve Leggett

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Disc: 1
1. Chasing Love
2. Running From Home
3. Don't Pity Me
4. Needle Of Death
5. Go Your Way My Love
6. 40 Ton Parachute
7. Sitar Ram
8. The First Girl I Loved
9. Happiness Was Free
10. The Elfin Knight a.k.a. Scarborough Fair
11. The Blood of the Lamb
12. Blues Run the Game
13. Let Me Sing
14. That'll Do Babe
15. High Emotion
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. If I Were a Carpenter
18. Parcel Post Blues
19. Walk On
20. Country Blues
Disc: 2
1. The Parting
2. Strolling Down The Highway
3. Jones
4. Blackwater Side
5. Tell Me What is True Love
6. First Song
7. First Light
8. Memories of My Trip
9. I Got Fooled
10. CC Rider
11. The Death of Blind Boy Fuller
12. Come on if You're Coming
13. Key to the Highway
14. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
15. Been On The Road So Long
16. Paper Houses
Release Date: 08 April 2013
Artist: Bert Jansch

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