Re-mastered Reissue of Out-Of-Print Classic!
Bert Jansch was one of the most important figures in British folk, both for his solo recordings and his work with seminal British folk group, The Pentangle. Born in Scotland, he was steeped in American blues jazz, North African music, and folk early in his career, and by the beginning of the 60s he was playing the British folk clubs, extending his musical education. Artists like Martin Carthy, Anne Briggs, and Ian Campbell (of The Ian Campbell Folk Group) turned him on to songs in the British folk tradition. By the mid-60s Jansch had set up residence in London where he began making the studio recordings and playing live shows that would come to influence a generation of songwriters, singers, and guitar players. Classic artists like Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Donovan, Elton John, and Nick Drake, all the way up to present artists like Fleet Foxes and Devendra Banhart, have acknowledged Jansch as a major influence and innovator of acoustic guitar playing. By his second album, Jansch was collaborating with John Renbourn, another seminal British folk guitar giant. Together in 1967, they formed The Pentangle, one of the most important British folk groups of the 60s. The original Pentangle lineup disbanded in 1972, but the group re-formed in the 80s with Bert rejoining while maintaining his solo career. Bert Jansch is listed as one of Rolling Stone magazines Top 100 Guitar Players Of All Time.
Recorded in June of 1981, Heartbreak was produced by two enthusiastic fans, brothers Rick and John Chelew. They borrowed money from their mother to finance the sessions and to pay enlisted musicians like Albert Lee and Jennifer Warnes to accompany Bert in the small Silverlake studio where the album was recorded.
First Pressing on Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Long Out-of-Print Album from British Folk Legend
Includes Limited Time Download Card
Bert Jansch, acoustic guitar, vocals
Albert Lee, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin
Randy Tico, Fender bass
Matt Betton, drums
Jack Kelly, drums (Blackwater Side, Heartbreak Hotel)
Jennifer Warnes, vocals (Wild Mountain Thyme)
1. Blackwater Side
2. Sit Down Beside Me
3. Up To the Stars
4. Is It Real?
5. Wild Mountain Thyme
1. Heartbreak Hotel
2. No Rhyme Nor Reason
3. If I Were A Carpenter
4. Give Me the Time
5. And Not A Word Was Said