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is the debut album by Scottish
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folk musician Bert Jansch
Herbert "Bert" Jansch was a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s, as an acoustic guitarist, as well as a singer-songwriter...
. The album was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at engineer Bill Leader
Bill Leader is an English recording engineer and record producer. He is particularly associated with the British folk music revival of the 1960s and 1970s, producing records by Davey Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Frank Harte and others....
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Transatlantic Records was a British independent record label. It was established in 1961. It started began primarily as an importer of American folk, blues and jazz records - by many of the artists who influenced the burgeoning British folk and blues boom. Within a couple of years, the company had...
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100. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. It is also mentioned in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book edited by Robert Dimery, first published in 2005. The most recent edition consists of a list of albums released between 1955 and 2010, part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd...
. The record includes Jansch's best known tune "Needle of Death," which was inspired by the death of a folk singer friend of his, Buck Polly.
- "Strolling Down the Highway" – 3:06
- "Smokey River" – 2:56 (composed by Jimmy Giuffre
James Peter Giuffre was an American jazz clarinet and saxophone player, composer and arranger. He is notable for his development of forms of jazz which allowed for free interplay between the musicians, anticipating forms of free improvisation.-Biography:Born in Dallas, Texas, of Italian ancestry,...
- "Oh How Your Love Is Strong" – 3:40
- "I Have No Time" – 3:09
- "Finches" – :51
- "Rambling's Gonna Be the Death of Me" – 3:18
- "Veronica" – 1:32
- "Needle of Death" – 3:20
- "Do You Hear Me Now?" – 2:06
- "Alice's Wonderland" – 1:46 (inspired by Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus Jr. was an American jazz musician, composer, bandleader, and civil rights activist.Mingus's compositions retained the hot and soulful feel of hard bop and drew heavily from black gospel music while sometimes drawing on elements of Third stream, free jazz, and classical music...
- "Running from Home" – 2:24
- "Courting Blues" – 4:02
- "Casbah" – 2:10
- "Dreams of Love" – 1:44
- "Angie" – 3:15 (composed by Davey Graham
David Michael Gordon "Davey" Graham, originally spelled Davy Graham, , was a British guitarist and one of the most influential figures in the 1960s British folk revival...