Bert Jansch: Living In The Shadows

Living In The Shadows

Bert Jansch

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  • Release Date 27 January 2017
  • Sorry Sold Out
Quadruple Vinyl LP
Earth Records

4LP Casebound book-back set, comes with high-quality download card.

Signifying a return to form that heralded one of the most prolific periods of his life, this special collection features some of Jansch’s finest work. Living In the Shadows includes an extra disc of demos, alternate versions and never-before heard tracks, transferred from Jansch’s personal tapes, alongside the three studio albums of the 1990s: 'The Ornament Tree', 'When The Circus Comes To Town' and 'Toy Balloon'. Both studio albums and DAT transfers, remastered by Brian Pyle. This trio of works represents quite different facets of Jansch’s talent; where ‘Circus’ is a bluesy, late-night sounding party, ‘Ornament’ is altogether more subdued, drawing on Maggie Boyle’s bodhran, flute and whistles to creative a sound that is nothing if not celtic. ‘Toy Balloon’ falls somewhere in the middle, with that feeling of intimacy that is so Bert. Despite these apparent contrasts, the unifying element is of course, Jansch’s guitar. There is an ease about these albums that suggests a musician that has found himself very at home—“just a simple soul”, to quote the man himself. The real draw here for many Jansch fans will be disc four: unreleased tracks (including—let joy be unconfined!—one with John Renbourn), as well as alternative takes of familiar songs from the ’90s period. Chosen specifically for their contrast to the studio versions, these tracks are often more stripped-down or without the embellishment typical of the era. Mostly recorded at Bert’s home studio, this unheard and unreleased collection, transferred from Bert’s own DAT tapes, has a intimate quality that is incredibly moving.

Disc 1 - The Ornament Tree
1. The Ornament Tree
2. The Banks O'Sicily
3. The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
4. The Rocky Road To Dublin
5. Three Dreamers
6.The Mountain Streams
7. The Blackbirds Of Mullamore
8. Ladyfair
9.The Road Tae Dundee
10. Tramps And Hawkers
11. The January Man
12. Dobbins Flowery Vale
Disc 2 – When The Circus Comes To Town
1. Walk Quietly By
2. Open Road
3. Back Home
4. No-One Around
5. Step Back
6. When the Circus Comes to Town
7. Summer Heat
8. Just a Dream
9. The Lady Doctor from Ashington
10. Stealing the Night Away
11. Honey Don't You Understand
12. Born with the Blues
13. Morning Brings Peace of Mind
14. Living in the Shadows
Disc 3 – Toy Balloon
1. Carnival
2. She Moved Through the Fair
3. All i Got
4. Bett's Dance
5. Toy Balloon
6. Waitin' & Wonderin'
7. Hey Doc
8. Sweet Talking Lady
9. Paper Houses
10. Born and Bred in Old Ireland
11. How It All Came Down
12. Just a Simple Soul
Disc 4 – Picking Up The Leaves
1. Morning Brings Sweet Peace Of Mind Alternate Version
2. Back Home - Demo
3. Just A Dream Alternate Version
4. Instrumental I Unreleased
5. When The Circus Comes To Town - Demo
6. No-One Around
7. Lily Of The West - Demo
8. Fool’s Mate - Demo
9. Paper Houses - Demo
10. Another Star - Demo
11. Little Max Unreleased
12. Merry Priest
13. Instrumental II Rough, With John Renbourn, Unreleased
14. Instrumental II With John Renbourn

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