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Guitar Artistry of Bert Jansch Conundrum in (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Rounder / Umgd
  • DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NYYDWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bert Jansch, legendary songwriter and guitarist, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential musicians of all time. Since the mid 1960s generation after generation have been held spellbound by his extraordinary ground-breaking acoustic guitar playing and classic emotive songs. Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Nick Drake, Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Beth Orton have all been devotees, and further generations, led by Devendra Banhart and Pete Doherty, are still discovering Bert for themselves. Bert began performing his unique synthesis of folk, blues and jazz in the early 1960s, having hitch-hiked to London from his hometown of Edinburgh. His iconic first album, Bert Jansch (April 1965), was played on borrowed guitars and recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck. Bert Jansch caused a sensation for its innovative guitar technique and powerful songs, and has been phenomenally influential to this day, cited by legions of guitar players (famous and otherwise) as a major inspiration. It was followed by It Don't Bother Me (December 1965) and the also hugely influential Jack Orion (September 1966), where Bert began exploring innovative treatments of traditional folk, something he took further with Pentangle, the acoustic supergroup he formed in 1967 with John Renbourn, Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. After Pentangle split in 1973, Bert returned to his prolific solo career but missed playing in a group context. The Bert Jansch Conundrum came into existence as the 1970s waned. Jansch recorded a solo album called A Rare Conundrum in 1977, with mandolinist Rod Clements and fiddler Mike Piggott as supporting players. When Piggott was unable to go out on a Scandinavian tour, Martin Jerkins hired on to play violin on the dates. They hit it off and Nigel Portman-Smith came aboard to play bass. They toured Europe and America. Bert recalled: "I got to know Martin in that period between the original Pentangle splitting up and the beginning of the eighties. I knew him pretty well and we did a lot of gigs together. At one point we were playing with Rod Clements, who used to be in Lindisfarne and Pick Withers on drums - I seem to remember Mike Piggott was involved as well; I've been in so many different line-ups I just can't honestly remember!" The first part of this DVD collection presents Bert Jansch Conundrum in concert, recorded in Athens, Ohio. This is followed by three tunes by Bert and Martin recorded in 1978 in Stockholm, Sweden. The DVD concludes with a documentary that Bert recorded in 1985 that combines interviews, solo concert performances and rehearsals.

Titles include: Bert Jansch Conundrum In Concert, 1980: Poor Mouth, Daybreak, Blues Run The Game, Bittern, Ask Your Daddy, Running From Home, Let Me Sing, Blackwaterside, Medley of Jigs & Reels, Nightfall, Sovay and Alimony Bonus Tracks: Bert Jansch & Martin Jenkins, 1978: Come Back Baby, One For Jo and Cuckoo, Bert Jansch Documentary, 1985: A Man and His Songs


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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Glimpse of "Younger" Bert February 9, 2012
This film gives you a great perspective on Bert while still in his 30's. There are also several bonus songs (3) recorded in Stockholm in 1978, and a bonus documentary, released in 1985 that has some excellent interview footage of Bert that gives very good insight into Bert as a person (not a singer).

The sound was not supposed to be super surround, Hollywood style technology. The sound, though is just fine.

This film is a good contrast to the several films (BBC and other) that show Bert toward the end of his life. It is just wonderful. Bert at his peak.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great music, Bad recording October 1, 2011
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This session was recorded in Ohio in 1980. I don't know what kind of recording equipment was used, but the sound is terrible!
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