Bert Jansch Birthday Blues LP
1969 LP Carefully Remastered From The Original Tapes!
Hidden Solo Gem At The Height Of Jansch's Powers!
Bert Jansch's freewheeling fifth album, Birthday Blues, occupies a unique
place in his solo discography. Released in 1969, the same year Basket of Light
propelled Pentangle into the UK pop charts, Birthday Blues almost sounds like a
Pentangle LP missing John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee. Backed-up by bandmates
Danny Thompson and Terry Cox, Jansch neither holds back his characteristic
moodiness nor takes himself too seriously.
What's more, Jansch is in love. Heather Rosemary Sewell isn't just the
inspiration for one of the song titles; she also designed the cover, whose Hans
Feurer front photo shows Bert holding the couple's puppy. With just enough of a
Donovan-esque pop sense, Pentangle producer Shel Talmy keeps the overall feel of
these recordings fresh, warm and immediate.
As its playfully ambivalent title suggests, Birthday Blues reveals an artist
fully comfortable in his own skin. Blues and folk influences are woven together
into songs at once directly personal, yet generously light and free. The most
"pop" of Jansch's '60s solo recordings and perhaps one of his most underrated,
Birthday Blues is a deep and rewarding family affair at the height of his
This vinyl release has been carefully remastered from the original master tapes
and features liner notes by Richie Unterberger.
• Vinyl LP
• Remastered from the original master tapes
• Liner notes by Richie Unterberger
• Featuring members of Pentangle
Ray Warleigh, alto sax, flute
Duffy Power, harmonica
Danny Thompson, bass
Terry Cox, drums
1. Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along The Lumpy, Bumpy,
Long And Dusty Road
2. The Bright New Year
3. Tree Song
5. Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell
6. I've Got A Woman
7. A Woman Like You
8. I Am Lonely
9. Promised Land
10. Birthday Blues
11. Wishing Well