L.A. Turnaround [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the demise of Pentangle, Jansch signed with Tony Stratton-Smith's Famous Charisma Label in 1973 and recorded L.A. Turnaround in Sussex and Sepulveda, CA. It was primarily produced by Mike Nesmith (two of the album's original 12 tracks were recorded in Paris by Thompson a year earlier) and released in 1974, the first of three albums Jansch cut for Charisma. The album was hailed at the time as an exemplary work, and its reputation certainly holds in the 21st century. Nesmith quite naturally captured Jansch's expert, idiosyncratic guitar style, and added himself on rhythm guitars and pedal steel guitarist O.J. "Red" Rhodes, who provided a wonderful sense of ballast and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After the demise of Pentangle, Jansch signed with Tony Stratton-Smith's Famous Charisma Label in 1973 and recorded L.A. Turnaround in Sussex and Sepulveda, CA. It was primarily produced by Mike Nesmith (two of the album's original 12 tracks were recorded in Paris by Thompson a year earlier) and released in 1974, the first of three albums Jansch cut for Charisma. The album was hailed at the time as an exemplary work, and its reputation certainly holds in the 21st century. Nesmith quite naturally captured Jansch's expert, idiosyncratic guitar style, and added himself on rhythm guitars and pedal steel guitarist O.J. "Red" Rhodes, who provided a wonderful sense of ballast and earthiness. Other than the two Thompson-produced cuts -- an instrumental called "Chambertin" and a reading of former bandmate John Renbourn's "Lady Nothing" -- the set walks through a lush garden that stands between the traditional English folk that Jansch had mastered and a sort of easy-breathing country-rock. Check the breezy flow of "Open Up the Watergate," with Jesse Ed Davis on acoustic slide guitar, drummer Danny Lane, and bassist Klaus Voormann. Even the moodier "Needle of Death," a duet between Rhodes and Jansch, carries a certain lightness of feeling despite its lyric's darkness. "The Blacksmith" acknowledges quite openly Jansch's debt of influence to Doc Watson, while the lithe rocker "Stone Monkey" features Nesmith in place of Davis; the backroom jamming style accentuates the influence of American players on Jansch as well as his own English traditions. All the while Nesmith, whether with the mobile unit at Stratton-Smith's home or in his own studio in L.A., keeps the proceedings laid-back, flowing, and liquid. This is not to say there aren't more traditional numbers here; the set opener, "Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning," with Voormann and Rhodes, and "Of Love and Lullabye" could have been recorded by Pentangle. Simply put, this is one of Jansch's masterpieces, and a singular type of album in his long and storied career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099996486306
  • Catalog Number: 964863
  • Sales rank: 36,912

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning (3:57)
  2. 2 Chambertin (4:04)
  3. 3 One for Jo (2:38)
  4. 4 Travelling Man (2:47)
  5. 5 Open Up the Watergate (Let the Sunshine In) (2:40)
  6. 6 Stone Monkey (3:10)
  7. 7 Of Love and Lullaby (2:28)
  8. 8 Needle of Death (3:24)
  9. 9 Lady Nothing (2:32)
  10. 10 There Comes a Time (2:38)
  11. 11 Cluck Old Hen (3:10)
  12. 12 The Blacksmith (3:30)
  13. 13 Open Up the Watergate (3:38)
  14. 14 One for Jo (2:41)
  15. 15 The Blacksmith (3:39)
  16. 16 In the Bleak Midwinter (2:25)
  17. 17 L. A. Turnaround
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert Jansch Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Red Rhodes Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Cohen Electric Piano
Byron Berline Fiddle, Mandolin
Jay Lacy Guitar
Danny Lane Drums
Klaus Voormann Electric Bass
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band Guitar
Technical Credits
Bert Jansch Arranger, Composer, Remastering
John Renbourn Composer
Bill Drescher Engineer
Peter Mew Remastering
Ron Nevison Engineer
George Peckham Cut
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band Producer
Becky Stewart Reissue Art, Reissue Design
Mike VanDer Vord Cover Photo
Danny Thompson Producer, Remixing
Frank Sansom Art Direction
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