The Dazzling Stranger

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
British guitar legend Bert Jansch has done far more constructive work and certainly less damage regarding authentic roots music than his fellow countryman Eric Clapton has, but tragically Jansch's works go relatively unnoticed, except for a fraction of the guitar-appreciating populace. Hopefully, Castle Music's anthology Dazzling Stranger can help to change that fact. Forty-two songs spread over two CDs tell the folk guitarist's story in chronological order from his Transatlantic recordings in 1964 through his home recordings in 2000, with an emphasis on his late-'60s and early-'70s works. His angular, interlacing fingerpicking influenced Neil Young, Nick Drake, and Jimmy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
British guitar legend Bert Jansch has done far more constructive work and certainly less damage regarding authentic roots music than his fellow countryman Eric Clapton has, but tragically Jansch's works go relatively unnoticed, except for a fraction of the guitar-appreciating populace. Hopefully, Castle Music's anthology Dazzling Stranger can help to change that fact. Forty-two songs spread over two CDs tell the folk guitarist's story in chronological order from his Transatlantic recordings in 1964 through his home recordings in 2000, with an emphasis on his late-'60s and early-'70s works. His angular, interlacing fingerpicking influenced Neil Young, Nick Drake, and Jimmy Page who included a version of Jansch's "Blackwaterslide" on Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut, and his fiery work with Pentangle are both represented here, as are his introspective and dark solo works and his slightly sunnier contemporary songs. His voice has maintained its unique, off-kilter qualities and possibly gotten richer with age, making his later recordings as enjoyable as his early ones. For anyone who has memorized the Nick Drake catalog, Dazzling Stranger is a necessary next purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Sbme Castle Us
  • UPC: 060768114326
  • Catalog Number: 81143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strolling Down the Highway (3:04)
  2. 2 Angie (3:12)
  3. 3 Running from Home (2:22)
  4. 4 Needle of Death (3:20)
  5. 5 It Don't Bother Me (4:28)
  6. 6 Lucky Thirteen (3:36)
  7. 7 Blackwaterslide (3:46)
  8. 8 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (1:41)
  9. 9 Soho (2:59)
  10. 10 Rabbit Run (2:41)
  11. 11 Woe Is Love My Dear (2:19)
  12. 12 Bells (4:00)
  13. 13 Wishing Well (2:15)
  14. 14 Poison (3:15)
  15. 15 I Am Lonely (2:29)
  16. 16 Train Song (4:45)
  17. 17 Nobody's Bar (3:01)
  18. 18 The January Man (3:32)
  19. 19 Reynardine (5:21)
  20. 20 Rosemary Lane (4:03)
  21. 21 When I Get Home (5:00)
  22. 22 Oh My Father (4:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Yarrow (5:08)
  2. 2 Rambleaway (4:34)
  3. 3 Blackbird in the Morning (3:38)
  4. 4 Frozen Beauty (4:46)
  5. 5 The Rainbow Man (5:00)
  6. 6 I Sure Wanna Know (3:30)
  7. 7 From the Inside (1:45)
  8. 8 Playing the Game (4:06)
  9. 9 Is It Real? (3:30)
  10. 10 Lady Fair (2:14)
  11. 11 Three Dreamers (3:44)
  12. 12 The Ornament Tree (Bonny Portmore) (3:49)
  13. 13 The Mountain Streams (3:48)
  14. 14 Looking for Love (4:25)
  15. 15 The River Bank (2:52)
  16. 16 Toy Balloon (3:59)
  17. 17 My Donal (2:58)
  18. 18 Blues Run the Game (3:07)
  19. 19 Downunder (5:00)
  20. 20 October Song (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert Jansch Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Loren Auerbach Vocals
Gary Boyle Guitar, Electric Guitar
Geoff Bradford Guitar
Duffy Power Harmonica
Aly Bain Fiddle
John Renbourn Guitar
Laurie Allen Drums
Maggie Boyle Flute
Bernard Butler Electric Guitar
Ian Clarke Percussion
Terry Cox Drums
Skaila Kanga Harp
Pete Kirtley Guitar
Michael Klein Percussion
Johnny Marr Harmonica, Background Vocals
Dave Mattacks Drums
Richard Newman Guitar
Nigel Portman Smith Bass
Tony Visconti Bass
Ray Warleigh Flute
Richard Curran Fiddle
Paul Boyle Fiddle
Danny Thompson Bass, Double Bass
Charlie Francis Bass
Adam Jansch Bass
Makoto Sakamoto Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bert Jansch Arranger, Producer, Engineer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Loren Auerbach Producer
John Renbourn Engineer
Nathan Joseph Producer
Michael Klein Producer
Bill Leader Producer
Richard Newman Contributor
Shel Talmy Producer
Tony Visconti Arranger, Sound Effects
Danny Thompson Producer
Traditional Composer
Colin Harper Sleeve Notes
Cliff Aungier Producer
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