Bert Jansch / It
Don't Bother Me
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Recorded with a portable tape player on a borrowed guitar in the kitchen of his London flat, the impact of Jansch's debut has been somewhat blunted by time, but it was a vastly influential work. All but one of the 15 tracks on his debut was an original composition; Jansch sounds quite close to early Donovan with his Scottish inflections, though Bert is darker and less pop-oriented. Jansch reflects a rambling, beatnik sort of lifestyle with his compositions on this album, which includes one of his most famous tunes, the somber "Needle of Death" (about the heroin-induced death of one of his friends). Basically an extension of his 1965 debut, Jansch's second album It Don't Bother Me - also on this two-fer - is perhaps a bit lighter in mood and doesn't boast quite as strong material, although it's nearly in the same league. Includes one of his most explicitly political songs ("Anti-Apartheid"), his first recording with John Renbourn ("Lucky Thirteen," a Renbourn original), and his first use of banjo on record ("900 Miles").
- Richie Unterberger (AMG)
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