Earmark EAR 42025LP (2004)
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(Castle Communications ESM CD 408. Double CD with John Renbourn 1965)
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before he revolutionized English acoustic music with the foundation of
guitar supremo John Renbourn cut this excellent folk-blues record in 1966.
His second solo album,
it displayed his command of everything from traditional folk to jazz,
and teamed him on three tracks
with another future Pentangle star, vocalist Jacqui McShee. 180g vinyl
and artwork of the original UK edition. Printed inner sleeve with liner
notes by British folk and blues revival expert Colin Harper."
is the follow-up as it were to 'John Renbourn,' the building site
album -- the moonlight demo studio tapes having been taken by the
little Transatlantic company, probably because they were going cheap.
By now I had a new guitar, a gibson J-50 to be like Davey Graham,
bought from an American airman for fifty pounds and replacing the
trusty Scarth (only a fiver). I also had a contract and a change of
clothes and naively expected recording conditions to improve. They
did, but not to the extent of a fancy studio, more to Bill Leader's
kitchen. In fact I could have done a lot worse. Bill had a recorded
history of great stuff going back to pre-Topic days. He came within
my realm of idolization by having recorded Ramblin' Jack Elliott on
"Jack Takes the Floor."
Jacqui McShee sang on a couple
of songs that we used to do together in places like the Cousins, documenting
for the first time our inimitable 'Blind Willie and Angeline Johnson
meets Miki and Griff' approach. So by now the pre Pentangle assemblage
was assembling. The title track was named after the monday market
near the art school in Kingston and borrowed ideas that I had heard
Davey playing. Another short guitar piece
'Lady Nothinge's Toye Puffe'
had more of a mock-tudor feel in contrast to the mock-tutwiler folk
blues. It wasn't a new thing for me but it became a direction.
- John Renbourn
Another Monday (John Renbourn)
Ladye Nothing's Toye Puff (John Renbourn)
John studied with Tim Walker - this is a result.
I Know My Babe (Traditional arr. (John Renbourn)
This is also called Woman Blues or I Know My Rider.
4. Waltz (John Renbourn)
A blues instrumental based on a kind of three-time rhythm.
Lost Lover Blues (Traditional arr. (John Renbourn)
A railroad blues originally recorded by Blind Boy Fuller. Jacqui McShee
sings on this one - the sleeve notes say that 'Jacqui is a young singer
whom I first met at the Red Lion Club, Sutton, where she was resident'.
Obviously Pentangle was still some way in the future.
6. One For William (John Renbourn)
A piece for oboe and guitar with Jennifer de Montforte-Jones.
Buffalo (John Renbourn)
An instumental from the repertoire of Davey Graham - so how come John
gets the credit?
Sugar Babe (Traditional arr. (John Renbourn)
9. Debbie Anne (John Renbourn)
Can't Keep From Crying (Traditional arr. John Renbourn)
John learned this from Mike Rogers, Jacqui McShee sings on this track.
Day At The Seaside (John Renbourn)
Nobody's Fault But Mine (Traditional arr. (John Renbourn)
Renbourn - Guitar & Vocals
Jacqui McShee - Vocals on Tracks 5,10 and 12
Jennifer de Monteforte-Jones - Oboe on Track 6