Bert Jansch "Heartbreak" 30th Anniversary Edition Due November 6 on Omnivore

August 13, 2012
imgOmnivore Recordings has announced they will release a newly remastered 30th Anniversary limited edition LP and two-CD set of the long lost, out-of-print, landmark 1981 album Heartbreak by seminal Scottish folk guitarist, singer, and composer Bert Jansch on November 6. The first pressing of the LP will be issued on 1500 pieces of clear vinyl (with subsequent pressings on black vinyl), while the two-CD collection includes the original Heartbreak album in its entirety along with 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded during an intimate live show in June 1981 at the storied venue inside McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. On the eve of what would have been Jansch’s 69th birthday (November 3, 1943) this is a collector’s must-have, featuring extras including special photos and liner notes by legendary English folk musician Ralph McTell and the album’s original producers!
Recorded in June 1981 (and released in 1982), Heartbreak was produced by two enthusiastic fans, Rick and John Chelew. This was the first time in the studio for Rick and his brother John (producer of the pivotal John Hiatt album Bring The Family, three Grammy award-winning albums for the Blind Boys Of Alabama, and many others). They borrowed money from their mother to finance the sessions and to pay enlisted musicians like renowned guitarist Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, Emmy Lou Harris, the Everly Brothers, Bill Wyman) and noted singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes to accompany Bert in the small Silverlake Studio where the album was recorded. During the sessions, Bert played a few live solo shows around California, including the legendary folk club McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Fortunately, Rick and John had the foresight to document these concerts, and now the 30th Anniversary Edition of Heartbreak has been further enhanced by a previously unreleased, complete live show from McCabe's Guitar Shop.

Bert Jansch was one of the most important and central figures in folk music, both for his solo recordings and his work with influential British folk group, Pentangle. Born in Scotland, he was steeped in American blues and jazz, North African music, and folk early in his career, and by the beginning of the ’60s he was playing the British folk clubs, extending his musical education. 

Artists like Martin Carthy and Anne Briggs turned him on to songs in the British folk tradition. By the mid-’60s he had set up residence in London where he began making the studio recordings and playing live shows that would come to influence a generation of songwriters, singers and guitar players. Legendary artists like Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Donovan, Elton John, and Nick Drake all the way up to present artists like Fleet Foxes and Devendra Banhart have acknowledged Jansch as a major influence and innovator of acoustic guitar playing. 
Passing away nearly one year ago on October 5, 2011, Jansch was critically revered and earned many accolades over his career including Lifetime Achievement Awards from BBC Radio, the MOJO Merit Award and was named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” 

30th Anniversary edition Bert Jansch Heartbreak – release date November 6

LP track listing

Side One:

1. Blackwater Side 

2. Sit Down Beside Me 

3. Up To The Stars 

4. Is It Real? 

5. Wild Mountain Thyme

Side Two:

1. Heartbreak Hotel

2. No Rhyme Nor Reason 

3. If I Were A Carpenter 

4. Give Me The Time

5. And Not A Word Was Said

CD track listing

Disc One

1. Blackwater Side 

2. Sit Down Beside Me 

3. Up To The Stars 

4. Is It Real?

5. Wild Mountain Thyme

6. Heartbreak Hotel

7. No Rhyme Nor Reason

8. If I Were A Carpenter 

9. Give Me The Time

10. And Not A Word Was Said

Disc Two
Live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop:

1. Curragh Of Kildare 

2. Poor Mouth 

3. Blackwater Side 

4. One For Jo

5. Let Me Sing 

6. If I Were A Carpenter

7. Blues Run The Game 

8. Is It Real?

9. Ask Your Daddy

10. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face

11. Kingfisher 

12. Wild Mountain Thyme 

13. Come Back Baby 

14. I Am Lonely            
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