Bert Jansch | Living In The Shadows | 4LP Casebound Book Vinyl Box Set

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4LP Casebound Book-Back Set, Comprising Jansch’s Three Studio Albums From The 1990s (The Ornament Tree; When The Circus Comes To Town; Toy Balloon)

Includes An Additional Disc Of Unheard And Unreleased Material

Both Studio Albums And Dat Transfers, Remastered By Brian Pyle

Signifying a return to form that heralded one of the most prolific periods of his life, this special collection features some of Jansch’s finest work. Living In the Shadows includes an extra disc of demos, alternate versions and never-before heard tracks, transferred from Jansch’s personal tapes, alongside the three studio albums of the 1990s: The Ornament Tree, When The Circus Comes To Town and Toy Balloon.
This trio of works represents quite different facets of Jansch’s talent; where Circus is a bluesy, late-night sounding party, Ornament is altogether more subdued, drawing on Maggie Boyle’s bodhran, flute and whistles to creative a sound that is nothing if not celtic. Toy Balloon falls somewhere in the middle, with that feeling of intimacy that is so Bert.

Despite these apparent contrasts, the unifying element is of course, Jansch’s guitar. There is an ease about these albums that suggests a musician that has found himself very at home—“just a simple soul”, to quote the man himself.

The real draw here for many Jansch fans will be disc four: unreleased tracks (including—let joy be unconfined!—one with John Renbourn), as well as alternative takes of familiar songs from the ’90s period. Chosen specifically for their contrast to the studio versions, these tracks are often more stripped-down or without the embellishment typical of the era. Mostly recorded at Bert’s home studio, this unheard and unreleased collection, transferred from Bert’s own DAT tapes, has a intimate quality that is incredibly moving.

LP Track Listing:

1. The Ornament Tree (Bonny Portmore)
2. The Banks O'Sicily
3. The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure
4. The Rocky Road To Dublin
5. Three Dreamers
6. The Mountain Streams
7. The Blackbirds Of Mullamore
8. Ladyfair
9. The Road Tae Dundee
10. Tramps And Hawkers
11. The January Man
12. Dobbin's Flowery Vale
13. Walk Quietly By
14. Open Road
15. Back Home
16. No-One Around
17. Step Back
18. When the Circus Comes to Town
19. Summer Heat
20. Just a Dream
21. The Lady Doctor from Ashington
22. Stealing the Night Away
23. Honey Don't You Understand
24. Born with the Blues
25. Morning Brings Peace of Mind
26. Living in the Shadows
27. Carnival
28. She Moved Through the Fair
29. All I Got
30. Bett's Dance
31. Toy Balloon
32. Waitin' and Wonderin'
33. Hey Doc
34. Sweet Talking Lady
35. Paper Houses
36. Born and Bred in Old Ireland
37. How It All Came Down
38. Just a Simple Soul
39. Morning Brings Sweet Peace Of Mind (Alternate Version)
40. Back Home (Demo)
41. Just A Dream (Alternate Mix)
42.Untitled Instrumental
43. When The Circus Comes To Town (Demo)
44. No-One Around (Demo)
45. Lily Of The West (Demo)
46. Fool's Mate (Demo)
47. Paper Houses (Demo)
48. Another Star
49. Little Max
50. Merry Priest
51. Untitled Instrumental 2 (Early Attempt With John Renbourn)
52. Untitled Instrumental 2 (With John Renbourn)