Bert Jansch

Jack Orion/Nicola

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After presenting almost all-original sets on his first two albums, Jansch opted to devote all of his third LP Jack Orion to traditional folk numbers. Highlights include the ten-minute title track (whose length was a real oddity on contemporary folk albums of the time) and a cover of "Nottamun Town" (whose melody Dylan lifted for "Masters of War"). Not as original as Bert's first two LPs, the guitar and vocal work on these adaptations were still as influential on the '60s folk world as anything else in Jansch's catalog. Bowing slightly to commercial pressures, he allowed orchestration to be used on five of the twelve tracks on Nicola, also on this two-fer. The remainder are pretty much in keeping with the character and high standard of his other '60s work, although for the first and only time, Bert played both electric and acoustic guitars on this LP; it's also his first work to feature drumming.

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