John Renbourn

Lost Sessions

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In 1973, shortly after the breakup of the legendary Pentangle, co-lead guitarist John Renbourn recorded a full album's worth of songs for a solo project. He abandoned the set, instead releasing an entirely different collection of songs as THE HERMIT later that year. The abandoned songs, previously available only via underground tape-trading networks, surfaced several years later as THE LOST SESSIONS.

These nine songs aren't bad at all, though they show Renbourn exploring a slightly poppier direction that isn't always right for his playing style. The overall effect is not unlike early Fairport Convention or the later albums by the Strawbs. The most effective tracks are the most stripped down, such as Renbourn's version of the oft-recorded classic "O Death" and a sprightly take on "The Seven Sleepers." Not the very best starting place, but Renbourn's fans will be very happy to hear these LOST SESSIONS.

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