John Renbourn - So Clear - The John Renbourn Sampler Vol. 2 - UK Issue Folk LP

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John Renbourn – So Clear - The John Renbourn Sampler Volume Two

Label: Transatlantic Records – TRA SAM 28
Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country: UK
Record: VG+ VG++,
Cover: VG+ VG++
Released: 1973
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock


A1 Lady Goes To Church 2:48
A2 Another Monday 1:49
A3 Shake Shake Mamma 3:20
A4a Bransle Gay 1:12
A4b Bransle De Bourgogne 1:34
A5 So Clear 4:51
A6 The Lady And The Unicorn 3:23

B1 Plainsong 3:45
B2 Blues Run The Game 3:04
B3 Waltz 1:58
B4 Westron Wynde 1:22
B5 The Cuckoo 3:53
B6 Transfusion 1:58
B7 Country Blues 2:35

John Renbourn (born 8 August 1944, Marylebone, London, England) is an English guitarist and songwriter. He is possibly best known for his collaboration with guitarist Bert Jansch as well as his work with the folk group Pentangle, although he maintained a solo career before, during and after that band's existence (1967–1973).

While most commonly labelled a folk musician, Renbourn's musical tastes and interests take in early music, classical music, jazz, blues and world music. His most influential album, Sir John Alot (1968), featured his take on songs from the Medieval era.

John Renbourn studied classical guitar at school and it was during this period that he was introduced to Early Music. In the 1950s, along with many others, he was greatly influenced by the musical craze of "Skiffle" and this eventually led him to explore the work of artists such as Lead Belly, Josh White and Big Bill Broonzy.

In the 1960s the new craze in popular music was Rhythm and Blues, also the impact of Davey Graham was being felt. In 1961 Renbourn toured the South West with Mac MacLeod and repeated the tour in 1963.On returning from the South West Renbourn and MacLeod recorded a demo tape together. Renbourn briefly played in an R&B band while studying at the Kingston College of Art in London. Although the British "Folk Revival" was underway, most folk clubs were biased towards traditional, unaccompanied folk songs, and guitar players were not always welcome. However, the Roundhouse in London had a more tolerant attitude and here, John Renbourn joined blues and gospel singer Dorris Henderson, playing backing guitar and recording two albums with her.

Possibly the best known London venue for contemporary folk music in the early 1960s was "Les Cousins" on Greek Street, Soho, which became the main meeting place for guitar players and contemporary singer-songwriters from Britain and America. Around 1963, Renbourn teamed up with guitarist Bert Jansch who had moved to London from Edinburgh, and together they developed an intricate duet style that became known as "folk baroque". Their album Bert and John is a fine example of their playing.

Renbourn released several albums on the Transatlantic label during the 1960s. Two of them, Sir John Alot and Lady And The Unicorn, sum up Renbourn's playing style and material from this period. Sir John Alot has a mixture of jazz/blues/folk playing alongside a more classical/early music style. Lady And The Unicorn is heavily influenced by Renbourn's interest in early music.

John Renbourn - So Clear

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John Renbourn - Lady Goes To Church

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Condition Used
Format LP
Label Transatlantic Records