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Bert Jansch ‎– L.A. Turnaround

Bert Jansch
L.A. Turnaround
Style: Country, Folk
Label: Charisma
Catalog Number: CAS 1090
Released: 1974, 70's
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L.A. Turnaround was recorded a year after the dissolution of Bert Jansch’s group Pentangle, and saw the artist at a shifting point in his life and sound. The Scottish singer had left his record label and signed to  Charisma, which led to label owner Tony Stratton-Smith recommending Jansch to team up with ex-Monkee turned country-rock pioneer Michael Nesmith. The pairing would prove to be an excellent match with Jansch’s traditional folk and masterful guitar work backed by the breezy West Coast country sound of Nesmith’s guitar and Red Rhodes’ pedal steel. Recording at Stratton-Smith’s pastoral home in Sussex, the album has a laid back feel best exemplified by opener “Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning.” Other highlights include “Needle of Death” a rework of a song previously released on Jansch’s debut solo album and the instrumental “Lady Nothing” written by former bandmate John Renbourn. The album would have a limited release, resulting in it becoming somewhat of a lost classic which is a shame, as L.A. Turnaround is one of the finest works in Bert Jansch’s career.

Recommended – A1 Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning, A3 One for Jo, B2 Needle of Death

Tags: Country-Rock / Home Listening / Pastoral
Tracklist:

A1 Fresh As A Sweet Sunday Morning
A2 Chambertin
A3 One For Jo
A4 Travelling Man
A5 Open Up The Watergate (Let The Sunshine In)
A6 Stone Monkey
B1 Of Love And Lullaby
B2 Needle Of Death
B3 Lady Nothing
B4 There Comes A Time
B5 Cluck Old Hen
B6 The Blacksmith

Credits:

Guitar, Vocals – Bert Jansch
Drums – Danny Lane
Electric Bass – Klaus Voorman
Fiddle, Mandolin – Byron Berline
Guitar – Jay Lacy, Jesse Ed Davies, Mike Nesmith
Pedal Steel Guitar – Red Rhodes
Electric Piano – Mike Cohen
Producer, Mixed By – Mike Nesmith, Danny Thompson
Engineer – Bill Drescher, Ron Nevison, Jean-Louis
Photography By – Mike Van Der Vord, Neal Preston
Artwork – Product Promotion
Art Direction – Frank Sansom

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