Bert Jansch (album)

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Bert Jansch
Studio album by Bert Jansch
Released16 April 1965 (1965-04-16)
RecordedSeptember 1964 – January 1965
Studio5 North Villas, Camden, London
ProducerBill Leader
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Bert Jansch is the debut album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. The album was recorded on a reel-to-reel tape recorder at engineer Bill Leader's house and sold to Transatlantic Records for £100. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was voted number 649 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).

The record includes Jansch's best-known song, "Needle of Death", which was inspired by the death of his friend, folk singer Buck Polly.

Track listing

All tracks written by Bert Jansch, except where specified.

1."Strolling Down the Highway" 3:06
2."Smokey River" (Instrumental) 2:56
3."Oh How Your Love Is Strong" 3:40
4."I Have No Time" 3:09
5."Finches" (Instrumental) 0:51
6."Veronica" (Instrumental) 1:32
7."Needle of Death" 3:20
8."Do You Hear Me Now?" 2:06
9."Rambling's Gonna Be the Death of Me" 3:18
10."Alice's Wonderland" (Instrumental; inspired by Charles Mingus) 1:46
11."Running From Home" 2:24
12."Courting Blues" 4:02
13."Casbah" (Instrumental) 2:10
14."Dreams of Love" 1:44
15."Angie" (Instrumental)Davey Graham3:15


  1. ^ "20 Best Folk Music Albums of All Time". NME. Time Inc. UK. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  4. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  5. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 213. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  6. ^ Needle of Death Songfacts