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Avocet (40th Anniversary Edition)

by Bert Jansch

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  • Streaming + Download

    Pre-order of Avocet (40th Anniversary Edition). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    Purchasable with gift card
    releases October 15, 2019

      £7 GBP  or more

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited white vinyl edition with downloadable bonus tracks

    Includes digital pre-order of Avocet (40th Anniversary Edition). You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    shipping out on or around October 15, 2019
    edition of 500 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £20 GBP or more 

     

1.
17:59
2.
Lapwing
3.
Bittern
4.
Kingfisher
5.
Osprey
6.
Kittiwake
7.
Bittern (Live In Italy)
8.
Kingfisher (Live In Italy)
9.
Avocet (Live In Italy)

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 Limited white vinyl edition with downloadable bonus tracks
 Newly expanded audio
 New liner notes from Pentangle bandmate and collaborator Danny Thompson
 Vinyl only - limited to 500 copies worldwide


Expanded 40th anniversary edition, featuring newly discovered live tracks and notes from Pentangle bandmate (and Avocet collaborator) Danny Thompson. Bert Jansch was often quoted as saying “I’m not playing for anyone, just myself” and this feels no more apparent than on 1979’s ‘Avocet’, his beautifully meditative paean to British birds. This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience, more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins - with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.)
For fans of Jansch this is often the album that is singled out as his best work. The freedoms of a post-Pentangle career are much in evidence; folk rock and even trad folk give way to an album that is not only without lyrical accompaniment but really quite orchestral, classical even, in its composition. There are surprises in particular in ‘Lapwing’ (a dirge-like waltz that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nils Frahm album) and ‘Bittern’ (which speaks of Arthur Russell’s more experimental pieces).
Featuring ex-bandmate Danny Thompson, alongside Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, amongst others) with sleeve notes by Jansch aficionado Colin Harper (author of ‘Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues revival’). This new edition also comprises three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in 1977 with Martin Jenkins (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine) in typical style. Remastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes.

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releases October 15, 2019

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