L.A. Turnaround [Bonus Tracks]

L.A. Turnaround [Bonus Tracks]

by Bert JanschBert Jansch

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After the demise of Pentangle, Jansch signed with Tony Stratton-Smith's Famous Charisma Label in 1973 and recorded L.A. Turnaround in Sussex and Sepulveda, CA. It was primarily produced by Mike Nesmith (two of the album's original 12 tracks were recorded in Paris by Thompson a year earlier) and released in 1974, the first of three albums Jansch cut for Charisma. The album was hailed at the time as an exemplary work, and its reputation certainly holds in the 21st century. Nesmith quite naturally captured Jansch's expert, idiosyncratic guitar style, and added himself on rhythm guitars and pedal steel guitarist O.J. "Red" Rhodes, who provided a wonderful sense of ballast and earthiness. Other than the two Thompson-produced cuts -- an instrumental called "Chambertin" and a reading of former bandmate John Renbourn's "Lady Nothing" -- the set walks through a lush garden that stands between the traditional English folk that Jansch had mastered and a sort of easy-breathing country-rock. Check the breezy flow of "Open Up the Watergate," with Jesse Ed Davis on acoustic slide guitar, drummer Danny Lane, and bassist Klaus Voormann. Even the moodier "Needle of Death," a duet between Rhodes and Jansch, carries a certain lightness of feeling despite its lyric's darkness. "The Blacksmith" acknowledges quite openly Jansch's debt of influence to Doc Watson, while the lithe rocker "Stone Monkey" features Nesmith in place of Davis; the backroom jamming style accentuates the influence of American players on Jansch as well as his own English traditions. All the while Nesmith, whether with the mobile unit at Stratton-Smith's home or in his own studio in L.A., keeps the proceedings laid-back, flowing, and liquid. This is not to say there aren't more traditional numbers here; the set opener, "Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning," with Voormann and Rhodes, and "Of Love and Lullabye" could have been recorded by Pentangle. Simply put, this is one of Jansch's masterpieces, and a singular type of album in his long and storied career.

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Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/2009
Label: Emd Int'l
UPC: 5099996486306
catalogNumber: 964863
Rank: 49778


  1. Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning
  2. Chambertin
  3. One for Jo
  4. Travelling Man
  5. Open Up the Watergate (Let the Sunshine In)
  6. Stone Monkey
  7. Of Love and Lullaby
  8. Needle of Death
  9. Lady Nothing
  10. There Comes a Time
  11. Cluck Old Hen
  12. The Blacksmith
  13. Open Up the Watergate
  14. One for Jo
  15. The Blacksmith
  16. In the Bleak Midwinter
  17. L. A. Turnaround

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bert Jansch   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Red Rhodes   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Cohen   Electric Piano
Byron Berline   Fiddle,Mandolin
Jay Lacy   Guitar
Danny Lane   Drums
Klaus Voormann   Electric Bass
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bert Jansch   Arranger,Composer
John Renbourn   Composer
Bill Drescher   Engineer
Ron Nevison   Engineer
George Peckham   Cut
Mike Nesmith & The First National Band   Producer
Becky Stewart   Reissue Art,Reissue Design
Mike VanDer Vord   Cover Photo
Danny Thompson   Producer,Remixing
Frank Sansom   Art Direction

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