Jack Orion

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Jack Orion
Studio album by Bert Jansch
Released September 1966 (UK)
Recorded c. early summer 1966 at 5 North Villas, Camden, London
Genre Folk
Length 44:30
Label Transatlantic
Producer Bill Leader
Bert Jansch chronology
Lucky Thirteen
(1965)
Jack Orion
(1966)
Bert and John
(1966)
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Jack Orion is the third album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1966. It contains a number of traditional songs, including the epic "Jack Orion": a ten-minute adaptation of the Child ballad "Glasgerion" which tells of a court fiddler’s attempt to seduce a countess and his servant's treachery in successfully impersonating him. A number of songs are performed with friend and fellow guitarist John Renbourn, who would later join him in the group Pentangle. "The Waggoner’s Lad" has Jansch unusually playing the banjo with Renbourn supplying the guitar part.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Waggoner's Lad" (traditional) – 3:32
  2. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (instr. - Bert Jansch) – 1:45*
  3. "Jack Orion" (traditional) – 9:50
  4. "The Gardener" (traditional) – 1:40
  5. "Nottamun Town" (traditional) – 4:30
  6. "Henry Martin" (traditional) – 3:17
  7. "Blackwaterside" (traditional) – 3:49
  8. "Pretty Polly" (traditional) – 4:07
  • Not to be confused with the Ewan MacColl vocal song.

1970 US and 1991 Vanguard CD track listing[edit]

  1. "The Waggoner's Lad" (traditional) – 3:32
  2. "Blackwaterside" (traditional) – 3:49
  3. "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (MacColl) – 1:45
  4. "900 Miles" (traditional) – 3:08*
  5. "The Gardener" (traditional) – 1:40
  6. "Pretty Polly" (traditional) – 4:07
  7. "Nottamun Town" (traditional) – 4:30
  8. "Henry Martin" (traditional) – 3:17
  9. "Jack Orion" (traditional) – 9:50

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