Bert Jansch (album)

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Bert Jansch
Studio album by
Released16 April 1965 (1965-04-16)
RecordedSeptember 1964 – January 1965
Studio5 North Villas, Camden, London
ProducerBill Leader
Bert Jansch chronology
Bert Jansch
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

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.[3]

The record includes Jansch's best-known tune - "Needle of Death", which was inspired by the death of his friend, folk singer Buck Polly.[4]

Track listing[edit]

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. ^ ^ 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.
  4. ^ Needle of Death Songfacts