L.A. Turnaround

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L.A. Turnaround
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Studio album by Bert Jansch
Released September 1974
Recorded c. April–June 1974 at Luxford House, Sussex and Sound City, Sepulveda, California; plus two tracks c. early 1973 from CBE Studios, Paris
Genre Folk rock/Country rock
Length 49:21 (reissue)
Label Charisma
Producer Mike Nesmith / Danny Thompson
Bert Jansch chronology
L.A. Turnaround
Santa Barbara Honeymoon
(1975)Santa Barbara Honeymoon1975

L.A. Turnaround is the ninth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1974.


After the demise of Pentangle, Jansch recorded the album in Tony Stratton-Smith's home in Sussex and in a studio in California. It was produced by Michael Nesmith with the exception of two of the tracks (“Chambertin” and former bandmate John Renbourn’s “Lady Nothing”) which were recorded in Paris a year earlier. A short film was produced during the sessions in Sussex.

Other guest musicians include Klaus Voorman (bass guitar), Red Rhodes (pedal steel guitar), Byron Berline (fiddle, mandolin) and Jesse Ed Davis (guitar).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

In his review for Allmusic, critic Thom Jurek wrote of the album, "The album was hailed at the time as an exemplary work, and its reputation certainly holds in the 21st century... 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. Simply put, this is one of Jansch’s masterpieces, and a singular type of album in his long and storied career."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Bert Jansch; except where indicated

  1. "Fresh as a Sweet Sunday Morning" – 3:57
  2. "Chambertin" – 4:04
  3. "One for Jo" – 2:28
  4. "Travelling Man" – 2:47
  5. "Open Up the Watergate (Let the Sunshine In)" – 2:40
  6. "Stone Monkey" – 3:10
  7. "Of Love and Lullaby" – 2:28
  8. "Needle of Death" – 3:24
  9. "Lady Nothing" (John Renbourn) – 2:32
  10. "There Comes a Time" – 2:38
  11. "Cluck Old Hen" (Traditional) – 3:10
  12. "Blacksmith" – 3:30

2009 Remaster[edit]

Same as the original LP release, with the following bonus tracks:

  1. "Open Up the Watergate" (Alternate Version) – 3:38
  2. "One for Jo" (Alternate Version) – 3:10
  3. "The Blacksmith" (Alternate Version) – 3:39
  4. "In the Bleak Midwinter" (Christina Rossetti) – 2:25




  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "L.A. Turnaround > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 18, 2016.