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A Rare Conundrum

Jansch, Bert

A Rare Conundrum

Drag City
LP $17.25

12/15/2009 781484041511 

DC 415 

CD $13.75

12/15/2009 781484041528 

DC 415 CD 

***NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL!!! Drag City is “chuffed” to announce the first-time release on CD of the three albums BERT JANSCH recorded for the famous Charisma Label in the 1970s: L.A. Turnaround, Santa Barbara Honeymoon and A Rare Conundrum, all of which have been out of print for decades and are among the most sought-after Jansch albums among fans and collectors. Bert Jansch was signed to Charisma by label boss Tony Stratton Smith in 1973, the year that PENTANGLE decided to go their separate ways. A Rare Conundrum was recorded in a more familiar style in the UK during 1976 and released by Charisma in May 1977. The majority of the album features Bert with a group he’d put together consisting of ROD CLEMENTS on bass, PICK WITHERS on drums and MIKE PIGGOTT on violin. By the time the album was released the group had split after Clements returned to a re-formed Lindisfarne and Withers joined Dire Straits. A Rare Conundrum marked a return to a simpler style: it includes delicate instrumentals, Irish traditional songs, a couple of slow blues and some of Bert’s most overlooked songs which look back to his childhood (“One To A Hundred”) and his early days on the folk scene in Edinburgh (“Three Chord Trick” and “Three Dreamers”). (STREET DATE - 12/15/2009)