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Bert Jansch remastered and re-released for 50th anniversary

16 February 2015

Vinyl, CD and digital editions of Bert Jansch’s timeless debut album released to celebrate its 50th Anniversary on 13 April 2015.

BMG is pleased to announce a new, meticulously remastered edition of Bert Jansch's truly classic and highly influential debut album, simply titled Bert Jansch, marking the 50th anniversary of the album’s original release by Transatlantic Records. It also heralds a series of remastered releases of Bert's entire Transatlantic catalogue.

This new edition of Bert Jansch replicates the original artwork with its nonchalantly brooding cover photograph by Brian Shuel. Particular care and attention has been paid to re-mastering and making this as true to the original as possible. "We went back to the original 1/2 inch tapes and restored them," explains reissue producer Stuart Batsford, "We are confident that this version, on vinyl, CD and digitally, is the best ever representation of Bert's original recording."

The CD booklet features a new essay by Will Hodgkinson, The Times' chief rock critic and author of the book Guitar Man, plus a new interview with the album’s original producer, Bill Leader, who says: "Bert spoke through his music and his songs. His conversation was not particularly cogent, but his lyrics were. His mastery of the guitar was outstanding."

Released the same week as he began a Saturday night residency at the recently opened Les Cousins, Bert Jansch elevated him to a new level as the poster boy for the era. Bert was already renowned for his stunning guitar playing, epitomised by his version of Davy Graham's 'Angi'. A number of personal, often romantic songs including 'Needle of Death', 'Running from Home' and the emblematic 'Strolling down the Highway' also set this album apart, establishing Bert as the first British singer-songwriter.

CD and vinyl versions are available from 13 April 2015. The re-mastered download can be pre-ordered at http://geni.us/9SC.