Tuesday, November 9, 2010

John Renbourn - The Hermit (1976 England) 2004 Remaster Castle @320

Renbourn's first post-Pentangle (or nearly post-Pentangle) solo album, joined briefly by fellow guitarist Dominique Trepeau and featuring further contributions by John James, is one of his most beautiful recordings, and also among his most spare guitar instrumentals. Some of the material is drawn from lute and harp sources, and it is ear-opening to hear some of the more familiar pieces among the latter (such as "O'Carolan's Concerto") transcribed for guitar, but Renbourn isn't above adapting themes from television commercials, either. The mood of much - though not all - of this record is one of serious introspection, as Renbourn stays generally within a classical guitar mode. He has fun with the material, and the CD booklet also includes musical transcriptions of some of the tunes on the record, for the benefit of Renbourn's fellow guitarists.
- Bruce Eder (AMG)

01 - The Hermit
02 - John's Tune
03 - Goat Island
04 - Old Mac Bladgitt
05 - Faro's Rag
06 - Caroline's Tune (duet with Dominic Trepeau)
07 - Three Pieces By O'Carolan:
     (a) - Lamentation Of Owen Roe O'neil
     (b) - Lord Inchiquin
     (c) - Mrs. Power
08 - The Princess and The Puddings
09 - The Bicycle Tune
10 - Pavanna (Anna Bannana)
11 - Medley:
     (a) - A Toye
     (b) - Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home (duet with John James)
Bonus tracks:
12 - Luckett Sunday
13 - New Nothynge (duet with John James)
14 - Luke's Little Summer
15 - Minuet In D Minor (duet with Stefan Grossman)
16 - From The Bridge (duet with John James)

All tracks (1976) except tracks 12, 14 & 16 (1977); track 13 (1985); track 15 (1986)

John Renbourn - Guitars



Anonymous said...

Great, great musicianship!!!...
Thanks a lot Crimson King



Anonymous said...

so many thanks for this great guitar player... maybe one of the greatest

drizzz said...

One of my all time favorites- looking forward to the bonus tracks- thank you!

Taraletti said...

Hello Crimson! John is one of my favourites musicians, so thanks a lot for this album!

Taraletti said...

I forgot it. We change the adress on Patrimonios de la Humanidad

Here's the new adress: http://patrimonios.mforos.com/

We added you in our favourites links ;)

Ric said...

Excellent posting.
Thanks for making available this musical gem.

The Countess said...

Everything this man has recorded seems to be wonderful! Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this and the many other great posts on your site.


Pedro Correia said...

sir, i thank you with all my heart.

sirgilles said...

CrimsonKing, your blog is a chest with treasure and I thank you that you left the lid open for us !
God bless you !

CrimsonKing said...


The Hermit

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Anonymous said...

Sweet! Thanks!

dirac2357 said...

I thank you!!

rintesh said...


Medusa Yuk said...

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