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The Hermit (Bonus Track Version)

John Renbourn

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Album Review

John 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 Hermit 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.

Customer Reviews

great.

excellent guitar playing as usual, occult influences fairly obvious in the name of the album, whilst the album cover is almost exactly the same as the picture on the inside of Led Zeppelin IV, which i think indicates his and page's similar frame of mind both musically and philosophically. song names on the other hand don't really seem to indicate much.

It's John Renbourn!!!

Beautiful playing from who else?! And The Hermit has got to be one of the most beautiful tunes ever.
I'd recommend this album to anyone who loves good, decent folk, or any guitar enthusiast.

Biography

Born: 08 August 1944 in Torquay, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist John Renbourn is one of the fathers of contemporary British folk music and is one of the finest fingerstyle players in the world. Renbourn was a founder of the seminal group Pentangle, and his music fuses British and Celtic folk...
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