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Bert Jansch - Avocet download album

  • Performer: Bert Jansch
  • Album: Avocet
  • FLAC: 1933 mb | MP3: 1776 mb
  • Released: 2016
  • Country: Denmark
  • Style: Folk
  • Rating: 4.8/5
  • Votes: 687
Bert Jansch - Avocet download album

Avocet is the twelfth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1979 in UK. The album was first released by Ex Libris in Denmark in late 1978.

Bert Jansch is the debut album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch. Transatlantic released the album, which went on to sell 150,000 copies. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The record includes Jansch's best-known tune - "Needle of Death", which was inspired by the death of his friend, folk singer Buck Polly.

Avocet is the twelfth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1979 in UK. The album was first released by Ex Libris in Denmark in late 1978 with alternate album cover and one alternate track title, although no difference in recorded content. The title track "Avocet" was inspired by the traditional song "The Cuckoo". All tracks on the album are named after a sea bird or wading bird.

Bert Jansch ‎– Avocet. Label: Castle Music ‎– CMQCD763. Format: CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered. Written-By – Bert Jansch.

Avocet" is the very definition of 'overlooked gem that shouldn't be' - an album that cries out for rediscovery.

Like his wizardly six-string contemporary John Renbourn, Jansch was a mercurial figure who was often at odds with both himself and the world around him. However, Avocet presents an entirely different picture. It's knotty, beguiling, playful, and occasionally brazen, but ultimately light as a feather.

This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience; more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7 single with Shirley Collins - with proceeds in aid of the RSPB

Is Avocet the best album by Bert Jansch? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Avocet by Bert Jansch (1979) Overall rank: 18,796th. Accolades: Top albums of 1979 ( 239th ). Top albums of the 1970s ( 2,485th ). Best albums of all time ( 18,796th ).

So was Bert Jansch, whose Blackbirds Of Brittany (a fundraiser single for the RSPB) and Bird Song are stand-outs in the oeuvre. Folk’s connection to birds is obvious enough, the wellspring of tradition being rural and infused with nature. A photograph from the sessions shows a shaggy, beaming Jansch at the console surrounded by a smiling team. Avocet is the album’s wonder, with the antique air reprised in assorted guises, at times elegant and almost mediaeval, at others driving and jazzy, while Jenkins’ violin has an almost futurist quality. This is Jansch leading us a merry dance, and his guitar is at the heart of everything; restless and intricate, string-snappingly fierce and gently otherworldy. Thompson, likewise, oscillates between thrumming overdrive and sparse statement.


1 Avocet 18:00
2 Lapwing 1:27
3 Bittern 7:40
4 King Fisher 3:41
5 Osprey 3:14
6 Kittiwake 2:43

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Sweet Silence Studios


  • Bass – Danny Thompson
  • Design [Cover] – Hannah Alice
  • Engineer – Flemming Rasmussen, Freddy Hansson
  • Executive-Producer [Realisation] – Peter Abrahamsen
  • Guitar, Piano – Bert Jansch
  • Mandocello, Violin, Flute – Martin Jenkins
  • Photography By – Andreas Trier Mórch*
  • Producer – Bert Jansch, Danny Thompson, Martin Jenkins
  • Remastered By – Brian Pyle
  • Sleeve Notes – Colin Harper
  • Written-By – Bert Jansch (tracks: 1 to 4, 6), Martin Jenkins (tracks: 5)


Recorded in February 1978 at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, DK.

Comes in hard back book, containing 24 pages of notes and brand new illustrations of each wading bird.

Released in Denmark first in late 1978.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 09236 17107 8

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
EXL 30005, EXL 30.005 Bert Jansch & Martin Jenkins Bert Jansch & Martin Jenkins - Avocet ‎(LP, Album) Exlibris, Exlibris EXL 30005, EXL 30.005 Denmark 1978
EARTH010 Bert Jansch Avocet ‎(CDr, Album, Promo) Earth EARTH010 UK 2016
CLASS 6 Bert Jansch Avocet ‎(LP, Album) Charisma CLASS 6 UK 1979
EARTH 010 Bert Jansch Avocet ‎(6xFile, WAV, Album) Earth EARTH 010 UK 2016
EARTHCD010L Bert Jansch Avocet ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Earth EARTHCD010L UK 2016