Monday, August 25, 2008

John Renbourn

"The Black Balloon" 1979





















Like most of John Renbourn's solo albums, THE BLACK BALLOON is an instrumental showcase for exquisite acoustic six and 12-string guitars. Unlike many of his solo records, however, THE BLACK BALLOON also features electric guitar. On "The Pelican," for example, Renbourn's overdubbed electric and acoustic guitars blend into a sonorous haze. There's warmth and good humor here. When Renbourn muffs a note in the dazzling "English Dance," he laughs and starts over mid-solo. His usual virtuosity is best exemplified in the two-part "Bourree" and the remarkable guitar-and-flute duet "The Mist-Covered Mountains of Home." THE BLACK BALLOON is another typically excellent Renbourn solo project.

3 Comments:

Blogger Raymond Morin said...

This record is in my top ten!!! Essential, and NOT hard to find on vinyl, in many incarnations... Don't hesitate!

26 August, 2008 12:34  
Blogger gkapageridis said...

He is a quitar master. A great musician and this is a must say a...must for all folk lovers.

28 August, 2008 22:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

aaghhh i need this album so much! i have only heard the black balloon and fell in love.

29 July, 2010 03:42  

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