Live In America is a live album by The John Renbourn Group.
It was recorded at the The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California on April 18,1981. Renbourn revives the spirit of Pentangle with the presence of singer Jacqui McShee in the band.
My Rating – 28 out of 30 (9 + 10 + 9)
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Songs On The John Renbourn Group Live In America
2. Ye Mariners All
3. English Dance
4. The Cruel Mother
5. Breton Dances
6. The Trees They Grow High
7. Farewell Nancy
8. Van Dieman’s Land
9. High Germany
10. Sidi Brahim
11. Medley: The Month Of May Is Past/Night Orgies
12. John Dory
13. So Early In The Spring
14. Fair Flower
15. John Barleycorn Is Dead
Those 15 songs give us 70 minutes of folk music magic. There’s not one I’d be willing to lose but I feel the time is a bit stingy because I’m always left wanting more. 9/10 for the set list.
Playing on the album are:
John Renbourn – Guitar, Vocals
Jacqui McShee – Vocals
Tony Roberts – Flute, Crumhorn, Bagpipes, Vocals
John Molineaux – Dulcimer, Violin and Mandolin
Keshav Sathe – Tabla
The performance is exceptional. All the musicians are extremely talented and Jacqui McShee is probably my favourite folk singer. It has to be the full 10 out of 10 in my rating system for the performance.
This is played in front of a small audience and the intimacy is captured well. What I’m not sure about is how far the band go away from the studio versions of these complex songs. 9 out of 10.
This is a charming album with great contrasts in the instruments played. I’m giving it 28 out of 30 in my rating system. I love it and it makes me wish that I knew much more about traditional folk music.
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