Pierre Bensusan, Pierre Bensusan 2 (1979)
I was in Aussie for a press conference for the announcement of Cold Chisel’s reissue campaign and reunion tour. I was flown there and back in the same day – in between attending the presser and going back to interview a couple of the members of the group I met a couple of my Sydney-based pals for lunch and a very quick spot of record shopping. One of the records I bought was this – I later got to talk a bit of guitar-stuff with Ian Moss and he wrote down the name of this album, he spied it while I was cheesy enough to get him to sign my copy of Chisel’s Circus Animals. I first heard of Pierre Bensusan when I was knee-deep and wading through Michael Hedges and Nick Drake and all of these great acoustic guitarists. Paul Ubana Jones had mentioned some to me. My friend Ben had mentioned others. And from there you just start to join dots, draw lines, do reading, extra listening – names keep cropping up. This was one. And though I would find bits of his stuff online I’d never owned an album by Bensusan until that day in Sydney when I spotted this. Also bought an Albert Lee record on that trip. So clearly was in a ‘guitar’ frame of mind. I had listened to Richard Thompson’s Dream Attic for the first time in the plane on the way over as I recall. Well, won’t be any further trips like that one. (As I also recalled).
Sample Track: Jardin d’amour
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