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Cover of: Jansch, Bert - A Man I
A Man I'd Rather Be (part 2) 4lp
Earth | LP Box Set | 65 €

Limited edition 4LP&4CD case/bound 24 page book/back box set. A Man I'd Rather Be- *Part II( comprises Jansch's late '60s and early '70s output, an under/rated era, no doubt influenced by the now well/established Pentangle sound. Bandmates Danny Thomp/son *bass( and Terry Cox *drums( regularly feature among the musicians as well as cam/eo appearances by Mary Hopkin, Toni Visconti and Dave Mattacks. In this period we see Jansch's take on pop *Nicola(, blues *Birthday Blues (, handsome arrangements *Rosemary Lane( and barque folk *Moonshine(. All of this being conjured during a time when Pentangle was simultaneously releasing albums and constantly touring< to say that the man had a generous talent is something of an understatement. The lush orchestration of Nicola was partly recorded by John Wood who would later engineer Nick Drake's re/cordings at the same studio. Birthday Blues contains a set with some of the stalwarts of Bert's solo and Pentangle sets, oison' and Woman Like You' and some of his most arresting work including ome Sing a Happy Song'. Rosemary Lane is considered by many to be one of Bert's finest records, a smooth mix of traditional folk such as the title track and eynardine', timeless original compositions like ell Me What Is True Love_' and in lman' and arabanda', examples of early music including the 16th and 17th&18th centuries, all with the sympathetic production of Bill Leader. Moonshine was produced by fellow member Danny Thompson and Tony Visconti. It features Mary Hopkin duetting with Bert on Ewan MacColl's he First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', Aly Bain and Charles Mingus' drummer Charlie Richmon. @At one point, I was absolutely obsessed with Bert Jansch. When I first heard that LP, I couldn't believe it. It was so far ahead of what everyone else was doing. No one in America could touch that." / Jimmy Page

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