Bert Jansch: A Man I’d Rather Be (Part 2)

A Man I’d Rather Be (Part 2)

Bert Jansch

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  • Release Date 23 February 2018
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Vinyl Box Set
Earth Records

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 Thompson (bass) and Terry Cox (drums) regularly feature among the musicians as well as cameo appearances by Mary Hopkin, Toni Visconti and Dave Mattacks. In this period we see Jansch’s take on pop (Nicola), blues (Birthday Blues funnily enough), 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 recordings at the same studio. The heart melting cover of Birthday Blues contains a set with some of the stalwarts of Bert’s solo and Pentangle sets, ‘Poison’ and ‘A Woman Like You’ and some of his most arresting work including ‘Come Sing a Happy Song’ which featured on the soundtrack of Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale in 2005. 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 ‘Reynardine’, timeless original compositions like ‘Tell Me What Is True Love?’ and in ‘Alman’ and ‘Sarabanda’, examples of early music including the 16th and 17th/18th centuries, all with the sympathetic production of Bill Leader. Moonshine, Bert’s first release after Pentangle split, It was produced by fellow member Danny Thompson and the legendary Tony Visconti, who not only arranged a number of songs but also played on the record. It also features Mary Hopkin duetting with Bert on Ewan MacColl’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, Aly Bain and Charles Mingus’ drummer Charlie Richmon.

Disc 4 – Moonshine
1 Yarrow  
2 Brought With The Rain  
3 The January Man  
4 Night Time Blues  
5 Moonshine  
6 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  
7 Rambleaway  
8 Twa Corbies  
9 Oh My Father  
Disc One – Nicola
1 Go Your Way My Love  
2 Woe Is Love, My Dear  
3 Nicola  
4 Come Back Baby  
5 A Little Sweet Sunshine  
6 Love Is Teasing  
7 Rabbit Run  
8 Life Depends On Love  
9 Weeping Willow Blues  
10 Box Of Love  
11 Wish My Baby Was Here  
12 If The World Isn't There….  
Disc Three – Rosemary Lane
1 Tell Me What Is True Love?  
2 Rosemary Lane  
3 M'Lady Nancy  
4 A Dream, A Dream, A Dream  
5 Alman  
6 Wayward Child  
7 Nobody's Bar  
8 Nobody’s Bar  
9 Reynardine  
10 Silly Woman  
11 Peregrinations  
12 Sylvie  
13 Sarabanda  
14 Bird Song…  
Disc Two – Birthday Blues
1 Come Sing Me A Happy Song To Prove We Can All Get Along The Lumpy, Bumpy, Long And Dusty Road  
2 The Bright New Year  
3 Tree Song  
4 Poison  
5 Miss Heather Rosemary Sewell  
6 I've Got A Woman  
7 A Woman Like You  
8 I Am Lonely  
9 Promised Land  
10 Birthday Blues  
11 Wishing Well  
12 Blues…  

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