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Bert Jansch

A Man I’d Rather Be (Part 1)

Earth Records


Released: 26th Jan 2018


4lp case-bound book

Released: 26th Jan 2018


For those unfamiliar with his oeuvre, this is a real treat; you won’t find a more comprehensively produced collection or better jumping off point.

Comprising of the Scottish folk legends seminal 1960s output (alongside his only album as a duet with Pentangle bandmate John Renbourn) this four disc set covers an era that forged creative paths for everyone from Neil Young to Johnny Marr. It also marks his most prolific period - these four LPs were written, recorded and issued in just two years; a testament to not only Bert’s abundant musicality but to a time for music that was changing - excitedly - from minute to minute. From Bert’s masterclass in elegant, melodic, one-man-and-his-guitar fingerpicking on his self-titled LP, to the beginnings of something altogether more exotic on ‘Bert and John’, these records are nothing if not a remarkable insight into the changing face of folk music at the time.
“The Jimi Hendrix of the acoustic guitar” - Neil Young

A Man I’d Rather Be (Part 1)


DISC ONE – Bert Jansch:

  1. Strolling Down The Highway
  2. Smokey River
  3. Oh How Your Love Is Strong
  4. I Have No Time
  5. Finches
  6. Ramblings Going To Be The Death Of Me
  7. Veronica
  8. Needle Of Death
  9. Do You Hear Me Now?
  10. Alice's Wonderland
  11. Running From Home
  12. Courting Blues
  13. Casbah
  14. Dreams Of Love
  15. Angie

DISC TWO – It Don’t Bother Me:

  1. Oh My Babe
  2. Ring-A-Ding Bird
  3. Tinker's Blues
  4. Anti Apartheid
  5. The Wheel
  6. A Man I'd Rather Be
  7. My Lover
  8. It Don't Bother Me
  9. Harvest Your Thoughts Of Love
  10. Lucky Thirteen
  11. As The Day Grows Longer Now
  12. So Long (Been On The Road So Long)
  13. Want My Daddy Now
  14. 900 Miles

DISC THREE – Jack Orion:

  1. The Waggoner's Lad
  2. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  3. Jack Orion
  4. The Gardener
  5. Nottamun Town
  6. Henry Martin
  7. Black Water Side
  8. Pretty Polly

DISC 4 – Bert And John:

  1. East Wind
  2. Piano Tune
  3. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  4. Soho
  5. Tic-Tocative
  6. Orlando
  7. Red's Favorite
  8. No Exit
  9. Along The Way
  10. The Time Has Come
  11. Stepping Stones
  12. After The Dance.