A Man I'd Rather Be, (Part 1) [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The four-disc set features the Scottish singer-songwriter's first three Transatlantic albums (Bert Jansch, It Don't Bother Me, and Jack Orion) as well as the 1966's Bert And John, a collaboration with John Renbourn (who would later join Jansch in the folk band Pentangle).
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  1. Feb 15, 2018
    100
    While longtime fans may want to replace their original LPs with these quality pressings, this set is well worth the investment for anyone interested in guitar players, blues, and British folk.
  2. Feb 15, 2018
    80
    In short, if you collect Jansch you won’t regret investing in these for a second. If you’re new to him, you’ll find a musical universe opening before you.
  3. Feb 15, 2018
    80
    The eight albums collected on the two anthologies are offered as originally released with no extras, and this makes the collection especially effective for new fans discovering this extraordinary work.
  4. 80
    Jansch's future Pentangle bandmate John Renbourn guests on second guitar and the guitarists' mainly instrumental, jazz- and blues-influenced duo album Bert & John (also from 1966) closes this hugely impressive set on another high note.
  5. Q Magazine
    Feb 15, 2018
    80
    These songs sound as if they could have echoed around soot-stained ports and roadside taverns for generations and can still cast 21st-century listeners under their spell. [Mar 2018, p.117]
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  1. Feb 27, 2018
    9
    Clean and cool,a reminder of an often overlooked genre that fought for radio play in the 60s.