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5.0 out of 5 stars Man With Guitar - Now a Legend, 19 Jun. 2014
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This is a two disc 34 track anthology from 2000, and gives an introductory selection of tracks mostly from the 1960s and 1970s. Simply written but barely describes the amazing scope and virtuosity of Renbourn's guitar, the accompaniments and the interpretations of anything from medieval plainsong to swamp blues. Though his voice is no great shakes, his plaintive folk and love songs are pretty irresistible. My favourites are many from the familiar work with Pentangle and the crystal clear folk voice of Jacqui McShee, his long time guitar buddy Bert Jansch, to his solo efforts, such as the jazz-toned renaissance (I kid you not) of The Trees They Grow So High, and Earle of Salisbury. The sparse accompanying cover notes are barely above the then you get this, then you get that commentary, which is a shame - never mind do a bit of work and you can track down the original albums like Sir John a-Lot and the Hermit, which are well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful, 10 Jan. 2009
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These recordings are pretty much before my time but I came across it in the eighties and regardless of the style of music (whether you like it or not) it is a pleasure to hear someone who has such complete mastering of his instrument. Admittedly some of the songs are a whimsical view on mediaeval music as only hippies dancing bare-foot in a field can really do but Renbourns playing always elevates them from being trite to being worth listening to.
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