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Basket Of Light [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Pentangle Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Castle / Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005AFNZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best of British, so buy it.! 23 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album has got to be the best British Folk album ever recorded. This is because every single song is excellent (no filler here!). The band inject a contemporary feel to the folk idiom. The album's title is perfect, as it fits the music.
As you begin listening, a few thing may kick in. The acoustic musicianship is sublime. The tunes are tunesome. You feel good as you hum and tap your feet. Later on, you might begin to wonder what the point of amplified electrical music ever was. As the late sixties vibes groove into you, you might imagine yourself a flower-child in a basket of light...
Unlike some rather 'quaint' folk albums I've heard, this folk album is emotionally authentic, and the mood is also very uplifting in it's sparkly jazziness. Past becomes fused with the future. The production is also very bright and crisp for the time. Innovative musical arrangements refresh, with influences from India to the U.S.A., and from the 12th century (Lake-Wyke Dirge) to the 20th, so there is never a dulltime. Most covers are from the Scottish Folk tradition. Original songs, such as 'Night Flight' are just as good. The band are essentially Scottish, but with an English rhythm section, making them a truly 'British' band. The album itself has a bit of a 'rock' feel to it, so if you like rock music, and are looking for something a little different, then I would recommend this album to you without hesitation.
Pentangle can be contrasted with the other great British Folk band of the time, Fairport Convention. Pentangle's playing often has a bright and breezy 'jazzy' feel to it, whereas Fairport are rooted more firmly in a 'bluesy' feel.
Finally, Jacqui McShee can sing Aretha Franklin under the table.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Folk Fans. 1 July 2007
By Ed
Format:Audio CD
Now I'm not your average folk fan, I mainly listen to Hard Rock and Metal, you see. But Pentangle along with Fairport Convention turned me into a Folk fan. This album simply put is stunning, it's experimental and original without ever sounding forced or betraying the bands Folk roots. As previous reviewers have mentioning Pentangle mixed Folk, Jazz, Blues and Pop music effortlessly with rarely less than amazing results. The versatility on display on this record is quite frankly astounding ranging from jazzy pop on 'Light Flight' to a the sinister medieval 'Lyke Wake Dirge'.

It almost goes without saying that the level of musicianship in Pentangle is Phenomenal, Bert and John are absolutely astounding guitarists (the Glen and KK of Folk! Bet no ones ever said that before!) and provide stunning interplay throughout without ever descending into pointless noodling. Jacqui McShee sings lead vocals with a beautiful high range and shares vocal duties with Bert Jansch to provide interesting contrast.

Furthermore the song writing is exceptional with absolutely no weak tracks. However 'Light Flight', 'Lyke Wake Dirge', 'Hunting Song' and 'House Carpenter' are favourites of mine.

So in conclusion if you are interesting in progressive Folk or perhaps new to Folk this is defiantly a good starting point. Easily one of the best records of the 60's.

10/10 flawless.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation! 28 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
Why did my mother carry me around for 9 months, have a protracted and difficult child birth and
then suffer the sleepless nights associated with bottle feeding? Did she go through all this so
I could decorate the spare bedroom, hold down a dead-end job or waste my time mowing the lawn?
She obviously looked down at my cherubic little face (which beamed back a smile of recognition)
and decided that I was destined for something far more fulfilling. After over 50 years I have just
discovered what she had in mind.
It happened while I was listening to Sounds Of the Sixties on the car radio. A song came on which
sounded like nothing I had ever heard before. It was as fresh and as vital as if it had been recorded
yesterday. The beguiling voice sounded capable of luring sailors onto the rocks and was backed by a
perfect arrangement of instruments. I pulled over, and at the end of the song when Brian Matthew broke
the spell, I scribbled down his words. I had just heard Pentangle.

Now I wouldn't call myself a folk fan by any means. When this was originally recorded I was into
Cream and Eric Clapton. People who listened to folk were just a bunch of nut-eating wood gatherers.
Music like this could not be heard on the radio, it was propagated by word of mouth. LP's were far too
expensive at around £2 each (beer was 15p a pint so you can see how pricy they were) and a speculative
purchase was out of the question. The purchase of an LP was a carefully researched task and the object
of your desire was often borrowed off a friend or heard in a siblings' bedroom. You only heard a fraction
of the music produced back then so consequently I missed out on this first time round.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
There was a time when, browsing the racks at your favourite record shop, if the label said Transatlantic you were pretty much guaranteed that the contents would be worth your money. You could invest, safe in the knowledge that you'd be likely to be impressed by the album when you got it home.

Basket Of Light put a stop to that.

After this, even the provenance of the Transatlantic label was not enough. Once you had found and bought this album, there were simply not going to be many future occasions upon which a new acquisition would impress you as much as this one.

This one got there first, did it best, and took no prisoners.

One of the ten best albums ever made. But then, that's just my opinion. I've got thousands of the things, but this is one of the very few I regularly come back to. I can hum any of these songs under my breath even when I haven't played it for months.

You already know pretty much what kind of music this is, or you wouldn't be reading this. All I can say is, believe the hype, this band were in a league of their own, and this is some of their best material. Awesome.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
OK memories! Smashing
Published 18 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Jansch and John Renbourn were wonderful guitar players and Jacqui...
Musically Pentangle were probably the most gifted of any band of the period. Bert Jansch and John Renbourn were wonderful guitar players and Jacqui McShee had a voice to die for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Christopher Harris
3.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I'd ever buy a folk album
A few weeks ago I went to a concert at a small venue and the band played a song which they explained was by a band called Pentangle, and was used as the theme tune to a TV series... Read more
Published 4 months ago by YoungPike
4.0 out of 5 stars trip down memory lane
Nostalgic and it took me back to my youth!Had forgotten some of the tracks but memories came flooding back.Good Buy
Published 11 months ago by david glindon
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
I recall the issue of this album (as a vinyl - which I actually still have). In those days I was a student at Birmingham University and we had regular visits from Pentangle and/or... Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Trapp
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than its reputation
Many Pentangle fans baulk at the electric and compositions, preferring the band's traditional acoustic song renderings but this is a fine album and, if you do like more traditional... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime folk classic
If you play acoustic guitar, listen to this and learn from the masters. The songs selection, vibe and musical prowess are wonderful.
Published 15 months ago by sirrichofessex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
Good album, strangely though, having watched youtube videos of live performances they sound better on those than on this CD. Still very good :)
Published 15 months ago by Book wyrm
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Pentangle album
Briefly, one of the finest folk-inspired (but so much more besides) albums of all time. As is well known, each of the band member's were amongst the finest musicians of their... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. Antony Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential sixties
This gets a 5 rating because it is a high quality product of cultural significance. It is one of the sounds of the sixties. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bronstein
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