I have to admit that this is the only Pentangle album I have so far (not for long though) so I don't have a reference point as to how it compares to their earlier albums. I'm surprised that there are no reviews for such a great album on yet, so I'll do my best! Cruel Sister is certainly a classic.
Regarded as less mainstream that their earlier efforts, Cruel Sister is like a walk in a magical medieval forest. The playing and vocals are beautiful and Jackie Mcshee's solo vocal song 'When I was in my prime' is quality - beautiful,moving -, fairly daring at the time but there's no doubt that it comes off.
'Lord Franklin' is my highlight, but there is no weak song among the 5. Only 5 songs? you say. Well, the final song on the CD 'Jack Orion' was the entire second side on vinyl and lasts something like 14 mins. My only complaint is that Cruel Sister is not longer.
Not sure if this is the best introduction to the group, as it's often best to start at the beginning, but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes any kind of folky music.