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Cruel Sister

8 Aug. 2013 | Format: MP3

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30
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5:27
30
2
2:53
30
3
3:21
30
4
6:59
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5
18:36
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Copyright: 2001 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.
  • Total Length: 37:16
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  • ASIN: B00EB7KI5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,710 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 July 2015
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Pentangle had covered many Traditional pieces before this fourth album by the group. But previous albums also had songs by group members or other songwriters.
By the end of 1970 Pentangle turned to Traditional source for their new album Cruel Sister.
All of the tracks are versions of Traditional songs. This album also had a new producer Bill Leader who had produced John Renbourn and Bert Jansch previously.
I think this is a wonderful album with a fabulous folk atmosphere complete with original and uniquely exciting arrangements.
The original vinyl album saw four songs on side one and one song on side two. The album begins with the song A maid that’s deep in love. This is a beautifully song and the vocals by McShee are wonderful. McShee continues the magical vocals on the unaccompanied When I was in my Prime.
Already we have two tracks that sound fantastically classy.
But the momentum didn’t stop there. The next track is the epic traditional folk ballad Lord Franklin, also known as Lady Franklin’s Lament. It tells the story of Sir John Franklin and his ill fated expedition to discover the Northwest Passage. Multi tracking helps John Renbourn to play acoustic guitar and electric guitar and give lead vocals.
Then we get the title track Cruel Sister. A traditional ballad of two sisters rivalry for the love of a Knight.
That is where the original vinyl side one ends and the next track, Jack Orion, is track five on the album and took up the whole of side two of the original vinyl album.
The song had been recorded by Bert Jansch on his solo album of the same name Jack Orion. It was a long track on that Jansch album but this time with the help of the other members of Pentangle it is much longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Not as commercially successful as its predecessor `Basket of Light', Pentangle's 1970 `Cruel Sister' album is nevertheless one of this unique band's greatest achievements containing some fine music. The album was produced by folk-recording specialist Bill Leader, and all five songs have their origins in traditional folk ballads.

As with earlier recordings, the band interprets these classic folk songs from the British Isles in their special `jazz-folk' idiom. There's more use of electric instrumentation this time around, with sparse and tasteful use of electric guitar from John Renbourn adding to the haunting melodies. The performances are truly sublime, with `Franklin's Tale' (also traditionally known as `Lady Franklin's Lament' telling the tale of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to force the NW Passage between Canada and the Arctic) particularly haunting - the only number, interestingly, with John Renbourn taking the lead vocal and getting everything just right, including some lovely restrained electric guitar work.

Jacqui McShee's voice continues to soothe and delight in equal measure, her singing the perfect complement to the virtuoso musicianship of the other band members though particularly outstanding when she sings unaccompanied on `When I was in My Prime'. The ambitious 18.38 arrangement of `Jack Orion' which took up the whole of the second side of the original vinyl album is a bit much for some, but does reward repeated listening.

Though often compared to other `trad music' Brit bands of the period like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Pentangle are more difficult to categorise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
So, Jack Orion is a long exposition of 'folk' (more than just that trite shorthand) musicianship and it is superb, like all the tracks on this album. It is surpassed, if that were possible, by two tracks that are priceless in their sheer quality. "Cruel Sister" is such a fine interweaving of Jacqui McShee's crystal clear voice and the intricately balanced guitars of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, of course fully complemented by Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. "Lord Franklin" is just perfection in its heart-rending tale, delivered by John Renbourn with a mixture of simple innocence and impossible craftmanship, the rhythm of an old ship anchored peacefully in a slow-changing tide. They were, the very best.
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