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5.0 out of 5 stars superb, 11 July 2010
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This is one of the magnificent John Renbourn Group albums.It's a complete injustice that it's not much better known, as albums don't get much better than this. Every part is nigh on perfect , the instrumental playing, the singing and the choice of songs. My personal favourite is "the Maid on the Shore" which I could listen to forever (more or less.....).Very highly recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Renbourn's best work and an excellent folk album, 10 Jun 2003
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Renbourn is in great form on this on this album - his guitar work is intricate and beautiful and his choice of material is spot on, ranging from medieval and renaissance French tunes through traditional English folk to an original, extended Indian flavoured instrumental. 'The Plains Of Waterloo' is simply the finest folk performance I have ever heard. The backing band are masterful and he's teamed up again with Jacqui McShee who is in particularly good voice throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Enchanted Garden: John Renbourn - Enchanting, 1 Oct 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This 1980 release is another beautiful album from John Renbourn. I first came to Renbourn through the music of Pentangle, and then fell in love with his later albums such as this where he leaves his folk rock past behind and gives free reign to his baroque jazz tendencies, pretty much inventing the genre of baroque jazz along the way.

This album is very medieval in tone, with stately court music much in eveidence. Aided by sweet vocals and flutes, Renbourn and co deliver what could have been run of the mill early music, but they put their own stamp on it, the odd jazzy flourish or bluesy inflection, giving it a unique tone. It's till stately and elegant, and features much of Renbourn's sublime guitar playing, but it is also fresh, and has something to say. It's a beautiful piece of music, 5 stars.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic performances, 14 Jun 2010
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Mr. M. Parker "Bluegrasser" (Farnborough, Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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I had been something of a fan of pentangle in the 60's and 70's and had recently reawakened my taste for their style of music. I had been unaware of this CD but have been delighted to dicover it: the blend between Jacqui McShee and John Renbourne is perfect without the frankly unpleasant vocal offerings of Bert Jansch, and the other members of the group contibute new colours to the pallette. A very enjoyable CD and one to be highly recommended.
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