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Still a fine album,
This review is from: Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englandes Musyk Thyng and Ye Grene Knyghte (Audio CD)
Four and a half decades on, this is still a very fine album. It is brief by today's standards (40 minutes or so) but it's a wonderful collection of instrumental tracks by John Renbourn and friends. It is a mixture of more jazzy, Pentangle-esque music - which is excellent - and mediaeval and Renaissance works which Renbourn had unearthed from places like The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and arranged for guitar with some flute and percussion.
Since the album was recorded there have been a lot of first-rate lute recordings of this type of music by genuine virtuosi like Jakob Lindberg, Paul O'Dette and Nigel North, but I think this still stands up very well beside them. Renbourn was (and still is) a serious musician and scholar and a magnificent guitarist, and the great musicianship here makes it as fresh and rewarding as it was in 1968. The recorded sound is good, and you can't go wrong here, in my view. A classic, and very warmly recommended.
(If you're interested in more English Renaissance lute music, I recommend the disc Go From My Window by the great lutenist Nigel North. Go From My Window )