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A Must Have For Folk Fans.,
This review is from: Basket Of Light (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.