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Simply the Best of British, so buy it.!,
This review is from: Basket Of Light (Audio CD)
This album has got to be the best British Folk album ever recorded. This is because every single song is excellent (no filler here!). The band inject a contemporary feel to the folk idiom. The album's title is perfect, as it fits the music.
As you begin listening, a few thing may kick in. The acoustic musicianship is sublime. The tunes are tunesome. You feel good as you hum and tap your feet. Later on, you might begin to wonder what the point of amplified electrical music ever was. As the late sixties vibes groove into you, you might imagine yourself a flower-child in a basket of light...
Unlike some rather 'quaint' folk albums I've heard, this folk album is emotionally authentic, and the mood is also very uplifting in it's sparkly jazziness. Past becomes fused with the future. The production is also very bright and crisp for the time. Innovative musical arrangements refresh, with influences from India to the U.S.A., and from the 12th century (Lake-Wyke Dirge) to the 20th, so there is never a dulltime. Most covers are from the Scottish Folk tradition. Original songs, such as 'Night Flight' are just as good. The band are essentially Scottish, but with an English rhythm section, making them a truly 'British' band. The album itself has a bit of a 'rock' feel to it, so if you like rock music, and are looking for something a little different, then I would recommend this album to you without hesitation.
Pentangle can be contrasted with the other great British Folk band of the time, Fairport Convention. Pentangle's playing often has a bright and breezy 'jazzy' feel to it, whereas Fairport are rooted more firmly in a 'bluesy' feel.
Finally, Jacqui McShee can sing Aretha Franklin under the table. (Why don't we British ever hype up our own greats?). Bert Jansch and John Renbourn are superb guitar players. Danny Thompson's fretless acoustic bass playing is another musical treat.
If you have to buy just one folk album in your life, then buy this one. Buy it. Dig it. Love it.
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Initial post: 1 Aug 2011 21:53:56 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear Mr Wulfricson
What an absolutely delightful review!
I've been listening to the album this evening for the first time in a very long while.
The magic has indeed withstood the ravages of time. It still sounds fresh as a daisy!
I hope more listeners will heed your wise words and discover it for themselves.
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