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Basket Of Light Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Basket of Light is a 1969 album by the folk rock group Pentangle. The album's liner notes state that "Springtime Promises" was written "after a ride on a number 74 bus from Gloucester Road to Greencroft Gardens on an early spring day".
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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.Read more ›
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.
Both Renbourn and Jansch had been producing much-lauded straight up Folk LPs on Transatlantic Records since 1965 - so by the time they reached their 3rd fusion of Folk and Jazz in Pentangle's "Basket Of Light" - like the Fairports in 1969 - the arrangements - the playing - the production - it all came together. Both bands seemed to be on creative fire. Blighty buyers even rewarded the accomplished but unusual "Basket" LP with a No. 5 chart placing - their highest commercial posting – something none of their other LPs would ever come close to.
And re-listening to "Basket Of Light" on this rather cool Essential/Castle Music CD reissue from 2001 and I'm reminded of the sheer talent on display here. Bit of a forgotten gem that needs to be polished off again methinks. Let's get 'Sally Go Round The Roses' one more time good townsfolk of Surbiton (if the shrubbery will forgive us). Here are the details...
UK released July 2001 (reissued March 2008) - "Basket Of Light" by PENTANGLE on Essential/Castle Music/Sanctuary CMRCD207 (Barcode 5050159120727) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD of the 1969 LP with Four Bonus Tracks and plays out as follows (53:21 minutes):
1. Light Flight (Theme From "Take Three Girls")
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Light Flight was played heavily on radio and reached number 5 on the UK Single charts. It certainly helped to gather interest in the group to a wider audience and this stunning third album would be an excellent place to discover the group for the first time. This album also reached the top spot of the UK album charts and the group were in demand. They appeared on Television as guests of various programmes and also appeared on Top Of The Pops.
The album Basket of Light is just fabulous. I think it is better than the two albums that came before it.
The first track, Light Flight was commissioned by the BBC for the theme of the TV series Take Three Girls in 1969. The series had followed three young women sharing a flat in London. The TV series has nothing to do with this great album except the track Light Flight that was the theme. But the repeated use of the track as the theme over a number of weeks with its unique sound helped to advertise the band and the album.
Track two is an American variant of an English Traditional Song. Once I had a sweetheart has a great arrangement. Also from Traditional source comes The Cuckoo, a folk song from Somerset. And The House Carpenter which is an American variant of the English folk song The Demon Lover.
There is an interesting early English poem set to music that looks at the progress of the soul in the after life. This is Lyke Wake Dirge.Read more ›
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Can feel the folk vibes strongly with this one and is full of traditional english summer dusk.Published 4 months ago by Musicismysanctuary
My girlfriend wore this out in the late 6o's. Real blast from the past.Published 16 months ago by Yorkshireshot