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Cruel Sister

8 Aug. 2013 | Format: MP3

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5:27
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2:53
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3:21
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18:36
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Release Date: 8 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • Copyright: 2001 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company, under exclusive license to [PIAS] UK Ltd.
  • Total Length: 37:16
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  • ASIN: B00EB7KI5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 716 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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I have to admit that this is the only Pentangle album I have so far (not for long though) so I don't have a reference point as to how it compares to their earlier albums. I'm surprised that there are no reviews for such a great album on yet, so I'll do my best! Cruel Sister is certainly a classic.
Regarded as less mainstream that their earlier efforts, Cruel Sister is like a walk in a magical medieval forest. The playing and vocals are beautiful and Jackie Mcshee's solo vocal song 'When I was in my prime' is quality - beautiful,moving -, fairly daring at the time but there's no doubt that it comes off.
'Lord Franklin' is my highlight, but there is no weak song among the 5. Only 5 songs? you say. Well, the final song on the CD 'Jack Orion' was the entire second side on vinyl and lasts something like 14 mins. My only complaint is that Cruel Sister is not longer.
Not sure if this is the best introduction to the group, as it's often best to start at the beginning, but I'd recommend this to anyone who likes any kind of folky music.
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By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2002
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I was very surprised that this album did not feature in Radio 2's top 50 folk albums. I rate this as the second best folk album of all time, only behind Fairport's "Liege and Lief".
Five brilliant tracks. Highlights being "A Maid That's Deep in Love", "Cruel Sister" and "Jack Orion" that features one of the best instrumentals ever produced, containing a fantastic but subtle guitar solo.
I have only got it on vinyl at the moment but just about to add it to my CD collection.
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This is a very enjoyable Pentangle album, although to be honest I find Jack Orion a rather drawn out & dull affair. I'd rather a couple more tracks in the vein of Cruel Sister & When I Was In My Prime. However, it's well worth adding to one's collection for the other tracks alone; it was a brave departure for Pentangle from their usual fare, and it's great that they persued musical integrity over fame. This is certainly an album that deserves a lot more praise than it has ever had.
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The first four offerings from Pentangle ranks amongst the peaks of not just folkrock music; but all music in general. The musicianship is so excellent, that few other outfits comes near. It' simply beautiful music.
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This album was a departure for Pentangle from their earlier Folk-Rock style, and more in keeping with the members' folk heritage. From Jacqui McShee's a cappella solo on "When I Was In My Prime" to the complex instrumental and vocal changes during "Jack Orion" (which on vinyl took up the whole of the second side, running for just over 18 minutes) it shows the group at their most listenable.
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By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Jun. 2012
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Not as commercially successful as its predecessor `Basket of Light', Pentangle's 1970 `Cruel Sister' album is nevertheless one of this unique band's greatest achievements containing some fine music. The album was produced by folk-recording specialist Bill Leader, and all five songs have their origins in traditional folk ballads.

As with earlier recordings, the band interprets these classic folk songs from the British Isles in their special `jazz-folk' idiom. There's more use of electric instrumentation this time around, with sparse and tasteful use of electric guitar from John Renbourn adding to the haunting melodies. The performances are truly sublime, with `Franklin's Tale' (also traditionally known as `Lady Franklin's Lament' telling the tale of Sir John Franklin's ill-fated attempt to force the NW Passage between Canada and the Arctic) particularly haunting - the only number, interestingly, with John Renbourn taking the lead vocal and getting everything just right, including some lovely restrained electric guitar work.

Jacqui McShee's voice continues to soothe and delight in equal measure, her singing the perfect complement to the virtuoso musicianship of the other band members though particularly outstanding when she sings unaccompanied on `When I was in My Prime'. The ambitious 18.38 arrangement of `Jack Orion' which took up the whole of the second side of the original vinyl album is a bit much for some, but does reward repeated listening.

Though often compared to other `trad music' Brit bands of the period like Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, Pentangle are more difficult to categorise.
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So, Jack Orion is a long exposition of 'folk' (more than just that trite shorthand) musicianship and it is superb, like all the tracks on this album. It is surpassed, if that were possible, by two tracks that are priceless in their sheer quality. "Cruel Sister" is such a fine interweaving of Jacqui McShee's crystal clear voice and the intricately balanced guitars of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, of course fully complemented by Danny Thompson and Terry Cox. "Lord Franklin" is just perfection in its heart-rending tale, delivered by John Renbourn with a mixture of simple innocence and impossible craftmanship, the rhythm of an old ship anchored peacefully in a slow-changing tide. They were, the very best.
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