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The Pentangle


Prog Folk

4.15 | 124 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!!!

If most fans love the Sweet Child album as their fave, the other part of their fans will cite this album as their fave and there are obvious hint why this album is a more complete oeuvre than its predecessor as the album is much more even.

Basket Of Light (the track) is known to a very wide public, because it was used as a theme soundtrack to a TV series, but this is hardly the main claim to fame of this album. One of the best track is their irreplaceable track Train Song with its incredible bowed double bass ending, followed by another high drama Hunting Song where McShee is simply awesome behind some bell percussions from Cox and superb bass staccatos from Thompson the two guitarists waiting inn the aisle underlining the track with sober guitars but also alternating sung verses with their female colleagues - awesome and maybe their finest moment. Light Flight and Lyre Like Dirge are simply outstanding tracks also but almost getting lost in the sheer mass of greatness present on this album. The Cuckoo is another one of those highly orgasmic moments of crystal clear vocals that makes you wish for previous centuries to come back. And I have not talked yet of the most definitive version of one of the most covered trad folk song If I Was A Carpenter that takes here its best clothes and sounds stupendous with its incredible banjo and sitar duo - and believe me I am not a banjo fan.

Clearly this album is the apex of the five man figure band and coincides with their height of popularity as the artwork sleeve plays with a picture of them playing to a packed Royal Albert Hall. I would advise progheads to investigate this album first before venturing further! But I doubt you will stop at this album.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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