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The Pentangle


Prog Folk

3.09 | 6 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3,5 stars really!!

Although hardly ever-mentioned in catalogues or encyclopaedias, this album is a compilation mainly favouring two albums Reflection and Cruel Sister but the side-long Jack Orion track has been omitted in favour of five shorter tracks. And among these there are one or two gems that make you quickly forget the partially successful epic. The title track of the album is another beautiful moment of sitars mixing with trad folk. Lord Franklin is dominated by a harmonium but is not the most exciting track around even if an interesting electric guitar takes over halfway through! Rain And Snow pretty well takes up where their If I Was A House Carpenter cover had left it in Basket Of Light. Cruel Sister - the longest track on this version of the album but not in the album to which it gives its name - is another superb if slightly long track so typical of Pentangle. Wedding Dress is another banjo driven track but in this case it is underlined by a bowed bass. Omie Wise is one of the highlights of this selection but also much worthy of notice is the standard Will the Circle Be Unbroken and the finale of When I Get Home. This odd compilation is really worth it if you are a fan but will not bring you that much more than the two separate albums. Why do compilations of just two albums is beyond me especially choosing one excellent album and a definitely weaker one.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |


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