Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Mid-price digitally remastered reissue of the British folk-rock act's 1968 album. Half recorded in the studio and half at the Royal Festival Hall, it showcases Pentangle's versatility and features some of their finest perf... more »
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Mid-price digitally remastered reissue of the British folk-rock act's 1968 album. Half recorded in the studio and half at the Royal Festival Hall, it showcases Pentangle's versatility and features some of their finest performances, including 'Turn Your Money Green' and 'Haitian Flight Song'. Slimline double jewel case. 2001 release.
B.J. | Cincinnati, Ohio | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although an older recording, the music, the performances, and the songs are as fresh and inviting as beholding an overnight snow on a sunny Sunday morning. Not to suggest that this offering is anything but warm and glowing. Its the sort of music you can put on for an hour or more of inspiration and amazement--it will fill your heart and your essence. McShee is in fine voice and the instrumental work mesmerizing (not to single out one, but the bass playing has to be heard to be believed). And the arrangements are compelling and inventive. It was recorded live and alternative studio recordings are also included. As a bonus, it presents truly informative liner notes!"
Good Memories, Even Better Performance
Jeff Schaffer | Ridgefield, CT | 10/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this two-disc set because I'm collecting some of the music that made strong impressions on me over the course of my life. Pentangle was one of the groups that my roommates played often during my college days in the early seventies, and something of that fascinating sound, the windy vocals, the energetic folk material and sensibilities, and the prominent use of the string bass, has stayed with me over the years.
Listening again to Sweet Child rekindled some of those memories all right (only some because it's just one of the Pentangle albums we played), but it also surprised me with its sound: clean and open, intimate and compelling. The performances soar to a level that I simply didn't appreciate at the time, both in the studio and on the stage.
Two CDs full of wonderful performances, ranging from moody to mellow to manic. A great addition to my collection!"
Essential listening, even for those who think they don't lik
Jazz Headcase | Indiana USA | 05/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Five masters running the gamut of not just traditional folk tunes but old blues (Furry Lewis' "Turn Your Money Green"), old spirituals (No More My Lord) and jazz (2 Mingus tunes as well as a song titled "I've Got a Feeling" which is a not too subtle borrowing of riff and chord changes from Miles Davis' "All Blues" from the Kind of Blue record. Different melody, though - and lyrics so I guess it's ok that the song is credited to the band.). I think the guitarists have been given their due via reviews over the years (deservedly so!), Jackie McShee likewise and bassist Danny Thompson has been mentioned by the other Amazon reviewers, particularly his solo bass excursion through "Haitian Fight Song". So I feel the need to mention percussionist Terry Cox who gets incredible colors from his drumkit! Listen to his mallets on skins on "No More My Lord" and the amazing amount of tension he brings to the piece- it's almost orchestral. Really brilliant. For those who wrongly proclaim drummers as "non-musicians".
The interplay between these artists is startling - the two guitarists weave in and out and the vocals are not just your standard 2 or 3 part harmony. McShee's voice is the essence of purity, conviction and heart. I've worn out the grooves on my old vinyl record and I just ordered this CD. You should do the same - this is music everyone should hear."