Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|John Renbourn, Robin Williamson|
Wheel of Fortune
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Former Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn performing live in 1993 with former Incredible String Band member Robin Williamson. Originally released in '94, this CD features 12 tracks including 'Lights Of Sweet St. Anne's', 'L... more »
Former Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn performing live in 1993 with former Incredible String Band member Robin Williamson. Originally released in '94, this CD features 12 tracks including 'Lights Of Sweet St. Anne's', 'Little Niles' and 'South Wind/Blarney Pilgrim'. Castle. 2006.
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S. Grooms | St Paul, MN USA | 12/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album well enough to give it as a gift to people I especially like. John Renborn just doesn't make bad albums, but for me the real treat here is Robin Williamson. He might be the most gifted storyteller I've heard. His work on this album will thrill anyone who takes delight in a story told not well but perfectly, with timing and pitch exactly right to both convey the story and complicate it with sly attitude. You won't be disappointed in this album, and you'll probably find that you still enjoy it after living with it for years."
The Inpenetrable String Tangle, Live, In Concert. Buy It.
B. Marold | Bethlehem, PA United States | 06/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"`Wheel of Fortune' and `Bloomsbury 1997' with Robin Williamson paired up with John Renbourn and Mike Heron respectively are two of a very traditional genre of recording done by a seemingly `ad hoc' pairing of two very respected artists with similar styles and interests. My first encounter was the pairing of Danny Kalb and Stephan Grossman. The most famous may be the pre-Pentangle duet album of `Bert (Jansch) and John (Renbourn)'
These two pairings are probably much less `ad hoc' than most. In the case of `Wheel of Fortune', Williamson and Renbourn are both renowned practitioners of the Scottish/Celtic/Anglo-Saxon folk music tradition. They also both started their recording careers in the latter half of the 1960's, carried on by the flood of interest in the multiple waves of the British Invasion. Williamson and Heron are an even more expected pairing, as they are two of the three original founders of The Incredible String Band that recorded between 1967 and 1974.
`Wheel of Fortune' was recorded at live concerts at various venues in the United States in 1993. Williamson and Heron were recorded at a single concert in London in 1997.
My guess is that if you are fond of either The Incredible String Band or Pentangle or either of the three individual performers' works, you will probably enjoy and welcome both albums. If I had to pick one over the other, I would buy `Wheel of Fortune' because of the greater diversity of material from Williamson and Renbourn coming from two different takes on similar material. This work also contains more humor and just a bit more genuine audience interaction. Williamson's little recitation of a classic Irish story alone may be worth the price of admission.
Regarding Williamson and Heron, I was always just a little lukewarm for Heron's vocal and songwriting talents. They are just a little better than those of Ringo Starr.
Another dimension worth considering is the fact that both of these albums are a lot more interesting than many of Williamson's post ISB period. I have yet to hear one that is genuinely dreadful, but some never rise above the mediocre.
So, for all you `Impenetrable String Tangle' fans out there, I recommend both.
The Bells of Sweet St.Annes
Peter Devlin | New Hampshire | 10/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't think any one who has emigrated from one country to another or perhaps even moved cross-country in the US would
find fault with the "Bells of Sweet St Anne's". The CD is worth
the song alone. At least I felt that way..."