Open the Door (Pentangle album)

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Open the Door
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Studio album by Pentangle
Released July 1985
Genre Folk jazz, British folk rock, Folk Baroque
Label Spindrift
Pentangle chronology
At Their Best
(1983)
Open the Door
(1985)
In the Round
(1986)
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Open the Door is an album by Pentangle. The band had split in 1973 and reformed in the early 1980s. By the time this album was recorded, John Renbourn had left the band to enroll in a music degree course and his place was taken by Mike Piggott. The other band members were unchanged from the original Pentangle line-up: Terry Cox, Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee and Danny Thompson. It was produced by John Chelew.

Pentangle (band) British folk rock band

Pentangle are a British folk-jazz band with an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, blues and folk rock influences. The original band was active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a later version has been active since the early 1980s. The original line-up, which was unchanged throughout the band's first incarnation (1967–1973), was: Jacqui McShee (vocals); John Renbourn ; Bert Jansch ; Danny Thompson ; and Terry Cox (drums).

John Renbourn English guitarist and songwriter

John Renbourn was an English guitarist and songwriter. He was best known for his collaboration with guitarist Bert Jansch as well as his work with the folk group Pentangle, although he maintained a solo career before, during and after that band's existence (1967–1973).

Terence William Harvey 'Terry' Cox played drums in the British folk-jazz band Pentangle, and folk-rock bands Duffy's Nucleus and Humblebums.

Contents

The album was released in 1985 on Spindrift, SPIN 111. Some sources give 1982, 1983 or 1984 (perhaps because recording began in 1983 and the 'published' and 'copyright' dates on the album are 1984, suggesting that it had been planned for an earlier release). In the United States It was released on Varrick VR017 (LP) and CRV017 (Cassette). It was rereleased in 2006 on Talking Elephant, the longest time that has ever passed for an original Pentangle album to become available on CD. Compared to their previous recordings it was relatively poorly reviewed. Varrick is an American label that also brought some Fairport Convention albums back into print.

Track listing

  1. "Open the Door" (Pentangle)
  2. "Dragonfly" (Pentangle)
  3. "Mother Earth" (Milton Nascimento)
  4. "Child of the Winter" (Pentangle)
  5. "The Dolphin" (Pentangle)
  6. "Lost Love" (Bert Jansch)
  7. "Sad Lady" (Pentangle)
  8. "Taste of Love" (Pentangle)
  9. "Yarrow" (Child 214 – The Braes o Yarrow) (Pentangle)
  10. "Street Song" (Pentangle)

Personnel

Bert Jansch Scottish folk musician

Herbert Jansch was a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and came to prominence in London in the 1960s, as an acoustic guitarist, as well as a singer-songwriter. He recorded at least 25 albums and toured extensively from the 1960s to the 21st century.

Jacqui McShee British singer

Jacqueline 'Jacqui' McShee is an English singer. Since 1966 she has performed with Pentangle, a jazz-influenced folk rock band.

Danny Thompson English bassist

Daniel Henry Edward Thompson is an English multi-instrumentalist best known as a double bassist. He has had a long musical career playing with a large variety of other musicians, particularly Richard Thompson and John Martyn.

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