|Studio album by|
|Released||17 May 1968|
|Studio||IBC Studios & Olympic Sound Studio, London, England.|
|Genre||Folk, folk rock|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|
The Pentangle was the 1968 debut album of the band Pentangle: Terry Cox, Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson. It brought together their separate influences of folk, jazz, blues, early music and contemporary songwriting. One of the band's most commercially successful albums, it reached number 21 in the British charts.
By the time the album was produced, the members of Pentangle were already accomplished musicians, in their own fields, and had played together in various combinations. Jansch and Renbourn were recognised as solo artists and played together regularly, including their recording of the Bert And John album. McShee had sung folk and blues in pubs and clubs, and had recorded with Renbourn on Another Monday. Cox and Thompson were experienced session musicians and had played together in Alexis Korner's band.
Richie Unterberger said of the album "If it was more a folk-jazz-blues stew than it was folk-rock, it certainly rocked with a beat, and was executed with vocal harmonies, vocal and instrumental solo trade-offs, and a daring, irreverent spirit that immediately connected with rock-oriented listeners. And rock listeners, rather than folk ones, probably comprised the majority of the Pentangle's audience."In his Allmusic retrospective review, Ronnie D. Lankford wrote, "There's something exciting about the first album of a band that goes on to greatness, and The Pentangle, by the group of the same name, is no different. Here, the listener witnesses the first studio work of a band struggling to get their essence down on vinyl... Equally comfortable with traditional songs, instrumentals, and originals, they made few missteps on their early albums."
|1.||"Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"||Traditional||2:37|
|3.||"Hear My Call"||The Staple Singers||3:01|
|6.||"Way Behind the Sun"||Traditional||3:01|
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