The Pentangle (album)

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The Pentangle
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Studio album by
Released17 May 1968
RecordedFebruary–March 1968
Studio IBC Studios & Olympic Sound Studio, London, England. [1]
Genre Folk, folk rock [2]
Length30:52
Label Transatlantic
Producer Shel Talmy
Pentangle chronology
The Pentangle
(1968)
Sweet Child
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Rolling Stone (positive) [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [4]

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. [5]

Contents

Background

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.

Reception

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." [6] 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." [2]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"Traditional2:37
2."Bells"Pentangle3:52
3."Hear My Call" The Staple Singers 3:01
4."Pentangling"Pentangle7:02
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Mirage" Bert Jansch 2:00
6."Way Behind the Sun"Traditional3:01
7."Bruton Town"Traditional5:05
8."Waltz"Pentangle4:54

Personnel

Pentangle

Released versions

The Pentangle album was released in the UK as an LP as Transatlantic TRA162 on 17 May 1968. The U.S. version was also released in 1968 as Reprise RSLP63 15. A CD version was released as Transatlantic TACD 9.00549 O and a digitally remastered version as Castle CMRCD131, in 2001. The digitally remastered version includes some additional tracks: "Koan", "The Wheel", "Casbah" and four alternate takes of other album tracks.

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References

  1. Colin Harper, "Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival", Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2000, 2006, p. 374. ISBN   978-0747587255
  2. 1 2 3 The Pentangle at AllMusic
  3. Dente, Fred (26 October 1968). "Records: The Pentangle". Rolling Stone . San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.
  4. Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0195313734.
  5. Pentangle UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  6. Richie Unterberger, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock, Backbeat Books, 2003. ISBN   0-87930-743-9