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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 song-writing. One of the band's most commercially successful albums, it reached number 21 in the British charts.
By the time that 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.1. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
3. Hear My Call
6. Way Behind The Sun
7. Bruton Town
8. Waltz$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
English guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn (8 August 1944 - 26 March 2015) was possibly 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).
While most commonly labelled a folk musician, Renbourn's musical tastes and interests took in early music, Classical music, Jazz, Blues and World music. John Renbourn's famous phrase was that I started out trying to play like Big Bill Broonzy, and I'm still trying.
On his 1965 self-titled album you can detect some of the influence on traditional Blues like John Henry and Candy Man. But as a player, Renbourn had already very much developed into his own man, imaginative and complete in technique. As debuts go, you'd be hard pressed to find anything much better in the folk cauldron that was London in the mid-'60s. The genesis of a master.1. Judy
2. Beth's Blues
4. Down On The Barge
5. John Henry
7. Louisiana Blues
8. Blue Bones
9. Train Tune
10. Candy Man
11. The Wildest Pig In Captivity
12. National Seven
13. Motherless Children
14. Winter Is Gone
15. Noah And Rabbit$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cruel Sister was an album recorded in 1970 by Folk Rock band Pentangle. All the tracks are versions of traditional songs. Whereas their previous album had been produced by Shel Talmy, and featured quite a heavily produced, commercial sound, Cruel Sister was produced by Bill Leader, noted for his recordings of Folk musicians.
The whole of side two of the album is taken up with an extended version of the ballad Jack Orion, previously recorded by Jansch on his own Jack Orion album. The arrangement on Cruel Sister develops through several sections with different rhythms and instrumentation.
Allmusic gave the album resounding approval in their retrospective review, applauding its dense, layered sound that is woven within the fabric of each song like a tapestry and praising Jacqui McShee's vocal work in particular.1. A Maid That's Deep In Love
2. When I Was In My Prime (Traditional)
3. Lord Franklin
4. Cruel Sister
5. Jack Orion$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Folk Roots, New RoutesAn extraordinary and classic album originally released by Decca in 1964. A landmark recording bringing together Shirley Collins' haunting vocals and Davy Graham's innovative guitar style. Folk Roots, New Routes was more than just a record when it first came out: it opened many minds and the door for Fairport Convention and Pentangle to walk through in the future.1. Nottamun Town
2. Proud Maisrie
3. The Cherry Tree Carol
4. Blue Monk (Instrumental Version)
5. Hares On The Mountain
7. Pretty Saro
8. Rif Mountain (Instrumental Version)
9. Jane Jane
10. Boll Weavil, Holler1
11. Love Is Pleasin'
12. Hori Horo
13. Bad Girl
14. Lord Gregory
15. Grooveyard (Instrumental Version)
16. Dearest Dear$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Complete LHI RecordingsLee Hazlewood's LHI label only put out interesting albums. Yet despite the psychedelic cowboy's success with Nancy Sinatra and more, being on Lee Hazlewood Industries was no fast-track to success. Gorgeous and talented Detroit, Michigan girl group Honey Ltd had all the makings of a hit band, yet they disappeared after releasing just one album in 1968, a vinyl rarity that now regularly fetches upwards of $2,000.
Light In The Attic Records is now looking to set the record straight. Having previously explored both the back catalog of Lee Hazlewood and his LHI label via the You Turned My Head Around 45s Box Set, Honey Ltd's The Complete LHI Recordings presents everything the group ever recorded. Fans of The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las and Pentangle are in for a treat - Honey Ltd's music blended social commentary with harmony-drenched, psych-soul pop. Even opening track, 'Warrior', describes the mood of the times, as America sunk into the Vietnam war: "We must kill more people; strong men are what we need!
Laura Polkinghome, Marsha Jo Temmer and sisters Joan and Alexandra Sliwin are the girls with the angelic voices. Hailing from Detroit, the four members of Honey Ltd grew up in a culture of soul music and dance shows, yet forming a band was never part of the plan. It simply happened after they sung together in a Wayne State University cafeteria and found they'd silenced the room. By 1967 they had formed a group known as the Mama Cats and were playing shows with local singer Bob Seger. By 1968, against a backdrop of rioting in Detroit, they'd hauled over to Los Angeles to give music a go, and it's there that they hitch-hiked to an audition with Lee Hazlewood on Sunset Boulevard. At the time, Lee Hazlewood Industries was in its prime: the money flowed and the roster swelled. "I think Lee just sat there for a while and listened, looking at us," Temmer recalls. "He said, 'Yeah, I think we can do something.' You know - immediately!" Before long, LHI had the band in the studio with crack session music unit The Wrecking Crew.
These were not enlightened times for girl groups. The group were re-named Honey Ltd by Hazlewood, and were put to work on an album without even realizing it. The band were under the impression they were simply recording singles. As a result, the band were unphased by Honey Ltd's commercial failure.
The parent label, however, did notice the album's failure but the girls continued on. By the end of 1968, the band joined Bob Hope on the USO tour and headed to Thailand to perform for soldiers. In 1969, Alex married and quit the band, their tenure on LHI was effectively terminated and the remaining members regrouped as country-rock group Eve. But like their music, the girls' outlook remained resolutely sunny.
"Its all a karmic equation, isn't it? Temmer recalled. "So many things to experience and learn and humbly let go of in this journey. Our friendship is based on love - we love each other always have always will."1. The Warrior
2. No, You Are
3. I've Got Your Man
4. Silk N' Honey
5. For Your Mind
6. Come Down
7. Louie, Louie
8. Tomorrow Your Heart
9. Eli's Coming
10. Silver Threads And Golden Needles
11. I'm So Glad
12. Love, The Devil
13. Not For Me$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now