Monday, 7 December 2009

Dec. 7th: Look around for someone lying in the sunshine

Pentangle- Basket Of Light (Transatlantic, 1969)

Basket Of Light was Pentangle's most commercially successful album, largely due to the use of 'Light Flight' as the theme tune of 70s BBC drama  Take Three Girls. 'Light Flight' opens the album and has one of the best intros to a folk song I've ever heard. Time signatures all over the place, jazz inflections: amazing. The rest of the album is just as good- sitar solos! Train imitations! Bowed bass! . There are so many 'high points' of Pentangle, Jacqui McShee's voice, Bert and John's playing, the rhythm section- that the description becomes a bit meaningless, because it's all good. A definite classic folk album.

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