Pentangle

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British folk rock band.

Original line-up (1967-73):
Jacqui McShee: vocals
John Renbourn: vocals, guitar
Bert Jansch: vocals, guitar
Danny Thompson: double bass
Terry Cox: drums.
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Albums

TRA 178 Pentangle - Sweet Child album art The Pentangle* Sweet Child (Album) Transatlantic Records TRA 178 UK 1968 Sell This Version
RS 6315 Pentangle - The Pentangle album art The Pentangle* The Pentangle (Album) Transatlantic Records RS 6315 US 1968 Sell This Version
RSC-8004 Pentangle - Basket Of Light album art The Pentangle* Basket Of Light (Album) Transatlantic Records RSC-8004 Canada 1969 Sell This Version
LHSS 3002 Pentangle - The Pentangle "Live" album art The Pentangle* The Pentangle "Live"(LP) Stateside LHSS 3002 Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
RS 6430 Pentangle - Cruel Sister album art Pentangle Cruel Sister (Album) Transatlantic Records RS 6430 US 1970 Sell This Version
RS 6463 Pentangle - Reflection album art Pentangle Reflection (Album) Transatlantic Records RS 6463 US 1971 Sell This Version
K44197, K 44197 Pentangle - Solomon's Seal album art Pentangle Solomon's Seal (Album) Reprise Records K44197, K 44197 Italy 1972 Sell This Version
88 377, 88377 Pentangle - Open The Door album art Pentangle Open The Door (Album) Spindrift 88 377, 88377 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
88506 Pentangle - In The Round album art Pentangle In The Round (Album) Making Waves 88506 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
SIF 3048 Pentangle - So Early In The Spring album art Pentangle So Early In The Spring (Album) pläne SIF 3048 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
GLCD 3057 Pentangle - Think Of Tomorrow album art Pentangle Think Of Tomorrow (Album) Hypertension GLCD 3057 US 1991 Sell This Version
PDI 80.3139 Pentangle - One More Road album art Pentangle One More Road (Album) SPV Records, Permanent Records PDI 80.3139 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
5156 HYP Pentangle - About Thyme album art Jacqui McShee's Pentangle* Featuring Gerry Conway And Spencer Cozens Jacqui McShee's Pentangle* Featuring Gerry Conway And Spencer Cozens - About Thyme(CD, Album) Hypertension 5156 HYP Germany 1995 Sell This Version
5152 HYP Pentangle - Live 1994 album art Pentangle Live 1994 (Album) Hypertension 5152 HYP Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BOJCD013 Pentangle - Live At The BBC album art Pentangle Live At The BBC(CD) Band Of Joy BOJCD013 UK 1995 Sell This Version
PRKCD46 Pentangle - Passe Avant album art Jacqui McShee's Pentangle* Passe Avant (Album) Park Records PRKCD46 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PRKCD53 Pentangle - At The Little Theatre album art Jacqui McShees Pentangle* At The Little Theatre(CD, Album, Jew) Park Records PRKCD53 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CMDDD 132 Pentangle Sweet Child(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Castle Music CMDDD 132 UK 2001 Sell This Version
GJSCD 022 Pentangle - Feoffees' Lands album art Jacqui McShee's Pentangle* Feoffees' Lands(CD, Album) GJS Records GJSCD 022 UK 2005 Sell This Version
MCPS GJSCD 032 Pentangle - Live In Concert 1997-2011 album art Jacqui McShee's Pentangle* Live In Concert 1997-2011(CD, Dig) GJS Records MCPS GJSCD 032 UK 2011 Sell This Version
TXCD824D Pentangle - Finale (An Evening With Pentangle) album art Pentangle Finale (An Evening With Pentangle) (Album) Topic Records TXCD824D UK 2016 Sell This Version
LCLPC5007 Pentangle - Live On Air 1967-1969 album art Pentangle Live On Air 1967-1969(LP) London Calling (2) LCLPC5007 UK 2020 Sell This Version
HUX 049 Pentangle - The Lost Broadcasts 1968 - 1972 album art Pentangle The Lost Broadcasts 1968 - 1972 (Album) Hux Records HUX 049 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A-7110 Pentangle - Travellin' Song album art Pentangle Travellin' Song (Single) Big T A-7110 Australia 1968 Sell This Version
0784 Pentangle - Let No Man Steal Your Thyme / Way Behind The Sun album art Pentangle Let No Man Steal Your Thyme / Way Behind The Sun(7", Promo) Reprise Records 0784 US 1968 Sell This Version

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exiledmancunian

exiledmancunian

December 9, 2019
edited 6 months ago
It's rather surprising that mine appears to be the first proper review of this band (the previous one hardly counts as a "review"), but here goes!

I'll be first to admit that if the word "folk" is ever mentioned in the context of music, I usually run a mile. While I do like a lot of acoustic music, it's what I perceive as the "whining" of folk singers which has always put me off.

However, I've been a Jefferson Airplane fan since I was 12 years old (51 now :( ) which is a band with a clear folk-rock influence, especially in Grace Slick's vocals. So I should hate them as well, but no! Somehow the addition of folk influences to bluesy psychedelia just works for me.

Which brings me to Pentangle. A band I have known about for decades, but only knowingly heard for the first time in the last few years.

Along with Annie Haslam and Maggie Bell, Jacqui McShee must surely be in the top 5 of grossly-underrated British female vocalists. Proof, if ever we needed it in a depressingly Autotune-dominated world, that true musical talent does not always guarantee widespread fame and fortune.

That I love Jacqui's voice so much is perhaps somewhat ironic, when one considers that the first time I heard the band was on a live BBC recording of "In Time", which is of course an instrumental; but hearing the superb live performance led me to investigate the band further. And, somewhat surprisingly, I fell in love with the vocals as well as the musicianship!

I'm probably over-analysing, but it's probably the jazz/blues influences which really do it for me, as well as the subtle but quite noticeable psychedelic influence in their early work (I'm a big fan of 60s psychedelia as well, which helps). I also have a great respect for musicianship, even if I don't particularly like what is being played.

While I'll be honest and state that it's mainly just the albums up to "Cruel Sister" which I really Iike, I'm quite keen on the much later "Jacqui McShee's Pentangle" period as well. Every time I listen to this band, I think "why weren't they huge?" and I'm probably not alone!
waltercrezz

waltercrezz

November 11, 2013
For the LP chronology to be correct Sweet Child (Dec.68) should follow The Pentangle (June 68) which was their debut LP

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