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Pentangle / The Albums: 1968-1972

Cherry Red will release Pentangle: The Albums a new seven-CD box set featuring albums and unreleased material from folk’s first ‘supergroup’ Pentangle.

The band were formed in 1967 and comprised the twin guitar/songwriting talents of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn with bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Terry Cox and singer Jacqui McShee. All six of their albums (issued between 1968-1972) feature in the new set, five of which were originally issued on folk label Transatlantic and the last on Reprise.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation this new box not only features all the long-players but each has been expanded with a wealth of bonus material, including selections from contemporaneous solo LPs by Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, out-takes and live tracks. 22 of these tracks are previously unreleased.

The albums come in vinyl replica card sleeves and sit alongisde an 88-page booklet that includes 20,000 words of sleeve notes and a Q&A culled from past interviews with band members.

Pentangle: The Albums will be released on 29 September 2017.

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The Albums: 1968-1972

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DISC ONE:
THE PENTANGLE
1. LET NO MAN STEAL YOUR THYME
2. BELLS
3. HEAR MY CALL
4. PENTANGLING
5. MIRAGE
6. WAY BEHIND THE SUN
7. BRUTON TOWN
8. WALTZ

BONUS TRACKS
9. KOAN (TAKE 2)
10. THE WHEEL
11. THE CASBAH
12. BRUTON TOWN (TAKE 3)
13. HEAR MY CALL (ALTERNATE VERSION)
14. WAY BEHIND THE SUN (ALTERNATE VERSION)
15. WAY BEHIND THE SUN (INSTRUMENTAL)
16. BRUTON TOWN (TAKE 5) *
17. KOAN (TAKE 1)
18. TRAVELLING SONG (NON-LP SINGLE VERSION WITH STRINGS)
19. POISON
20. I GOT A FEELING *
21. MARKET SONG *
* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC TWO:
SWEET CHILD – DISC 1 (LIVE AT THE FESTIVAL HALL)
1. MARKET SONG
2. NO MORE MY LORD
3. TURN YOUR MONEY GREEN
4. HAITIAN FIGHT SONG
5. A WOMAN LIKE YOU
6. GOODBYE PORK-PIE HAT
7. THREE DANCES (BRENTZEL GAY/LA ROTTA/THE EARL OF SALISBURY)
8. WATCH THE STARS
9. SO EARLY IN THE SPRING
10. NO EXIT
11. THE TIME HAS COME
12. BRUTON TOWN

BONUS TRACKS
13. HEAR MY CALL
14. LET NO MAN STEAL YOUR THYME
15. BELLS
16. TRAVELLING SONG
17. WALTZ
18. WAY BEHIND THE SUN
19. JOHN DONNE SONG

DISC THREE:
SWEET CHILD – DISC 2 (STUDIO)
1. SWEET CHILD
2. I LOVED A LASS
3. THREE PART THING
4. SOVAY
5. IN TIME
6. IN YOUR MIND
7. I’VE GOT A FEELING
8. THE TREES THEY DO GROW HIGH
9. MOON DOG
10. HOLE IN THE COAL

BONUS TRACKS
11. HOLE IN THE COAL (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
12. THE TREES THEY DO GROW HIGH (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
13. HAITIAN FIGHT SONG (STUDIO VERSION)
14. IN TIME (ALT. VERSION)
15. A WOMAN LIKE YOU (UNABRIDGED TRIO VERSION) *
16. I’VE GOT A WOMAN (TRIO MIX) *
17. I AM LONELY (JANSCH SOLO MIX) *
18. POISON
19. BLUES
20. SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES (ALT. VERSION 2)
21. MOONDOG (FULL BAND VSN) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC FOUR:
BASKET OF LIGHT
1. LIGHT FLIGHT (THEME FROM “TAKE THREE GIRLS”)
2. ONCE I HAD A SWEETHEART
3. SPRINGTIME PROMISES
4. LYKE WAKE DIRGE
5. TRAIN SONG
6. HUNTING SONG
7. SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES
8. THE CUCKOO
9. HOUSE CARPENTER

BONUS TRACKS
10. SALLY GO ROUND THE ROSES (ALTERNATIVE VERSION)
11. COLD MOUNTAIN (B-SIDE)
12. I SAW AN ANGEL (B-SIDE)
13. HOUSE CARPENTER * (LIVE IN ABERDEEN)
14. LIGHT FLIGHT (LIVE IN ABERDEEN) *
15. PENTANGLING (LIVE IN ABERDEEN)
* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC FIVE:
CRUEL SISTER
1. A MAID THAT’S DEEP IN LOVE
2. WHEN I WAS IN MY PRIME
3. LORD FRANKLIN
4. CRUEL SISTER
5. JACK ORION

BONUS TRACKS
6. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (TAKE 1, NO HARMONICA) *
7. RAIN & SNOW (TAKE 2) *
8. OMIE WISE (TAKE 2, LIVE VOX) *
9. JOHN’S SONG (TAKE 7) *
10. REFLECTION (OLYMPIC STUDIOS TAKE 1) *
11. WHEN I GET HOME (ALTERNATIVE VOCAL) *
* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC SIX:
REFLECTION
1. WEDDING DRESS
2. OMIE WISE
3. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN?
4. WHEN I GET HOME
5. RAIN AND SNOW
6. HELPING HAND
7. SO CLEAR
8. REFLECTION

BONUS TRACKS
9. SHAKE SHAKE MAMA
10. KOKOMO BLUES
11. FARO ANNIE
12. BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN
13. WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN (TAKE 3, LIVE VOX) *
14. REFLECTION (COMMAND STUDIOS, TAKE 1, WORDLESS VOX) *
15. JOHN’S SONG (TAKE 5, FUZZ GUITAR) *
16. WONDROUS LOVE *
* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

DISC SEVEN:
SOLOMON’S SEAL
1. SALLY FREE AND EASY
2. THE CHERRY TREE CAROL
3. THE SNOWS
4. HIGH GERMANY
5. PEOPLE ON THE HIGHWAY
6. WILLY O’ WINSBURY
7. NO LOVE IS SORROW
8. JUMP, BABY, JUMP
9. LADY OF CARLISLE

BONUS TRACKS
10. WHEN I GET HOME (LIVE AT GUILDFORD CIVIC HALL 11/72) *
11. SHE MOVED THROUGH THE FAIR (LIVE AT GUILDFORD CIVIC HALL 11/72) *
12. TRAIN SONG (LIVE AT GUILDFORD CIVIC HALL 11/72) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

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17 responses to Pentangle / The Albums: 1968-1972

  1. Lee says:

    This looks great. Aside from two re-recordings from 2001 that appeared on a previously expanded ‘Basket of Light’ (and always felt out of place), it looks like all of the previously issued bonus tracks have been included. Nice to see a job done properly.

  2. Colin Harper says:

    All of the previously issued bonus tracks from the 2000s sanctuary CD editions of individual albums have indeed been included, Lee. From memory, the only hitherto issued studio recording not on this collection is one take of the long ‘Reflection’ that was included on ‘The Time Has Come’ 4CD set in 2007. Other tracks on TTHC that remain exclusive to it are live TV and radio tracks and film soundtrack recordings – all of which fall outside of Cherry Red compiler/operations manager John Reed’s ‘The Albums’ concept. The handful of unreleased live tracks on the new set are bonuses – the Aberdeen trio (the only tracks recorded at the show, from the desk) being especially great.

    One small tweak to your text, Paul: the Pentangle were formed in early 1967, not ’68. They performed more or less every Sunday that year at the Horseshoe Hotel on Tottenham Court Road in between their other commitments/solo careers and toured twice – Denmark in August, British universities in November. The name first appeared at a May ’67 Festival Hall double bill with Ottillie Patterson & Chris Barber. They made an attempt at an album recording in August ’67 and the surviving three tracks appear on the new box set (only one previously issued, on TTHC).

    The phrase ‘past interviews’ in the PR blurb is perhaps slightly misleading – rather than being the cut and paste job it may imply, author Mick Houghton (‘Becoming Elektra’, ‘I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn: Sandy Denny’) has compiled a lovely ‘oral history’ of the band using interviews he has previously done, in recent years (but not specifically for this project), with band members Bert, John and Jacqui, most of the content being previously unpublished.

    The sound mastering, by Fluid, is superb and the booklet excellent in terms of visuals and text – with essays on each album by six different writers of note, aside from Mick’s oral history and introduction.

    • Paul Sinclair says:

      Thanks for the info and corrections. Fluid did the mastering for most of the projects I worked on (Paul Young, Sam Brown, Its Immaterial)

      • Colin Harper says:

        You’re welcome. Nick Watson was the mastering maestro on this one. I think he’s managed the best CD masterings of their catalogue yet heard. John Reed asked myself and Mick Houghton to give a test listen to the mastered discs before signing off on them – I was only peripherally involved in the thing other than that, supplying some info and period adverts/concert programme scans. I seem to have mislaid the test discs right now, strangely, but I gave them two or three serious listens and was very impressed.

        Keith Davey at Altmark did the booklet design and has really executed the whole thing with real care and striving for the best possible result, packing in a lot of content while letting it all breathe aesthetically. To my mind, this is the last word on the band’s commercially issued recordings from their original 1968-72 tenure.

        If you fancy of bit of sleuthing Paul, ask Nick what sources he eventually used for ‘Solomon’s Seal’ (as R asks, below). I know he was determined to improve on the sole previous CD release, made from a 1/4 tape one of the band found (the masters being missing). A needledrop may ultimately have been involved – I’m not familiar with the Japanese SHMCD, but all I can say is that Nick has managed to improve on the previous UK CD of ‘Solomon’s Seal’s (from memory – I gave away all my Pentangle and related CDs 10 years ago).

  3. R says:

    Any word if they’ve used the actual mastertape of “Solomon’s Seal”, as per the Japanese SHMCD?

  4. Jim says:

    £39.99 direct from cherry red

  5. Straker says:

    Props to the graphic designer – That is a handsome looking set.

  6. Willy says:

    Fabulous set. (No brilliant ‘The Best Part of You’ and ‘Tam Lin’ from the 1970 movie The Ballad of Tam Lin, but hey! )

  7. Chris Squires says:

    This is another one of those groups where I have never heard a thing….. but am quite interested to find out more.

    Pentangle, Renbourn and Jansch are just names I have come across in my long love of all things Oldfield. Any decent history of Oldfield and more specifically “The Sallyangie” carries some reference to the group but apart from having had an old Transatlantic sampler LP which had a Sallyangie track on it and elsewhere I seem to recall it had some Pentangle or maybe something to do with the member’s solo work.

    I think I will have to investigate….

    Things I have come across properly for the first time in the last two years due to SDE which I hadn’t really listened to in my life of music but now can’t imagine life without them….Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Sparks and now probably Pentangle….

  8. Dr Magus says:

    Seen a couple of live clips of this band on Vintage TV. I thought the singer/guitarist looked like Peter Ustinov and the female singer looked like a young Queen Victoria. I liked what i heard and am intrigued to know more. This set looks perfect.

    • Colin Harper says:

      The group made a remarkable number of TV appearances in their time – managing to bridge folk, underground rock, chamber music, religious music and light entertainment/pop, somehow, and appearing on shows associated with all those genres. Many are lost (including their sole Top of the Pops appearance) but a fair number survive, and about half of those that do can be found on YouTube, including this half-hour distillation of a concert from Belgium in 1971 that’s recently appeared out of nowhere. It’s a great place for the curious to start. If you like this, the box set is for you; if not, move along, nothing to see… :-)

      Although broadcast in 1971, most of the repertoire is (oddly) from their 1968 LP ‘Sweet Child’.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R83wOBh8DjU&t=9s

  9. CJ Feeney says:

    This looks like it has some real care and attention to the package – including the “vinyl” look cds.

    After the excellent Bert Jansch sets of the last year or two, it looks like Pentangle fans are being spoiled.

    In addition to mentions for Jansch and Renbourn already referred to, this band had a great bass player – Danny Thompson – who went on to work with John Martyn on some classic albums in the 70s – particularly Solid Air, and then with Richard Thompson in the 80s and 90s.

  10. Alan St. John says:

    Maybe this sounds like a minor question, but do the LP lookalike sleeves have any inners? I’ve been disappointed before by card sleeves which mark the discs.

  11. David Keener says:

    Why is there a cost of $58.13 for Amazon US? I click on the link and it takes me to the item on Amazon which has a cost of $72.66.

  12. Chris S says:

    I Love sets like this that give you all the original albums in one box.
    While I’d rather have all the original albums (with corresponding) singles compiled together and the previously unreleased tracks on separate disk. I can live with this.

  13. Jules Gray says:

    Mine arrived today. £39.99 direct from Cherry Red. The sleeves are pretty cheap and flimsy, but the music sounds grand. And such a wealth of bonus material.

  14. Mike Lewis says:

    I’ve known about Pentangle forever, but never got around to actually hearing them until earlier this year, when I found a compilation for two dollars. It was very short and, as I’ve learned, not very representative. But it was so good I had to hear more, so I got the Light Flight anthology. I got half-way through disc one before I realized I’d goofed again – still not enough. So now I have this on order and can’t wait to hear it!

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