Dando Shaft

Dando Shaft/Lantaloon

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This straight pairing of the second and third album's from Dando Shaft does at least make them available at a two-fer price, although, with no bonus cuts, it's debatable who the audience might be -- Anthology remains the best buy, with all three studio albums and some bonuses. Perhaps not surprisingly, there was little development between the two discs, although vocalist Polly Bolton sounds more confident on Lantaloon than on Dando Shaft, her debut with the group. They trod the acoustic line, keeping their folk roots firm, as on "The Black Prince Of Paradise" and "Whispering Ned," but without ever being a traditional band. Instead, songs like "Sometimes," "Riverboat," and "When I'm Weary," all leaned more toward acoustic, folk-pop. The nearest comparison would be to Pentangle (although the addition of flute and even harpsichord on Lantaloon saw them spreading their wings just a little wider instrumentally). They never reached the top tier of British folk-rock (or, more appropriately, folk-pop) simply because there wasn't enough distinction to either their sound or their songs, as this illustrates all too clearly.

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