Pentangle, with their unique brand of Baroque folk delivered with the swing of an acoustic jazz ensemble, is like no other group from the late '60s. Paced by two amazing guitar players, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, and buoyed by a solid rhythm section (Danny Thompson on bass and Terry Cox on drums) capable of supplying plenty of rock dynamics, Pentangle managed to overcome singer Jacqui McShee's rather emotionless vocals to convey a sort of alternative history of British folk music. This two-disc collection attempts to present an overview of the original group, and it mostly succeeds, diving immediately into deep water with the set opener, the 11-minute-plus "Reflection," which shows off Pentangle's considerable jazz sensibilities. Other highlights here include the modal "Rain and Snow," complete with banjos and sitars, and a couple of wonderful instrumentals, "Lucky Thirteen" and "Tic-Tocative," that showcase the detailed interplay between guitarists Jansch and Renbourn. There are a couple of serious omissions in the set list, though, most notably "Bruton Town" and "Omie Wise," and at least one miscue ("Sweet Child" is mistakenly titled "When I Get Home") that make this compilation a second choice behind Castle's similar two-disc anthology, which is called Light Flight: The Anthology (just to keep things confusing). Better yet, if you can pick up Pentangle's first three albums (The Pentangle, Sweet Child, Basket of Light), you'd have everything you need for just a few dollars more.
AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2