Pentangle

Pentangling: The Collection

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Sanctuary's mammoth triple-disc Pentangle overview poses a bit of a dilemma. First of all, it's called Pentangling, which is already the name of a 1973 compilation, and secondly, while not deliberately misleading, it focuses more attention on the solo careers of John Renbourn and Bert Jansch than it does on the entity that supplies the collection's title. Despite these petty gripes, Pentangling is filled to the brim with some of the finest recordings the British folk movement had to offer, and hearing the group as a whole, followed by an entire disc -- one apiece -- of two of the genre's most gifted guitarists, is rewarding in more ways than one: both men, as well as the band, released material well into the 21st century, but Pentangling focuses only on their treasured late-'60s/early-'70s output. Listeners looking for a more comprehensive take on Pentangle would be better off with Castle's excellent Light Flight: The Anthology, and Renbourn and Jansch both have lovingly packaged retrospectives that fare better than the ones offered here, but as far as entry points go, Pentangling does more than skim the surface.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:00
2 05:03 Amazon
3 07:11
4 03:04
5 05:12
6 02:41 Amazon
7 02:15 Amazon
8 02:42
9 03:15
10 04:39
11 03:36 Amazon
12 01:59 Amazon
13 03:22 Amazon
14 07:01 Amazon
15 11:13
16 04:51 Amazon
17 04:42 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:56
2 01:57
3 01:55
4 03:28
5 01:51
6
01:30
7 02:02
8 02:50
9 03:49
10 01:23
11 01:22
12 02:00
13 02:54
14 03:20
15 02:43
16 03:24
17 13:04
18 03:34
19 03:23
20 03:25
21 03:12
22 03:16

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bert Jansch
03:04
2
feat: Bert Jansch
03:10
3
feat: Bert Jansch
02:21
4
feat: Bert Jansch
03:18
5
feat: Bert Jansch
04:25
6
feat: Bert Jansch
03:31
7
feat: Bert Jansch
03:42
8
feat: Bert Jansch
01:40
9
feat: Bert Jansch
01:54
10
feat: Bert Jansch
01:38
11
feat: Bert Jansch
04:19
12
feat: Bert Jansch
02:18
13
feat: Bert Jansch
02:49
14
feat: Bert Jansch
01:46
15
feat: Bert Jansch
02:39
16
feat: Bert Jansch
02:15
17
feat: Bert Jansch
03:13
18
feat: Bert Jansch
02:29
19
feat: Bert Jansch
02:58
20
feat: Bert Jansch
01:58
21
feat: Bert Jansch
04:02
22
feat: Bert Jansch
05:05
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