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Pentangle — Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004

Pentangle — Reflection (1971) Reissue 2004                               Pentangle — Reflection 
Ξ» Virtuoso British folk–rockers who set themselves apart with a unique jazz flavor and the distinctive twin guitars of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn.
Location: London, UK
Album release: October 1971
Recorded: three–week period in March 1971, Command Studios and Olympic Studios, London
Record Label: Sanctuary
Duration:     39:49
Tracks:
01. Wedding Dress      2:51
02. Omie Wise      4:23
03. Will The Circle Be Unbroken      4:07
04. When I Get Home      5:00
05. Rain And Snow      3:50
06. Helping Hand      3:30
07. So Clear      4:55
08. Reflection      11:10
Written by:
Ξ»   Traditional     1, 5
Ξ»   Bert Jansch / Traditional     2, 4
Ξ»   Ada Habershon / Traditional     3
Ξ»   Terry Cox / Bert Jansch / Jacqui McShee / John Renbourn / Danny Thompson / Traditional     6
Ξ»   Jacqui McShee / John Renbourn / Traditional     7
Ξ»   Terry Cox / Bert Jansch / Jacqui McShee / John Renbourn / Danny Thompson / Traditional     8
CREDITS:
Ξ»   Nick Bourne Project Coordinator
Ξ»   Terry Cox Arranger, Composer, Drums, Group Member, Percussion
Ξ»   Ada Habershon Composer
Ξ»   Steve Hammonds Project Coordinator
Ξ»   Colin Harper Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Ξ»   Bert Jansch Arranger, Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Vocals
Ξ»   Nic Kinsey Engineer
Ξ»   Bill Leader Producer
Ξ»   Jacqui McShee Arranger, Composer, Group Member, Vocals
Ξ»   John Renbourn Arranger, Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Sitar, Vocals
Ξ»   Jonathan Richards Project Coordinator
Ξ»   Danny Thompson Bass, Composer
Ξ»   Traditional Composer
AWARDS:
Billboard Albums
Ξ»   1971 Reflection The Billboard 200      #183
AllMusic Review by Matthew Greenwald;  Score: ***
Ξ»   Pentangle were always great at creating musical fusions, and on this album, they once again came through. The opening song, "Wedding Dress," is a fabulous meeting of Celtic, country, and, believe it or not, funk. It's one of the few songs of theirs that actually rocks. The rest of the record is classic Pentangle, with Bert Jansch's and John Renbourn's acoustic guitars intermingling so well that it would make even Neil Young and Stephen Stills a little envious. Jacqui McShee, as usual, has some exquisite vocal moments, namely the previously mentioned "Wedding Dress" and an excellent reading of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." This track shows how the group was further exploring new musical ground, this time with traditional American folk/gospel. The group's rhythm section of Danny Thompson (upright bass/cello) and Terry Cox (percussion) — easily one of the most inventive on the planet — shines on every cut, creating solid ground for Renbourn, McShee, and Jansch to do their high–wire act on vocals and guitar. One of their finest all–around albums.
Style:
Ξ»   Pentangle are often characterised as a folk–rock band. Danny Thompson preferred to describe the group as a "folk–jazz band." John Renbourn also rejected the "folk–rock" categorisation, saying, "One of the worst things you can do to a folk song is inflict a rock beat on it. . . Most of the old songs that I have heard have their own internal rhythm. When we worked on those in the group, Terry Cox worked out his percussion patterns to match the patterns in the songs exactly. In that respect he was the opposite of a folk–rock drummer." Ξ»   This approach to songs led to the use of unusual time signatures: "Market Song" from Sweet Child moves from 7/4 to 11/4 and 4/4 time, and "Light Flight" from Basket of Light includes sections in 5/8, 7/8 and 6/4.
Ξ»   Writing in The Times, Henry Raynor struggled to characterise their music: "It is not a pop group, not a folk group and not a jazz group, but what it attempts is music which is a synthesis of all these and other styles as well as interesting experiments in each of them individually." Even Pentangle's earliest work is characterised by that synthesis of styles. Songs such as "Bruton Town" and "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" from 1968's The Pentangle include elements of folk, jazz, blues, and early music. Pete Townshend described their sound as "fresh and innovative." By the release of their fourth album, Cruel Sister, in 1970, Pentangle had moved closer to traditional folk music and begun using electric guitars. By this time, folk music had itself moved towards rock and the use of electrified instruments, so Cruel Sister invited comparison with such works as Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief and Steeleye Span's Hark! The Village Wait. Pentangle is thus often described as one of the progenitors of electric folk. In their final two albums, Pentangle returned to their folk–jazz roots, but by then the predominant musical taste had moved to electric folk–rock. Colin Harper commented that Pentangle's "increasingly fragile music was on borrowed time and everyone knew it."
Website: http://www.dannythompson.co.uk/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tOk6uvt9A8 © Pentangle — Central Park New York May 1971 
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