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Basket of Light Import


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  • Audio CD (July 24 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B00005AFNZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Product Description

UK remastered reissue of the British folk super-group's 1969 album. Includes 4 bonus tracks, two alternate versions of 'Sally Go Round The Roses', 'Cold Mountain' (B-side single) & 'I Saw An Angel' (B-side single). 2001 release.

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Format: Audio CD
Pentagle is one of the first "progressive" folk/rock ensembles. Jaqui McShee's voice with Bert Jance & John Renborne's guitar, coupled with the other fantastic folk players on this record still moves me today. This is less in the traditional folk realm then much of the following records each did separately, or in separate groups. This was recorded in 1971 and the rock sound from the late sixties was still relatively new. Strong folk and band jam trends on this record. This recording stands on it's own. Fantastic spin!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ Cain on May 29 2003
Format: DVD Audio
"Basket of Light" is a classic Pentangle album (on artistic merit, I would give it four stars), but if you want to hear this music, buy the standard CD and avoid this DVD-A at all costs.
I have heard several different releases of these recordings over the years (LP, various CD releases, and now this DVD-A), and I'm very disappointed to say that the Silverline DVD-Audio version sounds TERRIBLE! The tonal and dynamic range is flat, dull, and lifeless -- a shock since the music on the standard stereo CD sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
Contrary to Silverline's claim, the music has NOT been remixed into "stunning 5.1 surround sound," it has merely been electronically processed to add fake echo and fake room dynamics. The standard CD in 2-channel stereo sounds more "surrounding" than the DVD-A! Of the 50+ multichannel DVD-As and SACDs that I own, this is by far the worst sounding, and it is the only one that I regret buying.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Weatherby on Oct. 27 2003
Format: Audio CD
The sound on this CD--which is not the DVD-A version the other review trashed--is great. Sweet Child is their best album, with Pentangle second, but Basket OL boasts several great tracks--more than on subsequent albums, which had too many stiff covers of trad folk songs, and often lacked the band's trademark jazzy/bluesy approach. That said, they are all worth having for true Pentangle/Renbourn/Jansch fans.
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Amazon.com: 25 reviews
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
All "divas" bow down March 16 2004
By J. Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My musically enlightened bass-player friend turned me on to this album when I was going crazy for Led Zeppelin, and I still listen to it 30 years later (as well as Led Zep). Jacqui McShee is one of the original "ghost girl" singers, who forshadowed gals like Maire Brennan of Clannad, etc. If you want to hear some of the most spine chilling female wiccan-druid vocals, hear "Lyke Wake Dirge" on this one. It is interesting to think that Page was thinking of patterning his post-Yardbirds band on Pentangle. Until he heard John Bonham... Other Pentangle albums don't always hit the mark, but you can't miss with this. Band also stars two of the biggest heavyweights in trad-acoustic guitar playing, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch. Have at it.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best. Buy it. Dig it. Love it. March 18 2006
By Mr. N. Wulfricson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best British Folk album ever recorded (Fairport who??). The album title is perfect as it fits the music.

As you begin listening a few thing kick in. The acoustic musicianship is sublime. The tunes are tunesome. You begin to feel good as you hum and tap your feet. Later on, you might begin to wonder what the point of amplified electrical music ever was. As the late sixties vibes groove into you you might imagine your self a flower-child in a basket of light...

Unlike some rather 'quaint' folk albums I've heard, this music is emotionally authentic. It's spirit is utterly modern, and the mood uplifting in it's sparkly jazziness. Past is fused with the future. Innovative musical arrangements refresh, with influences from India to the U.S.A., and from the 12th century (Lake-Wyke Dirge) to the 20th, so there is never a dulltime. Most covers are from the Scottish Folk tradition, which is the finest in Britain. Original compositions, such as 'Night Flight' are every bit as good. Jansch, Renbourn and McShee are Scottish, and the rythm section are English, making Pentangle a truly British Band. The album also has a 'rock' feel to it, so if you like rock music, and are looking for something a little different, then I would recommend this album to you without hesitation.

Finally, I just have to say that Jacqui McShee is a better vocalist than Aretha Franklin. And Bert Jansch and John Renbourn are superb guitar players. Danny Thompson's fretless acoustic bass playing is another musical treat. Buy it. Dig it. Love it.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Still great after a generation.. March 10 2004
By Mrs Field - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My "hippy" parents bought this album when it was released (and I was 8) and played it over and over again until it seeped into my soul. Listening to it now, I can really appreciate how enlightening it was. A truly wonderful mix of traditional folk tunes with a 1960s feel. This album refelcts the time and place certainly, but it is still hugely enjoyable to listen to again. The vocals are crystal clear, the guitar, stunning.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Pentangle in their prime June 13 2007
By Skyburial - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let`s be honest. Most people who write reviewa on amazon are not reviewers, but mostly fans who write about music they love (sometimes loathe). And so I am not an objective judge of this music. The first Pentangle LP struck me right in the gut from the first note in the summer of 67: Sgt, Pepper was for everyone, Pentangle was for me. The solid, muscular and ever creative double bass of Danny Thompson bouncing off on the jazzy pulse of Terry Cox, the ghostly pure tones of Jacqui McShee, and the interplay between Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, perhaps the finest duo ever in the acoustic folk field, created a fusion of folk, jazz, blues, classical and rock unlike no other. The first LP was brilliant, but a formative stage of their sound. The second, Sweet child, contained some of their finest moments, but is at the same time an uneven mixture of different styles that don`t always come together. By their later albums, a tinge of tiredness was beginning to show. Listening through their output after having repaired my LP player, "Basket of light" stands as their finest hour, their one pefect album, having stood the test of time, sounding fresh and contemporary in 2007. The most striking is a luminous quality that shines through the tracks, making the title apt for the music. The songs melt into a seamless whole, with not a weak track and an internal logic in the choice and sequence of the songs. Light flight starts off with a bouncing mixture of time signatures showcasing how Jansch and Renbourn had grown from folkies playing with a slightly sloppy style to master musicians following Thompson and Cox into creative reaches of jazz fusion, Lyke wake dirge is a spine-chilling a capella medieval burial chant which arguably is the group`s finest vocal moment. Listen to the incredible interplay of the instruments on Hunting song, Terry Cox? glockenspiel adding to the "inner glow" that marks every track on the album. If you don`t want to dish out for the whole new 4-disc collection The time has come (also recommended), this album is, in my view, the perfect representation of all that this unique band stood for and achieved iln their glory days.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Terrible Sound Quality on DVD-A Version May 29 2003
By PJ Cain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Audio
"Basket of Light" is a classic Pentangle album (on artistic merit, I would give it four stars), but if you want to hear this music, buy the standard CD and avoid this DVD-A at all costs.
I have heard several different releases of these recordings over the years (LP, various CD releases, and now this DVD-A), and I'm very disappointed to say that the Silverline DVD-Audio version sounds TERRIBLE! The tonal and dynamic range is flat, dull, and lifeless -- a shock since the music on the standard stereo CD sounds like it was recorded yesterday.
Contrary to Silverline's claim, the music has NOT been remixed into "stunning 5.1 surround sound," it has merely been electronically processed to add fake echo and fake room dynamics. The standard CD in 2-channel stereo sounds more "surrounding" than the DVD-A! Of the 50+ multichannel DVD-As and SACDs that I own, this is by far the worst sounding, and it is the only one that I regret buying.


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