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The Pentangle: Sweet Child (1968) 2001

Sweet Child

Track List:

CD 1:
01. Market Song
02. No More My Lord
03. Turn Your Money Green
04. Haitian Fight Song
05. A Woman Like You
06. Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat
07. Three Dances – Brentzel Gay, La Rotta, The Earl Of Salisbury
08. Watch The Stars
09. So Early In The Spring
10. No Exit
11. The Time Has Come
12. Burton Town
+bonus tracks:
13. Hear My Call
14. Let No Man Steal Your Thyme
15. Bells
16. Traveling Song
17. Waltz
18. Way Behind The Sun
19. John Donne Song

Sweet Child (2 back 1)

CD 2:
01. Sweet Child
02. I Loved A Lass
03. Three Part Thing
04. Sovay
05. In Time
06. In Your Mind
07. I’ve Got A Feeling
08. The Trees They Do Grow High
09. Moon Dog
10. Hole In The Coal
+bonus tracks:
11. Hole In The Coal (alt version)
12. The Trees They Do Grow High (alt version)
13. Haitian Fight Song (Studio version)
14. In Time (alt version)

Personnel:

Terry Cox – drums, glockenspiel, vocal;
Bert Jansch – acoustic guitar, vocal;
Jacqui McShee – vocal;
John Renbourn – acoustic guitar, vocal;
Danny Thompson – double bass

Live recordings: London’s Royal Festival Hall; June 29, 1968.
Studio recordings: IBC Studios, London; August, 1968
Released: 1968
Label: Transatlantic
TRA 178 [UK]

Reprise
2RS 6334 [USA]

Castle
CMDDD 132 [UK re-issue 2001]

CD1 – #13-19 are CD re-issue bonus tracks.
All tracks were recorded live at London’s Royal Festival Hall on June 29 1968.

CD2 – #11-14 are CD re-issue bonus tracks.
All tracks are studio recordings.

Engineer: Damon Lyon-Shaw

Original sleeve notes: Tony Wilson
notes: Colin Irwin

Sweet Child (4 booklet 4)

*****

Sweet Child, released in 1968, at the peak of Pentangle’s career, is probably the most representative of their work.

A sprawling two-record set, half recorded in the studio and half live at the Royal Festival Hall, showcases just how versatile Pentangle was in their unique brand of English folk, jazz, Celtic, blues, and pop styles.

Some of the live covers are easily their finest performances.

Furry Lewis’ “Turn Your Money Green,” sung by the delightful Jacqui McShee, swings sweetly, buttressed of course by John Renbourn and Bert Jansch’s guitar tapestry.

Charlie Mingus’ “Haitian Flight Song” features a great solo by bassist Danny Thompson, who was easily one of the finest musicians to grace the instrument.

The studio tracks are uniformly excellent as well, especially “The Time Has Come,” which turns waltz time inside out. McShee, Renbourn, and Jansch all turn in career performances on this track.

But these examples merely scratch the surface of Pentangle’s peak.

In all, Sweet Child is an awesome and delightful collection, and probably their finest hour, remained top attractions on the folk circuit.

Thompson joined John Martyn for a while, and has remained active as a session musician, in addition to recording some work of his own for the Hannibal label.

The original group re-united for the reasonably accomplished Open the Door album in the early ’80s, and other versions of the group recorded and toured throughout the ’80s and ’90s, usually featuring McShee and Jansch as the sole remaining original members. ~Matthew Greenwald[allmusic.com]

*****

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