Basket of Light [Bonus Tracks]

Basket of Light [Bonus Tracks]

by Pentangle
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Basket of Light [Bonus Tracks]

Although Sweet Child is usually cited as the group's high watermark, Basket of Light finds Pentangle at their most progressive and exciting. Highlights of this album -- which actually reached the Top Five in the U.K. -- include the buzzing jazz dynamics of "Light Flight," their moving rendition of the traditional folk song "Once I Had a Sweetheart," their reinvention of the girl group smash "Sally Go Round the Roses," and "Springtime Promises," one of their finest original tunes. Starting in the year 2000, Basket of Light has been reissued in several different CD incarnations with four bonus tracks, two of which are outtakes of "Sally Go Round the Roses." Neither is vastly different in approach from the version on the finished album except in certain details of the playing and nuances in the singing, which will primarily be of interest to the most hardcore fans -- outtake number two will probably please more listeners, with its slightly more expressive approach in the vocalizing and the guitars. The other two songs, "Cold Mountain" and "I Saw an Angel," are previously unanthologized single B-sides that should have found a place on the original album, but are hardly earth-shattering additions. And those choosing the DualDisc version of this CD should also be aware of -- and perhaps beware -- the fact that those discs do not always read (or load) properly in some surprisingly advanced model CD players. ~ Richie Unterberger & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/2008
Label: Ume Imports
UPC: 5050159120727
catalogNumber: 207


  1. Light Flight
  2. Once I Had a Sweetheart
  3. Springtime Promises
  4. Lyke-Wake Dirge
  5. Train Song
  6. Hunting Song
  7. Sally Go Round the Roses
  8. The Cuckoo
  9. House Carpenter
  10. Sally Go Round the Roses
  11. Sally Go Round the Roses
  12. Cold Mountain
  13. I Saw an Angel

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pentangle   Primary Artist
Bert Jansch   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
John Renbourn   Guitar,Sitar,Vocals
Terry Cox   Drums,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Hi Hat,Hand Drums
Jacqui McShee   Vocals
Danny Thompson   Double Bass
Jannelle Guillot   Voiceover

Technical Credits

Bert Jansch   Composer
John Pantry   Engineer
Ken Caillat   Executive Producer
Abner Spector   Composer
Shel Talmy   Producer
Colin Irwin   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
John Trickett   Executive Producer
Zell Sanders   Composer
Becky Stewart   Reissue Design
Rupesh Pattni   Graphic Design
Kristian Storli   Authoring
Randy Glenn   Quality Control

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Basket of Light [DualDisc] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver 10 months ago
The third Pentangle album returned to the template of the first self titled effort. It did add a few new twists; a sitar here and there, the group harmonies on the medieval Lyke-Wake Dirge. I would rank it higher than Sweet Child but not quite equal to the first record. Unless you are a real fan of British folk rock, I think the Light Flight two CD anthology would be the best way to introduce yourself to The Pentangle. It contains the cream of the first three albums and takes a few tracks from their later efforts.