Pentangle – The Lost Broadcasts 1968-1972

Long-lost session tracks retrieved from BBC transcription discs and cleaned-up AM radio broadcasts

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As archive finds go, the material here is a connoisseur’s dream. Forty-two live tracks, all but six of which haven’t been heard since they went out on John Peels Top Gear, Sounds Of The Seventies and Wally Whyton’s Country Meets Folk. At their deceptively ramshackle, raga-inflected best, Messrs Jansch, Renbourn, Cox, Thompson and McShee achieved a musical empathy comparable in its field to the Marley-Tosh-Livingston-era Wailers and Dylan’s ’66 Band. Among the riches are Terry Cox’s tribute to Moondog, the rarely performed “Springtime Promises” and two lyrically different versions of “Light Flight”, the theme music to BBC2’s Take Three Girls. Talking of which, somebody somewhere must still have all that show’s splendid incidental music. Get searching.

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