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ONE MORE ROAD

The Pentangle

 

Prog Folk

3.29 | 9 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Electrifying!

The Pentangle of the 80's and 90's differs significantly from that of the 60's and 70's. I might be quite alone in my opinion, but I definitely prefer the more recent incarnation(s) of the band (since their return to the music business in 1984). The early Pentangle was almost exclusively acoustic, and they mixed Folk music with Jazz and Blues. What we have here is a much rockier and electrified affair, also with a much broader instrumental palette. Electric guitars, Rock drums, exotic percussions, fiddle, flute and keyboards have never, I think, had a stronger presence on any other Pentangle release than on One More Road. Gone are most of the overt Jazz influences and instead they opt for a Folk Rock style closer to that of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span than to Pentangle's own early style. Indeed, Gerry Conway from Fairport convention is present here. Steeleye Span is though the closest comparison. Just like that band, Pentangle here too mixes Folk with Rock, alternates between male and female vocals, etc.

There are almost no weak spots on this album. Two of the songs included here are re- recorded versions of songs from the Solomon's Seal album from 1972; namely, High Germany and Willy Of Winsbury. These are great versions that far outshine their original versions. Especially, the almost eight minute long version of Willy Of Winsbury is excellent and possibly the closest to Prog that the Pentangle ever came with an electric guitar solo and everything. Oxford Town also has an unexpected, ripping electric guitar solo. Other highlights are the title track, Lily Of The West and the "Africana" of Somali.

Those looking for a genuine Prog album should look elsewhere, but those who enjoy Folk Rock in general, and likes bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeley Span, will be well advised to check out this album. Personally, I would even hold this up as my favourite Pentangle release of all time.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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