June 18, 2015 – 4:59 am

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Boston 1991 [no label, 1CD]

Live at The Channel, Boston, MA; August 1, 1991. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the original taper; and to kneesfudd for sharing the show at Dime.

kneesfudd’s notes:

- Superb, crisp, clear, stereo SBD.
- Warts: Almost none! Fixed dull spots but maybe missed a few. Tapeflip between #9 (no songs missing). Board limiter sometimes slightly audible in left channel.
- Same week their “Think Of Tomorrow” album released, tho’ this set has more than 1/2 the “So Early In The Spring” album live.

At one point Bert Jansch forgets he’s not at the Iron Horse in Northampton (another night on the tour) and makes a comment to “Jordi” (the Iron Horse owner), so don’t be confused. This was an odd gig. To be honest, the band just didn’t really fit into this particular rock club environment - or at least that was my feeling. Two bands opened (I guess - only a vague memory). The whole thing seemed too clinical or something. Still, the club had a fine sound system in a large room (held 1,700, but nowhere near that many present for Pentangle), so everything was fairly well miked. That was often not true in the folk clubs Pentangle played in, where Gerry Conway’s drums were often far too loud to be in the PA mix at all). So in the end, it’s a very nicely done, somewhat narrow but stereo, soundboard master of a live Pentangle show. Once the mix is mostly balanced somewhere in the midst of #1 (tho’ the bass doesn’t get properly done ’til later). I think this is one of the best recordings there is of the era, soundwise, and the performance is very solid.

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soundboard > Nakamichi 580 cassette deck > master Maxell MX-S 100 metal cassette, Dolby B on.

Playback 2014-05-27: master Maxell MX-S 100 metal cassette on Nakamichi 680ZX cassette deck, Dolby B on, azimuth adjusted for individual tape, heads cleaned & demagnetized > Sony Linear PCM Recorder PCM-M10 (LPCM 44.10kHz/16bit WAV files) > computer > Audacity [normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch, bump, pop, click, dropout & dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, -2.2% averaged pitch (speed) fix with single pass after frequency analysis & with pitchpipe verification, NO equalisation] > CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper)

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Track 01. tuning up and greetings 0:56 (1.6MB)
Track 02. Bramble Briar 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 03. Sally Free And Easy 5:28 (9.2MB)
Track 04. Kingfisher 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 05. Sweet Mother Earth 6:21 (10.7MB)
Track 06. Meat On The Bone 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 07. O’er The Lonely Mountain 7:01 (11.8MB)
Track 08. Lassie Gathering Nuts 6:06 (10.3MB)
Track 09. Gaea 5:46 (9.7MB)
Track 10. The Baron O’ Brackley 7:45 (13.0MB)
Track 11. So Early In The Spring 9:15 (15.5MB)
Track 12. Yarrow 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 13. Cruel Sister 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 14. I’ve Got a Feeling 5:32 (9.3MB)
83 mins

Overburn to fit all the tracks onto one audio CD.

Bert Jansch - acoustic guitar, vocals
Jacqui McShee - vocals
Peter Kirtley - electric and acoustic guitars
Nigel Portman Smith - electric bass, piano
Gerry Conway - drums, percussion

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  1. 3 Responses to “PENTANGLE - BOSTON 1991”

  2. This is cool - you never know what’s going to show up on this website! haven’t heard it yet, but can’t wait! I just feel fortunate that I got to see Bert Jansch live a couple years before he passed away at Brookdale Lodge in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. It was wonderful - he was great. Told stories and did my Bucket List tune BLACK WATERSIDE. I’ll never forget it - went on a big PENTANGLE kick immediately after. . .

    By Daniel Kershner on Jun 18, 2015

  3. Some more great stuff.

    BIGO - may I make two more suggestions in case you come across something tasty during your….perambulations:

    Wanda Jackson. There is an amazing recording of her at Mr Lucky’s Club in 1969 on Youtube (search by putting in her name and ‘medley’) but anything by her would be great.

    Peggy Sugarhill - she is a modern-day rockabilly artist (I just found out). Amazing band she has - album called ‘Rockabilly Music Is Bad Bad Bad’.

    Just some suggestions…

    By jack bond on Jun 18, 2015

  4. well, I can’t call it Pentangle w/out Thompson on bass, Cox on drums….and Renbourn, but I’ll have a bash listening….

    By rick harper on Jun 19, 2015

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