I thought about just doing one CD, but there are just so many CDs from this wonderful group that I finally decided to do the whole group. Pentangle was the brain child of two folk/jazz/classical/medieval guitarists in the late 60s. The first was Bert Jaensch, a pure folkie in the tradition of Dylan, Donovan and the great folk movement of the 60s. The second was John Renbourn, a more classically trained guitarist with a fascination for serious blues, jazz and medieval music. They worked as a duo for a couple of years in the early 60s, playing mostly original pieces and/or classical stuff arranged for two guitars, although they also occasionally would add a Charles Mingus jazz tune as well. Jaensch would also occasionally try to sing. (Frankly, he is the only professional musician who sings worse than I do, and believe me, that's saying something). Then, in 1968, they added a studio jazz drummer and bassist and a lovely and very talented female singer, and Pentangle was formed. Even then, though, their music was so varied as to be nearly schizo. They did Jaensch originals which were very folky, jazz standards, serious and sometimes very nasty blues tunes, spirituals, traditional Irish, Scottish and English folk and drinking songs, and medieval classical pieces by serious medieval composers. One of their most famous performances is the 12th century piece The Lyke Wake Dirge, which was originally a pagan dirge, and then was borrowed (stolen? confiscated?) by the Catholic church and now in the 21st century has been returned to the pagans and wiccans again. This piece has odd modal harmonies so prevelant in the 12th century, but Pentangle sings it beautifully. On the same CD that has this piece, though, they also perform Goodbye Porkpie Hat, which Charles Mingus wrote to honor Lester Young when he died. (For those who are not jazz fans, Charles Mingus was one of the finest bassists in the history of jazz, and Lester Young still has followers among present day tenor sax men). They also do some traditional folk and an original by Jaensch. I can honestly say that if you don't like one tune or style, wait a minute. This group was so versatile that they would eventually play something you would love. Renbourn left the group to go solo in the late 1970s, and formed several different medieval/renaissance groups. He did very well. Both the bassist and drummer returned to the studio around 1980. Jaensch and Jacqui McShee (the female vocalist) found other musicians and Pentangle remainted active until well into the 1990s, continuing to make more CDs of varied music, and doing it well. They never achieved the fame of the original group, though, and although all of the later groups were excellent, in my opinion, no other group was quite as musically adept as the first group, either. It's only unfortunate that they didn't achieve more fame in the US. They were special.