CD The Lady and the Unicorn [UK Bonus Tracks] [Remaster] (CD 1220745),
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The Lady and the Unicorn [UK Bonus Tracks] [Remaster]
1. Medley: A) Trotto/B) Saltarello
2. Medley: A) Lamento Di Tristan/B) La Rotta
3. Medley: A) Veri Floris/B) Triple Ballade
4. Medley: A) Bransle Gay/B) Bransle de Bourgogne
5. Medley: A) Alman/B) Melancholy Galliard
7. Lady and the Unicorn, The
8. Medley: A) My Johnny Was a Shoemaker/B) Westron Wynde/C) ...)
9. My Johnny Was a Shoemaker
10. Three Dances (Medley): A) Brentzel Gay/B) La Rotta/C) The Earle of ...)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 625
Personnel: John Renbourn (guitar, sitar); Dave Swarbrick (violin); Don Harper (viola); Tony Roberts, Ray Warleigh (flute); Len Nicholson (concertina); Terry Cox (hand drums, glockenspiel).
Includes liner notes by Colin Harper.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Digitally remastered edition includes a bonus track.
Personnel: John Renbourn (guitar, sitar); Dave Swarbrick (violin); Don Harper (viola); Ray Warleigh, Tony Roberts (flute); Lea Nicholson (concertina); Terry Cox (glockenspiel).
Liner Note Author: John Renbourn.
Recording information: Livingston Studios, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England.
Photographers: David Redferns; Kieran Bracken; Brian Shuel.
Arrangers: Keshav Sathe; Jacqui McShee; John Renbourn; Sue Draheim; Terry Cox; Tony Roberts.
Throughout the late '60s and early '70s, John Renbourn alternated albums by Pentangle and duet records with longtime partner Bert Jansch with small-scale, somewhat experimental solo records. Released in 1970, the instrumental THE LADY AND THE UNICORN blends Renbourn's extraordinary six- and 12-string acoustic guitars with subtle flute, violin, tasteful sitar and hand percussion.
THE LADY AND THE UNICORN is part early music (the opening "Trotto" and "Saltarello"), part traditional English ballad (the closing medley incorporates "My Johnny Was a Shoemaker" and "Scarborough Fair") and part jazz and world-tinged Renbourn originals. These eight tunes are flawlessly played, with enough humor and grace that Renbourn's ample chops are never the main attraction. THE LADY AND THE UNICORN should be of interest to Renbourn's usual folk audience and to fans of early and Renaissance-era music.
Rolling Stone (5/27/71, p.48) - "...a beautiful instrumental record...a variety of short songs, medieval pieces and early classical things done with guitar, flute, violin, and even a trace of sitar..."
The Wire (p.41) - "The Early Music movement meets folk electronica in these exquisite, timeless miniatures."
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