Basket of Light

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Basket of Light
Studio album by Pentangle
Released 26 October 1969
Recorded IBC Studios, London
Genre Folk jazz, folk rock[1]
Length 40:07
Label Transatlantic
Producer Shel Talmy
Pentangle chronology
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(1968)Sweet Child1968
Basket of Light
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(1970)Cruel Sister1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Basket of Light is a 1969 album by the folk rock group Pentangle. It reached no. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. A single from the album, "Light Flight", the theme from BBC1's first colour drama series Take Three Girls, reached no. 43 on the UK Singles Chart. Another single from the album, "Once I Had a Sweetheart", reached no. 46 in the charts.[2]

The album's liner notes state that "Springtime Promises" was written "after a ride on a number 74 bus from Gloucester Road to Greencroft Gardens on an early spring day".


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[3]


All tracks written by Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Danny Thompson, Terry Cox, and Jacqui McShee, except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Light Flight" McShee 3:14
2. "Once I Had a Sweetheart" (traditional, arranged Jansch/Renbourn/Thompson/Cox/McShee) McShee 4:37
3. "Springtime Promises" Jansch 4:04
4. "Lyke-Wake Dirge" (traditional, arranged Jansch/Renbourn/Thompson/Cox/McShee) Renbourn, Cox, and McShee 3:32
5. "Train Song" Jansch and McShee 4:43
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Hunting Song" McShee, Jansch, Renbourn, and Cox 6:41
2. "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" (Lona Stevens, Zell Sanders) Renbourn and McShee 3:34
3. "The Cuckoo" (traditional, arranged Jansch/Renbourn/Thompson/Cox/McShee) McShee 4:26
4. "House Carpenter" (traditional, arranged Jansch/Renbourn/Thompson/Cox/McShee) Jansch and McShee 5:27

The album cover uses photographs of Pentangle's 1968 concert in the Royal Albert Hall. A note about the instrumentation states that "All the instruments played on this album are accoustic [sic]."


Released versions[edit]

Basket of Light was released as a UK LP on 26 October 1969, as Transatlantic TRA2O5. The U.S. version, in the same year was Reprise R56372. The album was re-released as a digitally remastered CD in 2001, as Castle CMRCD207, which includes two alternate takes of "Sally Go 'Round the Roses" and the non-album B-sides: "Cold Mountain" and "I Saw an Angel".


  1. ^ a b Basket of Light at AllMusic
  2. ^ Pentangle UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  3. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5. 

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