Sir Peter Blake's limited edition silkscreen Pentangle print is based on the album cover he created for the folk group's Sweet Child Album in 1968. It has to be seen to be believed, printed in 10 colours with special glitter inks never previously used by Peter Blake. Completed in September 2002, at Coriander Studios in London on a weighty Arches paper, the print is a celebration of the exquisite talents of Peter Blake and the famous folk group. Formed in 1967, The Pentangle was inspired by Bert and John, a collaborative album by folk musicians Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. Vocalist Jacqui McShee, an established figure on the traditional circuit, then joined having worked with John for a year and appeared on his album Another Monday. The lineup was completed by Danny Thompson and Terry Cox (drums), both of Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, in a quintet which would also embrace blues and jazz forms. Their respective talents were expertly captured on The Pentangle, where the delicate acoustic interplay between Jansch and Renbourn was brilliantly underscored by Thompson's sympathetic support and McShee's soaring intonation. Stylish original material balanced songs pulled from folk's heritage, while the inclusion of the Staple Singers Hear My Call confirmed the group's eclectism. This feature was expanded on the double-set Sweet Child, which included two compositions by jazz bassist Charles Mingus, Haitian Fight Song and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. The unit enjoyed considerable commercial success with Basket Of Light, which included Light Flight, the theme song to the UK television series, Take Three Girls. The group commissioned Peter Blake for the album cover and he worked with them to develop the Pentangle theme. The album cover achieved great acclaim and its new incarnation as a famous piece of folk art on the 1960's is a wonderful celebration of all this history and of Peter Blake's talent for design.
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