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John Renbourn

  • Faro Annie [Reprise, 1972] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Faro Annie [Reprise, 1972]
If the medieval dance tunes and Bach sarabandes on last year's Lady and the Unicorn were neither rock and roll nor my cup of tea, the same goes for these Child ballads and folkie blues. But anybody who can induce me to listen to something called "Willy o' Winsbury" all the way through is no ordinary folkie. I know because his mates in the Pentangle just tried it on Solomon's Seal. Which reminds me that Renbourn at his best is supple and modest--and bluesy--enough to remind me of the Pentangle at their best. B+