i'm watching the colts-pats--or, more to the point, i'm not watching halftime. so i have v. little time to say anything about these two records. quick and to the point, then.
fairport : probably the best dylan cover ever. i've never heard his original--or i did and it left no impression. can't imagine how he'd do it after hearing this, unless it was in a big newport folk circle, like "with God on our side." this version by fairport strengthens the sense of community in the face of impending doom best heard on "meet on the ledge." w/ sandy denny on one's side, though, it's hard to think that anyone could get the best of you. (but who was on her side?) she lifts this, and when she sings, "come on, give it to me," you'll likely give her whatever she asks for, or steal her anything she sees.
pentangle : after fairport, probably the best of the british folk bands (though steeleye span might have something to say about that). not a thing i would change about this record--well, all right, since you asked. yes, it reeks of pot smoke, but it was the late 60's, and not even the folkies were safe. especially the folkies. jacqui mcshee is the hero of this folktale, lady and conqueror all in one.