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The Lady and the Unicorn

John RenbournAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E9F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,468 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Lost Friend December 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am so happy to have found this album on CD through Amazon. Listening to it again is like finding a long lost friend. The selection of timeless, haunting, exquisite medieval and renaissance music on this album will truly transport you to another time and place, which I guarantee you won't want to leave...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Endures June 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Like the other reviewers here, I have loved this album since I bought a copy from a departing friend in 1974. I'm on my third copy, and have given away two CD versions of this great music to friends. John Renbourn stretches the boundaries of folk with "The Lady and the Unicorn," but his treatment of all these tunes is always full of joy and respect. That's what makes this music something that you come back to again and again. Buy this CD: you won't be sorry!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unique for its time January 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
When Renbourn put this album out around 1970, it was quite an unusual release. He and his friend Bert Jansch were at that point heading the band Pentangle, and between their solo efforts and the band's had been exploring a synthesis of folk, blues, classical and jazz styles. This album brought to the mix yet another element: Medieval and Renaissance music. Renbourn's solo and small ensemble arrangements of the material are mostly gentle and respectful, yet incorporate a jazz flair that give them a truly contemporary sound. This was really good dinner and/or 'date' music for the period: quiet and intimate, and with plenty of personality. It's not very long, however--couldn't someone put it together with "Sir John Alot..." as a twofer?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Relaxation September 29, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I have worn out several vinyl records of this album over the years since 1970. Out of all the music I have ever heard, this music seems to open up my inner being in some strange way. I have found this music to be relaxing and enjoyable beyond any other music I know. For reasons unclear to me, it seems to slip me into a state of deep contemplation and wonderful creativity. It allows me to find parts of myself I barely know exist. It has consistantly encouraged me to write, emote, and just enjoy life. I have never grown weary of it and am glad to see it in CD format. The wonderful melodies and harmonies of the songs on this album seem to speak to one another in the deepest emotional terms. Thanks John.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic in its genre. September 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the recording I always return to. I am now buying my third copy. It made me want to play guitar and has inspired a generation of guitarists. If you've ever wondered just how great medieval music can sound, listen to this recording. The versions of Scarborough Fair and My Johnny Was a Shoemaker combine elements of Jazz, Folk, and Pop in a way that was original when they were first recorded and which haven't been matched since. If you want to get to know Early Music, start here. It doesn't get much better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful May 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a very nice cd, but I have to admit, I don't reach for it as much as "Sir Johnalot". This is really a rennaisance sound, completely acoustic, and very relaxing. Renbourn is a virtuoso guitarist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Renbourn January 16, 2009
By R. Long
Format:Audio CD
Originally issued in late 1970, this jewel of English folk/jazz endures the test of time beautifully. With the sparkling percussion work of Terry Cox and subtle yet superb viola playing of Don Harper to complement Renbourn's impeccable fretwork, this album still sparkles. And, with a couple of bonus tracks - (one from Renbourn's folk collective 'Pentangle') - the CD has been "fleshed out" from less than 34 minutes to over 42! Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great old recording made even better
I have the old version and of this CD and find that the remastering improved the sound significantly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eric M. Furr
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT CD
I have liked this album from the first time I heard it at a friends house back in 1974. I played it at Easter when my family was over and a couple of my brothers recognized it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Friend of the Goddess
4.0 out of 5 stars CD
Another instance where I purchased the album 40-years & lead me to be become a big John Renbourn fan.
Some excellent songs on it.
Published 6 months ago by Gary A. Glisch
5.0 out of 5 stars Most perfect recording to come out of the 70's
It was love at first sound, when i heard "The Lady and the Unicorn" back in the mid-1970's at a friend's party. It is such a joy to find it available on cd. Read more
Published on March 1, 2010 by di rainbowolf~bridge
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
John Rebourn was in Pentangle, whose Basket of Light was one of the most if not most the imporatant jazz folk albums of the 1960s, back when this band, Fairport Convention and Nick... Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars John Renbourn is the man, man
If you like the acoustic guitar, buy this, borrow it or steal it!
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