This essay originally appeared in 2017 as part of the sleeve notes for the 7CD box set Pentangle: The Albums: 1968-1972 (Cherry Red CRCDBOX41)
|*US music press ad for the debut Pentangle album quoted John Peel’s original sleeve notes|
Pictured on the front cover in stark black and white silhouette beneath a modish woodblock-style logo the band members appear virtually unrecognisable despite the (strictly alphabetical) list of names below. The simple, yet somehow mysterious sleeve design is credited to Osiris (Vision) a company with close links to those doyens of the 60s underground International Times and Hapshash and The Coloured Coat. Four decades later the distinctive hand-drawn band logo became known as the “Pentangle font” when, in 2008 it was commercially developed by the Manchester company K-Type.
|*2017 Pentangle CD box set|