A friend and I went to see a new group at the RFH in May 1967. They were billed as 'The Pentangle' and included both Renbourn and Jansch who were the only members of the group known to us at the time. It was a good gig and I wrote about it in my diary the next day. I was just eighteen at the time and an apprentice zoo keeper. It was at that gig that I was introduced to Sandy Denny by my friend who also sang and played guitar in a three girl group called 'Yarrow' (to which I occasionally contributed to as a fairly pointless so-called guitarist), Predictably, Yarrow sank rapidly and without a ripple of recognition, but Denny later visited me at the zoo where I introduced her to the elephants. We even had coffee together in the zoo cafe where we attempted to complete the NME crossword between us (without success)....It's all in the book wot I eventually wrote plus loads of other anecdotes, such as the time I shared digs with Gerald Durrell and the saga of 'Houdini' the escaping Pangolin!
The album covers for The Pentangle, Sweet Child, Basket of Light and Solomon's Seal use "The Pentangle". Those for Cruel Sister, Reflection, Open the Door, In the Round, So Early in the Spring, Think of Tomorrow and One More Road use "Pentangle". So in terms of score, Pentangle wins 7-4, although The Pentangle was used originally on their first three albums… why the hell am I spending time writing this!
They always have been and always will be Pentangle to me. 'The Pentangle' just sounds WRONG. Oh.... and I bought Basket Of Light when it first came out on vinyl (so very long ago....). Never mind, I still love their music as much as I ever did. That's what really matters.