Sunday, January 31, 2010

Steeleye Span - Tempted And Tried (England 1986) @320

Tempted and Tried is the 13th studio album by the electric folk band Steeleye Span. The album was recorded after a three-year hiatus after the release of Back in Line. After releasing ten albums in fairly rapid succession during the 1970s, the band entered something of a creative dry spell, with 'Tempted' being only their 3rd album in 10 years. The album cover proclaims the album a "20th Anniversary Celebration", and the band was clearly eager to commemorate their anniversary, since strictly speaking the band had only been rehearsing in 1969, and didn't record until 1970.
Long-time bassist Rick Kemp had left the band a few years earlier, due to a repetitive-motion shoulder injury that left him unable to play bass without pain. On tours, the band had rotated a variety of bassists in to replace him, but it was decided that in advance of the new album and a tour that the band needed a permanent bassist. Nigel Pegrum turned to a friend of his, Tim Harries, a self-taught bassist and classically trained pianist, who agreed to join.
Harries brought the band some much-needed young blood, and 'Tempted' proved a return to the band's 70's approach. Their previous two albums had relied heavily on songs written by the band and relatively little on traditional songs. But 'Tempted' features mostly traditional songs arranged by the band, with only three new songs, all written by Peter Knight, and one of these, "Seagull", about the old game of Shove-penny, has a strong traditional feel to it. The only piece that feels strongly non-traditional is "Following Me", a song about a women being stalked by a stranger who terrifies her. Highlights of the album include the vigorous "Jack Hall", the traditional ballad "The Two Butchers" and "The Fox", a short piece celebrating the cunning of a fox being hunted. In general, the album has a bright, confident feel to it, particularly "Padstow", which features a marvelous five part harmony bridge.
The album's title presumably refers to the fact that the band has become well-seasoned by 20 years of performing. The cover features the head of a fox, in reference to the song. The album is dedicated to all those who supported the band over the previous 20 years.
Shortly after the album was released, Pegrum chose to emigrate to Australia for relationship reasons, and the band brought in Liam Genockey to replace him as drummer. Consequentlty, although Genocky does not appear on the album, he was the drummer for the band's 20th Anniversary Tour and appeared on the video of the tour.
The album was well-received, particularly in comparison to its two predecessors, although few consider it up to the high standards of the band's heyday. However, perhaps because of the infusion of new blood and perhaps because of the excitement of the anniversary, the album marks the beginning of a slow resurgence for the band. Over the next several years, the band members recommitted themselves to playing together and began exploring traditional material in new ways. Their real revival would still be a few years off, however. "Following Me/ The Two Butchers" was released as a single on "Dover Records". However, it had a serial number "FLUT 4" which showed that it had originally been on the "Flutterby" label.

01 - Jack Hall (3.55)
02 - Two Butchers (4.46)
03 - Padstow (3.02)
04 - Reels:The First House in Connaught / Sailor's Bonnet (2.45)
05 - Betsy Bell and Mary Gray (4.56)
06 - Shaking of the Sheets (4.10)
07 - Searching for Lambs (4.10)
08 - Seagull (2.40)
09 - The Cruel Mother (5.33)
10 - Following Me (3.35)
11 - The Fox (3.04)

Maddy Prior (vocals)
Bob Johnson (vocals, guitar)
Tim Harries (vocals, bass guitar, piano)
Peter Knight (vocals, violin, mandolin)
Nigel Pegrum (drums, percussion)
Martin Ditchum (percussion)

Steeleye Span - Back In Line (England 1986) @320

This album, the band's 12th, was released in 1986, after almost a hiatus of almost 6 years. It was their first album without founding member Tim Hart, who quit the music business entirely. It was also the last album they recorded with Maddy Prior's husband, Rick Kemp, until They Called Her Babylon; Kemp suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to stop playing for a long time.
Like the previous album, Sails of Silver, this one was primarily new songs written by the band but with a strong historical content. "Isabel", "Lanercost" and "Take My Heart" all deal with the Scottish Wars of Independence and Robert the Bruce, while "White Man" was a critique of European colonialism, and "Peace on the Border" dealt with the subject of 18th century rebellions and deportations.
"Scarecrow" was about the Battle of Cropredy Bridge, a Royalist victory during the English Civil War. Only "Blackleg Miner" was a traditional song, although the album also included a challenging classical violin piece, "Canon by Telemann", which allowed Knight to demonstrate his classical roots. Like Sails of Silver, this album was not well-received by fans, and reviews tend to see the album as being slickly packaged but erratic in quality.
The album featured a live version of "Blackleg Miner", an early 1900s union protest song the band had first recorded for Hark! The Village Wait. Substantially re-orchestrated with a much funkier feel than the original version, the song produced some controversy when the band performed it in Nottingham in 1986, not long after a major mine strike.
The album's highlights include the energetic funk version of "Blackleg Miner", a similarly funky "White Man", which features as complicated a vocal arrangement as Steeleye has ever offered, and "Isabel", a strong piece sung by Prior, about the Countess of Buchan who helped crown Robert the Bruce. In general, the pieces have a strong rock feel.
The song "Lady Diamond" is a version of a traditional Scottish ballad, "Lady Dysie", a version of which appeared on the Tannahill Weaver's 1984 album, Passage. Nigel Pegrum and Rick Kemp helped produce several of the Tannahill's albums. The album was originally released on the "Flutterby" label. A single was released from this album - "Somewhere in London/ Lanercost". This suggests that "Somewhere in London" was recorded on the same sessions as the album. When Park Records re-released the album in 1991, this lost track appeared at the end, together with two live tracks - "Spotted Cow" (the first track on Below the Salt) and "One Misty Moisty Morning" (the first track on Parcel of Rogues).

01. Edward (6.21)
02. Lanercost (4.32)
03. Lady Diamond (4.41)
04. 01. Isabel (5.22)
05. A Canon by Telemann (1.42)
06. Blackleg Miner (live 1985) (4.13)
07. Peace on the Border (4.23)
08. Scarecrow (4.13)
09. Take My Heart (4.03)
10. White Man (4.38)
12. Somewhere in London (3.42)
13. Spotted Cow (live 1986) (4.31)
14. One Misty Moisty Morning (live 1986) (4.34)

Maddy Prior: vocals
Peter Knight: violin, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals
Nigel Pegrum: drums
Vince Cross: Yamaha DX7 synthesiser

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hoven Droven - Hippa (Sweden 2001) @320

Whether it was just a conscious choice or simply because they forgot to pay the electric bill, Hoven Droven, the masters of Swedish heavy folk, have unplugged for Hippa. For a band whose reputation has largely relied on their very loud electric vision of folk music, it's a daring move and one that pays off in parts. Their playing is subtle, especially that of fiddler Kjell-Erik Eriksson and saxophonist Jens Comen. While much of the music is made up of original compositions (including closer "The Cube," which features the wondrous Hoven Droven Mens' Choir singing alongside Kaxen the rooster), some of it also comes from a theatrical production they scored.
And then there are the dedications: "Dreaming of Arto" is for Arto Järavelä of Finland's JPP and "Gudrun's Waltz" is for "the best granny in the world." Excellent sentiments and beautiful playing, with former members Janne Strömstedt and Gustav Hylen both returning as guests, but at times the restraint seems very self- conscious, and there's often the feeling that the band is itching to crank up the amps. All in all, this is an album (which comes enhanced with three videos and seven mp3 tracks for those who play it on a computer) that's more an amusing diversion than real progression for the band.

01 - Syen
02 - Vilse I Viljandi
03 - Malort
04 - Tornas
05 - Arto
06 - Gudruns Vals
07 - Gart Sjouf
08 - Norsken
09 - Larven
10 - Skymning
11 - Kuben
12 - Fridgustav (Bonus)
13 - Hastschottis (Bonus)
14 - Headbanger (Bonus)
15 - Hiahia (Bonus)
16 - Jamtlandssangsvalsen (Bonus)
17 - Rally (Bonus)
18 - Skymning (Bonus)

Bonus are in bitrate 128 kb
(like the original CD)

Bo Lindberg (guitar, accordion)
Kjell-Erik Eriksson (fiddle)
Jens Comén (saxophone)
Gustav Hylen (trumpet, horns)
Janne Strömstedt (harmonium)
Björn Höglund (drums, percussion)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Steeleye Span - Live At Last! (England 1978) @320

Live at Last is a live album by the electric folk band Steeleye Span. It is the first live album the band issued, after nearly a decade of performing and releasing 10 studio albums. It is one of only two albums the band issued on which John Kirkpatrick played (not counting a later live reunion album, The Journey), making it one of only two albums to employ an accordion as a primary instrument. The album is also notable because only two of the tracks, "Saucy Sailor/Black Freighter" and "False Knight on the Road" were songs that the band had recorded before, so that most of the material on the album is essentially new material. The band went on to release a second live version of "The Maid and the Palmer" on 'The Journey'.

01. The Atholl Highlanders / Walter Bulwer's Polka (5.08)
02. Saucy Sailor / Black Freighter (9.50)
03. The Maid and the Palmer (6.37)
04. Hunting the Wren (3.09)
05. Montrose (15.16)
06. Bonnets So Blue (3.30)
07. The False Knight on the Road (6.09)

Maddy Prior: vocals
John Kirkpatrick: vocals, accordion
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar
Rick Kemp: bass
Nigel Pegrum: drums

Monday, January 25, 2010

Steeleye Span - Storm Force Ten (England 1977) @320

The album was the band's last production to reach the charts, topping out at 191 on Billboard's Pop charts. After Rocket Cottage, Bob Johnson and Peter Knight left the band. As there was still a contractual obligation, they invited Martin Carthy back again. Back in 1971 when Martin Carthy had joined he had recommended John Kirkpatrick but they decided on fiddler Peter Knight instead. This time they accepted his recommendation and Kirkpatrick's fiery accordion playing replaced Knight's fiddle.

01. Awake, Awake (5.06)
02. Sweep, Chimney Sweep (4.45)
03. The Wife of the Soldier (2.40)
04. The Victory (8.37)
05. The Black Freighter (5.59)
06. Some Rival (3.23)
07. Treadmill Song (6.12)
08. Seventeen Come Sunday (5.08)

Maddy Prior: vocals
John Kirkpatrick: vocals, accordion
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar
Rick Kemp: bass
Nigel Pegrum: drums

Steeleye Span - The Rocket Cottage (England 1976) @320

Recorded at Frans Peters Studios, Hilversum, Holland, June '76. Produced by Mike Batt. Recorded very fast, in just over a week in fact, with the band in the studio 12-14 hours each day. The rest of the time was mostly spent cycling to and from the hotel, and sitting in Hank's Bar outside the studio (where the album's back-cover shots were taken). This turned out to be an uneven album, with the second side more interesting than the first. It included one track that is not mentioned on the record or the sleeve - the band were singing Camptown Races, while waiting for Maddy to finish powdering her nose, and Batt recorded the results without them knowing. The best track, Fighting for Strangers, was a tragic military montage of three songs segued together against layers of percussive over-dubbing. The results were both experimental and exciting.

01. London (4.14)
02. The Bosnian Hornpipes (0.58)
03. Orfeo / Nathan's Reel (6.01)
04. The Twelve Witches (4.32)
05. The Brown Girl (5.06)
06. Fighting for Strangers (4.26)
07. Sligo Maid (3.44)
08. Sir James the Rose (6.16)
09. Camptown Races (2.11)
10. The Drunkard (5.44)

Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer
Robert Johnson: guitar, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals
Peter Knight: violin
Nigel Pegrum: drums, flute

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat (England 1975) @320

Recorded at Air Studios, London, July '75. Produced by Mike Batt, the man responsible for all the hits by The Wombles. At first he seemed a weird choice for Steeleye, but Tim had been impressed by the quality and imagination in the Wombles' recordings. Batt worked extremely fast, and added strings to Steeleye for the first time. The result was the most commercial album they made, a best-seller in Britain that brought in their first Gold Disc. It included the hit single All Around My Hat, which reached No. 3 in the British charts in December '75. This was originally an english song, which years ago was `stolen' by the IRA and turned into an Irish rebel song.
Apart from the chorus, the verses were in fact taken from the song Farewell He. The album also contained the excellent The Wife of Ushers Well and the stirring Hard Times of Old England (which deserved to be another hit single, but the lyrics were perhaps too realistically gloomy for the pre-punk area). Also included was one of Steeleye's best harmony tracks, Cadgwith Anthem, which has a subtle brass section creeping in on the unaccompanied singing.

01. Black Jack Davy (4.15)
02. Hard Times of Old England (5.10)
03. Cadgwith Anthem (2.45)
04. All Around My Hat (4.06)
05. Gamble Gold (Robin Hood) (3.40)
06. The Wife of Ushers Well (4.32)
07. Sum Waves (Tunes) (4.00)
08. Dance With Me (3.51)
09. Bachelor's Hall (5.45)

Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer
Robert Johnson: guitar, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals
Peter Knight: violin
Nigel Pegrum: drums, flute

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Steeleye Span - Commoners Crown (England 1975) @320


Recorded at Morgan Studios in September and October '74. Produced by Steeleye Span and Robin Black. Maddy thought of the title, and the award-winning sleeve - a gold crown made out of hundreds of little figures - was by Shirtsleeve studios. The superstar guest this time was Peter Sellers, who played "acoustic ukulele" on New York Girls. Bob had suggested him, after seeing him play ukulele in a film.
Apart from playing well, Seller enlivened the session with a stream of ad-libbed Goon humour, some of which was kept in the final mix.
The band still have a version that is entirely swamped with manic Goon Show interruptions. The album also included two more strong songs with melody and arrangement by Bob, Little Sir Hugh and Long Lankin, as well as Rick's arrangement of Demon Lover.

01. Little Sir Hugh (4:44)
02. Bach Goes to Limerick (3:40)
03. Long Lankin (8:38)
04. Dogs and Ferrets (2:44)
05. Galtee Farmer (3:43)
06. Demon Lover (5:55)
07. Elf Call (3:56)
08. Weary Cutters (2:04)
09. New York Girls (3:01)

Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer
Robert Johnson: guitar, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, vocals
Peter Knight: violin
Nigel Pegrum: drums, flute
Peter Sellers: acoustic ukelele [9]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Steeleye Span - Now We Are Six (England 1974) @320

Recorded at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London, December '73 and January '74. Produced by Steeleye Span and Robin Black, mixed by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson.
The title was a clever reminder that this was the sixth album and the band now had six members - Nigel had just joined. Davie Bowie was superstar guest artiste and played saxophone on To Know Him Is to Love Him. It was his first session helping out another band "and he was very shy".
Apart from this, the outstanding tracks were Thomas the Rhymer and Seven Hundred Elves, both with music from Bob Johnson sounding heavier and more amplified than the band had been before. In contrast, there were two songs showing Maddy's whimsical sense of humour.
For Now We Are Six, a set of medieval riddles, and the nursery rhyme Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, the St. Eleye Primary School Junior Choir took over. The male members of the band rolled up their trousers in the studio and sang falsetto, while Peter - described on the sleeve as "Miss Knight" - played piano.

Ian Anderson & Maddy Prior

01 - Seven Hundred Elves
02 - Drink Down The Moon
03 - Now We Are Six
04 - Thomas The Rhymer
05 - The Mooncoin Jig
06 - Edwin
07 - Long-A-Growing
08 - Two Magicians
09 - Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
10 - To Know Him Is To Love Him

Maddy Prior (vocals)
Tim Hart (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric dulcimer, banjo)
Peter Knight (vocals, violin, mandolin, tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, piano)
Bob Johnson (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, synthesizer)
Rick Kemp (vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar)
Nigel Pegrum (drums, tambourine, oboe, recorder, flute, synthesizer)
David Bowie (alto sax on To Know Him Is To Love Him)

Bazar Blå - Nysch (Sweden 2004) @320

The Swedish trio Bazar Blå release their fourth CD – Nysch. Previously they have released two studioproductions - Nordic City (1998) och Tripfolk (2000), and one liverecording - Live (2003). Audiences all over the world have received these CDs very well and with Nysch the group continues to break new musical ground, this time in a mostly acoustic soundscape.

Bazar Blå have been very active the past few years. Musical collaborations, tours and festival - performances in Denmark, Norway, Spain, Iran, England, Belgium, Switzerland, America etc. have brought their music to fascinated listeners far outside the borders of their native Sweden. The material on Nysch is to a large extent a result of these adventures. The title is short for: "Den nya schottisen" the new schottis (a beloved style of swedish folkmusic) - Nysch Bazar Blå have a habbit of using remotely located cottages as studios but Nysch was recorded in a fantastic outhouse near Stockholm. A car full of instruments and recording equipment, three inspired musicians and two intense recording sessions was all it took. The result is new folkmusic – Transglobal Tripfolk - composed, performed, recorded and produced by Johan Hedin, Björn Meyer and Fredrik Gille. Bazar Blå about the music and Transglobal Tripfolk.

"Our urge to evolve, as musicians and as a group, makes us open for any ideas that promote new ways of expressing ourselves musically.
It is not always a conscious search – very often something simple and unexpected like a few nice sounding notes, a strange drum or a new way to use the bow can trigger the imagination. The sound of a minaret-singer in Teheran, elevator-music in a Stockholm hotel, a squeaky radio in a taxi in Bombay or serious studies in playing techniques or cultural traditions, all in their own way, add to our musical evolution. Just as inspiration can come at an airport when you realize your luggage has gone missing or as dawn breaks at the fiddlers meeting in Bingsjö, it can turn up on the living room couch. The music of Bazar Blå is most of all a result of the fact that we truly enjoy playing together. Even though our Swedish roots are evident, it is the specific blend of musical personalities that gives the repertoire its unmistakeable character.

We create our music without considerations about any specific genre but with an urge to invent our own paths through the musical territories that inspire us. The music itself, rather than stylistic conventions, tells us how to play it and the expression we want to give each tune becomes our guide to choosing instrumentation and playing techniques.

There is no generally accepted style describing our music so we call it Transglobal Tripfolk. Music inspired by folk-traditions from all over the world with the ambition to invite you as a listener on a trip through time and space." - Bazar Blå

01. Grannlåten
02. Mulven
03. Andalus
04. Syster Ararat
05. Nypolskan
06. RIQ
07. Kebabchichi
08. Pôselåten
09. RODpolskan
10. Nysch
11. Framedrumsolo
12. Vilnius

Johan Hedin: Nyckelharpa
Björn Meyer: Electric & Acoustic 6 String Bass
Fredrik Gille: Percussion, Cajon, Tablas, Frame Drums

Steeleye Span - Parcel of Rogues (England 1973) @320

The album grew out of a theatrical project the band undertook, a version of Robert Louis Stephenson's Kidnapped, staged in Edinburgh.
The book and play were set against the backdrop of the Scottish Jacobite movement, and in the course of developing the play, the band came across a considerable amount of 18th century Scottish poetry that they mined for the album.

01 - One Misty Moisty Morning
02 - Alison Gross
03 - The Bold Poachers
04 - The Ups and Downs
05 - Robbery with Violins
06 - The Wee Wee Man
07 - The Weaver and the Factory Maid
08 - Rogues in a Nation
09 - Cam Ye O'er Frae France
10 - Hares on the Mountain

Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: guitar, dulcimer, vocals
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, drum, vocals
Peter Knight: violin, viola, mandolin, piano, recorders, harmonium, vocals

Steeleye Span - Below The Salt (England 1972) @320

Below the Salt is a 1972 album by Steeleye Span, and considered by many fans to be one of their best. The album has a slightly medieval theme, most notably in the artwork and title. The album cover shows the band in period costume at a feast, while the title refers to practice in the Middle Ages of having salt (something of a rarity) placed in the center of the table separating the family from the servants, who were situated "below the salt". Some of the music on the album has a medieval motif, but only a few of the songs arguably date back quite so far. The ballad "King Henry" (Child Ballad 32), and the a cappella "Gaudete" are certainly very old, and the lyrics to "Royal Forester" date from 1293. However, while "Gaudete" is performed in an authentic style, electric guitars abound in the performance of "King Henry".
Gaudete became the band's first hit, reaching number 14 on the UK charts. To give the impression of the choristers approaching and moving away, as if on a pilgrimage, the song was given a long fade in and out.
By this point, Ashley Hutchings had left the band, leaving Maddy Prior and Tim Hart as the only remaining founding members. The album reached number 43 in the UK album charts.

01 - Spotted Cow
02 - Rosebud In June
03 - Jigs The Bride's Favorite-Tansey's Fancy
04 - Sheep-Crook And Black Dog
05 - Royal Forester.mp3
06 - King Henry
07 - Gaudete
08 - John Barleycorn
09 - Saucy Sailor

Maddy Prior - vocals
Tim Hart - vocals, appalachian dulcimer, guitar
Peter Knight - violin, viola, mandolin, banjo, piano, vocals
Rick Kemp - bass, drum, vocals
Bob Johnson - guitar, vocals

Monday, January 18, 2010

Ad Vielle Que Pourra - Come What May (Canada 1991) @320

Come What May represents the acme of this Montreal-based quintet's attempts to create a new, more sophisticated folk music out of Breton roots. (The Bretons are the Celts of northern France.) Although the same whirring, wheezing combination of hurdy-gurdy, accordion, bombarde, and so forth is found on this album as on the group's earlier efforts, everything comes together more smoothly.
The instruments are recorded better, so it is possible to write more complex songs for them. Some tracks achieve an almost Bach-like interplay of lines. Roughly half of the tracks are songs, and the rest are instrumentals. This makes for a nice mix. None of the musicians has a great voice, but they bring a peasant-like sincerity and sentimentality to the proceedings.

01. Un Cosaque Á Paris
02. Adagio des Années Mornes
03. Evit Gabriel
04. Kanaouen an Dud a Vor
05. Micro-Polka
06. Valse Minette/Les Patates Ont Germé a St. Amable
07. Tu Nous Les Kas-Ebarh Toi
08. Chanson a la Mariée
09. Laridé D.T. /Polka d'été
10. Plinn an Enaouer
11. A St. Malo-Sur-Mer
12. Le Drao du Mao
13. Le Conscrit de Napoléon
14. Bourée en Ré

Alain Leroux: Mandolin, Violin, Mandocello, Bouzouki, Mandola, Vocals
Gilles Plante: Vocals, Recorder, Bagpipes, Taragat
Luc Thonon: Pipe, Recorder
Daniel Thonon: Accordion, Vocals, Electric Guitar, Hurdygurdy
Jean-Louis Cros: Bass Guitar, Guitar

Steeleye Span - Ten Man Mop (2006 Remastered & Expanded - 2CD) (England 1971) @320

. Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again is the third album by Steeleye Span, recorded in 1971. Of all their albums, it is the most acoustic and it also has considerable Irish influence, second only to Horkstow Grange. Tracks like "Four Nights Drunk", "Marrowbones", and "Wee Weaver" are essentially pure folk. It was the last album to feature founding member Ashley Hutchings, who left the band in part because he felt that the album had moved too far toward Irish music and away from English music. The band was also considering touring America, and Hutchings was reluctant to make the trip.

CD1: Original Album + 4 Additional tracks
01 - Gower Wassail (5.28)
02 - Jigs: Paddy Clancy's Jig / Willie Clancy's Fancy (3.11)
03 - Four Nights Drunk (3.06)
04 - When I Was on Horseback (6.13)
05 - Marrowbones (4.28)
06 - Captain Coulston (5.06)
07 - Reels: Dowd's Favourite / £10 Float / The Morning Dew (3.47)
08 - Wee Weaver (2.41)
09 - Skewball (3.31)
10 - General Taylor (3.31)
recording session out-take; first released on Individually and Collectively
11 - Rave On (1.54)
single version with “scratches”
12 - Rave On (1.24)
alternate version with two verses
13 - Rave On (2.07)
alternate version with three verses

CD2: BBC "Peel's Sunday Concert" 15 September 1971
14 - False Knight on the Road (4:13)
15 - The Lark in the Morning (4:50)
16 - Rave On (2.37)
17 - Reels: £10 Float / The Musical Priest (4:01)
18 - Captain Coulston (5:15)
19 - Martin Carthy: Handsome Polly-O (2:39)
20 - Martin Carthy: Bring 'Em Down / Tim Hart: Haul on the Bowline (2:53)
21 - Four Nights Drunk (3:04)
22 - When I Was on Horseback (6:09)
23 - Tim Hart & Maddy Prior: I Live Not Where I Love (4:40)
24 - Peter Knight: The Wind That Shakes the Barley / Pigeon on the Gate / Jenny's Chickens (3:40)
25 - Female Drummer (4:19)
26 - General Taylor (4.04)
27 - College Grove / Silver Spear / Ballymurphy Rake / Maid Behind the Bar (3.41)

Maddy Prior: vocals, spoons tabor;
Tim Hart: vocals, dulcimer, guitars, organ, five string banjo, mandolin;
Peter Knight: vocals, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, timpani;
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar, organ;Ashley Hutchings: bass

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Steeleye Span - Please To See The King (England 1971) @320

Please To See The King is the second album by Steeleye Span, released in 1971. A substantial personnel change following their previous effort, Hark! The Village Wait, brought about little substantial change in their overall sound, except for the lack of both drums and a second female vocal. The band even reprised a song from their debut, "The Blacksmith", with a similar, but more electric, arrangement.
Re-recording songs would be a minor theme in Steeleye's output over the years, with the band eventually releasing an entire album of reprises, Present--The Very Best of Steeleye Span.

The title of the album is derived from the "Cutty Wren" ceremony. A winter wren in a cage is paraded as if it were a king. This rite was carried out on December 26, Saint Stephen's Day, and is connected to early Christmas celebrations. The song "The King", appearing on the album, addresses this, and is often performed as a Christmas carol. Steeleye returned to this material on Live at Last with "Hunting the Wren" and on Time with the song "The Cutty Wren". The custom of Wrenboys is mostly associated with Ireland, but it has been recently revived in England.

01 - The Blacksmith
02 - Cold, Haily, Windy Night
03 - Jigs- Bryan O'Lynn.The Hag With The Money
04 - Prince Charlie Stuart
05 - Boys Of Bedlam
06 - False Knight On The Road
07 - The Lark In The Morning
08 - Female Drummer
09 - The King
10 - Lovely On The Water

Maddy Prior: vocals, spoon, tabor, tambourine, bells;
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar, banjo, organ, bells;
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer, bells;
Ashley Hutchings: vocals, bass guitar, bells;
Peter Knight: vocals, fiddle, mandolin, organ, bass guitar, bells

Steeleye Span - Hark! The Village Wait [2006 Remaster] (England 1970) @320


Hark! The Village Wait was the 1970 debut album by the electric folk band Steeleye Span. The album is the only one to feature the original lineup of the band, as they broke up and reformed with a slightly altered membership immediately after its release, without having ever performed live. Hence it is one of only two Steeleye Span albums to feature two female vocalists (Maddy Prior and Gay Woods), the other being Time (1996). A similar sound was exhibited years later when Prior teamed up with June Tabor to form Silly Sisters. Overall, the album's sound is essentially folk music with rock drumming and bass guitar added to some of the songs. The banjo features prominently on several tracks, including "The Blacksmith", "Copshawholme Fair", and "Lowlands of Holland".

The album's title refers to not the act of waiting, but to a "Wait". Waits were a small body of wind instrumentalists employed by a town at public charge from Tudor times until the early 9th century. A village, however, would likely be too small to employ such a troupe, so the Wait referred to here was more probably the later Christmas Waits, as mentioned in the novels of Thomas Hardy.

01 - A Calling-on Song
02 - The Blacksmith
03 - Fisher'man's Wife
04 - Blackleg Miner
05 - Dark-Eyed Sailor
06 - Copshawholme Fair
07 - All Things Are Quite Silent
08 - The Hills Of Greenmore
09 - My Johnny Was A Shoemaker
10 - Lowlands Of Holland
11 - Twa Corbies
12 - One Night As I Lay On My Bed

Tim Hart, lead vocals [4], vocals [1, 11], electric guitar [2, 4, 7-8], 5-string banjo [3], electric dulcimer [5-6, 12], fiddle [10],harmonium [11];
Ashley Hutchings, electric bass [2-8, 10-12];
Maddy Prior, lead vocals [2-3, 6-8, 12], vocals [1, 4-5, 9, 11], step dancing [6], 5-string banjo [10];
Gay Woods, lead vocals [3, 5, 9-10], vocals [1, 2, 7-8, 11-12], autoharp [3], concertina [5], bodhrán [6], step dancing [6];
Terry Woods, vocals [1, 4], mandola [2-3], electric guitar [4-5, 7-8, 10, 11], 5-string banjo [4, 12], concertina [6], mandolin [6];
Gerry Conway, drums [2-3, 5-8];
Dave Mattacks, drums [4, 10-12]

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Poll Result

The Steeleye Span poll is over!
Here is the result in 150 votes:

The question was:
Would you like to see the complete Steeleye Span
collection for here?

Then... Soon, we will have a pack of Steeley Span.
Thank you for your vote!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Maddy Prior & Tim Hart - Summer Solstice (England 1971) @320

01 - False Knight on the Road
02 - Bring Us in Good Ale
03 - Of All the Birds
04 - I Live Not Where I Love
05 - The Ploughboy and the Cockney
06 - Westron Wynde
07 - Sorry the Day I Was Married
08 - Dancing at Whitsun
09 - Fly Up My Cock
10 - Cannily Cannily
11 - Adam Catched Eve
12 - Three Drunken Maidens
13 - Serving Girls Holiday

Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer, harmonium, psalter, tabor
Andy Irvine: mandolin
John Ryan: string bass;
Gerry Conway: percussion, bells
Pat Donaldson: electric bass
Robert Kirby: string arrangement on Dancing at Whitsun

Steeleye Span's Tim Hart dies at age 61

Tim Hart, a founding member of British folk-rock group Steeleye Span, has died of lung cancer.

Hart died on December 24 at age 61 in the home he had made in Spain's Canary Islands after retiring from the music scene in the 1980s, said John Dagnell, managing director of independent label Park Records in England.

"Tim died on Christmas Eve. It is a sad loss. It came as a shock to us as we did not realize his illness was so far advanced," Dagnell told Reuters.

Hart, who had devoted the latter part of his life to photography, was diagnosed with lung cancer a year ago.

Steeleye Span, best known for the hit records "All Around My Hat" and "Gaudete", was formed in 1969 when Hart and singer Maddy Prior teamed up with bass player Ashley Hutchings, formerly of the English folk group Fairport Convention.

The band made more than 12 albums before most of its members went their separate ways in the late 1980s but they reformed, without Hart, for UK tours in 2006 and for a 40th anniversary tour in 2009.

Hart performed with Prior in England in October 2008, and Park Records has been working on a re-release of his 1981 album of nursery rhymes.

Hart devoted his time to wildlife photography after moving to the small Canary Island of La Gomera in the late 1980s, and put together an English guidebook for tourists.

"In what now feels like a previous life, I once spent 16 years as a member of the English folk-rock band Steeleye Span," Hart wrote on his website.

"As the Everly Brothers so rightly sang 'We did it for the stories we could tell'. But after a few years of traveling too fast around the world I got myself a camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, in order to provide a more substantial, and accurate, archive of memories."

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alain Pennec - Alcoves (France 1995) @320


01 - Hanter-Dro
02 - Zagreb
03 - Marche des Lutteurs, Gavotte Bigoudene
04 - Deux Points Virgule
05 - Pile des Bocelles - Piles - Menu
06 - Bluejig, Catch A Penny
07 - Ardran ti me zad, Hanter Dro An Dro
08 - La valse a Robert
09 - Ar Galv, Kas Ha Barh
10 - Prelude Opus 18
11 - Strathspey - Reel
12 - Alcoves
13 - Larides
14 - Vapeurs

Alain Pennec: accordéons, Bombard, Ocarina
Pierre Nicolas: Piano
Rachel Goodwin: Piano
Soïg Sibéril: Acoustic guitar
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