Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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


Tom said...

Many thanks for making this available - great album.

CrimsonKing said...

You're welcome Tom :)

Chai said...

Please tell how I can download this

Chai said...

Ahh Durgadurga
Thank you so much for you glorious blog!! Its like finding some sort of treasure

ASDLR said...

great! Thank you.

I also very much like your avatar. Long live the Crimson King.

Fernando Anselmo de Oliveira said...

Muito obrigado :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Any chance of a re-upload to Mega of this one please :)

CrimsonKing said...


Below The Salt

Password: folkyourself.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for the re-up :)

Luis Bermejillo said...

This album means a lot to me, it has always been a family classic. Thanks a lot!- Luis.

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