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]


Higginsweorx said...

Keeping a blog like this is a lot of work. It's well-organised, well-kept and easy to use. Well, thanks again!

CrimsonKing said...

Thanks Higginsweorx.
Yes, I have a lot of work maintaining Folk Yourself. But it's a pleasure!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the nostalgia trip down Memory Lane. This is one of Steeleye's darkest albums: probably the darkest of the band's original run (1970-1978).


CrimsonKing said...

Commoners Crown is, perhaps, my prefered Steeleye Span album.
Thanks RTJ :)

Anonymous said...

Likewise my favorite of their albums. Nice to have digital copies of the vinyl I tracked down back in the day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, CrimsonKing!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the steeleye span albums and write ups, your blog is an amazing resource. Thank you

totxo2 said...

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CrimsonKing said...


Commoners Crown


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