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)


Tim said...

Thank you for posting all these Steeleye Span recordings. I used to have a lot of these on vinyl and it's wonderful to hear them in digital form.

CrimsonKing said...

You're welcome Tim.

doc said...

Thanks for sharing so much great music over these last several days, and in high quality format, too. Much appreciated!

Celtic Fred said...

many thanks for sharing hese Span albums you've awakened many great memories in my mind from way back

Anonymous said...

I loved this band from the very first time I heard them - took a chance on a cutout copy of Rocket Cottage. I didn't get in on the poll, but I cast an enthusiastic after the fact vote for putting as much of this wonderful stuff as can be located!

CrimsonKing said...

Thanks everyone for the comments.

mmagus said...

As others have said, the quality here is always the best. Many thanks, CrimsonKing!

Anonymous said...

A great band with a unique take on this blend of elements. Thanks very much!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic album, great Folk Rock

John the Gun

CrimsonKing said...


Now We Are Six

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Anonymous said...

It's worth pointing out that version of "Thomas The Rhymer" here is the long (6m43s) UK version rather than the more common US edit (3m15s). Excellent!

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