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


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Anonymous said...

The sound quality on this transfer is excellent.

"Storm Force Ten" was a very exciting album when it came out, and it has held up well over the intervening (gulp) decades. The band had seemed to be in a bit of a rut for much of "All Around My Hat" and "Rocket Cottage". The return of Martin Carthy, and the addition of John Kirkpatrick, swept away a lot of the rhythmically boring rock cobwebs, and the addition of the Kurt Weill songs was masterful. This would have been a thrilling direction for the band to continue in. Unfortunately the band's mainstream audience was pulled away by the explosion of punk rock in Britain, making it economically impractical for Steeleye Span to continue.


bdurruti58 said...

Gracias desde España. Maddy siempre ha sido de mis favoritas junto a Reinbourgh o Na Fili. Feices fiestas y entrada de 2012

CrimsonKing said...

Thanks bdurruti58.
For me Maddy Prior is first level too.
Happy New Year to you!

Chido said...

Thak you!!!! :)

CrimsonKing said...


Storm Force Ten


Brian Hammer said...

Well, RJT, the band was hardly in a "rut" for ALL AROUND MY HAT or ROCKET COTTAGE - both excellent albums. About 80% of SFT is pretty good, but it has problems. Still, it was well worth making.

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