Friday, February 5, 2010

Steeleye Span - In Concert (England 1994) @320

There are far too many theories about music. Steeleye Span know that well, both cognescenti and critics have debated long and hard on what they've created. The band themselves quite sensibly dismiss all this and maintain their music speaks for itself.
Here are Steeleye Span - in fact two different Steeleye Span - doing just that. One from the mid eighties remoulding earlier classics into finky Merrie England groove - immaculate bass from the soon to depart Rick Kemp, roaring guitar courtesy of Bob Johnson, two sparks to a flame which ignites on King Henry.
The other Steeleye, older, more measured, even stately, yet with fresh impertinence. Peter Knight's carnival violin leading reels or echoing gothic classics with A Canon by Telemann. Maddy Prior - the voice, the constant - relating tales of vulpine trickery, false loves and dances in the beyond. A new backline already adept in those old ethnic rhythms kick on the pace. Play this with the volume up! Disturb the neighbours - why not? This is music. It will endure.

01 - The Blacksmith (6.09)
02 - The Weaver and the Factory Maid (5.03)
03 - Spotted Cow (4.32)
04 - One Misty Moisty Morning (4.38)
05 - King Henry (6.32)
06 - The Fox (3.32)
07 - Two Butchers (4.28)
08 - Jack Hall (4.32)
09 - Canon (1.47)
10 - Shaking of the Sheets (4.10)
11 - All Around My Hat (4.03)
12 - Tunes (2.55)
13 - Gaudete (2.51)

Tracks 1-5 recorded live in 1986 by Steeleye Span Mk 7; engineered by Steve Norris;
Maddy Prior: vocals, spoons;
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals;
Rick Kemp: bass vocals;
Peter Knight: violin, vocals;
Nigel Pegrum: drums
Tracks 6-13 recorded live in 1994 by Steeleye Span Mk 11; engineered by John Etchells;
Maddy Prior: vocals, spoons;
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals;
Peter Knight: violin, vocals;
Tim Harries: bass, vocals;
Liam Genockey: drums

1 comment:

CrimsonKing said...


In Concert


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