Wee Weaver 7. Female Drummer Mk2 9. General Taylor Farther Along Let's Dance The Blacksmith Total time The second player came in later as obvious since Carthy was well acquainted and playing with the then-busy with Fairport Convention Dave Swarbrick, they headed for the second fiddle figure of speech of course Peter Knight, which only helped consolidate comparison with FC. BTW, no this is sophomore jinx y, not only is this almost as fine an album as Hark, but it's this line-up's first album, their second being the disastrous TMM.
There are some really good songs like the opening Blacksmiths a fairly different version than on the debut albumthe fun Boys of Bedlam with its good banjo middle sectionFalse Knight On The Road, Morning Lark etc. Nothing groundbreaking, but pleasant, one step above what had been LP in the 50's and 60's by the Collins sisters and Davey Graham. Of slightly more interest prog-wise are Cold, Hailey, Windy Nights where Hutchings' excellent bass playing with Carthy's electric guitar - it sounds like a typically jangly Rickenbacker - are both awesome and the album-closing Lovely On The Water that is probably the album's highlight.
The absence of drums is not hindering the group's sound, but keeping them traditional. Other songs, pulled from old catalogues and archives, are obviously chosen for discreet filling purpose, such as the Scot piece Prince Charlie Stuart rather irritating fiddle trying to fill in for bagpipes or the short The King a capella.
Unfortunately, one of the traps they can't avoid falling in now that they've got a violin player is these dumb jigs and here we get a medley of them, here the "Bryan And Money Hag" thingy and later on in the album Female Drummer; but worse was to come with the weak follow-up.
The result was a good, intense and quite dense sound. To my taste, it was a bit too traditional and the band lost some of the charm they had showed with the first album. Ok, the arrangement is quite different, but The Blacksmith - Steeleye Span - Please To See The King (Vinyl same opener as before? Anyway, Please see The King apparently did not satisfy anyone involved, even leader and founding member Ashley Hutchings, who left the band suddenly, along with Carthy.
Still, the CD shows the band doing some great guitar work and cemented their popularity a talk of an american tour was rumoured, but they had to cancelled it after Hutchings and Carthy decided to quit. Luckily, the group shows some skill in song selection and LP if stiff delivery, especially in "Cold, Haily, Windy Night", and more so in the outstanding "Bedlam Boys", a superb rendition of a wrenching tune.
It is only disappointing that the song is about an insane asylum rather than about minions of the devil, which is how I had interpreted so long ago. Notwithstanding some interesting elements, "Please to See the King" is one of the peasants of the Steeleye Span discography. Even before Steeleye Span's first album "Hark, the village wait" was released, the band had suffered its first line up change with the departure of husband and wife Terry and Gay Woods.
Woods — lead vocals, concertina Prior — backing vocals T. Woods — electric guitar Hart — electric dulcimer Hutchings — bass guitar Conway — drums. Personnel: Prior — lead vocals Hart — electric dulcimer T. Woods — concertina, mandolin G. Collected by Vaughan Williams. Woods — electric guitar Hart — electric guitar Hutchings — bass guitar Conway — drums. Personnel: T.
Woods — lead vocals, electric guitar G. Woods — concertina Hart — electric guitar Hutchings — bass guitar Conway — drums. Woods — vocals Prior — vocals. Woods — lead vocals T. Woods — electric guitar Hart — fiddle Prior — 5-string banjo Hutchings — bass guitar Mattacks — drums.
Personnel: Prior — vocals G. Woods — vocals Hart — vocals, harmonium T. Woods — electric guitar Hutchings — bass guitar Mattacks — drums. Transcription by Henry Edward Denison Hammond. Woods — 5-string banjo Hart — electric dulcimer Hutchings — bass guitar Mattacks — drums.
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