Steeleye Span

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  1. JayFreddy

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    I believe I started listening to them when I was around 10 or 11.

    In some ways, they were the Carter Family of my youth. I was a weird kid...



    I remember first discovering time signatures as I listened to them perform this medieval chant, which alternates between 9/4 and 4/4...




    And what 11 year old doesn't love songs about boogeymen and dead babies? :eek:o_O:twisted:


     
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    Great band! I only saw em once live. They were flat out awesome!
     
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    HEY! I know those two words. :)

    I've only got one of their albums (NOW WE ARE SIX) but it sort of blew my mind and preconceptions when I was a teen.
     
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    I only have one if their albums - Parcel of Rogues. Always liked this album.

    I believe some hi-fi nerds use Steeleye Span, or should I say Maddy Priors voice, to test for sibilance.
    (Just another trivia snippet using up valuable memory space.)
     
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    Some time in the very early seventies, a friend introduced me to them and Pentangle...as well as Gentle Giant. It changed my musical world forever! ;)
     
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    Amazing sound they had.. Played a few songs in my first working band
    And songs the like Thomas the Rhymer seriously rocked!
     
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    I adore Steeleye Span!

    Some folkie snobs consider them to be a poor man's Fairport Convention, but to me the main distinction is that Fairport were sort of dour but Steeleye Span were FUN.

    The box set "A Parcel of Steeleye Span - The Chrysalis Years" is a good one-stop shop to get all of the core material from their peak years if you don't already have it. There's a follow-up box "Another Parcel of Steeleye Span" but I don't have it yet.

    I stopped buying their albums after "All Around My Hat" because so many fans at the time were disappointed with "Rocket Cottage" and the following albums and personnel changes. But I suspect that material may be worth exploring now, perhaps it's held up to the test of time even if it didn't make a good first impression?
     
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    I always thought it was a rip of Steely Dan name.... who knew
     
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    Back in the early '70's my roomate heard a song he liked on the radio on the ride home from work and all he caught from it was the group had "steel" in their name. He stops off at the record store and comes home with albums by Steely Dan, Steeler's Wheel, and Steel Eye Span. That was my introduction to them. BTW, it was Steely Dan that he'd liked.
     
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    exactly....
     
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    Years ago Steeleye Span had a show in the auditorium at the local Arts Center. All the sensitive Folk Club types had their fingers in their ears, and Maddy chided them - "Dearies, didn't you know you were coming to a Rock Show?"
     
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    Love Steeleye Span. Saw them in the early 70s, great live band (around Parcel of Rogues period). Like the recordings with Ken Nicol.
     
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    Aw, yeah. Steeleye were awesome. A teacher I had in high school introduced me to them.

    There was blood all in the kitchen
    There was blood all in the hall
    There was blood all in the parlour
    Where my lady she did fall


    No wonder I ended up majoring in English.
     
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    Love Maddy's voice. I have several Steeleye Span albums.

    A couple of years ago, I got to see Annie Haslam live (Renaissance). In a similar vein as Maddy Prior.
     
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    Maddy Prior has an incredible voice. I could listen to her sing the telephone directory.
     
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    Seems there's a few versions of Thomas..
    Here's the rockier one I remember
     
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    The Celtic band I used to be in did a few of their songs. "All Around My Hat" was one of them. I was more into Fairport back in the day, but in later years I grew to appreciate them more. I lived in a house where there was a record collection left by former tenants. There was some Steeleye Span in that collection and that was the gateway for me.
     
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    I'm going to confess to heresy - my favorite version of the band is the pre-drum kit variety, especially the Ashley Hutchings-Martin Carthy lineup.

    D.H.


     
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    Thanks very much for this thread. I was late to the party with this band. I enjoy them every bit as much as Fairport Convention. Maddy is a jewel. The other musicians are terrific as well. I really liked the version of the band with the Woods (Terry and Gay). Gay and Maddy were heavenly together. Terry and Gay went on to form The Woods.

    Hark! The Village Wait is sheer magic. They are one of my favorite bands.

     
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