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PARCEL OF ROGUES

Steeleye Span

 

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SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars A parcel of (still largely unfulfilled) promise!

Steeleye Span is an interesting band and while they were never a true Prog Rock band, they surely were "progressive" in some sense and often came close enough to Prog. At least they were sometimes eclectic and could often surprise their listeners over their long career. In my opinion, Steeleye Span's best albums were still ahead of them at this point and Parcel Of Rouges, though promising, was not really satisfying in the end. Over the next couple of albums, the band would really progress and add several new interesting aspects of their sound. While some songs, like Alison Gross for example, are Folk Rock, I hesitate to call the whole album a Folk Rock album. Folk, yes, but hardly Rock. They were still without a drummer at this point and the electric guitar, when it is present at all, has a rather crappy sound. The production is also not quite as it should be, it is rather weak, in fact.

The songs themselves are often good, but there are some less than successful moments. One Misty Moisty Morning and Alison Gross are among the best ones even if I think that the latter is a bit repetitive and would be better with drums.

The conclusion could only be that this is a promising but not quite successful album. I would not recommend anyone to start their investigation of Steeleye Span with this album even if it has its moments. It is much better to start with Now We Are Six or even better with Commoner's Crown.

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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