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Steeleye Span


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the philosopher
4 stars No record of my knowing ever invited me to listen to it's music till Steeleye Span's Calling-on song, and listening to this record is worth the time!

Steeleye Span was born out of the duo of Maddy Prior and Tim Hart, who earlier on (in 1968) made a record called Folk Songs of Old England. Some say that Steeleye Span was greatly inspired by the British sound of the Fairport Convention - especially the Liege and Lief record. It possibly was however the other way around: Fairport Convention was influenced by the Folk songs of Old England and switched their sound to a british folk sound instead of their American Dylanesque folksound.

This first record of Steeleye Span is compromising one. The woman vocalduo Maddy Prior and Gay Woods is to be called excellent and gives a majestic and elegant sound to this folky record. This surely is one of the best records Steeleye Span made and one of the best Folkrecords out of England in general.

For the die-hard prog-listeners this record however could be less interesting, because of the lack of instrumental highlights. The folky instruments are mainly a guidance of the vocals and by doing this a great record was made, but maybe not from the progressive point of view.

Four stars for this greatly early folkrock record.

the philosopher | 4/5 |


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