Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Steeleye Span - Steeleye Span CD (album) cover


Steeleye Span


Prog Related

4.00 | 4 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Easy Livin
Special Collaborator
Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars The Hallmark of a great band

This self titled compilation was released on the budget Hallmark label in 1980. As such, it offered a wonderful opportunity for the uninitiated to discover some of the finest material by the classic Steeleye Span line up. The tracks are taken from five different albums released between 1972 and 1976 (but none from the 1975 album Commoner's Crown), the selections admirably omitting obvious choices such as the singles "All around my hat" and "Gaudete".

Instead we have some of the more progressive pieces from the period like the wonderful "Drink down the moon", "Thomas the rhymer" and "Seven hundred elves" (all from "Now we are six"). The version of "Thomas the rhymer" is the rarer but superior full length one which appeared on the original album, but not on subsequent releases. "Blackjack Davy" from the "All around my hat" album shows that album was not in fact without value, and the highly original "Fighting for strangers" shows that Steeleye Span could release a fine single too.

"Below the salt" contributes three fine songs, while the pair from "Parcel of rogues" are among the strongest on that album.

With a running time of around 50 minutes, for a budget label release this offers excellent value. The fact that the tracks chosen are among the cream of the band's work made this a superb investment in its day. Unfortunately, a CD release of this particular set looks unlikely, but if you come across it in LP format, ignore that rather nondescript cover and pick it up without delay.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this STEELEYE SPAN review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.