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Steeleye Span


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3.27 | 33 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
1 stars 1.5 stars at most!!

Most likely this will the second-last (chronologically-speaking) album of SS that I will review as further SS albums are of even lesser interest except for the concerned crowd. Not much has changed since their last album, same-up line, same old all-cover formulae and aside a neat artwork (check what the crown is made of), not much excitement over a recipe that had worn thin a while ago.

Again the material chosen in later albums fail to enthral and enthuse as it is once again the same old boring stuff, alternating with the odd boring jig (Bach Goes To Limerick is NOT innovative), the odd semi-Gaelic lament (Long Lankin) and even a multi-tracked a capella Weary Cutters, leading into a silly song where actor Peter Sellers is playing ukulele in the finale NY Girls. Ultimately this album is a complete bore and should you not fall asleep, than it'll probably irritate you, unless you happen to love deep-down pastoral mumbo-jumbo music. A fairly poor album and certainly SS's most meaningless so far.

This was to be the group's last album before a temporary break-up as they lost their management firm and the musos went their separate ways to follow their solo interests, until they would reform. In any case, by the time of release of this album, this could've been nothing else but dated and even slightly stale as its expiry date had run over a while ago. Better look elsewhere if you want your prog trick and treats, this pumpkin is rotten to the core.

Sean Trane | 1/5 |


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