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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. All Around My Hat
2. Thomas the Rhymer
3. Alison Gross
4. John Barleycorn
5. King Henry
6. One Misty Moisty Morning
7. The Mooncoin Jig
8. Long Lankin
9. The Fox
10. Shaking of the Sheets
11. Rogues in a Nation
12. Saucy Sailor (listed on the sleeve as Sailor's bonnet)
13. Black Jack Davy
14. Seven Hundred Elves
15. Robbery With Violins
16. Seventeen Come Sunday
17. Gaudete

#4, 5, 12 and 17 were originally released on Below the Salt
#3, 6, 11 and 15 were originally released on Parcel of Rogues
#2, 7 and 14 were originally released on Now We Are Six
#8 was originally released on Commoners Crown
#1 and 13 were originally released on All Around My Hat
#16 was originally released on Storm Force Ten
#9 and 10 were originally released on Tempted and Tried

Line-up / Musicians

See original albums listed above for line ups

Releases information

Castle Music CCSCD 292 (CD, UK, June 1991)

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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars The saucy sailor has no bonnet

A rather strange compilation this one. The tracks are taken from a random selection of Steeleye Span albums released between 1972 and 1989. During this period, the band released some ten albums, yet only seven of those contribute tracks here and the first three albums are ignored completely. Thus we have four tracks each from "Below the salt" and "Parcel of rogues" but just one from "Commoner's crown" and none at all from "Rocket cottage".

On the plus side, some effort has been made to include some of the band's more ambitious pieces such as the wonderful "King Henry", "Alison Gross", "Seven hundred elves" and "Long Lankin". It is also good to see a couple from the band's last studio album "Tempted and tried" appearing. Not surprisingly though, the ubiquitous singles "All around my hat" and "Gaudete" are also present.

In general, the track listing is an improvement on other Steeleye Span compilations to the extent that if this set was released as an original album in its own right I would have no hesitation in recommending it. The rather haphazard nature of the selection process though detracts from the value of the set as an overview of this fine band.

Note that the sleeve erroneously lists track 12 as "Sailor's bonnet"; it is in fact "Saucy sailor".

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