A Rare Collection 1972-1996 by Maddy Prior | 612657009024 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Rare Collection 1972-1996

A Rare Collection 1972-1996

by Maddy Prior
     
 
By rights, this 20-song CD should only interest the most hardcore fans of Steeleye Span or Maddy Prior -- who else would possibly be interested enough in hearing the original B-side version of "Lanercost," the unedited version of "Thomas the Rhymer," or the undubbed version of the group's one major chart hit,

Overview

By rights, this 20-song CD should only interest the most hardcore fans of Steeleye Span or Maddy Prior -- who else would possibly be interested enough in hearing the original B-side version of "Lanercost," the unedited version of "Thomas the Rhymer," or the undubbed version of the group's one major chart hit, "Gaudette"? The reality, however, is that this is an intrinsically strong album -- if not a best-of collection, then a "best of the rest of" -- that ought to attract more general and casual fans of English folk-rock. It turns out that this is a fascinating collection, coming from a band that one wouldn't naturally assume had 20 tracks' worth of lost album cuts, rare B-sides,and odd soundcheck and rehearsal recordings. The CD opens with a luscious live rendtion of "The King," done a cappella on the group's 1982 Australian tour. The original single version of "Gaudette" is a very compelling reason to own this disc -- the single featured only the group's voices, with none of the overdubbed Cathedral voices added to the LP version. The producers of this album have even rescued "Like the Wind," Maddy Prior's extraordinary contribution to the Mandalaband album Eye of the Wendor; the group's delightful rendition of the Four Seasons' "Rag Doll" has also been rescued. The 15 Steeleye Span tracks featured are augmented by six more cuts featuring Maddy Prior in various solo settings and in collaboration with Rick Kemp, and with June Tabor as part of the Silly Sisters II album sessions. The sound quality is generally good to excellent, and it's hard to imagine a better compilation to fill out and enhance the various best-ofs on this group that already exist. The notes by drummer Nigel Pegrum also present an interesting personal perspective on the group's songs, repertory, and history.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/1999
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657009024
catalogNumber:
90

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maddy Prior   Primary Artist
Mandalaband   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Arranger
Tim Hart   Arranger,Composer
Peter Knight   Composer
Maddy Prior   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steeleye Span   Arranger,Producer
Ian Anderson   Producer
Andrew Cronshaw   Producer
Bob Johnson   Arranger
John Acock   Producer
Robin Black   Producer
Jerry Boys   Producer
Dick Glasser   Producer
Tyger Hutchings   Arranger
Robert Johnson   Composer
Rick Kemp   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kirkpatrick   Arranger
Nigel Pegrum   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Sandy Robertson   Producer
David Rohl   Producer
Pip Williams   Producer
Mike Thompson   Producer
Warren Barnett   Liner Notes,Concept
Peter Knight   Arranger

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