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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The most successful of all Steeleye Span lineups, with Bob Johnson and Rick Kemp in place of Martin Carthy and Ashley Hutchings, makes its debut on what could be their best album. There's not a weak note here, and all of its has a harder, more muscular sound courtesy of Kemp and Johnson, matched to impeccable vocals and uniformly excellent material. Kemp's bass playing makes it possible to overlook the absence of a drummer, while the match-up of Johnson and Hart made them one of the best electric guitar teams in English folk-rock and helps explain Steeleye's successful eclipsing of the post-Richard Thompson Fairport Convention. Prior's voice was never better than on this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The most successful of all Steeleye Span lineups, with Bob Johnson and Rick Kemp in place of Martin Carthy and Ashley Hutchings, makes its debut on what could be their best album. There's not a weak note here, and all of its has a harder, more muscular sound courtesy of Kemp and Johnson, matched to impeccable vocals and uniformly excellent material. Kemp's bass playing makes it possible to overlook the absence of a drummer, while the match-up of Johnson and Hart made them one of the best electric guitar teams in English folk-rock and helps explain Steeleye's successful eclipsing of the post-Richard Thompson Fairport Convention. Prior's voice was never better than on this album, and while Carthy's backing vocals are missed, the group's singing is still up to a very high standard, with "Rosebud in June" perhaps the best a cappella number in their repertory and "Royal Forester" their most charmingly lusty performance. "John Barleycorn" -- which every Traffic fan should hear -- is in a class by itself, and the dazzling "Gaudete" actually made the British charts and got Steeleye Span onto Top of the Pops.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/1989
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351793928
  • Catalog Number: 79039
  • Sales rank: 76,457

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steeleye Span Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tim Hart Dulcimer, Guitar, Vocals
Maddy Prior Vocals
Bob Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Rick Kemp Bass, Vocals
Pete Fiddle, Mandolin, Piano, Violin, Viola, Vocals, Tenor Banjo
Peter Knight Violin, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Hart Contributor, Liner Notes
Maddy Prior Contributor
Steeleye Span Producer
Bob Johnson Contributor
Jerry Boys Producer, Engineer
Rick Kemp Contributor
Bill Giolando Mastering
Knight Arranger
John Tobler Liner Notes
Prior Arranger
Traditional Composer
Peter Knight Contributor
Gordon Graham Sound Monitor
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