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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Originally released by British RCA, this debut album by Steeleye Span's original lineup -- Ashley Hutchings bass, Tim Hart electric guitar, electric dulcimer, banjo, harmonium, vocals, Maddy Prior vocals, banjo, Terry Woods mandola, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals, and Gay Woods vocals, concertina, bodhran -- barely made it out the door before Gay and Terry Woods exited. This was probably the best singing edition of Steeleye Span, with Gay Woods and Maddy Prior melding beautifully on tracks like "Dark-Eyed Sailor" and "My Johnnie Was a Shoemaker," and Terry Woods adding some realistic coarseness on "The Hills of Greenmore." The sound is fully electric here with superb ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Originally released by British RCA, this debut album by Steeleye Span's original lineup -- Ashley Hutchings bass, Tim Hart electric guitar, electric dulcimer, banjo, harmonium, vocals, Maddy Prior vocals, banjo, Terry Woods mandola, mandolin, electric guitar, vocals, and Gay Woods vocals, concertina, bodhran -- barely made it out the door before Gay and Terry Woods exited. This was probably the best singing edition of Steeleye Span, with Gay Woods and Maddy Prior melding beautifully on tracks like "Dark-Eyed Sailor" and "My Johnnie Was a Shoemaker," and Terry Woods adding some realistic coarseness on "The Hills of Greenmore." The sound is fully electric here with superb playing on the epic "Lowlands of Holland", if not as aggressive or well crafted as later albums -- Hart, Hutchings, and Woods comprise a good core band, and Gerry Conway and Fairport Convention's Dave Mattacks sit in on drums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351795229
  • Catalog Number: 79052
  • Sales rank: 17,310

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steeleye Span Primary Artist
Tim Hart Dulcimer, Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Electric Dulcimer
Maddy Prior Banjo, Vocals, Dancer, 5-string Banjo
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Electric Bass
Gerry Conway Drums
Dave Mattacks Drums
Gay Woods Autoharp, Concertina, Conductor, Vocals, Bodhran
Terry Woods Guitar, Mandolin, Concertina, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mandola, 5-string Banjo
Technical Credits
Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Maddy Prior Step Dancing
Steeleye Span Annotation
Victor Gamm Engineer
Gay Woods Step Dancing
Traditional Composer
Becky Stewart Reissue Design
David Wells Sleeve Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A gorgeous album of British folk-rock.

    I had a couple of Steeleye Span's previous albums, and always thought they could use a drummer on some songs.

    On this album, they have one - it's now my favorite Steeleye Span album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Steeleye album by far...

    Despite the love for Prior that dominates Steeleye Span's later fans, this album has some great vocals between Wood and Prior in conjunction. I always wished that the group could have had more Wood/Prior efforts as good as Prior is alone. "The Lowlands of Holland" is absolutely haunting.

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