Please to See the King

Please to See the King

by Steeleye Span
     
 

The debut of Steeleye Span (Mark II), with Peter Knight on fiddle and Martin Carthy on guitar, is more solid in almost every area from repertory to production. The group still had its feet in both modern and traditional sounds simultaneously, so See more details below

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The debut of Steeleye Span (Mark II), with Peter Knight on fiddle and Martin Carthy on guitar, is more solid in almost every area from repertory to production. The group still had its feet in both modern and traditional sounds simultaneously, so Please to See the King mixes very beautiful, distinctly archaic sounding songs such as "Boys of Bedlam" with amplified, electric numbers like the rousing, ironic "Female Drummer" (which was a highlight of their concerts). Although a second female voice would've been nice, the singing and harmonizing (with help from some careful overdubbing) is still impressive and the performances are tighter, the group's overall sound reflecting the quintet's status as a working band and their experience performing these songs on-stage. The use of electric guitars was also unique, and quite different from rivals such as Fairport Convention, occasionally mimicking the sound of bagpipes here. Songs including the haunting "The Blacksmith," the fine guitar workout on "Cold, Haily, Windy Night," the dour "Prince Charlie Stuart," the bittersweet "Lovely on the Water," and the playful, cautionary "False Knight on the Road." They would get better on later albums -- especially in their approach to the jigs and reels represented here -- but this represents a solid second beginning for the band.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Shanachie
UPC:
0016351797520
Rank:
9346

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steeleye Span   Primary Artist
Martin Carthy   Organ,Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Bells
Tim Hart   Dulcimer,Guitar,Vocals,Bells,Culca
Maddy Prior   Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,Spoons,Tabor
Ashley Hutchings   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Bells
Peter Knight   Organ,Fiddle,Mandolin,Violin,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells

Technical Credits

Martin Carthy   Composer
Tim Hart   Composer
Maddy Prior   Composer
Ashley Hutchings   Composer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Victor Gamm   Engineer
Bob Potter   Engineer
Roger Quested   Engineer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Roger Mayer   Engineer
Sandy Roberton   Producer
Fred Carlson   Cover Design
Peter Knight   Composer

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