Please to See the King

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351797520
  • Catalog Number: 79075
  • Sales rank: 15,398

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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