The Journey

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
While Fairport Convention was busy transforming the art of reuniting former lineups into a way of life, Steeleye Span, fellow giants of the British folk-rock scene, tended to steer away from their old pals' act, preferring to continue plowing their unique furrow with as little nostalgic fanfare as possible. The one exception to this rule occurred in 1995, when every previous incarnation of the band was reborn for one night only, in aid of the War Child charity. The Journey is the warts-and-all document of that event. Formed in 1969, the first Steeleye Span lineup -- featuring Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Ashley Hutchings, and Gay and Terry Woods -- never played a single concert...
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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
While Fairport Convention was busy transforming the art of reuniting former lineups into a way of life, Steeleye Span, fellow giants of the British folk-rock scene, tended to steer away from their old pals' act, preferring to continue plowing their unique furrow with as little nostalgic fanfare as possible. The one exception to this rule occurred in 1995, when every previous incarnation of the band was reborn for one night only, in aid of the War Child charity. The Journey is the warts-and-all document of that event. Formed in 1969, the first Steeleye Span lineup -- featuring Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Ashley Hutchings, and Gay and Terry Woods -- never played a single concert during their own brief lifespan. Though Terry Woods was not present for the reunion, still the six songs that open The Journey represent a historic debut, the first ever performance by the band who recorded the album Hark the Village Wait. They are joined on banjo by Martin Carthy, who then takes center stage to reanimate his own stint with Steeleye, from 1971-1972 tracks seven-11. There, in turn, listeners are introduced to violinist Peter Knight, whose spectral playing would come to dominate the band's third lineup, that which started life in the folk clubs and wound up headlining arenas through the early to mid-'70s. Despite a frankly eccentric selection of songs tracks 12-16, the team effortlessly recaptures the visceral power of what was, at its best, one of the greatest rock & roll shows on earth. In commercial terms, Steeleye Span disappeared in 1977, following the Rocket Cottage album. In reality, they released one more LP, reuniting with Martin Carthy for Storm Force 10 and their own underrated live album. Three songs opening disc two recollect this oft-overlooked incarnation and suggest that, as is so often the case, posterity has committed a grave disservice. Steeleye Span broke up in 1978, then spent much of the next decade attempting sundry comebacks; it was the early '90s before a truly stable new lineup materialized, based around the twin vocals of Prior and the returning Gay Woods. This lineup plays out the concert with vivacious style before the entire cast returns to the stage for two final encores, the group's impetuous a cappella rearrangement of Buddy Holly's "Rave On" and a manic medley of traditional jigs. Warm, crystalline sound and a fact-packed booklet round out the package, but all you really need to know is just how fabulous The Journey is. Maybe they should start doing it every year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Park Records
  • UPC: 769934005221
  • Catalog Number: 52
  • Sales rank: 181,778

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steeleye Span Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Banjo, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Tim Hart Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John Kirkpatrick Accordion, Concertina
Maddy Prior Vocals, Spoons
Ashley Hutchings Bass, Vocals
Bob Johnson Guitar, Vocals
Liam Genockey Drums
Tim Harries Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Rick Kemp Bass
Nigel Pegrum Drums
Gay Woods Vocals, Bodhran
Peter Knight Violin, Vocals
Technical Credits
Steeleye Span Composer
Ashley Hutchings Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Simon Jones Liner Notes
John Scott Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Traditional Composer
Bob Johnson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good but not Definitive

    This is a nice, well-played 2 CD set. It just doesn't seem to capture the spark that made Steeleye special. I have an out of print double set called Original Masters that collects the best of the Span during the 70s and shows why folk-rock fans raved about them. They had a sound almost as spacey as the Byrds. See if you can track it down to get a better picture of an excellent band.

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