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Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Mike Boom » 06 Dec 2020, 14:23

Having missed the recent sync listen been on a bit of a “Span” kick of late. Seminally robust of course and often seemingly under appreciated and in the shadow of the Fairports
Interested to know peoples fave tracks

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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby C » 06 Dec 2020, 14:48

I suppose to answer this I just need to go for it off then top of my head

I reckon I prefer Steeleye Span to Fairport Convention by a gnat's testicle

So,

The Blacksmith always comes to mind - either version [on debut and sophomore] - both excellent - quite different
Lowlands of Holland from the debut is a big fave too

Boys of Bedlam from Please to See
Female Drummer - ditto. Maddy could sing the telephone directory and it would bring a tear to my eye

Below the Salt is one of my fave albums and it has a couple or three corkers that I love:
Spotted Cow
Sheep-crook and Black Dog - those vocals...!
Gaudete - is sheer beauty - harmonies to die for

Parcel of Rogues is another of my fave albums:
Alison Gross - they do it better than Fairport!
Cam Ye O'er Frae France - it builds so beautifully

Commoner's Crown is a highlight album:
The opening track Little Sir Hugh and the monster Long Lankin which is stunningly awesome

I've probably missed couple but that'll do for a first visit





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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby toomanyhatz » 06 Dec 2020, 17:53

Tempting to just take Please to See the King in full. Really can't say enough about how great it is. But at very least any list of top Steeleye has to include:

Cold, Haily, Windy Night
Boys of Bedlam
The Lark in the Morning
Lovely on the Water

...which already leaves off a couple great ones.

So, to fill it out

Blackleg Miner (from the first, Hark! the Village Wait)
When I Was on Horseback (a stunning Maddy performance from their third, Ten Man Mop, or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again
King Henry (from Below the Salt, most would take "Gaudete," but I go for the epic
Rogues in a Nation and Cam Ye O'er Frae France (has to be two from Parcel of Rogues)
Thomas the Rhymer from Now We are Six (the long version, if you can find it - it's heavily edited on the US release)

There are some scattered great songs after, but the peak kind of ends there for me.

Carthy returns for Storm Force Ten and the live album, and even the 80s albums have a few decent things on them. But the peak is definitely the first three or four years for me. I'm a huge fan of those first few, in case that's not clear.
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Corporate whore » 07 Dec 2020, 12:04

Impossible task really, but....

Thomas The Rhymer
FIghting for Strangers
The Weaver and the Factory Maid
Hard Times of Old England
Batchelors Hall
The Brown Girl
The Black Freighter
False Knight On The Road
Gone To America
We shall Wear Midnight*


*I'm not really a fan of the WIntersmith album , but I saw them do this just after Terry Pratchett died, and it was intensely moving. Although I'm about the most unsentimental person you will ever meet, I still find this dificult to listen to.
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Corporate whore » 07 Dec 2020, 14:41

And for Carlsson.....

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Postby Six String » 07 Dec 2020, 20:05

Crudites! Fab.
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby C » 07 Dec 2020, 20:35

Corporate whore wrote: Although I'm about the most unsentimental person you will ever meet.


Never lad!





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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby C » 07 Dec 2020, 20:39

Corporate whore wrote:And for Carlsson.....



Excellent - thanks Maarts! :D

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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Corporate whore » 07 Dec 2020, 21:11

C wrote:
Corporate whore wrote:And for Carlsson.....



Excellent - thanks Maarts! :D

Who was that to left left of Simon?

Shame on you!

That’s Gerry Conway, AKA Mr Jackie McShee.




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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby C » 07 Dec 2020, 21:48

Corporate whore wrote:That’s Gerry Conway


God - I would never have recognised him




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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby pcqgod » 08 Dec 2020, 02:33

I would have to pull out all my SS albums for something more definitive, but I love all these.

One Misty Moisty Morning
The Blacksmith
Gaudete
New York Girls
The Wee Wee Man
Saucy Sailor
All Around My Hat
Thomas the Rhymer
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby never/ever » 08 Dec 2020, 09:40

C wrote:
Excellent - thanks Maarts! :D

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Huh?


Anyways, some of my favourite tracks....mist I had on a compilation tape a neighbour made.

Rave On
Weaver and the Factory Maid
Alison Gross
Lovely On The Water
Gates On The Mountain
The Blacksmith
Tell Me Why
The Hills Of Greenmore
Long Lankin
The King
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Postby C » 08 Dec 2020, 13:44

never/ever wrote:
C wrote:
Excellent - thanks Maarts! :D

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Huh?


The other one!

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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Dec 2020, 13:45

I've not listened to Steeleye Span in ages, I should rectify that as soon as. I can't come up with a list without revisiting everything, but number one would be "Dark Eyed Sailor" for me. Their best song by a mile.
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby andymacandy » 09 Dec 2020, 18:01

"January Man" on the most recent "Est 1969" is very good. The whole album is great.
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Postby C » 09 Dec 2020, 21:23

andymacandy wrote:"January Man" on the most recent "Est 1969" is very good. The whole album is great.


Andy dear boy. Good to see you around these parts.

It's been a long time!






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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby trans-chigley express » 10 Dec 2020, 14:59

In chronological order:

The Blacksmith
Boys of Bedlam
Sheepcrook and Black Dog
King Henry
Saucy Sailor
Rogues in a Nation
Cam Ye O'er Frae France
Thomas the Rhymer
Long Lankin
Fighting For Stangers

But I could easily list another 10

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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby C » 10 Dec 2020, 15:47

trans-chigley express wrote:But I could easily list another 10


Agreed Ray- a difficult task!






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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Mike Boom » 11 Dec 2020, 14:30

Interesting to see the wide range in lists, I think mine would go something like this

Awake Awake
Dance With Me
Gaudete
The Blacksmith
All Around My Hat
Alison Gross
Cold Haily Windy Night
Thomas the Rhymer
Black Jack Davy
The Wife of Ushers Well
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Re: Steeleye Span Top Ten Tracks

Postby Neige » 11 Dec 2020, 21:21

Corporate whore wrote:And for Carlsson.....



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