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Steeleye Span are an English folk-rock band, formed in 1969 and remaining active today. Along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat". They had 3 top 40 albums. They achieved a certified "gold" record ... Read more in Amazon's Steeleye Span Store

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  • Audio CD (August 8, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E75
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Like Fleetwood Mac would five years later, Steeleye Span had lost its most celebrated members, Fairport Convention alumnus Ashley Hutchings and guitarist Martin Carthy, when they reconvened in a comparatively anonymous lineup that proved to be their most successful. This 1972 album found vocalist Maddy Prior and guitarist Tim Hart (who'd worked as a duo prior to joining Steeleye) taking the reins, with violinist Peter Knight providing an instrumental foil for the then-drummerless quintet's electric and acoustic guitars. Prior's regal alto and a carefully chosen program of traditional songs (including a medieval Christmas hymn, "Gaudete," that's among the few rock songs extant boasting a Latin lyric) sustain the album's decidedly pre-industrial mood. Below the Salt stands as a British folk-rock classic. --Sam Sutherland

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One of the best Steeleye Span albums in my opinion.
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Saucy Sailor, a beautiful love story, will make your eyes water.
Horkstow Grange
The music is unique and Maddy Prior has a wonderful voice.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By BGFN8 on February 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album, along with its sister, Parcel of Rogues, are my two favorite albums of all time. I first heard them before I was old enough to walk, talk, and go to the bathroom on my own. My mother used to read me stories and sing the words to the tune of "Spotted Cow." My father used to rock me to sleep singing their songs. I continued listening to these albums as I grew older and older. Last year, I finally purchased them on CD. I will be 20 this year, and this music still remains one of the most listened to in my 200 large and growing CD collection.
It seems odd thinking of them as ordinary people and musicians at times, because for me, they created a world that was, and still is, nothing short of magical. But now that I am older, I know that (I probably sound like a moron now). But anyway, onto the music.
Much of this album is very medieval, telling tales of old. All of the lyrics are traditional, so some terms such as "maidenhead" may not be understood by the inexperienced. My personal favorite off here is "King Henry," an epic tale which can be well described as Beauty and the Beast reversed. It tells the story of a female beast, who forces the poor king kill his beloved animals for food, and sleep with her. In the end, she turns into a beautiful girl. The tune penned by guitarist Bob Johnson in the key of G minor make it all the more thrilling to hear, and to this day remains arguably my favorite song ever.
Every song tells a story and recalls a time hundreds of years ago, as these songs are hundreds of years old. "Spotted Cow" is a romance tale of a woman who has lost her cow, and a man helps her find it, and they also find romance together. The jigs recall festival dancing in Ireland. dancing in Ireland. "Royal Forrester" is a tale of rape and marriage.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
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Before I heard Steeleye Span, my musical tastes were only that of hard rock and heavy metal. But when I heard "Below the Salt," my life changed forever! I had never heard of a band that did old English folk songs with a rock attitude until I heard Steelye Span. From the epic "King Henry," to their first major Top 40 hit with the lating chant Gaudete--"Below the Salt" will have you wanting more of Steelye. I recomend ALL their albums. After you try this, get Parecel of Rouges, then "Hark!, the Village Wait." Also try one of their latest, "Time"--the last Maddy Prior album. Their most recent called "Horkstow Grange" is somewhat dissappointing without Maddy but still an album to buy once you get into the band. Let me know what you think. This is the band that changed my life forever--oven your mind, your ears, and open your soul. Travel to a world long ago with tales of ghosts, kings, maidens, and knights. Go their with the help of Steeleye Span!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Moldyoldie on November 15, 2003
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With this album, Steeleye Span came to the fore of the British folk/rock movement and made serious headway with American listeners. Though it begins with the precious yet jaunty "Spotted Cow" followed by the forlorn "Rosebud In June" and then some snappy jigs, the songs become progressively complex thereafter. Tunes such as "Sheepcrook and Blackdog", "Royal Forester", the resplendent "King Henry", and a cappela "Gaudete" are haunting beyond belief. The interplay between voices, guitars, bass, and violin is unlike anything one will hear on record. The way these elements and the spirit of Olde England perfectly meld in a relatively "low-production" manner would later be replicated, with added drums and percussion, on the group's other best album Commoner's Crown. Their rendition of "John Barleycorn" breaks the serious mood just long enough to set the stage for the beautiful concluding tune "Saucy Sailor".
I have owned and listened to all the group's albums through Get In Line and must conclude that Below the Salt and Commoner's Crown are the essential albums to own while their other efforts would tend to sway toward more ancillary tastes. Try them for yourself and see.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2001
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This album is just one of the very finest albums of any kind I have ever heard. The songs are just utterly gorgeous, haunting, and beautiful - wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! From the irrestibly lovely "Spotted Cow" to the toe-tapping "Jigs" to the marvellous "Sheepcrook and Blackdog" - listen to the haunting lyrics. Theres the brilliant "Royal Forester" which sounds astoninshingly good for a song dating from the year 1293 - the live version (on the "Rare Collection" is even better), to the spine tingling "King Henry" and "Gaudete" and finishing with the delicious "Saucy Sailor!"
This album is something to be cherished forever, a glorious, timeless classic.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. GODFREY on April 26, 2000
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For me anyway, this is something close to perfection; in reaching into "rockier" realms after the departure of folk giant Martin Carthy and founder Ashley Hutchins, Steeleye hit upon a truly beautiful blend of all that is best in Folk and Rock in this wonderful album. Vignettes of traditional country life mix with religious mysticism and a sprinkling of sword and sorcery. Maddy's peerless vocals are well to the fore on most tracks, but the ensemble singing is also great and the musicianship throughout is superb. Highlights include the irresistibly uplifting "Spotted Cow" and the breathtaking "Gaudette", but the whole album is simply beautiful. A timeless classic.
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