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Parcel of Rogues
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Once again, all the songs are traditional, with some of the music written by members of the band. "Alison Gross" tells a story of a witch bribing a man to be her lover, but he won't and she makes him sorry. The instrumental "Robbery with Violins" showcases the talents of bassist Rick Kemp and violinist Peter Knight. "Hares On The Mountain" is a beautiful tune, reminiscent of "The Ash Grove," and old Welsch Air. "The Ups and Downs" is yet another tale of the loss of virginity. The words to "Cam Ye O'er Frae France" may not be fully understood at first (I've been listening to this for my whole life, and I still don't know all of the lyrics), because they are sung in a Scottish toungue, and the booklet prints the words spelled as they are pronounced. "One Misty Moisty Morning" is a great story of romance, while "The Wee Wee Man" is a great magical fairy tale." "The Weaver and the Factory Maid" is arguably vocalist Maddy Prior's greatest performance to date. The harmonies on this track will blow your mind. The band is also very tight on this track, as they are on many others as well. "Rogues In a Nation" showcases the groups excellent skill at ensemble singing, backed only by a bass drum.
Along with "Below The Salt," this album marks a major part of who I am. Whenever I can't think of anything else to listen to, I can always go back to the music of Steeleye Span. I would recommend this album to anyone wanting to hear great traditional music.Read more ›
I was drowsing along one day in 1973 or so, headphones on while i did some homework so as not to disturb my Techwood dorm roommate, when WREK played "The Weaver and the Factory Maid".
I remember thinking that it was rather pretty... and then it came to the bit near the end where Maddie multi-multi tracks a capella vocals of the final chorus. That's pretty and a little spooky on ordinary speakers, when you're familiar with it. Hearing it for the very first time, on headphones, with All! Of! Those! Voices! inside my head, as it were, was almost an epiphany.
After contacting the station to discover just who the heck that was and what the title was, i proceeded to buy a copy the next day, and discovered that i liked Steeleye Span as much as i liked Fairport Convention, who i had discovered in a similar fashion... and it was another step on that long road for me...
As to the content of the album -- "Misty Moisty Morning" makes lovely use of Maddie's voice. "Alison Gross" is a nicely spooky story about a witch who craves a young lover. I'm still not sure what it means when one "...lives at the sign of the Ups and Downs...", but it's a neat little song.
"Cam Ye O'er Frae France" is a bit of scurrilous anti-Hanoverian propaganda, accusing King George of whore-mongering, and "Rogues In a Nation" is a heart felt lament by a Scots patriot at the anticlimactic union of Scotland with England fro economic reasons: "What force or guile could not essay, O'er many warlike ages/Is wrought now by a coward few, for hireling traitors' wages...Read more ›
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Okay, I like almost every song on this album. YouTube lets me preview just about everything I buy these days... I am a sucker for Misty Moisty Morning... Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by jaffreytech
This is without a doubt one of my all time favorite LP's. I use the phrase LP because I own it on vinyl and have since it came out. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Duaine E. Stewart
I first saw Steeleye Span when they were the opening act at a concert I saw may years ago. They opened for Jethro Tull, of whom I am a huge fan. Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by St Cleve Street Sinner
I feel that the songwriting on Parcel of Rogues isn't quite up to par with Below the Salt, but it's definitely not a drastic downward spiral in quality or anything. Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Bryan
"Parcel of Rogues" was my first Steeleye Span album, purchased at a time when folk-rock peaked, and many music enthusiasts were looking for alternatives to Fairport... Read morePublished on December 1, 2010 by Morten Vindberg
There are 4 songs on the album that are so good in this venue I wondered why they never got to be a more well known group in the USA. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by potenza