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Parcel of Rogues

Steeleye SpanAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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 (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E79
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Their Two Best August 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Along with "Below the Salt," "Parcel of Rogues" must be considered Steeleye Span's finest work. The band still sounds like a folk string band at this point (they added a drummer on their next release, "Now We Are Six"), but they use amplification where appropriate and verge on having a pop feel. The individual cuts on the album are all excellent, especially 'The Weaver and the Factory Girl' (with a stunning performance by Maddy Prior), and 'Alison Gross,' a good bad witch story if there ever was one. This album was a success when it was released and still sounds fresh to my ears, in part due to the band's uncanny arrangement talents.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their fifth (and probably last great) album April 22, 2000
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Although I'm always keen for artists to progress, I must admit that I found the opening tracks a little too much at first in 1973. On subsequent listens, however, my fears were allayed - it's a corker! Can't agree with the fuss about "Robbery With Violins" - listen to Rick Kemp on bass. A word of warning, though: Shanachie reissues are notoriously ordinary. As this record has always had a trebly sound, you don't need it sounding any harsher. I got this and the just as good (if not better) "Below The Salt" as BGO (UK) remasters. While not state-of-the-art, they are very good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This album, along with its sister Below the Salt, is my favorite album of all time. These two albums are a part of who I am. I have enjoyed a lot of different music over the years, but like I have my whole life (literally), I can always come back to this great music by Steeleye Span.
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' with Steeleye January 9, 2001
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Probably the most direct and accessible of Steeleye Span's many fine albums, this starts out in fine style with the sprightly "One Misty Moisty Morning" - Maddy in typically powerful and melodic voice, solid support from the band and Bob Johnson providing some of the most elegant wah-wah guitar this side of Jimi Hendrix. "Alison Gross" is even rockier, crunching riffs and howling lead guitar...a more focussed cousin to the scary "King Henry" from "Below the Salt". This album is not just a guitar showcase, however, as Maddy contributes an amazing vocal tour de force on "The Weaver & the Factory Maid" - in fact she is unstoppably brilliant throughout. Rick Kemp's bass is well up in the mix - check out "Robbery with Violins", and Tim Hart is still there to add some more subtle touches: "The Bold Poachers" would not be out of place on one of Tim & Maddy's own albums. "Rogues in a Nation" is a weary song of proud resignation which highlights the group's fine ensemble singing, but the predominant tone of this album is relatively upbeat - my personal favourite being the energetic and amusing "Ups and Downs". Definitely one to sit back and enjoy - play it LOUD!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Brick in My Wall... March 22, 2000
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This album was another step in my own odyssey from whatever i was to dedicated folk-rock fan.
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Music from my youth
Published 4 days ago by TBB
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best.
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 more
Published 16 months ago by jaffreytech
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
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 more
Published 20 months ago by Duaine E. Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Maddy Prior - A Voice of Pure Gold
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 more
Published 22 months ago by St Cleve Street Sinner
4.0 out of 5 stars the music is great but I still hate saying the name of the band
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 more
Published on September 20, 2011 by B. E Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye Span at their Very Best
"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 more
Published on December 1, 2010 by Morten Vindberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Traditional electric folk
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 more
Published on November 20, 2010 by potenza
5.0 out of 5 stars Music from the past
Had the record years ago and brought back great memories. Easy to order, arrived quickly and in perfect condition...I'm happy.
Published on August 6, 2010 by Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic British Folk-Rock
Steeleye Span is iconic among the 70s bands that took traditional English folk music and transformed it by setting it to a rock beat and playing it with electrical instruments. Read more
Published on June 16, 2010 by S. Magliocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye Span
When I was young (years ago) I tried to buy Steeleye Span at a local record store. I had a nice long argument with a clerk who kept correcting me and saying that I wanted "Steely... Read more
Published on July 15, 2007 by Snuggles D. Rabbit
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