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Please to See the King

Steeleye SpanAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E7Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye Span's Enduring Brilliance March 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Steeleye Span was not the highest profile of the late 60s bands attempting to create a British Isles version of folk rock, but could certainly hold their own with the star power of Fairport Convention or Pentangle. Steeleye Span lacked a bonafide guitar prodigy like Fairport's Richard Thompson, or Pentangle's dueling virtuosos John Renbourne and Burt Jansch, but Steeleye's Martin Carthy was the central figure in the 60s British folk revival. Carthy, a musicologist, made heroic efforts to maintain the integrity of the orginal source material and it paid off with "Please To See The King". Released in 1971, it put Steeleye Span as the vangaurd band in the British Isles folk revival. By that time, Fairport had gutted it's original line-up, and Renbourn and Jansch's solo projects impacted the quality of Pentangle's studio recordings.
"Please To See The King" was one of albums I played incessantly in the early 70s and like so many of my vinyl albums, got lost, misplaced, worn out or stolen. In the 90s when I began rebuilding my collection of music in the compact disc format, I was reluctant to purchase this album. Some of Fairport's music I repurchased on CD had horrible production values, and Burt Jansch and John Renbourn's rambling jazzy riff tradeoffs sounded...well.. so inanely "sixties." I am happy to report that "Please To See The King" does not disappoint. The glorious choral arrangements which Carthy often painstakingly transcribed from field recordings dating back to the 1920s are a revelation. The tight four-part harmonies could stand alone as acapella pieces. Maddy Prior's earthy and autumnal mezzo-soprano has lost none of it's allure, upon hearing it again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars of their (many) best! October 22, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The change of personnel after the first album, "Hark! The Village Wait", produced one of the first examples of the "cohesive unit" approach to folk rock..."Please To See The King". The track "Bedlam Boys" is almost a symphony...the way the instruments complement each other and Carthy's vocals is close to genius. Yes, the lead vocalist on each (vocal) track attracts the most attention, but the rest of the band supports the entire mood of each song beautifully. This is a one-of-a-kind session and, probably, my favorite Steeleye Span album....certainly the best before Bob Johnson joined. There is no question that this album is essential Span! Despite the widespread praise "Hark!" receives (deservedly), I have always considered "King" to be the first bonafide Steeleye album. "Hark!" was a beautifully successful experiment. But the truly identifying characteristics of Steeleye began and evolved from "Please To See The King"! My opinion. This is a must-own album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the folk-rock greats October 17, 2001
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I'm not the biggest fan of British folk rock or even Steeleye Span for that matter, but I really feel that this, their second release is a masterpiece. What I admire most of this band was the fact they took 500 year old folk songs and ballads, updated them on to a whole generation of young people who could have cared less of these songs otherwise. I really love the medieval vibe I get with Please to See the King, especially on songs like "The Blacksmith", "Cold, Haily, Windy Night", "Boys of Bedlam", "Female Drummer" and "Lovely on the Water". Steeleye Span does frequently get compared to Fairport Convention, and in fact Fairport's Ashley Hutchings was on Steeleye's first three albums, including this one. But Steeleye Span's music (at least until drummer Nigel Pegrum stepped in beginning with Now We Are Six) tended to be more traditional sounding and less accessible than Fairport's best material, but that's not a bad thing, really, as these songs give me a feeling how English country life might have been like 500 years ago. Please, To See The King marked the first lineup change for the band. Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, and Ashley Hutchings are all here, while Gay and Terry Woods left replaced by Peter Knight, and Martin Carthy (who wasn't exactly new to the folk scene as he released several albums under his own name as far back as 1965). As far as I'm concerned, I feel Please, To See the King, and Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief are two of the greatest English folk rock albums ever, and I even recommend these to those not big on this genre, like me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In many ways...their greatest achievement March 12, 2005
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Though this is their second album; in many ways, it's really their first. A wonderful previous LP, "Hark The Village Wait" (UK RCA, unissued in US until much later on US Chrysalis) was something of a one-off....Terry & Gay Woods left after that first album. The band came back with this amazing album (with the temporary addition of Martin Carthy) and Terry Knight. Originally issued on UK B&C and US Big Tree/Ampex, the album starts with a remake of "The Blacksmith" from the first album. This album is more densly electric than most of the later albums...yet with no drums. It stands alone as an achievement of performance and arrangement. The entire album is first-rate, though I wish Shanachie had used the original album art.

There's four tracks on this album that I consider among their greatest recordings; "Cold, Haily, Windy Night", "Boys of Bedlam", "False Knight On The Road" and "Female Drummer". "Boys Of Bedlam" and "Female Drummer" are especially remarkable.

For those of you who know their more popular Chrysalis albums, this one will be a very pleasant surprise.

I consider this to be in the Top 5 all-time greatest UK 'folk-rock' albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic but I prefer some of their other albums
I liked this album, but prefer some of steeleye spans other works. It is somehow not as upbeat and fun as others.
Published 9 months ago by David G
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanning the ages
Back in 1971/72 when I was really discovering what music was all about (i.e. first year at University), this album, along with Aqualung, Meddle, Nursery Cryme, The Yes Album, etc. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars First time listening to Please to See the King
Much as I love Steeleye Span, these songs are all new to me. Usually for me it takes a few plays to get the feeling of new music. I can listen to anything they play. Read more
Published 17 months ago by susan carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Long time no hear........
I first heard this disc in the mid-late 70s and enjoyed it as much as 'Ten man mop',from the same line up. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MrSid
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye who
As the seventies wore on so did fashion from the sixties and from each day along with political disillusion. Every album Steeleye Span released in the 70's was incredible. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by james gray
5.0 out of 5 stars They WERE so very very good... and this one was great
My introduction to Steeleye was their fifth album "Parcel of Rouges" album and I just had to have more. I bought all their back catalog and eagerly awaited new releases. Read more
Published on May 8, 2007 by Chester
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential "Classic" Steeleye Span...
Steeleye Span pioneered folk rock along with Fairport convention (whose music I still haven't picked up yet, though I've been meaning to for variety's sake). Read more
Published on May 1, 2007 by Michael Gmirkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Please to see the King is awesome.
Amazing. Just amazing. I can't believe how good this album is. These are the best pieces of music I have ever had my pleasure to hear. Read more
Published on May 30, 2006 by Horkstow Grange
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my two favorites
This and Below the Salt are two favorites and Now We are Six my least favorite. Maddy Pryor is something else again and to hear her in person is even better. Read more
Published on September 15, 2005 by Sheila Bloom
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Steeleye CDs
This is one of the best CDs of the bands career.
Every song is worthy of a listen.
A good solid album.
Published on April 4, 2004 by Bring_back_the_60s
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