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Worthy of the Steeleye title!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again (Audio CD)
"Ten Man Mop, Or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again" (the title rolls right off the tongue, doesn't it) has been a bit overshadowed by both its two predecessors (the superb "Hark! The Village Wait" and the almost as fine "Please To See The King") and its successors ("Below The Salt" and "Parcel of Rogues"). This is a shame, as it is a fine album in its own right.
While Maddy Prior's vocals take something of a back seat here to Tim Hart's more nasal pipes (Martin Carthy's too), the refocus does not hurt the album as much as one might expect. The reemphasis, while taking some getting used to, manages to still conjure up images of Ye Olde England. "Skewball" becomes the band most electric outing from their first three albums, while "Marrowbones" and "Four Night's Drunk" add some with and humor. Throw in a pair of fine instrumentals and Prior's vocals on her tracks, and you have an album that may fall just a tad short of the aforementioned ones, but one that is worth adding to your collection nonetheless.
Pity Amazon chose not to show the album cover and its great phtograph!