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Best of: STEELEYE SPAN Import, Original recording remastered

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2002 release is the definitive collection of the highly popular folk rock act's most prolific period, chronologically showcasing the five albums they recorded for Chrysalis from 1972-75 ('Below the Salt', 'Parcel of Rogues', 'Now We Are Six', 'All Around My Hat' & 'Commoner's Crown'). Guest appearances include David Bowie playing sax on 'To Know Him Is to Love Him' & Peter Sellers who's featured on 'New York Girls'. Tracks from the best selling, 'All Around My Hat' are extensively featured. 19 tracks & over 70 minutes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gaudete
  2. Saucy Sailor
  3. Jigs
  4. Royal Forester
  5. Dark Eyed Sailor
  6. Alison Gross
  7. One Misty Moisty Morning
  8. Bold Poachers
  9. Thomas The Rhymer
  10. To Know Him Is To Love Him
  11. Drink Down The Moon
  12. Now We Are Six
  13. New York Girls
  14. Little Sir Hugh
  15. Black Jack Davy
  16. Hard Times Of Old England
  17. Cadwith Anthem
  18. Dance With Me
  19. All Around My Hat


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2007)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Gold Imports
  • ASIN: B00006DICT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although I'm not extremely well-versed in the details of the Steeleye Span catalogue, I find this to be a great 78 minute focused representation of much of their best. If you are not sure if this is your thing, give it a try (offered here for under $10)...you will find this to be some great music I predict (my hippie mother played much of this stuff when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's - it's a different take on that great psychedelic era). Anyone who is or has been into Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Jethro Tull, Celtic or bluegrass music or any of the female singer-songwriter genre artists will probably enjoy this. It often rocks, but also explores beautiful harmonies and melodies. The musicianship is excellent and much originality is shown throughout. The songs really get stuck in your head and many have excellent storylines. It has a couple of early songs and borrows heavily from "Below the Salt", "Parcel of Rogues", "Now we are six" and "All Around My Hat" giving a generous sampling to consider future purchases. It's a grower - Great buy, I love it!!
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Got into this trying to collect Steeleye Span. There are several "Best of.." or "Spanning the Years" albums and they both contain similar material. Look at them carefully and don't get both. Still some good material. Regards,
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After being charmed by the music of Fairport, String Band, Pentangle & Nick Drake, the next Brit Folk/Rock outfit to add to my Folk bucket list is of course Steeleye Span.
I did have initial reservations because of the naff Status Quo-ness of “All around my hat”, but thankfully the band only travel down that road twice more with “Thomas the Rhymer” & “Hard times of Old England”, which is within tolerable levels.
Containing songs from 72-75 (apart from “Dark eyed sailor”, which is taken from Spans 1970 album “Hark the village wait”), so not really a career spanning retrospective.
Mixing acoustic & electric, not a million miles from what Fairport were creating at the same time.
So if you are a fan of 1970’s British Folk, this record is a good intro to what for many folkies would consider a musical institution.
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A good compilation, with one glaring "clanger" in the mix - why their cover version of "To Know Him Is To Love Him" (track 10) is considered one of their "best" is beyond me - if it had been recorded in a more uniquely Steeleye Span style then fair enough, but this is a very bland, boring and unimaginitive version that adds nothing to this collection. That being said, I would recommend this "Best of..." album if you are looking for a general Steeleye Span compilation to add to your collection, or as a starting point for exploring some of their individual albums. Just be prepared to hit the "skip" button every time you get to track 10.
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I was thrilled to see that The Best of Steeleye Span was available. When I bought my first copy earlier this year I shared it with a friend. She liked it so much that I gave it to her and bought another copy for myself. For anyone who likes Steeleye Span, this is a must have CD!
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It's all their best stuff in one place. What's not to like. And since all I have are vinyl disks that I can no longer play, this works for me. If you are NOT a fan, this would be a good place to start. But you probably wouldn't give it 5 stars.
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Love the combination of rock and English folk music. Amazing voice on Maddie. Just wish I could live in this world, a strange mix of nostalgia and longing for a state of being that never actually existed.
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Steeleye Span is a wonderful group and this 'best of' compilation is a great starter. I'd purchase 'Below The Salt' for an album that's a complete joy to hear.
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