Monday, January 12, 2009

Steeleye Span - Time Span [1977]

Steeleye Span
Time Span
Mooncrest 1977 CRD 1
Sleeve Design: Norman Beckett

Side A'
The Hills Of Greenmore
My Johnny Was A Shoemaker
The Wee Weaver
Reels : Dowd's Favorite , 10 Pound Float & The Morning Dew
False Knight On The Road
Lowlands Of Holland
Side B'
All Things Are Quite Silent
Jigs : Paddy Clancey's Jig , Willie Clancey's Fancy
Price Charlie Stewart
Gower Wassail
Side C'
The Lark In The Morning
I Was A Young Man
Jigs : Bryan O'Lynn , The Hag With Money
Dancing At Whitsun
Betsy Bell And Mary Gray
Female Drummer
General Taylor
Side D'
Four Nights Drunk
False Knight On The Road
Famous Flower Of Serving Man
Three Drunken Maidens
When I Was On Horseback

This Lp is a collection of band's 3 first albums and band's members solo albums.
Mp3 @ 256 & covers
Take me here

The name Steeleye Span comes from a character in the traditional song Horkstow Grange (which they did not actually record until they released an album by that name in 1998). The song gives an account of a fight between John "Steeleye" Span and John Bowlin, neither of whom are proven to have been real people. Martin Carthy gave Tim Hart the idea to name the band after the song character. When the band discussed names, they decided to vote between the three suggestions "Middlemarch Wait", "Iyubidin's Wait", and "Steeleye Span". Although there were only five members in the band, six ballots appeared and "Steeleye Span" won out. Only in 1978 did Hart confess that he had voted twice. Terry Woods maintains that the members had agreed that if more than one person departed, the remaining members would select a new name, and he was upset that this did not happen when he and Gay Woods left the band. The liner notes for their first album include thanks to Carthy for the name suggestion.
Throughout its long history, Steeleye Span has seen a great many personnel changes but has maintained a strong continuity of tradition. Lead vocalist Maddy Prior was one of the main attractions of the band's music, being one of a handful of strong-but-melodically-voiced women in rock music in the 1970s (along with Sandy Denny, Renaissance's Annie Haslam, Jacqui McShee and Linda Thompson).
Their typical album is a collection of mostly traditional songs with one or two instrumental tracks of jigs and/or reels added in; the traditional songs often include some of the Child ballads. In their later albums there has been an increased tendency to include music written by the band members, but they have never got completely away from traditional music, which draws upon both the English and the Celtic traditions.


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