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Original Masters
Steeleye Span
Original Masters
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2

Bin 13531. Midprice reissue of 1977 20 track 'best of',originally released as a two LP set. Sleeve notes are byJohn Tobler. Includes the hits 'Gaudete' & 'All Around MyHat', plus 18 other classics: 'Sir James The Rose', 'B...  more »


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All Artists: Steeleye Span
Title: Original Masters
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
Release Date: 2/15/2002
Album Type: Import, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2


Album Description
Bin 13531. Midprice reissue of 1977 20 track 'best of',originally released as a two LP set. Sleeve notes are byJohn Tobler. Includes the hits 'Gaudete' & 'All Around MyHat', plus 18 other classics: 'Sir James The Rose', 'BlackJack Davy', 'The Wife Ushers Well', 'Fighting For Strangers''Thomas The Rhymer', 'Seven Hundred Elves', 'Long Lankin','Elf Call', 'Cam Ye O'er Frae France', 'Bonny Moorhen', 'Alison Gross', 'The Mooncoin Jig', 'Drink Down The Moon', 'Skewball', 'Lovely On The Water', 'Jigs: The Bride's Favorite/Tansey's Fancy', 'One Misty Morning' and 'Saucy Sailor'.

CD Reviews

Song list on CD is different than what Amazon shows!
Bob Rousseau | Seattle, WA United States | 07/14/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I like a lot of these songs, but I purchased the CD for some of the songs that Amazon shows as being on the disc that aren't. Either Amazon copied the song list from the LP version of "Original Masters" or the CD has been changed.

The actual CD track list is (1) Sir James the Rose (2) Black Jack Davy (3) All Around My Hat (4) The Wife of Ushers Well (5) Fighting for Strangers (6) Thomas the Rhymer (7) Seven Hundred Elves (8) Long Lankin (9) Elf Call (Disc Two)(1) Cam Ye O'Er Frae France (2) Bonny Morhen (3) Alison Gross (4) The Mooncoin Jig (5) Drink Down the Moon (6) Skewball (7) Lovely on the Water (8) Jigs: The Bride's Favorites/Tansey's Fancy (9) One Misty Moisty Moorning (10) Saucy Sailor (11) Gaudete."
British Folk-Rock At Its Best
cameron-vale | Seattle, WA | 08/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Steeleye Span was easily the most rock-oriented of the small handful of British traditionalist bands that first appeared in the late '60s. They were also the most popular, attaining unexpected chart successes at home. Span simultaneously managed to develop a surprisingly huge U.S.-based cult following thanks to a fortuitous and enthusiastically received appearance as the opening band to labelmates Jethro Tull during one of Tull's most extensive early 70's North American concert tours. For a few years, their wonderfully catchy songs were regularly played on more adventurous FM radio stations. Although the band broke up in 1977, they soon reformed and to date still sporadically tour to the delight of progressively smaller audiences throughout the world.

If you are going to buy only one album from Steeleye Span, make it ORIGINAL MASTERS, a great collection of songs from the band's most productive and exciting period (1970 -1976). Nearly all of the band's finest tunes from their first 10 albums are on hand, including their two UK Top Ten hits, "All Around My Hat" and "Gaudete". The regrettable inclusion of a live track and two forgettable jigs does nothing to mar the brilliance of the remaining 19 tracks. A few of the songs are somewhat dated by clunky 70-ish rock arrangements, but overall most of them have a real timeless feel. If you have any interest whatsoever in traditional folk music (British or otherwise) and/or eccentric rock music from any era, you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of ORIGINAL MASTERS."
Human drama and strange encounters
Leonard Maskell | Vancouver, BC, Canada | 07/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My mother had this album on tape in the 70s. It began a love of British folk music that has lasted to this day.

The tracks on "Original Masters" (yes, Amazon's listing is wrong - see the Spotlight Review for corrections) are at turns entertaining, lighthearted, mysterious, haunting, and chilling. Though purists object to the rock styling, which is dated at times, this compilation is accessible and endlessly satisfying.

Folk is music for everyone, and all human (and supernatural) life is here. My favourite songs which follow have lost none of their power in the twenty-five years that I have known them. As Ray Charles explained when asked why he loved country music, "It's the stories".

* Sir James The Rose - gasp at his betrayal and killing.
* Black Jack Davy - the mystery of marital relationships.
* The Wife of Usher's Well - wonder, as I still do, exactly what happened to her sons.
* Lovely On The Water - timeless sadness (and Maddy Prior's voice at its purest).
* Thomas the Rhymer - a mystical encounter in medieval Scotland from a genuine historical figure (Thomas Learmount).
* Drink Down the Moon - a heady arrangement and allusive lyrics to transport you to another time.
* Saucy Sailor - ask yourself if you are truly free.
* Long Lankin - the horror of remote places (in this case, the Northumberland moors). Worthy of a metal cover version."