Release number 7 from 1988 was a two part vinyl album. In addition to the previous line up of Nigel Eaton, Paul James, Ian Luff, Dave Roberts and Dave Shepherd, Jo Fraser (soon to be Jo Freya for Equity reasons as her birth name had already been registered by a bloke) joined the band on vocals and to replace Jon Swayne on sax and whistles (although he plays on "side one".
The first half is a suite commissioned to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the battle of Stoke in 1987- the technically last skirmish of the Wars of the Roses (Henry VII crushed the pretender to the throne, Lambert Simnel who was initially impersonating one of the "princes in the tower" (but then switched to being the Earl of Warwick). Henry VII then employed him in his kitchen- ah unusual Tudor happy ending. Anyway music wise the most amazing track form the first half is "the Willow Runnel" composed by Ian Luff.
In the second half there is more than the average number of songs which deal with the theme of rejection. The obligatory Paul James number is the whaling song "The Diamond" which emphasises the outcome of a sailor's life- lots of pregnant girls back in port! Jo Fraser/Freya's (Equity rules name) musical contributions are "Our Captain Cried" - the story of a girl getting dumped by a sailor "so girls, if you must love, love one another", followed by "The Moth"- (a song by A. Lister)- which is a tune which took me a long time to like, but I'm passionate about it now, and "All things are quite silent" (boyfriend gets press-ganged). The hot tune of the second half is a reworking of a Schottische, ( a really funky step-hop, step-hop couple dance) "The Man in the Brown Hat" written by original band member, Cliff Stapleton, which first appeared on the album "Bobbityshooty".