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Bob Johnson & Pete Knight - King Of Elfland's Daughter (Digipak)


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Second Harvest
  • ASIN: B001S1LYKU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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First released 1977 / DIGI-PACK / CD produced 2007 by SECOND HARVEST Records

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Murray on 3 Oct 2010
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Released in 1977, this album is an adaptation of the 1924 fantasy novel of the same name by Lord Dunsany. Consisting of nine songs, plus nine brief segments of narration (taken directly from Dunsany's text), The King of Elfland's Daughter relates what happens when the men of Erl, bored with their mundane lives, go to their lord and request to be ruled, in future, by a "magic lord". The Lord of Erl duly sends his son, Alveric, to Elfland, there to woo and win Lirazel, the King of Elfland's daughter.

Bob Johnson and Pete Knight (both at the time, fresh out of Steeleye Span), have recruited a talented cast of singers here, including Mary Hopkin (who sings the part of Lirazel), Alexis Korner (who provides the voice of the Troll), P P Arnold (as the Witch) and, presiding over the whole album as both narrator and King of Elfland, the great Christopher Lee. Although each singer plays a specific part, this is not a dramatisation. Each song gets one singer, and manages to tell a section of the story from that point of view entirely. And some songs, such as the finishing "Beyond the Fields We Know", sung with a beautiful air of never-never longing by Mary Hopkin, aren't strictly sung by a character at all. (Lee's "Rune of the Elf King" is the magnificent exception -- he half sings, half acts the part, delivering the line "Why should my daughter be taken by pitiless years?" with aching despair.) The general tone is folkish, but within a wide variety of styles, ranging from the rocky and bluesy to the more traditional. P P Arnold's wild vocal performance on "Witch" is wonderfully mad, while "Too Much Magic" is like an old-fashioned knees up, complete with children's choir.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Patching on 11 Dec 2012
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I love 70s prog and folk rock but being 34 years old I missed the heyday for these bands and so a lot of the albums from that era I sort of stumble upon through chance, links to other bands or from being suckered in by a nice looking cover picture (hello Olias of Sunhillow).

Steeleye Span is my favourite folk rock band and after hearing that two of their number made a stand alone album called The King of Elf Land's Daughter I've always wanted to hear it. The name alone makes it sound just like my sort of thing.

Unfortunately it's been unavailable for donkey's years ... until now!

I've got to admit, after waiting so long to hear this album I was rather disappointed after my first listen. The first track on the album has some decidedly dodgy singing on it, which got things off to a bad start.

I was expecting the album to sound a lot more folky than it does. I'd put this squarely in the prog rock category, which isn't a bad thing as I love a bit of prog, but it wasn't what I'd been anticipating for this.

Christopher Lee narrates the unfolding story in between tracks, and whilst there's nothing wrong with Mr Lee's narration (the guy is a living legend after all), for some reason the volume of the narration seems to tail off towards the end of his passages. I found myself having to turn the volume up quite high to properly hear what he was saying, only to then be blasted by the next track when it kicked in.

A lot of the songs are sung by characters from the story and some of them sound a bit laughable on first listen. There's one song sung by The Troll and it just sounds like someone doing a poor Gollum impression.

So, after my first listen the verdict would be 'not great'.

However ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Carter on 16 Jan 2013
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When this came out, aaaaaages ago, no-one seemed to care very much, in the mainstream, about elves and trolls and Dunsany. Today,thirty four years later, I'm overjoyed at being able once again to listen to these songs, specially the very funny and geeky "Too much magic", the kind of song we'd sing at sf or fantasy conventions in the small hours in the seventies, and the beautiful "Beyond the fields we know". And some of the narration, in Christopher Lee's voice, is as chilling and thrilling as it was all those years ago. Lee speaks, and I find myself speaking with him words I thought I'd forgotten, "like the blended twilight of long lost summer evenings". A treat... i'm going to try to find a few Steeleye Span oldies, now that the fancy has taken me again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By reader on 29 Jan 2011
Bought this for my 40 year old son who has been after the cd. version for years.
Nostalgia visited and fulfilled!
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By Philip K Dick on 14 July 2014
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Excellent Quality, sounds as good now as it did all those years ago, worth every penny!!
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