This is the sound of a band who have come to an uncommon understanding of their true strengths, Maddy Prior is in excellent voice and the songs, arrangements and production are as good as Steeleye Span have ever had. Fans can argue about the merits of this album in comparison to their past glories but if anyone was looking for better than this at this stage in their career is kidding themselves this is a damned fine incarnation of this band, Peter Knight is on great form on Fidddle and Rick Kemp's bass has none of the rather plodding feel that became the Steeleye Span sound around the Mike Batt production era.
They one great thing that is so obvious here it that they have developed a much stronger understanding of the need for musicality in the songs. Sometimes in the past the story telling element of the songs had too much emphasis and while the songs have very strong narrative structure the sound of the music is given much more attention and so much better an album this is for that. I have always loved this band, since seeing them in the Caird Hall, Dundee when they were promoting Below the Salt. After that concert my brother bought that album and I bought Please to See the King and I have followed then since, off and on. This is a really welcome album and fans will not be disappointed