This album contains one of the most anthemic of all Steeleye Span songs. "Long Lankin" is probably second only to "Thomas the Rhymer" as their best-loved song of blood-letting and general creepiness, (although the beautifully arranged "Little Sir Hugh" runs it a close second, if you get off on stabbing young men "like sheep" and chucking them down wells!) "Dogs and ferrets" is an example of their more adventurous vocal work, with its syncopated rhythms and staggered harmonies. The star for me however, apart from Lankin, is "Bach goes to Limerick", a wonderful Baroque spoof blended with an Irish jig , featuring the superb Peter Knight on violin and mandolin.
Some of the rest could be called filler by the ungenerous, ie "Elf Call" and "Galtee Farmer", but listen to "Weary Cutters" - the next time we hear that spine-tingling multi-tracking from Maddy Prior is "The Weaver and the Factory Maid", featured as a fans' top favourite on their latest album. "New York Girls" is a bit of fun - listen out for Peter Sellers on the banjo, and muttering away on the fade!!
Definitely ranks as a classic Steeleye album.