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Commoners Crown
 
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Commoners Crown

12 Oct. 2009 | Format: MP3

£6.29 (VAT included if applicable)
Also available in CD Format
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 July 1990
  • Release Date: 12 Oct. 2009
  • Label: Parlophone UK
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  • Total Length: 38:48
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  • ASIN: B002SWQ7K0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,762 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Format: Audio CD
Let's get something clear: this is Steeleye Span's best album!
I was truly amazed at how fantastic this album is. Two words; Long Lankin. You can't argue with that; a real fans' favourite and well deserving of that title. Though, after listening to the album about fifty times I am forced to the conclusion that it is not actually Long Lankin that makes this album the nugget of genius it is. It is home to a near unspoilt run of gold. "Little Sir Hugh" is simply fantastic, both lyrically and musically, "Weary Cutters" and "New York Girls" when played in succession do take you in a trip from the hauntingly brilliant to the instrumentally phenomenal, and "Bach Goes To Limirick" also works as a divine piece in its own right. But what really makes this album a winner is the tragically poorly recognised "Demon Lover". The song itself is worth £10. Trust me when I say if you're a Steeleye Fan, you can't do too much better than this.

Skip to: Demon Lover
Miss out: NOTHING!
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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.
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Format: Audio CD
I love this album!

Later in the year Steeleye would be "Top of the Pops".

And you can see it coming here. A move away from the previous year's darker "Now We Are Six", "Commoners"finds the band full of energy and going for gold."Little Sir Hugh" (wish they still performed it live)is a strong opener and natural forerunner to "Long Lankin"- Bob Johnson's absolutely finest hour! The often forgotten "Demon Lover" another great song and performance is on this album also. In between we get the pulsating "Elf Call"- and the hilarious story of the "Galtee Farmer". "Dogs and Ferrets" was, I imagine, mostly a Peter Knight arrangement- it reminds me of his "White Man" a couple of decades later as is "Bach goes to Limerick".

The track that divides most people seems to be the Peter Sellers involved "New York Girls". Fun at the time no doubt! Maybe you had to be there etc....

But hey! Smashing album overall.
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I do like this album very, very much, but unfortunately there are a couple of absolute stinkers.
The first, and probably worst song on the album is Little Sir Hugh.I dislike this song so much; I dislike it because it is so modern and "poppy" sounding. It doesn't sound like a folk song at all to me, and what it is doing on an otherwise consistently good album beats me. The other track I don't like is Elf Call.
Please ignore the negative comments about New York Girls and Galtee Farmer. New York Girls is actually a very close representation of the original song. Galtee Farmer is also a very good track.
The stand out tracks on this album are Long Lankin, a song that scared me to death as a child, and Weary Cutters. Long Lankin is probably one of my all time favourite folk songs. Over all one of Steeleye Span's best albums (along with Below the Salt and Hark, the Village Wait).
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Having first heard this album on a mate's radiogram, that give's away the age of this wonderful album.
Commoner's Crown has 7 traditional tunes arranged by the band with 2 group compositions, all of which are delivered to the highest standard by these talented folk rockers.The subject matter of the songs is varied and often dark with Murder and Demons being the subject matter along with Ferrets and Ladies who take you to the cleaners, after getting you drunk !
To add to the mayhem a very talented ukelele player by the name of Peter Sellers helps out on New York Girls.
It's a shame, Sellers never made more recordings like this and decided to pursue his career making moving pictures, as it will be obvious to the discerning listener , that he clearly had a rare talent and would have given
St Winifreds School Choir a good run for their money in those days.
The BGO CD is expertly mastered but is now quite hard to get hold of, so basically if you you see it grab it, you won't be disappointed. After all There's No-one Quite Like Grandma ...
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