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Steeleye Span are an English folk-rock band, formed in 1969 and remaining active today. Along with Fairport Convention they are amongst the best known acts of the British folk revival, and were among the most commercially successful, thanks to their hit singles "Gaudete" and "All Around My Hat". They had 3 top 40 albums. They achieved a certified "gold" record ... Read more in Amazon's Steeleye Span Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Park Records
  • ASIN: B00000IMRV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Given that Steeleye Span has been such a carnival of personalities over years, it was a little strange that the 1997 departure of vocalist Maddy Prior was viewed by some as the end of the band who had pretty much invented the electric folk rock genre. Horkstow Grange (named from the ballad that gave the group its name) is a less overwrought work than it's predecessor Time (the drums of guest Dave Mattacks appearing on a mere four tracks), as if almost an attempt to mark a new chapter. The dramatic balladry of guitarist Bob Johnson is still a major feature (best demonstrated by "Lord Randall") while Peter Knight's fiddle playing takes him into places that few would dare to follow, informed as much by classical and improvisational techniques as it is by traditional music. Bassist Tim Harries anchors the whole sound, occasionally bursting through, as well as supplying the vocal for the almost Gothic "One True Love". Gay Woods's Irish influences are perhaps the most noticeable development, moving from the lament of "Erin" to "I Wish I Never Was Wed"'s knockabout humour. A thoughtful, considered album and something of a rebirth. --Phil Udell

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Steeleye Span's first album without Maddy Prior was always going to be a bit different. Not only Maddy, but they had also parted company with drummer Liam Genocky and long time manager Adrian Hopkins. "Horkstow Grange" has a stripped down, semi-acoustic sound, and is their folkiest sounding album since "Ten Man Mop".
Those who like the rockier side of things may be a bit disappointed at first. The electric instruments are mostly used to add spice to the songs rather than rhythmic power. Just three tracks feature drums (courtesy of Dave Mattacks), and of these, only "I Wish That I Never Was Wed" shows them really letting rip. This is a jokey song about a woman who is rather disenchanted with married life, and features Gay Woods attacking the lyrics as only she can. It makes an interesting contrast to "Old Maid in the Garrett" on their previous album "Time". The other two, "The Old Turf Fire" and "Lord Randall" have somewhat restrained treatments. "Lord Randall" is in many ways a typical Bob Johnson murder ballad, but doesn't reach its full potential. I can't help thinking that with a more aggressive arrangement it could have been another barnstormer like "Sir James the Rose".
However, there is much that is worthwhile on this album. Many Steeleye Span trademarks are still there, including fine vocal work and excellent musicianship. Highlights include the title track, from which Steeleye took their name. This is given a stirring, hymn-like tune coupled with superb harmonies. "The Tricks of London" sets children's rhymes to an attractive melody written by Bob. One of the best tracks on the album is "Bonny Birdy".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Evans on 7 Jun 2008
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Many people might think that without Maddy Prior, Steeleye Span would struggle to survive. However, Horkstow Grange provides the other members, especially the men, to prove exactly how valuable they are. Horkstow Grange effectively has Steeleye's smallest line up since records began, yet Tim Harries, Bob Johnson, Peter Knight and Gay Woods have produced a stunning album.

Each of the songs makes up a valuable part of the album: most notable are The Tricks of London - a light, jolly riddle; Lord Randall - a traditional Bob Johnson-esque murder ballad; Bonny Birdy - a fantastic Scottish tale of betrayal and revenge sung to perfecton by Peter Knight; I Wish That I Never Was Wed - for the title, this is a heavy, bouncy, fun tune sung by Gay Woods and One True Love - a beautiful, mournful piece sung by Tim Harries.

The 1990s may not have held much for Steeleye Span, but if you want to sample the fruits of their labour from that period, buy this album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 8 Jan 2010
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Steeleye Span were always more interesting than Fairport Convention-who may have sown the seeds for the U K folk song revival but always sounded like a rock band.
With Steeleye Span-whoever sang lead vocals-there was always a sense of folk music history.Maddy Prior may have left the building but she was there for nearly 18 albums and her work with Tim Hart such as the Nursery Rhymes collections and her solo work reviving ancient church music and Christmas carols will stand forever.
And here in the title song is where the name Steeleye Span came from
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Get over it! 19 Jun 2000
By Mark Cloud - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maddy Prior has left Steeleye Span; you're sorry, I'm sorry,we're all sorry. Get over it! Now that we have that out of the way canwe bring in a little objectivity here? This is a FINE record! The interplay between Peter Knight's violin and Bob Johnson's guitar has never been better; Gay Wood's voice is terrific (can she sing like Maddy? No. And Maddy can't sing like Gay, either. This proves what, exactly?); Tim Harries is a gifted bass player with an original style; and it's always a joy to hear Dave Mattacks on drums. The songs are are among the best recordings the band has ever done. Particularly, to my ear, "The Old Turf Fire," "Horkstow Grange," Erin," "Bonny Birdy," and "The Parting Glass." And the more acoustic arrangements fit Steeleye really well; something they might have tried years ago! OK, "Lord Randall," while very well done, is lyrically rather depressing. Poisoning? Yecch. Still, it's a minor down check for this otherwise enthralling CD. I can't wait to hear more from this line up. By the way, you might want to check out Maddy Prior's "Ravenchild" and Peter Knight's "The Gemini Cadenza" (if you can find it). "Gemini" in particular is one of the more original and moving works I have ever heard.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One of the better "modern" Steeleye Span releases. 26 May 2006
By Michael Gmirkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Of the modern releases by Steeleye Span, Horkstow Grange and Time are probably their two best albums (though I haven't had a chance to sample Winter just yet).

Horkstow Grange finally gives us the titular song Horkstow Grange, from which Steeleye Span derives their name. Of course this should have been recorded years ago!

As I look back over the song list, I recall why I like this album so muc, the songs are all quite good.

Bonny Irish Boy was a lovely piece, as was Bonny Birdy, Erin [Gra Mo Chroi], and Old Turf Fire which was a lovely earthy classic with a good rock score behind it. Lord Randall was carried off beautifully, despite being such a dark song (one of my favorite dark songs, in addition to previous songs like Seven Hundred Elves, Long Lankin, and the venerable You Will Burn, which is my favorite 'dark' song). Of course I Wish That I Never Was Wed should be played at just about any wedding (as a light hearted send-off) or divorce...

Overall Horkstow Grange is my next favorite 'modern' release behind Time. Both are 99.9% pure Steeleye Span. So many great songs. And several have become absolute favorites on par with the classics.

Absolutely recommended for anyone who loves good music, folk music, and most of all a strong showing by Steeleye Span. I'd pick this any day over Bedlam Born or They Called Her Babylon.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Title Song that Cradles the Soul 6 Jun 2006
By Sarvananda Bluestone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes there's a song that overpowers an album. I have listened to individual songs on several albums for a long time before I realized that there were other tracks. I will only address "Horkstow Grange", the title song. I will probably listen to it until I get sick of it. But I can't imagine that. They sing this one a capella and show how human voices are an instrument. I can travel on this one into my heart and over to Nineteenth Century England. This guys are, and always have been, able to transport me to times long gone. In this one you can smell the dust on market day and see the rays of the dying sun in a town and time long before. There is no price for being touched like this.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Better than ever 7 July 2002
By Alan Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've loved Steeleye Span for a long time. I was sad to see Maddy go but this, I agree is one of their best efforts.
The Parting Glass is the only misstep I see here. They seem to have forsaken the lilting original melody in favour of something less tuneful. Still, it is finely wrought like the rest of the disc.
Someone one new to the group would likely find this an amazing, eye opening slab of music. Fan's of Dave's drumming with Fairport, Richard Thompson or on Nick Drake's "Bryter Layter" won't be dissapointed, either.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
good old new Steeleye Span 28 Jun 1999
By Jerome Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The latest Steeleye Span release is the first without Maddy Prior, whose soaring vocals for so long helped define the sound of this venerable electric-folk band. In her place is the (as of 1994) returning Gay Woods, the other female singer who was there when Steeleye came into the world in 1969. She does a fine job here as Steeleye adopts a stripped-down, acoustic-textured sound reminiscent of its earliest days and utterly unlike the electro-orchestral production of its last outing, Time (1995). The songs, all but one traditional, are carefully chosen and perfectly set. There is more Irish music than one ordinarily associates with this very English outfit, but the Steeleyes handle it with aplomb, in creative reinventions that owe nothing to the conventions (and, on occasion, cliches) of the Celtic folk revival. For all its personnel changes over the years, Steeleye has seldom faltered. By now this traditional band has become a tradition in its own right. A lovely, well-crafted disc, Horkstow Grange is not to be missed.
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