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A Parcel Of Steeleye Span (Their First Five Chrysalis Albums 1972-1975) [Box set]

Steeleye Span Audio CD
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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 (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B002MVS19W
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen15. Gamble Gold (Robin Hood) (2009 Digital Remaster) 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic albums restored in superb sound 4 Nov 2009
By M. Ash VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
These early Steeleye Span albums are absolute gems, full of brilliantly conceived arrangements and really involving performances. Until now they have never received the CD releases that they thoroughly deserve, so good on EMI for having them remastered so beautifully. The whole package works extremely well and its much better value than having to buy each album individually.

There isn't a weak album here - even the more commercial Mike Batt produced 'All Around My Hat' is a collection of hugely enjoyable and well performed songs - but my personal favourites are 'Below The Salt' and 'Commoners Crown'. The latter includes Steeleye's take on 'Long Lankin' which is about as perfect an example of folk-rock as you could possibly find. Peter Knight's fiddle playing is wonderful here, as it is throughout the entire set.

Whether you are a long term fan or new to the band, this set is an essential purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value package - but no Rocket Cottage! 17 Oct 2009
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Although Steeleye Span never quite achieved the same status or cult following as fellow-travellers Fairport Convention, they ploughed their own traditional furrow and were extremely successful in their seventies heyday. A Parcel of Steeleye Span gathers together the first five albums the band released on the Chrysalis label, albums four to eight in release order; the first three albums (the Mooncrest reissues) have been previously released as The Lark in the Morning compilation on Sanctuary Records.

There is very little to criticise about a Parcel of Steeleye Span - for around the price of one of the previously released CDs of each single album you now get five complete albums and a sprinkling of bonus tracks. The tracks on this collection have been remastered for this release and sound better than ever. The set is presented in a double CD jewel case with disc one and the booklet in the first half, and discs two and three in the second half. The albums and bonus material run in chronological order, but because of CD time constraints the album a Parcel of Rogues ends up split across CD1 and CD2.

Tim Chacksfield compiled and co-ordinated - always a good credit on any CD reissue, and David Suff, of Fledg'ling Records, provided the cover illustration. The booklet is rather thin and only provides basic information on each album's original release. My only small niggle is Rocket Cottage not being included - one of my favourites and now hard to find on CD. Still, maybe a Steeleye volume two will follow with the Live one and Storm Force Ten as well? And more bonus material!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect parcel 12 Jan 2010
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A Parcel of Steeleye Span does as it says: It combines their first five Chrysalis albums - Below the Salt (1972), Parcel of Rogues (1973), Now We Are Six (1974), Commoner's Crown (1975), and All Around My Hat (1975) (chronologically, the band's fourth through eighth albums overall) - into one nicely remastered package. Also included are a few stray dogs related to the albums, including the single version of "Gaudete" (which, unlike the LP track, does not fade in at the beginning but comes from a cold start) and a live recording of "The Wife of Usher's Well" from 1974, predating the track's inclusion on All Around My Hat.

Of the five, my favourite albums are Below the Salt and Parcel of Rogues, the last ones to feature Steeleye as a drummerless band; all the rhythm is provided by Rick Kemp's bass playing. Nigel Pegrum joined the band for Now We Are Six, my least favourite of this set - not for Pegrum's membership (indeed, the drums put Steeleye on more of an even keel with their closest rivals, Fairport Convention), but more for the rather twee tone of the children's songs included (the title cut and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"). Commoner's Crown rebounds a bit from its uneven predecessor, but still not terribly memorable to me. All Around My Hat has Steeleye finding their new feet and kicking away in full folk-rock plumage; the title cut remains one of my favourite Steeleye tracks, along with "Hard Times of Old England."

A good remastering job done properly by EMI; downsides? Recording info is a bit scant, and no liner notes, which would have given the listener some insight into what was going on with the band at the time, hence this set is docked a star.

Lastly, RIP Tim Hart, who passed away in late December of 2009. You'll be missed, friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a misty moisty pair of eyes 21 Oct 2009
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This takes me back to listening to the tape of Original Masters on the schoolrun. Nearly all the tracks from that tape are here plus many more from the five albums. I can only agree with the other reviewers that if you love this stuff then this is the moment to upgrade. I also agree with the others that compared with the Fairport reissues, and for example No Roses, the booklet is disappointing. There is so much which could be written about where these songs came from and how the group electrified so many songs so well in four years (the naff ratio is pretty small), also who really did what. Is there a history out there?
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Good as it ever was!
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Published 20 days ago by Chris Goodwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
These are great right back to the 70s
Published 20 days ago by jasper
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection. Maddy Prior can sing anything and the boys can...
Excellent collection. Five albums spread over three discs was not a problem. Haven't yet found a track a track to match "All Around My Hat" but, what the hey! Read more
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Have been listening to Steeleye Span for years and never tire of them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of tracks
If you want loads of Steeleye Span then go for it.

Loved them since I was a small thing so appreciate the whole package.
Published 4 months ago by pknut
5.0 out of 5 stars too soon!
I have not had chance to play this cd yet but I feel sure that it will not disappoint me
Published 4 months ago by lillian oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye can do no wrong.
Bought this to replace three LPs and I love it. A lot of their early folky stuff on these CDs and a real pleasure to listen to in the car.
Published 8 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth having
With 66 reviews already posted (65 positive), there's little point in saying much. Five complete albums and a couple of extra tracks, spread over 3 CDs. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julian
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Brilliant service and fantastic albums. I am very pleased with it. Cant wait for the next box set which has not arrived yet
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