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Please To See The King [Box set, Original recording remastered]

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 (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000BJRJE0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,078 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album plus some rare live recordings 11 April 2006
By Anthony
Format:Audio CD
I originally bought Please To See The King back in the seventies and since then it has remained one of my all time favourite albums. I have been considering buying a CD version for some time but the cover artwork was always a bit odd on the the reissues I came across. Imagine my delight then when I found this recently released resissue which had been lovingly put together. The original artwork is contained here together with some intersting sleevenotes and a bonus CD of rare BBC recordings. This is quite simply the baragin of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Shining Moment 26 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was the turning point in English folk, when Martin Carthy went electric, and the finest music ever produced by Steeleye Span. Dark, self-posessed, and slightly manic, this was the album that invented a new genre, sadly a genre that no longer exists. There's not a note out of place in the whole album, it's a rollercoaster of folk fusion from start to finish. Play late at night, on repeat, and don't forget to drink!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Great album. The bonus tracks are a little rough, but there are some real gems here.I feel though that contrary to most opinions, this album is not as good as "Ten Man Mop", which I regard as their finest work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Although this was the band's second album, it moved far further than its predecessor from the mainstream folk movement in both style and form. It is not a 'concept album' as such but it epitomises the bands unique sound which stayed for a further three albums - until they finally acquired a drummer!
When I first heard this album I disliked it - at the time I was (and remain) a great fan of folk rock band 'Fairport Convention' - but now the album would have to appear on my all time top ten favourites.
At the time, folk rock was a 'new thing' and something of a divide, then and now, appeared between those who would merely play folk songs with electric rather than acoustic instruments, and those who, like Steeleye Span, used the new technology to create something rather more radical.
That is not to say that this is not a folk album (Steeleye more often than any other folk band have been confused with pop!), it is, and it contains everything from the exquisitely unaccompanied 'The King' to the beautifully, electrically, accompanied 'Lark in the Morning'.
There are also tunes, played in Peter Knights inimitable style, standard folk songs (including a bizarre, but unforgettable, rendition of 'Boys of Bedlam'), and to cap it all an unaccompanied version of the relatively modern 'Rave On'!
If you like folk rock, you will love this album. If you like Steeleye Span, you should have it already. If you only have the vinyl, buy the CD to recapture the sounds of this ground breaking era.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The shape of things to come! 23 Jan 2003
By The Librarian VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Steeleye album I bought, back in the early seventies, and I was captivated. This early line up preceded the classic grouping of Prior/Knight/Kemp/Johnson/Hart/Pegrum, and intriguingly blended the hitherto acoustic talents of Tim Hart, Maddy Prior, and Peter Knight, with Martin Carthy playing electric, and Ashley Hutchins, who went on to form the Albion Band. The sound is less punchy than some of the later stuff, (lacking a drum, and Carthy's superb guitar technique sounding a bit ponderous on the electric instrument), but it's interesting to hear some of the sounds that were to become typical here in embryonic form.
For me, the outstanding track is "The female drummer", lifted straight from the Watersons, but with a superb arrangement full of what rock critics call "riffage"! For fans of Steeleye's unaccompanied harmony singing, there is the charming Christmas song, "The King", now resurrected on their "Present" album.
The development of musicians' style is something I find endlessly interesting, and it is on this album that you can first detect the influence of Maddy Prior's singing on Martin Carthy's vocal style.
All in all, this is a little gem. Perhaps a tad heavy-handed compared with the sublime music that Steeleye went on to produce, but full of the excitement of being on the brink of something wonderful. Definitely the best of the early work, much better than "Hark the Village Wait".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Landmark album 5 Feb 2003
By The Librarian VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This was the album that got me into Steeleye Span, and it's a little gem - not a duff track in sight. I haven't given it 5 stars, because some of the later material by Steeleye is probably better, but I keep returning to this, as the beginning of TRUE folk-rock fusion. (Just because instruments are electric don't make it rock!) Martin Carthy was -is- a superb acoustic guitarist, but was a bit heavy-handed on the electric. However, this adds to the rocky feel of some of the tracks, and there is quite a bit of what rock critics would call "riffage"! Listen to "The Female Drummer" - the changing rhythm as Peter Knight's fiddle comes in over the guitar is so clever - and so reminiscent of Metallica's "Don't Tread on Me"!!
There was no drum at this point in the band's development, so the other instruments have to produce the percussive effects, which they do very well, eg. "False Knight on the Road" has its rhythms carried by an electric dulcimer, with the guitar punching in the lead beat.
It's all good stuff, and an intriguing look at a band that were poised for blast-off into the folk-rock stratosphere.
(Note: "Rave on" was not on the original album, back in 1970ish. I don't know why it's been stuck on now. It's a bit of fun for a live show, but I think unnecessary to record it - unless some fans are maniacal completists! "Rag doll" was another similar exercise put out on the "Rarities" album.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spanning The Ages
Back in 1971 when I was really discovering what music was all about (i.e. first year at University), this album, along with Aqualung, Meddle, Nursery Cryme, The Yes Album, etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Peter Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Steeleye span album?
Saw this line up in 1970. Probably the best line up & album. Can' t understand why it and the next (Ten Man Mop) are not available on CD.
Published 19 months ago by Ian Stirrups
5.0 out of 5 stars Please to see the king
This is the second album from Steeleye Span. It was released in 1971. This is a great little album that has a different sound to the previous, and first album, Hark the Village... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2011 by Miss M. Potter
Just glance at that picture of the band on the back cover. What a fabulous time. This album was a musical statement for Steeleye. Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2007 by PHIL ALLITT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
There is another route to acquiring the original "Please to See the King" album.

The double-CD issue "The Lark in the Morning" is composed of Steeleye Span's first three... Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2007 by bugrit
1.0 out of 5 stars Content
While I love the original track line up for the original album - and bought this CD to replace my worn vinyl version on the basis that the track list was identical - I was not too... Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2006 by Geoff James
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