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They Called Her Babylon [CD]

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 (8 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Park Records
  • ASIN: B0001KJO38
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,760 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Samain 5:580.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Heir Of Linne 6:490.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Bride's Farewell 4:170.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Babylon 6:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Mantle Of Green 5:220.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Bede's Death Song0:410.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Diversus And Lazarus 6:430.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Si Begh Si Mohr 4:120.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Child Owlet 5:070.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What's The Life Of A Man? 5:300.69  Buy MP3 


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new lease of life 4 Aug 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This is a fine album from the folk/rock pioneers, and features some notable contributions from former Albion Bandsman Ken Nicol, who has replaced Bob Johnson on guitar. His inclusion in Steeleye has turned out to be an inspired choice, as he is an accomplished electric/acoustic guitarist who fits in very well. Nicol is no slouch as a songwriter, either, as the title track shows. Concerning the siege of a stately home during the English Civil War, it could well become a Steeleye classic. He also contributes the album's opening track, the traditional "Van Dieman's Land", a lively number about poachers being transported to Australia.
This album contains a very strong collection of songs. "Child Owlett" is a classic Steeleye ballad of betrayal and gory death, my personal favourite. Peter Knight has written a hypnotic tune for "The Bride's Farewell" which sticks in the mind after a couple of plays, and Rick Kemp plays some powerful bass on "Samain" and "Diversus and Lazarus".
The strength of this CD is that it has a very cohesive feel to it, and the whole band is working well together. Along with Ken Nicol, Maddy Prior is in fine voice, Peter Knight fiddles up a storm, and the Rick Kemp/Liam Genocky rhythm section gives everything a solid foundation. Steeleye Span may be celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, but they have the energy of a much younger band and they still produce excellent new material. Long may they continue!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By M. Ash VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After a period with a few different faces (and most notably the absence of the great Maddy Prior), this is the second release by the returning classic line-up featuring Maddy Prior, Rick Kemp (Maddy's husband), Liam Genocky, Pete Knight, and Ken Nicol. The first was a double disc entitled 'Present' which saw the band re-recording all the old classics, so this really stands as the first new material by a Maddy fronted Steeleye for a few years.
I saw this line-up on the 35th Anniversary World Tour only last week and they sound fresh, exciting and still show an ability to combine the classic Steeleye sound with new sounds and experimentation. New guitarist Ken Nicol is incendiary (to borrow a phrase from the film 'Almost Famous') and sets the hall alight in a live situation.
The album is one of the bands best with an excellent set of fresh new songs and a live feel which makes it an exciting listen every time. If you like Steeleye, or indeed Folk-Rock music played by brilliant musicians, get your order in now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy lost her touch? ABSOLUTELY NOT! 9 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
After a career spanning almost 40 years, surely Steeleye Span would (as so many others have) lose their touch. For the brief period in which the CD warmed up in the player, I too worried about this.
However; after listening to the CD all the way through and then all the way through again, I reached the happy conclusion that their 2004 album is easily one of the best.
The first three tracks that hit you ("Van Diemen's Land", "Samain" and "Heir of Linne") will relieve anyone's doubts about the bands durability. In addition to these three gems; "Mantle of Green" and "What's the Life of a Man?" are two of the decent handful that make this album my 3rd favourite (behind Commoner's Crown and Back in Line). You get a good mix of instrumental ability (never more prominent than in "Si Begh Si Mohr") and Maddy's still-magnificent vocals.
This brilliantly constructed album goes to show that Steeleye Span, regardless of line-up has stood the test of time and done so with style!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The premier English folk-rock group is back in top form 27 May 2004
By R. V. Oftedahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having just returned from catching two shows of Steeleye Span's 35th anniversary tour in England, the band and the new material on this CD prove these pioneer English folkies are still finding new territory for their unique blend of traditional melodies, ancient lyrics, and electric interpretations. The lovely voice of Maddy Prior has only improved over the years; the fiddle work of Peter Knight is still the backbone of the band's trademark sound, and new member, guitarist Ken Nicol of the Albion Band, is a supurb addition to Steeleye's always stellar lineup. "Babylon" includes many fine tunes, but it is the title track, based on the story of a women who defended her home against Parlimentarians during the English Civil War, that is the clear highlight. An impressive return to the very best of their folk-rock roots, "Babylon" is a must for old and new Steeleye Spanners alike.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't overlook this one 18 Oct 2004
By Michael L. Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a really good album. Just a very small notch below a "5". Some people have a tendancy to overlook the last several albums because they aren't All Around My Hat or Please To See The King or any one of their older albums. Get over it and really give this one a listen. The band continues to evolve and are still capable of turning a great batch of tunes and this one gets better & better with repeated listenings. Gay Wood did a great job on the albums recorded with her, but it's nice to have Maddy Prior back into the band most associated with her. It would have been nice to have Gay & Maddy singing together again, but hey, ya can't have everything.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An incredible return to classic Steeleye Span. 13 Jan 2005
By Ed Dinty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great surprise, an excellent release.

Most Steeleye Span fans will find something of value in each of their albums, and I'm no exception. While I've enjoyed their recent offerings, some albums were a bit uneven. So "They Called Her Baylon" was a really nice surprise. The band seems to have a new life, returning to the style that first attracted me. (This album could stand next to "Below the Salt" or "Parcel Of Rogues", it has that same feel.)

Check this one out. You won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steeleye of the 70s is back! 14 Dec 2004
By Frank Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't know how any knowledgeable Steeleye Span fan could not LOVE this album. I have been listening to everything the band has released since 1975, and the addition of Ken Nicol (in the Bob Johnson tradition) + the return of both Maddy Prior and her husband Rick Kemp has returned Span to its glory-days sound of 1974-76, when such albums as COMMONER'S CROWN and ALL AROUND MY HAT were getting ground down to a stub on my turntable after repeated listenings! All their albums over the past 30 years have featured great moments, but the pseudo-Steeleye of the past few years was not really the band, but with its moments, as well. This new record features great songs, superb vocals, and solid, tight, powerful playing by all concerned. This is one of the best folk-rock albums in a long time, and I am so pleased that the "olde English" lads and lasses are at it again!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great return to form 19 Oct 2004
By Matt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. Maddy Prior returning to the band seems to have revitalized them, and this is easily the best album they've done since Tempted and Tried. No offense to Gay Woods (a fine singer in her own right) but the last couple of albums, though good, haven't really sounded like Steeleye Span albums to me. This album proves, though, that they still have it after all of these years. If you're a fan of the band, don't miss this one!
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