Steeleye Span: Parcel of Rogues
Parcel of Rogues
Chrysalis CHR 1046 (LP, UK, April 1973)
Produced by Steeleye Span and Jerry Boys;
Recorded at Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London;
Engineered by Jerry Boys and Roger Mayer;
Illustrations and Design by Graham Berney of Dream Studio
Maddy Prior: vocals
Tim Hart: guitar, dulcimer, vocals
Bob Johnson: guitar, vocals
Rick Kemp: bass, drum, vocals
Peter Knight: violin, viola, mandolin, piano, recorders, harmonium, vocals
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Recorded at Sound Techniques Jauary and February '73. Produced by Steeleye Span and Jerry Boys. A varied album, with different band members dominating on different tracks. Alison Gross showed Bob's increasingly effective use of rock techniques; Rick and Pete duetted on Robbery with Violins, and Pete and Bob were responsible for Hares on the Mountain, which they had sung together in their folk club days. Maddy suggested The Weaver and the Factory Maid, Tim brought in The Bold Poachers, while Rogues in a Nation and Cam Ye O'er Frae France had been worked out by the band as a whole as part of [the stage play] Kidnapped. Rick played drums on The Wee Wee Man and Cam Ye O'er Frae France.
Tim Hart, Robin Denselow: The Complete Steeleye Span, 1978
Who on Earth put them on this list? Ok, ok, they are a good band, and the ‘progressive’-minded will find some good syncopes here, and not forgetting the world's only heavy-metal track without drums, the amazing Alison Gross on their Parcel of Rogues. But seriously, this is folk rock, so be warned if you are a very conservative ‘progressive’ fart who can't stand lyrics about broken love, because Steeleye has plenty of them. Of course, since their lyrics come a different era they are quite different from the standard rock cliches, so the lyrics are one more reason why they are fun to listen to from time to time.