Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt (1972) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt (1972) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC + cue | 24bit/96kHz | 900mb
Label: Chrysalis/CHR 1008 | Released: 1972 | Genre: Progressive-Folk

A1 Spotted Cow
A2 Rosebud In June
A3 Jigs: The Bride's Favourite/Tansey's Fancy
A4 Sheepcrook And Blackdog
A5 Royal Forester
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B1 King Henry
B2 Gaudete
B3 John Barleycorn
B4 Saucy Sailor


Art Direction, Design – Grahame Berney
Bass, Drums, Vocals – Rick Kemp
Guitar, Vocals – Bob Johnson
Photography – Harri Peccinotti
Producer – Steeleye Span
Producer, Engineer – Jerry Boys
Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo – Peter Knight
Vocals – Maddy Prior
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Tim Hart
Notes
Recorded at Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London.

Label variation: "Side I" printed at left of label.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Label Side 1): 31,524
Matrix / Runout (Label Side 2): 31,525
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1 etch): CHR-1008 31524-1
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2 etch): CHR-1008 31525-1


Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt (1972) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt (1972) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Steeleye Span ‎- Below The Salt (1972) US 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz



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This is the great Steeleye Span's fourth studio album and in addition to furthering their lovely communion of traditional British folk and blustery hard blues, it was the first release without founder/bassist Ashley Hutchings. Filling the gap left by he and Martin Carthy was the bass of Rick Kemp and guitar of Bob Johnson. The centerpiece of course are vocals led by the legendary Maddy Prior, Tim Hart (who also handles dulcimer and guitar) and Peter Knight's fiddle, mandolin, banjo and piano. The album's title refers to the placement of salt on a medieval table reflecting the status of those gathered.
Persistently seen as 'folk' or even 'pop', these traditionalists knew where of they spoke and brought a visceral legitimacy to their unorthodox fusions of the ancient with the modern. More intriguing than mother band Fairport Convention and with an authenticity Jethro Tull could nary match, the gifted ensemble bridged the gap between the forward-looking electric folk movement and the yearnings of the Old World. An easy jig from Knight and Hart is bumped-up by Johnson's startling low-end fuzz guitar for 'Spotted Cow', and a cappella 'Rosebud in June' is opened by Prior's pure pipes joined by the group's voices. More great Irish dancing quietly enhanced by a rock guitar on 'Jigs:The Bride's Favorite' but the electric instruments keep their place and play only a part here, and for that we are grateful. Bleak and brooding 'Sheep Crook and Black Dog' is uplifted by the fun of 'Royal Forester', a traditional lyric dating to the 13th Century and sings a chanty of a woman scorned. Child Ballad 'King Henry' turns gradually into a heavy folk bit with thick fiddles and a screaming guitar solo from Hart, cathedral voices by candlelight in 'Gaudete', John Barleycorn sacrifices himself in a celebration of all things brewed, and hauntingly beautiful 'Saucy Sailor'.

A brilliant outfit misunderstood and under-appreciated, Steeleye Span were masters (and mistress) of their realm and gave us progressive folk-rock at a time of imitators and mimics, and should hold at least a tiny place in a progsters collection. Let them surprise you.
Review by Atavachron, progarchives.com
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