Steeleye Span - All Around My Hat [Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 1-027] (1975)

Released: 1975
Country: US
Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Catalog: MFSL 1-027
Genre: Rock

Item# SR-MOMFSL1027
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=NM-

Note: 1980 MFSL Reissue

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Black Jack Davy
02 Hard Times Of Old England
03 Cadgwith Anthem
04 Sum Waves (Tunes)
05 The Wife Of Ushers Well
06 Gamble Gold / Robin Hood
07 All Around My Hat
08 Dance With Me
09 Batchelors Hall

All Around My Hat
Steeleye Span

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Album Review

Bruce Eder []

The biggest selling of all Steeleye Span albums is also their hardest rocking record. They sound like would-be competitors to the Who on the opening bars of ''The Wife of Usher's Well,'' with Bob Johnson's electric guitar grinding out power chords like nobody's business. The vocals have their usual elegance, the harmonies soaring exquisitely, but between the choruses the guitar puts out lots of wattage. The guitar competes with Maddy Prior's voice for dominance on tracks like ''Hard Times of Old England,'' ''Bachelor's Hall,'' and ''Dance with Me.'' There's some more traditional-sounding material here, including the lovely ''Cadgwith Anthem'' and ''Gamble Gold (Robin Hood),'' where the group returns to acoustic instruments. A single of the upbeat title track also made the charts in England, and the overall sound was the work of producer Mike Batt, who gave the band a raw, stripped-down style, with only the smallest touching up and the very lightest of overdubbed strings.