Thursday 14 April 2016

Steeleye Span - Hark! The Village Wait (1970)

The debut album from this English band.

Steeleye Span is legends in the British folk rock scene. Legends on the same level as Fairport Convention. They have also released a lot of albums and I am going to review most of them.

The band was a five piece on this album with a lineup of banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, guitars, bass, fiddle, drums and lots of vocals. The main vocalist is Maddy Prior.

The music is pretty basic folk rock with a lot of vocals. The vocals is the main thing here. But some nifty dulcimer, guitars and other instruments is making this a bit more than just another vocals dominated folk rock album.

I am not denying that I find a lot of the folk rock music pretty dull. But it is obvious already from this debut album that this band was going to be a good band. Not only a good folk rock band, but a good band.

There are some interesting instrumental parts here and a couple of good songs. Maddy Prior is a great vocalist and her vocal harmonies are great.

This is one of the few basic folk rock albums I have really liked. Mainly because of Maddy Prior's vocals and the instrumental parts. It is a decent to good album and one well worth checking out.

2.5 points 

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