Somewhere Along The Line 6. Autumn To Spring Medley. The Boar's Head Carol. Betsy Bell And Mary Gray. The Holly And The Ivy. The Royal Forester. Like The Wind. All Around My Hat. This was recorded in Adelaide during an afternoon rehearsal for an evening concert on Steeleye's Australian Tour. It appeared, with overdubbed applause, on the On Tour album but this is how it was recorded. The full length studio version of what has become probably Steeleye's most popular classic after All Around My Hat and the version most commonly heard in live performance.
This long version popped up originally on the vinyl release of Original Masters compilation set but was replaced on the CD release with the shorter version. According to the original Chrysalis release sheet, the song 'is the story' of Scotland's legendary prophet and seer, who is believed to have lived in the 13th century.
He was given the gift of prophesy by the Queen of Elfland. She also gave him the tongue that can never lie from which he became known as 'Truthful Thomas'. Australia has always held a special place in Steeleye's career not only for the band but also for the thousands of fans who took them to their hearts. Their enormous popularity prompted Festival Records, who distributed their product, to release some very rare edited singles to promote the albums and tours. Elf Call is one.
Taken from the Commoners Crown album, it has a different start and fade out here. The single was never released outside Australia and was used for Steeleye's Tour. It has appeared on many compilations over the years but with the exception of the Original Masters 2CD set, this single version seems to have become lost in favour of the album version from Below The Salt which features the Cathedral voices. An original tape copy was found recently in the Festival tape vaults and has been fully Steeleye Span - Rag Doll (Vinyl) restored for this CD.
The B. This single version has an instrumental ending as opposed to the acapella offering on the album. The recording effort was eventually released by Festival Records as the On Tour album but never issued outside Australia. Although the band were disappointed with the commercial results of the live album, it has become a rare and desirable piece of Steeleye recording history. The version that appears here includes Maddy's introduction which didn't appear on the On Tour album.
Steeleye's British Christmas single recorded in Holland and given special mention by Nigel Pegrum in the liner notes. The College Choir processes into the hall stopping 3 times so that a verse from the Boar's Head Carol may be sung; and the singer is given an Orange, decorated with Bay and Rosemary, from the Boars Head's mouth.
Steeleye Span - Rag Doll (Vinyl) March 7Steeleye delivered at the Bournmouth Winter Gardens what just may be their finest ever live performance. The evening concert was recorded for what was to become the Live At Last Steeleye Span - Rag Doll (Vinyl).
A highlight of that magical night was the 15 minute epic Montrose which Nigel reflects upon in his notes and Tim describes as the most complicated arrangement ever undertaken by the band.
Upon Australian release of Live At Last in lateFestival Records was given exclusive permission to edit this mammoth track down to an acceptable single length to promote the forthcoming live album. An eight -hour editing session was undertaken by devoted Festival Mastering Engineer Warren Barnett, and the result, as heard here, were never issued outside Australia. This was one group who never became tax exiles, never disappeared to Malibu, never Steeleye Span - Rag Doll (Vinyl) British audiences.
Every year since '72 Steeleye have given at least one extensive British tour. They always regarded themselves as very much a "London band" though Maddy and Tim came from St. Albans, a few miles north and many of their best concerts were those in the capital.
The first big London concert after Steeleye Mk. Apart from all the folk-rock songs the band added in a country song 'Cup Of Coffee' and a close-harmony version of the Four Seasons ''Rag Doll'. Edward Heath, then Prime Minister was in the audience and he generously described Steeleye as "enormous fun". Later in '73, Steeleye staggered jet-lagged off a plane from San Francisco to headline before a record crowd of 20, at the Cambridge Folk Festival.
They had recently performed alongside Sha Na Na and decided to end their set with a series of rock 'n' roll tunes. For the encore Maddy was disguised in a blonde wig and had high heels and a mini and the rest of the band were hidden beneath leather jackets and greasy hair. As they climbed on stage the compere Derek Brimstone thought the festival had been invaded by genuine rockers and he tried to throw Peter Knight out.
When they returned to the hall next May, the band ended with a selection of patriotic songs like 'Hearts of Oak' and 'Rule Brittania'.
To perform them, Maddy dressed as a nurse, Nigel as a boy-scout, Pete as a commando, Steeleye Span - Rag Doll (Vinyl), Bob as a vicar, and Tim as a deep-sea diver. The Mummers' Play was also in the set and dressing up had become a band obsession. So much so that the day after the Albert Hall show Rick arrived for a concert in Eastlbourne in full drag. He had shaved the back of his hands and his side-burns and was wearing a dress stockings and a blonde wig.
When he arrived at the hall, Bob was on stage checking the sound and he sat in the front row, gazing up at him admiringly Bob responded to this adoring beauty by playing a few flash guitar licks then ambling across to chat her up. It took him several hours to recover when she revealed herself as Rick Kemp. In the summer of "75, Steeleye invented an extra member of the band 'Mr.
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