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Parcel of Rogues


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shanachie
  • ASIN: B000000E79
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One Misty Moisty Morning
2. Alison Gross
3. The Bold Poachers
4. The Ups And Downs
5. Robbery With Violins
6. The Wee Wee Man
7. The Weaver And The Factory Maid
8. Rogues In A Nation
9. Cam Ye O'er Frae France
10. Hares On The Mountain

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WildRiver1 on Jan. 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to Steeleye Span for thirty years now, and Maddy Prior's voice just gets better and better -- as does this album. It's as fresh now as it was when I was in high school. Alison Gross still knocks me out. Get this one!
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By A Customer on Jan. 8 2004
Format: Audio CD
I won't add much detail, others have given plenty; I will also emphasize Maddy Prior's fantastic, incredible voice; From my more limited exposure to Fairport Convention, they don't hold a candle to Steeleye Span with Maddy singing lead. Mainly I'd just like to say don't be silly; just get BOTH "Below The Salt" and "Parcel Of Rogues." They are BOTH fantastic and about as good as this type of "folk-rock" can possibly get. I'd reccomend these CD's to anybody of the folk or rock (or classical, or whatever) musical persuasions. I am a hobby folk-singer myself.
Cheers, BK
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Format: Audio CD
My main motive for penning this is to steer the potential reader/listener/buyer toward Steeleye Span's true masterpiece which is 'Below The Salt', the album they released before this. Although 'Parcel Of Rogues' contains some great moments, (as always, Maddy Prior's voice is a revelation and 'Rogues In A Nation' is a great song with wonderful group harmonies), this album is also hampered with some truly dire moments like the execrable 'Alison Gross' and 'The Wee Wee Man.' I fail to understand why this release is uniformly hailed as the best Steeleye Span record. 'Below The Salt' has so much more to recommend it. There is nothing quite like its authentic atmosphere of cavernous medieval acid folk rock. The human race can be divided into two groups; those who have heard 'Saucy Sailor' and those who have not. So save your pennies for 'Below The Salt', people, and get on with it.
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This album, along with its sister Below the Salt, is my favorite album of all time. These two albums are a part of who I am. I have enjoyed a lot of different music over the years, but like I have my whole life (literally), I can always come back to this great music by Steeleye Span.
Once again, all the songs are traditional, with some of the music written by members of the band. "Alison Gross" tells a story of a witch bribing a man to be her lover, but he won't and she makes him sorry. The instrumental "Robbery with Violins" showcases the talents of bassist Rick Kemp and violinist Peter Knight. "Hares On The Mountain" is a beautiful tune, reminiscent of "The Ash Grove," and old Welsch Air. "The Ups and Downs" is yet another tale of the loss of virginity. The words to "Cam Ye O'er Frae France" may not be fully understood at first (I've been listening to this for my whole life, and I still don't know all of the lyrics), because they are sung in a Scottish toungue, and the booklet prints the words spelled as they are pronounced. "One Misty Moisty Morning" is a great story of romance, while "The Wee Wee Man" is a great magical fairy tale." "The Weaver and the Factory Maid" is arguably vocalist Maddy Prior's greatest performance to date. The harmonies on this track will blow your mind. The band is also very tight on this track, as they are on many others as well. "Rogues In a Nation" showcases the groups excellent skill at ensemble singing, backed only by a bass drum.
Along with "Below The Salt," this album marks a major part of who I am. Whenever I can't think of anything else to listen to, I can always go back to the music of Steeleye Span. I would recommend this album to anyone wanting to hear great traditional music.
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Format: Audio CD
I have listened to Parcel of Rogues more times and just realized that this is one of their best albums ever! Like before, the band continued updating centuries old folk songs from the British isles with electric instruments with very successful results. This was the second album with the lineup of Maddy Prior, Tim Hart, Rick Kemp, Peter Knight, and Bob Johnson, and without a doubt, in my book, the best with this lineup (although many prefer Below the Salt, I prefer Parcel of Rogues). My favorites here include "One Misty Moisty Morning", "Alison Gross", "The Bold Poachers", "Robbery With Violins", and "Cam Ye O'er Frae France". "Robbery With Violins" is a little odd. The band went for a more funky, '70s style that's much in the style of countless police and detective TV series of the time, and blends that with a way cool folk jig on violin. Odd combination to say the least, but it works real well. Drums make the occasional appearance, which I hear varying sources that it was Rick Kemp, or Nigel Pegrum (the band's full-time drummer starting with Now We Are Six). I totally love the medieval atmosphere of this album, and I can't help but be reminded of medieval faires when listening to this incredible album. Parcel of Rogues just comes to show that Steeleye Span was one of the most important bands of the British folk-rock movement of the late '60s and early '70s, along with Fairport Convention, and The Pentangle. In my opinion, this album ranks up there with Fairport's Liege & Lief as one of the greatest folk-rock albums ever, and so if you like this type of music, particularly with a medieval flavor to it, you can't go wrong here.
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