Steeleye has yet to be afforded a comprehensive box set of rare and unreleased tracks, although there have been some collections that have included a few of the more readily available ones.
Extra Tracks played at BBC Sessions. '70-74
1970's Live songs
Doesn't include tracks included in Sessions above. Found on Bootlegs unless stated.
'Bright Morning Star' (Feb '71). Mark II line up supporting Jethro Tull. Bootleg exists.
'The Dying Soldier' (Feb '71). Sung by Maddy at Tupholme Manor Folk Festival. No known recording?
'Corunna!' The traditional songs featured appeared on Steeleye Albums except for '100 years ago' / 'Arthur McBride' / 'Bembibre Wassail (Lyrics Tim Hart) / Mountains of Spain (Sung by Martin). The rest were Keith Dewhurst written songs, sometimes with traditional music. For full track listing see image on the TimeLine for 1971.
'Pace Egging Song'. Or 'Beg Your Leave'. Frequently played live track first appeared in Oct '71 by Mark II line up and featured heavily on US bootlegs in '74. Also played on 'Electric Folk' in 1975.
'Hornpipes & Jigs' (Nov '71 Peter and Maddy). Could be tunes that have been heard before.
'The Wren' (Nov '71) . No details known.
'Singing the Travels' (June 1972). Not 100% sure of title.
'Bank Of Ireland'/'Lucy Campbell'/Duffy the Dancer'. Played live during 1972 and morphed into 'Robbery With Violins'
'Young Neil my Darling' (from Kidnapped?) Aug '72. Don't think a recording exists.
'Oak Tree/Pidgeon on the Gate'. Early 1973 tune prior to Nigel joining.
'A Tune collected by Sally Grodpile' (May '73) . This is how Peter introduces it on the audio bootleg of the US TV PBS-TV performance. Almost certainly 'Lark in the Morning' as Peter often made up silly names for the tunes!
'Four Poster Bed' ('73) . No details known.
'Peasecod Time'. On US and UK 1974 tours, and on the 'Electric Folk' episode from Penshurst Place in 1974. It would sometimes appear at the end of 'Summer Is a Coming In/Staines Morris' as a 'Pastoral' Medley of Pieces.'Remember you're a Womble'. Followed 'Peasecod Time' live in 1974. Tune only!
''Reggae' Spotted Cow'. A distinctly Reggae version of Spotted Cow heard on tour from 1974. & on Electric Folk (Raby Castle)
'Beautiful Doll' (1974 Autumn Tour) Also on 'Electric Folk' episode from Gloucester 1975.
'Devil's Dream' A Jig that features frequently over the years as an opener or in the encore. Can be heard on 'Gone to Australia' 2001 CD.
'Mummers Play'. See Timeline in 1974 more details.
'I'm forever Blowing Bubbles. (November 1975 'Hat' Tour & in 1976 plus the 'Frankenstein Play' - see 1974).
'You Won't See me' (November 1975 'Hat' Tour encore) . Beetles song. Don't think a recording exists?
'When Will I be Loved' (November 1975 'Hat' Tour encore) . Everley Brothers. Don't think a recording exists?
'The Black Joke' A tune played in 1975 and 1976 and coupled with 'Sligo Maid'. Tune also used in 'Shaking of the Sheet'
'Song for Germany' 1976 US Rocket Cottage Tour.
'Loves a Plum Pudding' John Kirkpatrick Morris tune from 1977. Don't think a recording exists?
'Sword Dance' Another Morris tune from 1977. Don't think a recording exists?
'Sweet Swansea'. Trad song about Prison played during 1977 as a first part to a 'Prison' medley with The Treadmill Song. Sang Acapella by Tim.
'Down in the Valley' (Tamborine only). Encore track from 1977/78 line up.
The 'Rockers Encore'
Various 50'/60's Rock n Roll classics performed by the band, usually, but not always part of an encore around the years 1972-74. They would often make a quick change after the main show and come back on dressed up in 'Rockers' outfits. Most of these these tracks only exist, if at all, as part of various bootlegs, usually from the tours of America.
'All Dressed up and Nowhere to go' ('73). Piano+Maddy + Band Backing Vocals. Available from when Steeleye supported Procul Harum.
'Hello Mary Lou' ('73). Session recording available.
'Rag Doll' ('73). Released as a Single.
'Long Tall Sally' ('73).
'Da Doo Ron Ron' ('73)
'Sing Something Simple' ('73)
'Truck Driving Man' Also frequently sung as part of the 'normal' set, and in a session.
'Too Know Him is to Love Him' (appeared on Now We are Six but included to shown here to include all known Rockers Encore tracks)
'General Taylor' (1971) Studio Outtake from Please to see the King. Appeared on 'Individually and Collectively LP in 1972. Also on the 'lark in the Morning' CD collection. More recently on the 2006 Castle Re Issue of Ten Map Mop, along with a BBC Session version. A Mark III line up version from a '72 session appears on a Bootleg.
'Bonny Moorhen' (1973). From Parcel Of Rogues studio sessions. 1st appeared on 'Original Masters' LP. On various collections since. Was excluded from album because there were 'too many' Scottish songs.
'The Games People Play' (year?). Not available. Per Peter: "
I remember once in the studio, Tim Hart, Rick and myself decided one late night to record 'The Games People Play'. It's out of this world, out of time, out of tune and very funny."
'Z Cars Theme'. Not really an outtake but the band were commissioned to record the theme music to the series. The tune was from a song called Johnny Todd.
'Super Womble'. (23rd July 1975). Full story on 1975 page. Steeleye actually recorded a version of this song in the studio (while recording 'Hat') in order for Mike Batt to get it on Top of the Pops the next day - all TotP tracks had to be recorded the day before (Union rules). The band then mimed to this track the next day on TotP. The episode does exist but is not currently on Youtube.
'Golden Vanity' (1995, Trad Arr) A Bob Johnson sung song that is a studio outtake from the 'Time' Album recording sessions. 1st appeared on two 'Park Records' sampler CD's in the 90's and more recently on the 2015 'Catch Up - The Essential Steeleye Span' CD
'Staring Robin'. (2000). A Tim Harries original song about an "Elizabethan Psycho". Full details on the time line for 2000. Recorded for the 'Bedlam Born' album but has never been released or surfaced so not yet available. Played on the 2000 tour and I recorded a poor quality bootleg and put it on Youtube.
Single Only Releases
More details available on the Timeline pages where relevant.
'Rave On' (1971). Single. Appears on a number of collections in slightly different variations. See final section.
'The Holly and The Ivy' (1972). Appears on various collections including a version with spoken Xmas greetings from the band which is on 'A Rare Collection'.
'Rag Doll' (1972). Appears on the US LP 'Live at Last' and various collections since including 'A Rare Collection 1972-1996'
'Boars Head Carol' (1977). Single only. Appears on the usual collections including 'A Rare Collection 1972-1996'
'Montrose (edited)' 1978 'B' side to 'Hunting the Wren'. edited down to just under 4m from 15m! Found on 'A Rare Collection..'
'Somewhere In London' (1985) A single only release at the time but appears now on CD Reissue of Back in Line Album. The 'B' side had a slightly different version of 'Lanercost' which included an instrumental ending. Available on 'A Rare Collection'
'Hard Times of Old England' (2008) Studio recorded unreleased single, shortened 'Rock N Roll' version that appeared live at the time. See 2008 timeline for details.
'Somewhere along the Road'. (2015). A Rick Kemp composition sung by Maddy for years. This is a studio recording and they played it live. Appeared on 'Catch Up' Album.
See final section below for more details on other single releases.
1980 - 2001 live tracks.
'I have a Wish' (1982). Available on 'Gone to Australia' and a 'A Rare Collection 1972-1996'
2002 - 2009
Studio Tracks from Present CD. :
When the 'classic' line up re-united they recorded the 'Present' album which had a couple of interesting tracks/variations worthy of note.
'Let Her Go Down' ('Present' and 'Folk Rock Pioneers in Concert') When the Peter Knight track was recorded in 1980 on 'Sails of Silver' the middle verse was altered to enable Maddy Prior to sing a verse as it was thought at the time it was single material. This version goes back to the as intended version and makes much more lyrical sense of the song.
'Lyke Wake Dirge' Recorded for the first time by the band. Appeared in concert in the mid 70's.
'Hard Times of Old England'. Much slowed down version.
tracks available on Official Live Releases:
'Liam's Drum Solo' (2004. Folk Rock Pioneers in Concert)
'Who's the Fool Now' (Trad Arr). 2006. Appears on 'Live at a Distance'
'The Neck Belly Reel' 2008. Appears on 'Live at a Distance'. Peter Knight fiddle tune.'I live not where I love' (Trad Arr). 2006. Appears on 'Live at a distance'. Another live only recording of this frequently sung Maddy favourite.
2010 - 2019
A lean period recently for releasing live albums so we have to rely on poor quality bootlegs
THE SINGLES EDITS
(thanks to Chris Haines)
Rave On/Reels/Female Drummer (October 1971) [CB164]
3 versions exist;
a) Original with 2 verses with a ‘jump’ and speech at end
b) 2 verses ‘corrected’ with no jump (most commonly found)
c) 1976 Mooncrest re-issue with no jump and extended to 3 verses
All these can be found on the Castle Ten Man Mop re-issue
Jigs And Reels (1972) [PGS6]
A Side: Reels from Ten Man Mop
B Side: Jigs from Please To See The King & Ten Man Mop
(B: Jigs:Bride’s Favourite/Tansey's Fancy) (September 1972) [CHS2005]
2:58 edit of the LP version's 4:45
1. Slightly more echo on Tim's vocal
2. Verses 3, 5 and 6 are edited out
3. Low notes are heard behind v2 (not on LP)
4. Fiddle solo is moved to between v4 and last verse. On the LP it is at
the end of the song.
(B: The Holly And The Ivy) (November 1972) [CHS2007]
A Side: ‘Dry’ version without fade up or down.
Thomas The Rhymer
(B: The Mooncoin Jig) (February 1974) [CHS2026]
A Side: 3:12 a radical re-recording of the LP version’s 6:39
The 11 verses of the LP cut down to 5. Found on the BGO CD Original Masters [BGOCD322]
All Around My Hat
(B: Black Jack Davy) (October 1975) [CHS2078]
A Side: 2:58 edit of the LP version's 4:06
Verse 3 and the following chorus and fiddle break are edited out (retains last unaccompanied chorus).
Hard Times Of Old England
(B:Sum Waves (Tunes)) (30 January 1976) [CHS2085]
A Side: 3:16 edit of the LP version's 5:10
1. Verses 4 & 5 are edited out
2. Guitar solo is shortened with additional fiddle overdub on top to disguise this
3. Last verse has additional mandolin overdub
4. At the end, the chorus is repeated twice instead of the LP’s five times
(B: Sligo Maid) (10 September 1976) [CHS2107]
A Side: 3:14 edit of the LP version's 4:06 (fades down early)
Fighting For Strangers
(B: Mooncoin Jig (30 November 1976) [CHS2125]
A Side: 3:14 edit of the LP version's 4:19
1. Shorter fade up and down
2. Chorus repeated twice instead of 3 times at the end
NOTE: all comments above relate to A Sides. B Sides are LP versions.
Padstow / First House In Connaught/Sailor’s Bonnet (1989) [FLUT3]
A Side: The bass is different at the beginning and the drums certainly are throughout. Undecided - probably a remix.
Side: Also probably remixed, with extra fiddle riffing at the beginning and noticeably
more prominent guitar at 2:27
on. Runs slightly longer.