THE KING OF ELFLAND'S DAUGHTER (1977)
This concept album was conceived by Bob and it was very much his labour of love. It is an adaption of the 1924 Fantasy Novel by Lord Dunsany. He enlisted Peter to help him, along with various other friends in the music business. Nigel Pegrum played drums on most of the tracks. It even has Christopher Lee as the narrator. Tony Secunda, who was Steeleye's manager at the time was happy to support it and according to Peter, in order to get the backing needed, Tony had to go to Chrysalis and persuade them to provide £30k to fund this obscure album. He managed this by telling Chrysalis Bob and Peter would leave Steeleye if this album wasn't made! Chrysalis agreed but didn't promote or market it at all so it was not a commercial success. Ironically Peter and Bob did leave Steeleye anyway, but apparently nothing to do with this album which was reported in the press at the time.