MADDY PRIOR - PETER KNIGHT - BOB JOHNSON - RICK KEMP - NIGEL PEGRUM - VINCE CROSS (DX7)
Flutterby Records (owned by the Band Manager Adrian Hopkins)
Produced by Steeleye Span
Recorded at Pace Studios, Milton Keynes
Engineer - John Acock
The first Steeleye album without Tim Hart and the first release not on Chrysalis since 1971. Released on a label Adrian Hopkins set up just to release this album (and was named Flutterby at a dig against Chrysalis). He had spend a few years trying to get a record deal with Chrysalis, hence why this album was delayed - it probably could have been released from about 1984, Bob also said in 1985 they were going to get an album out by the end of the year. They had been working on new material in the live set since 1994.
The album includes Vince Cross on synthesiser (who did not play live with the band). Vince had worked with Nigel Pegrum for a number of years on Nigel's 'Plant Life' Label and had played with a number of the band on the 1981 Plant Life album "Lovely in the Dances: songs of Sydney Carter".
Note that due to a lack of set lists for the years 1985-1988 it is likely these tracks were played more than is suggested in the song by song review below. We certainly know that virtually all tracks dropped off the set list quickly in 90's and returned sporadically since. Edward sticks out as being the most frequently performed song from this album, another Bob Johnson 'big ballad'
 Played across the World Tour