PETER KNIGHT - MADDY PRIOR - RICK KEMP - KEN NICOL - LIAM GENOCKEY
Produced by Steeleye Span with Mark Ellis and Tony Poole
Recorded at The Propagation House Studios, Holsworthy, Devon
Engineered by Mark Ellis
Mixed by Tony Poole
The 4th and final album by this line up. Unlike the previous three this album is made up of traditional songs/lyrics adapted by the band - at rehearsals the band decided to focus on traditional songs and not the original compositions they had brought forward for consideration. Peter said the songs just didn't 'hang together' as a Steeleye album. He suggested they get rooted again in the tradition so Maddy and Peter went off back to the old books and together they arranged most of the songs. Rick was not well so didn't get very involved. Ken had expressed some dissatisfaction at this focus away from original songs, this may have led to him leaving.
With this line up breaking up the following year it is one of the most under represented albums in the live set. Ranzo and Creeping Jane did appear briefly in the next decade.
Unusually there were no liner notes for any of the tracks so tracking down who introduced and arranged the songs is not easy - but we know Maddy and Peter took the lead on song choice.
Maddy had sang backing vocals to this same arrangement on the Shirley Collins 'No Roses' album in 1971. Shirley in those liner notes said: This is a fragment from my Aunt Grace (Grace Winhorn, Hastings) that she sang to my sister and me when we were children.