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Live at Last!

Steeleye Span: Live at Last! (BGOCD 342)

Live at Last!
Steeleye Span

Chrysalis CHR 1199 (LP, UK, 1978)
Chrysalis CHR 1199 (LP, US / Canada, 1978)
Phonogram/Chrysalis 6307 639 (LP, Germany, 1978)
Ariola/Chrysalis 202.749-320 (LP, Germany, 1978)
BGO Records BGOCD 342 (CD, UK, April 1997)
BGO Records BGOCD 1147 (2 CD w/ Sails of Silver, UK, May 2014)

Recorded live at the Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, March 7, 1978;
Engineered by Mike Thompson at the Maison Rouge Mobile Studio;
Mixed by Tim Hart and Mike Thompson at Wessex Studios, London;
Concert sound by Scott ‘Colac’ Thompson;
Concert lighting by Clive ‘Colac’ Davies;
Tea and tuck by Hazel Tether;
Road crew: Andy Banks, John Wilford, Patrick Whitley.

Musicians

Maddy Prior, vocals;
John Kirkpatrick, vocals, accordion;
Martin Carthy, vocals, guitar;
Tim Hart, vocals, guitar;
Rick Kemp, bass;
Nigel Pegrum, drums

Tracks

Again, there are two versions. The UK LP and CD have these tracks:

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Atholl Highlanders / Walter Bulwer's Polka (5.08)
  2. Saucy Sailor (Roud 531; Laws K38; G/D 1:49) /
    Black Freighter (9.50)
  3. The Maid and the Palmer (Roud 2335; Child 21) (6.37)
  4. Hunting the Wren (Roud 236) (3.09)
  1. Montrose (15.16)
  2. Bonnets So Blue (3.30)
  3. The False Knight on the Road (Roud 20; Child 3) (6.09)

All tracks trad. except
Track 2b Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill

The American and Canadian LPs miss Bonnets So Blue but instead have a studio recording of the Four Seasons song, Rag Doll, which was later re-released on the 2CD compilation Spanning the Years:

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Atholl Highlanders / Walter Bulwer's Polka (5.06)
  2. Saucy Sailor (Roud 531; Laws K38; G/D 1:49) /
    Black Freighter (9.50)
  3. The Maid and the Palmer (Roud 2335; Child 21) (6.37)
  4. Hunting the Wren (Roud 236) (3.09)
  1. Montrose (15.12)
  2. The False Knight on the Road (Roud 20; Child 3) (6.07)
  3. Rag Doll (3.20)

All tracks trad. except
Track 2b Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill;
Track 7 Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio

Sleeve Notes

Eighty years ago a collection of worthy gentlefolk formed the English Folk Song Society with the intention of collecting and protecting our diminishing heritage of traditional music from the ravages of popular song.

Eight years ago a collection of musicians formed a group called Steeleye Span with the intention of taking this well preserved music, revitalising it and putting it back into the world of popular song.

We were told it couldn't be done; that traditional songs and ballads, mummers plays, sword dances and morris dances had no place in the world of rock; that they were relics of the past with no relevance outside of folk clubs and universities.

We proved them wrong with a gold album, five silver albums, two hit singles and concert success in America, Australiasia and Europe as well as Great Britain.

This then is our eleventh and final album. Steeleye Span amicably disbanded five days after making this recording for reasons that are irrelevant here. It is the music that counts and it has proved to be timeless, indestructable and, curiously enough, popular.

Tim Hart