Sunday, November 14, 2010
Steeleye Span: Boys of Bedlam
Time for another choice inspired by Rob Young's Electric Eden.
After Ashley Hutchings had left Fairport Convention and hung out with Mr Fox, he formed a new band called Steeleye Span with, among others, Tim Hart and Maddy Prior, a folk duo from St Albans.
For their second LP "Please to See the King" the band was joined by Martin Carthy, who sings the lead on this track.
As someone who remembers Steeleye Span from the days when it was in the charts and dominated by Maddy Prior's voice, I find this incarnation infinitely preferable. Prior's voice can be irritating in large quantities, and it is hard to forgive her for not being Sandy Denny.
Incidentally, I once read an article that argued that the widely held belief that people used to pay to see the inmates at Bedlam for entertainment is mistaken. But I can't remember where I read it or how this misunderstanding arose.
Later. The original video has disappeared from Youtube, so here is one with the cover Paul remembers.