Wednesday, November 24, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 198: Long Lankin

Long Lankin - Steeleye Span (1975)

What does a band do when competing with the folk rock reign of Fairport Convention in Britain? Well, if you are Steeleye Span, you make a few pop singles that get you on Top Of The Pops, and then you RAWK!!!!!! What has always made Steelye stand out from the pack is how they truly put the rock in their beloved genre. No example of this is clearer than this eight minute-plus murder ballad. Electric Guitar replicates traditional instrumental passages so flawlessly that it sounds like these ancient songs were written with a stratocaster in mind. Steelye is largely unknown in America, at least more so that Fairport. Commoner's Crown, their seventh album, is the perfect introduction to their impressive catalog, and its content might even do my purpose for posting one better: It might become one of your favorite lps, regardless of genre.

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