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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0000C83YX
  • Also Available in: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,505 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Lish Young Buy-A-Broom
2. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
3. Maid That's Deep in Love
4. The Rambling Sailor
5. Bruton Town
6. Farewell Nancy
7. The Dalesman's Litany
8. The Brisk Butcher
9. The Stately Southerner
10. Who's the Fool Now
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. False Knight on the Road
2. Bring Us in Good Ale
3. Of All the Birds
4. I Live Not Where I Love
5. The Ploughboy and the Cockney
6. Westron Wynde
7. Sorry the Day I Was Married
8. Dancing at Whitsun
9. Fly Up My Cock
10. Cannily Cannily
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2003 anthology of duo material by Steeleye Span founding members includes all three pre-Steeleye albums, 'Folk Songs Of Olde England Vol. 1' (1968), 'Folk Songs Of Olde England Vol. 2' (1968), & 'Summer Solstice' (1971). Castle.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Three albums in one package, May 23, 2005
This review is from: Heyday: Anthology (Audio CD)
Tim Hart and Maddy Prior became founder members of Steeleye Span, one of Britain's leading folk-rock groups. Before that, they established their reputation playing the folk club circuit. During that time, they recorded two albums of traditional folk songs, now combined to form the first CD here.

The music is suitably primitive with very little musical accompaniment, sometimes none at all. These albums were apparently each recorded in one afternoon with no second takes although Tim and Maddy wanted to re-record some songs. There are mistakes but one of the biggest is when Tim incorrectly pronounces Keighley (Key-ley instead of Keith-ley) in Dalesman's lament. Re-recording would not have helped there since Tim didn't realize his mistake until the album was released.

Maddy and Tim each sing solo and there are also some duets. Tim's rustic voice will not appeal to everybody although I quite like it. Nevertheless, Maddy was then (and still is) a class act and the best tracks are those that feature Maddy. My favorites here include Maid that's deep in love, Bruton tow, The brisk butcher, The stately southerner, Copshawholme fair, Horn of the hunter, Queen Eleanor's confession and Captain Wedderburn's courtship. You don't get songs like those anymore. One of Tim's solos (Paddy stole the rope) is an amusing song about two men and a rope.

After forming Steeleye Span, it came as a surprise that they recorded this third album of old English folk songs in 1972. Unlike the previous two albums, this was recorded professionally and includes three non-traditional songs. While the music is still clearly traditional (albeit more polished) with none of the rock influence of Steeleye Span, there are none of the mistakes that you can find on the first two. This album is on the second CD. It's a pity there wasn't a fourth album to fill the spare capacity.

Maddy does nearly all the singing although Tim gets some solos (The ploughboy and the Cockney, Dancing at Whitsun) and joins Maddy on other songs (Of all the birds, Westron wynds, Sorry the day I was married, Adam catched Eve). Tim is mainly preoccupied playing guitars, dulcimer, harmonium, psaltery and tabor. Other musicians (not from Steeleye Span) play mandolin, string bass, percussion, bells and electric bass. This may seem a lot of instruments for a traditional folk album but of course, they aren't all used on the same tracks. Quite rightly, the dominant instrument here is Maddy's superb voice, one of the finest that has ever graced the world of folk music. Among the highlights are The false knights on the road, I live not where I love, Three drunken maidens and Serving girls holiday.

If you enjoy traditional folk music and you didn't buy the albums when they were previously available separately, you will surely enjoy this fine collection.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Great duo Brit Folk, December 21, 2004
E. C Goodstein (Northern CA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Heyday: Anthology (Audio CD)
Wonderful to have these hard to find albums ('68/'69 & '71) together in one place. The first two contain songs like "Bruton Town" & "Maid That's Deep in Love" also done (quite differently) a bit later by Pentangle, classics like "Farewell Nancy" & one Steeleye Span does too, "Copshawholme Fair." Disc Two is "Summer Solstice" with just a bit more instrumentation, & one of the great Brit folk duet albums I think. Wonderful versions of songs like "I Live Not Where I Love," "False Knight on the Road," & upbeat clever ones like "3 Drunken Maidens." These are very straightforward versions of the songs, but lovely interaction of their voices, which are even more evident here than in Steeleye I think. & many great solo ones too. Sound isn't wonderful (esp. disc one), as original recordings were done quickly with very basic equipment, & shows a bit in remastering. Much better on the more complicated "Summer Solstice." Anyway, IMO it doesn't matter. Pity they didn't do more duos, but these are gems IMO, and show off two of the best singers of this music in the past 25 years. Interesting, brief interviews with them in liner notes too.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, a great collection., February 23, 2010
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I fell in love with Tim Hart & Maddy Prior's rendition of the Old English Folk Song, "Adieu Sweet Love Nancy" after stumbling across it on one of the music blogs I troll for new random sounds. I even researched every other version of the song I could find on the internet, surprised to find quite a few. Still, I prefer the heartful sweetness Hart & Prior elicit from this long-ago tune. I also like how their interpretation is a great balance between instrument and voice, where I felt some recordings lost the lyrical chanties behind heavy instrumentation. Maddy Prior's voice is pure genius and their partnership is a gift to music. The whole "Heydays" collection is a pleasure for anyone interested in folk, british folk or just good music. These albums are otherwise impossible to find - believe me, I tried! If you like Damien Rice, Cat Power, Coco Rosie, this more traditional folk music might interest you as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Spare, timeless, almost forgotten
This is achingly beautiful music, so clear, so simply produced, of a different age. In light of the informative reviews already here, all I can say is out of my CDs this is one of...
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful late 60's traditional folk
This CD is a compilation of 3 LPs of acoustic traditional British folk.
Tim Hart and Maddy Prior are known for being founding members of the highly successful 70's electric...
Published on October 29, 2007 by Matthew Schwarz

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
If you like olde English folk songs this cd is for you. It is outstanding.
Published on June 3, 2007 by Charlie Daleo

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