1971 : Please To See The King

Steeleye Span

01 : The Blacksmith
02 : Cold, Haily, Windy Night
03 : Jigs: Bryan O’Lynn / The Hag with the Money
04 : Prince Charlie Stuart
05 : Boys Of Bedlam
06 : False Knight On The Road
07 : The Lark In The Morning
08 : Female Drummer
09 : The King
10 : Lovely On The Water

Additional track on 1991 Mooncrest release (CREST 005 and CRESTCD 005):

11 : Rave On (cleaned up ‘two verse’ version)

Additional tracks on 2006 Castle release (CMQDD 1253):
BBC “Top Gear” session rec. June 23 1970

11 : The Blacksmith
12 : Female Drummer
13 : Rave On
14 : I Was a Young Man
15 : The Lark in the Morning

BBC “Stuart Henry Show” session July 23 1970

16 : The King
17 : Prince Charlie Stuart
18 : The Bold Poachers

Additional tracks on 2006 Castle release (CMQDD 1253) bonus CD:
BBC “Folk on 1” session October 17 1970

01 : College Grove / Silver Spear
02 : Lay Down Your Weary Tune
03 : False Knight on the Road
04 : Jigs: Hitler’s Downfall / The Hag with the Money
05 : Female Drummer (Mk I)
06 : Wee Weaver
07 : Reel

BBC “Stuart Henry Show” session February 4 1971

08 : Female Drummer (Mk II)
09 : General Taylor
10 : Farther Along
11 : Two Reels

BBC “Top Gear” session March 27 1971

12 : Let’s Dance
13 : Bring ’em Down / A Hundred Years Ago
14 : The Lark in the Morning

BBC TV (date unknown)

15 : The King
16 : Jigs: Bryan O’Lynn / The Hag with the Money
17 : The Blacksmith

First released in the UK 1971 by B&C Records CAS 1029.

Also released in 1971 by PEG Records on 8-track cartridge Y8PEG1029 with the same tracks but in the following order:

PROGRAM A
The Blacksmith
Jigs: Bryan O’Lynn / The Hag with the Money
Cold, Haily, Windy Night (Part 1)
PROGRAM B
Cold, Haily, Windy Night (conclusion)
False Knight On The Road
Prince Charlie Stuart
PROGRAM C
Boys Of Bedlam
Female Drummer
The King
PROGRAM D
The Lark In The Morning
Lovely On The Water

Issued in the USA 1971 by Big Tree Records BTS 2004 and United Artists UAS 29244

Re-issued in the UK 1974 and 1976 by Mooncrest Records CREST8

Also issued in the USA by Chrysalis Records 1976 CHR 1119 (vinyl) and 8CH 1119 (8-track cartridge). 8-track cartridge has the same tracks but in the following order:

PROGRAM 1
Cold, Haily, Windy Night
Lovely On The Water
PROGRAM 2
Jigs: Bryan O’Lynn / The Hag with the Money
False Knight On The Road
Female Drummer
PROGRAM 3
Prince Charlie Stuart
Boys Of Bedlam
The King
PROGRAM 4
The Blacksmith
The Lark In The Morning

Issued in the USA 1990 by Shanachie Records 79075

Issued 1991 by Mooncrest Records CREST 005 (vinyl) and CRESTCD 005 (CD)

Re-issued with re-mastered audio and additional tracks 2006 by Castle Music CMQDD 1253

Personnel:
Maddy Prior: vocals, spoons, tabor, tambourine, bells
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar, banjo, organ, bells
Tim Hart: vocals, guitar, dulcimer, bells
Ashley Hutchings: vocals, bass guitar, bells
Peter Knight: vocals, fiddle, mandolin, organ, bass guitar, bells

Credits:
Original album produced by Sandy Roberton for September Productions Ltd.
Engineers: Vic Gamm, Jerry Boys, Roger Mayer, Bob Potter, Roger Quested

Sleeve notes:

Boys Of Bedlam
The Priory of St Mary of Bethlehem at Bishopsgate founded in 1247 became the male lunatic asylum known as Bethlehem Hospital or Bedlam in 1547. In 1815 it was moved to Lambeth in the buildings now housing the Imperial War Museum, and in 1931 was moved to Beckenham in Kent. The hospital of St. Mary Magdelen [pronounced Maudlin] was its female counterpart. During the 16th and 17th centuries the man was depicted asa bent old man with a staff leading a dog, carrying a thorn bush and lantern.

The King
The wren traditionally symbolised winter and the robin summer. On twelfth night in Pembrokeshire, where the song was collected, a wren was hunted and killed to symbolise the death of winter and then placed in a garlanded box and taken from door to door. At each house this song was sung and the occupants asked to pay to see the dead wren with the words “Please to see the King”.

False Knight On The Road
The false knight is the devil and if the ‘wee boy’ failed to answer his questions he would lose his soul to the devil.

Additional information:

Reinhard Zierke’s site also lists the following versions and attributes some of the artwork shown above to different versions:

Liberty LLP 80462 (LP, Japan)
Interfusion SITFL 934599 (LP, Australia, 1972)
Chrysalis/Festival L 36141 (LP, Australia)
Chrysalis CHR 1119 (LP, USA, 1976)

Prog Archives list another additional release:

Disk Union 7150/1 (CD, Japan 2006)


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