Ray I've been doing exactly as you say above and I'm still having problems. The site is very glitchy. You can put the address imbetween urls as you say and it will show up (video loading), you post it and it's not there. You go back to edit in bbcode and there's nothing imbetween the brackets as if you never put anything there..it's really odd. Anyway I've got stuff out in the garden to do now (and things to photograph for my shop)so I'll carry on posting tonight. If it's taking too long and I'm still having problems, I'll pm you the ties. Cheers G
And now it's showing A as not available. Maybe just in the states? Anyway, here's an alternate:
These are both wonderful, of course, though B is just so elemental to me. I almost feel like everything that I'm a fan of in music is in there somewhere, but let's just concentrate on the fiddle sound and the bass. I mean, I know I have a fetish for some of the sounds here, but let's not give short shrift to the fact that these guys created something new. By comparision Fairport just added bass and drums, these guys are the ones that really created a uniquely English hybrid.
Richard's great, no denying - but he's probably my 3rd or 4th favorite 50s rocker at best. Steeleye - at least this version - is the greatest folk/rock band that - to put it in Carlsson language - ever walked the earth.
Both okay, not great. Both very much within their genre to the point of being generic. Steeleye Span have a slightly boorish aspect to them as if they're so concerned about getting the details right that they never give in to actually enjoying what they're doing. It's all a bit Keith Pratt (for those familiar with Nuts in May) and I find its stiff, austere nature a turn off. I'm more likely to enjoy the Little Richard here even though there's something quite formulaic about it.
I always think of Alan Partridge doing Steeleye Span whenever I read their name. It's dry, arid music to me. I have little time for folk in general - I do rate Fairport who were far more alive than this lot - but this just generally bores me to tears.
Aw, another good match. It's tough for B here because there are times I like that traditional folky sound a lot, and it might have got my vote in other ties; but Little Richard doing a little Bobby Marchan R&B belter is just too far up my alley to deny.
Little Richard gives his all, as you'd expect, but it lacks the vitality of his 50s/early 60s stuff. It's the band's fault as much as anything. For all that's said about virtuosity, when someone who's basically a primal force can afford a proper bunch of session musicians and musos, it sucks the life out of the tune by insisting on hitting all the right notes at exactly the right time, in the rightly considered fashion. Makes it much more cabaret than chaos.
The only thing wrong with this Span song is the electric bass which doesn't fit the styling at all, and dominates too much. But I'm a sucker for trad folk, even when it's done in a folk-rock way. It's the female backing vocals which really make this killer for me, it gives it a real arcane, medieval feel, gives the song an age that it probably doesn't actually have. Love the violin, too, really works for me. Means I can almost overlook the stiff lead vocal.
I’m sorry, B - I find that trad folkie stuff really hard to listen to, the whole medieval drown-the-witch incantation thing just not for me. A is rockin’ fun if rather generic - it’s just much more my cuppa.