Steeleye Span

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Concert Review

by Bruce Eder

This rather mysterious CD -- which comes with full personnel credits and even a listing for where it was mixed, but nothing about when and where it was recorded -- is a pretty fair representation of Steeleye Span's live sound circa the mid-'90s, which was fairly impressive. The repertory bridges a quarter-century in the group's history, though not nearly as neatly or comprehensively as the two-CD concert document The Journey -- instead, there's a tendency to jump around the various corners of the group's repertory. It's all played and sung very well and slickly, with a good deal of intensity and passion, and their history is represented as well as one could reasonably expect from a mere 15 tracks (but not, alas, "Now We Are Six"). There is little audience ambience, however, which limits the excitement inherent in the listening, and reduces the otherwise solid inherent appeal of this CD.

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