Mooncrest's The King: The Best of Steeleye Span is a bit of a misnomer. Boasting a sparse 17 tracks -- the group recorded over 20 records -- it focuses only on the band's first three releases. Opening with the a cappella "A Calling on Song," the intro to their debut Hark! The Village Wait, the songs flow easily due to similar production sounds and infrequent lineup changes. The inclusion of hard-to-find fan favorites like "Rave On" and Tim Hart's "Ploughboy and the Cockney" -- featuring string arrangements by the great Robert Kirby -- make this a useful collector's tool, but those who have steadily followed the band's remarkable career will already have the other material.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger