It has been 38 years since Steeleye Span released her album "Now We Are Six". Now the band has re-recorded the 1974 work live. The rather soft and calm pieces like the title track, the instrumental "The Mooncoin Jig" and "Long-A-Growing", in which Rose-Kemp-Mama Maddy Prior can bring her voice to the fore, are quite well done. Also the consistently positive "Two Magicians" transports the haunting atmosphere of the "British Folk". Disappointing is the rock-oriented "Seven Hundred Elves", in which the electric guitar "saws" and "boards" too much. The Phil Spector cover "To Know Him Is To Love Him", a lard ballad that only very few artists can tastefully perform, is heard in the section "Prohibited under maximum penalty" - Steeleye Span is clearly not one of them. The second CD features well-known and rare songs that were recorded on the spring tour 2011. All in all a release that spreads far more folk feeling than the beery Fairport Convention. However, the very high treble sound, which does not fit the musical style, has a disturbing effect.
Top track: Two Magicians