Rolling Stone - 7/5/73, p.65
"..the current masters of the trad formula...["The Weaver & The Factory Maid" is] one of the most chilling and gorgeous sounds we've heard come out of a studio lately...the champion of the little movement that spawned it.."
Personnel: Tim Hart (vocals, guitar, dulcimer); Bob Johnson, Bob Johnson (vocals, guitar); Peter Knight (vocals, violin, keyboards); Rick Kemp (vocals, drums); Maddy Prior (vocals).
Liner Note Author: John Tobler.
Recording information: Sound Techniques, Chelsea, London, England.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Peter Knight; Bob Johnson.
Arrangers: Bob Johnson; Maddy Prior; Rick Kemp; Tim Hart .
1973's PARCEL OF ROGUES is one of Steeleye Span's best albums, representing the era when the group's balance between traditional English folk music and good ol' rock and roll was at its surest. Neither too rock for the folk purists nor too twee for the rockers, PARCEL OF ROGUES has charms to delight both camps.
This is most clear on the opening track "One Misty Moisty Morning," one of Steeleye Span's finest songs. Maddy Prior's beautiful, clear voice mixes with the half-acoustic/half-electric arrangement seamlessly, and the song's haunting refrain becomes a actual pop hook by its second appearance. The album also features excellent vocals by Tim Hart and the band's other members, including Peter Knight and Bob Johnson's excellent rendition of "Hares on the Mountain." The album's other highlight, "Alison Gross," is probably the closest thing to an all-out rock song the group ever recorded.