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Arthur the King

  • 1. Name of Arthur, The
    2. Veturae Remembering
    3. Hallows I
    4. Queen and Sovereignty
    5. Hallows II
    6. Tribal Warriors
    7. Hallows III
    8. Sentry
    9. Hallows IV
    10. Once and Future King
    11. Beynardine
    12. Hail the Ball
    13. Duke of Marlboroguh
    14. Fanny Blair
    15. Lark in the Morning
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 58

  • Credits
    ProducerNick Holland; Troy Donockley
    EngineerSteve Watkins

    Personnel: Maddy Prior (vocals); Troy Donockley (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, cittern, whistle, Uilleann pipe, background vocals); Nick Holland (keyboards, background vocals); Terl Bryant (drums, percussion).
    Maddy Prior has challenged herself -- and her fans -- continuously throughout her illustrious career. While many of her solo releases since Steeleye Span's mid-'70s heydays have been spotty, they've never been boring. That troubadour spirit continues on "Arthur the King," a ten-part song cycle concerning the historical King Arthur, augmented by five tracks that revisit her early work both bold and brittle. Teaming up once again with longtime collaborator/producer Troy Donockley, Arthur the King channels the Steeleye Span art rock glory of records like Storm Force Ten and Commoner's Crown, while maintaining the contemporary sound of more recent endeavors. Nick Holland's solid and imaginative keyboards, Terl Bryant on drums and percussion, and the aforementioned Donockley utilizing his multi-instrumental skills on electric and acoustic guitars, whistles, and cittern provide a lucid canvas for Prior's (still breathtaking) vocals. Memorable cuts include "Veturae Remembering," a call-and-response ballad that finds the legendary King reminiscing about his childhood in Rome, and "Tribal Warriors," a balls-out rocker that finds Prior channeling angry youth with a vigor that would make women half her age envious. The five tracks that make up Arthur's second half are more inconsistent. While the rousing Prior/Donockley-penned "Hail the Ball" is one of her finest in years, her reworking of "Lark in the Morning" and "Reynardine" are pretty but unnecessary. Arthur the King is a slow grower, but at this stage in her career Prior has no need to "give the people what they want," and that more than anything makes what she has accomplished here more than worthy of placement in her remarkable canon. ~ James Christopher Monger

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