Steeleye Span is one of my most favorite groups, and they have been around since the 1970s. For some unknown reason, their rendition of Hard Times of Old England has been playing on my internal tape today. So, I wandered through YouTube, looking for something the Ricochetti might like. There are the usual, just cuts from an album with audio only, or audio and still photos. But I found this unusual recording from 1984. I’m sorry the sound level isn’t what it could be, but the video is pretty cool!
Then, I scrolled down, and what did I come upon? An a cappella version by a real old English folk singer, Bob Cooper, with the exact words and tune that Steeleye Span did with all the electric embellishments! Listen to this for a contrast, but I respect Steeleye Span all the more for being totally faithful to the original!Published in