Rocket Cottage

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Rocket Cottage
Rocket Cottage cover.jpg
Studio album by Steeleye Span
ReleasedSeptember 1976
RecordedJune 1976
Frans Peters Studios, Hilversum, Holland
GenreBritish folk rock
Length43:07
LabelChrysalis
ProducerMike Batt
Steeleye Span chronology
All Around My Hat
(1975)
Rocket Cottage
(1976)
Storm Force Ten
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Rocket Cottage is an album by British folk rock band Steeleye Span.

This was the band's ninth album, and the second produced by Mike Batt. It was hoped[citation needed]that the album would cement the band's popular and commercial success, building on their breakthrough into the UK Top 10 with their previous album All Around My Hat and its title track, which reached #5 on the UK singles chart. Unfortunately, Rocket Cottage was a victim of bad timing - by the time it was released, the sudden explosion of the British Punk scene saw audience tastes in the UK rapidly shift away from formerly popular genres like folk rock and progressive rock, and groups that previously been critical favourites, like Steeleye Span and Yes, soon found themselves being derided as "dinosaurs".[citation needed] Rocket Cottage failed to break into the Top 40, and it was the last album recorded by the "classic" mid-Seventies lineup of the group, with Peter Knight and Bob Johnson both subsequently leaving the group.

The album is perhaps the band's most rock-influenced album, with very prominent guitars and a strong rhythm section. Some fans consider this one of the band's best efforts,[citation needed] pointing to strong tracks like "London", "Fighting for Strangers", "Sir James the Rose", and "Orfeo/Nathan's Reel", the first three of which became classics of the band and fan favorites. Others, however, find the album erratic, complaining that the band's rhythm section tends to overwhelm the vocals,[citation needed] particularly on "Orfeo", "The Twelve Witches", and (to a lesser extent) "The Brown Girl".[citation needed] Oddly[citation needed]for an instrumental piece, "Nathan's Reel" simply fades out. The most peculiar decision was the inclusion of an unrehearsed version of "Camptown Racetrack"; years later Maddy Prior remarked, "I can't think what we were thinking of with that."[citation needed] This was the band's ninth album in five years, and many feel that their exhaustion is evident.[citation needed]

Peter Knight has said that the band was being pressured to write and adapt music for the commercial market,[citation needed] which led to considerable dissatisfaction among the band members.[citation needed] Both he and Bob Johnson were seriously considering leaving the band,[citation needed] particularly because they wanted to work on a musical version of The King of Elfland's Daughter,[citation needed] Chrysalis Records agreed to allow them to record that album if they agreed to record 'Rocket'.[citation needed] Lacking any interest in the album that Knight and Johnson produced, Chrysalis made little effort to promote the album,[citation needed] and Knight and Johnson chose to depart the band after 'Rocket' was released.

Personnel[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "London" (Hart, Johnson, Kemp, Knight, Pegrum, Prior) – 4:14
  2. "The Bosnian Hornpipes" (Traditional) – 0:57
  3. "Orfeo/Nathan's Reel" (Hart, Johnson, Kemp, Knight, Pegrum, Prior) – 6:00
  4. "The Twelve Witches" (Traditional) – 4:32
  5. "The Brown Girl" (Hart, Johnson, Kemp, Knight, Pegrum, Prior) – 5:05
  6. "Fighting for Strangers" (Traditional) – 4:25
  7. "Sligo Maid" (Traditional) – 3:44
  8. "Sir James the Rose" (Traditional) – 6:15
  9. "The Drunkard" (Traditional, prefaced by Camptown Racetrack) – 7:55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sleger, Dave. Rocket Cottage at AllMusic