The King of Elfland's Daughter (album)

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The King of Elfland's Daughter
Studio album by Bob Johnson and Peter Knight
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Studio Wessex Sound Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, British folk rock
Length 35:34
Label Chrysalis
Producer Bob Johnson, Peter Knight
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The King of Elfland's Daughter is a concept album by former Steeleye Span members Bob Johnson and Peter Knight. It was based on the 1924 fantasy novel of the same name by Lord Dunsany and recorded and released in 1977.[2] The cover illustration is by Jimmy Cauty.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. The Request (3.23) vocals - Chris Farlowe
  2. Lirazel (4.11) vocals - Mary Hopkin
  3. Witch (3.35) vocals - P.P. Arnold
  4. Alveric's Journey Through Elfland (4.57) vocals - Frankie Miller

Side 2

  1. The Rune of the Elf King (3.59) vocals - Christopher Lee
  2. The Coming of the Troll (1.53) vocals - Alexis Korner
  3. Just Another Day of Searching (5.09) vocals - Frankie Miller
  4. Too Much Magic (3.58) vocals - Derek Brimstone
  5. Beyond the Fields We Know (4.29) vocals - Mary Hopkin



  • Bob Johnson: acoustic and electric guitars; bass guitar (#1,3)
  • Peter Knight: autoharp, synthesiser, electric piano, glockenspiel, piano, violins, mandolins
  • Herbie Flowers: bass guitar (#2-9)
  • Nigel Pegrum: drums, percussion (#1-6)
  • Ray Cooper: percussion (#2,4)
  • Chris Spedding: acoustic guitars (#9)
  • Kenny Clarc: drums (#7,9)
  • Tony Newman: drums (#8)
  • Mike Bait: clarinet (#6)
  • The Maggins String Quartet: strings quartet (#7)


Aside from the musicians on the album, also featured was a cast of actors and musicians who played the parts of the characters in the book:

  • The King of Elfland and the narrator: Christopher Lee
  • Lirazel: Mary Hopkin
  • Alveric: Frankie Miller
  • The Troll: Alexis Korner
  • The Witch: P.P. Arnold
  • A villager of Erl: Chris Farlowe
  • A Villager of Erl: Derek Brimstone
  • Children of Erl: Gayhurst Junior School Choir
  • The English Chorale : Choir
  • Barry St John
  • Liza Strike
  • Vicky Brown
  • Bob Johnson
  • Lavinia Rogers
  • Denise Garcia
  • Eleonor Keenan

The cast provided all the vocals for the album; neither Johnson nor Knight contributed any vocals.

Orchestrated and conducted by Peter Knight except for The Rune of the Elf King, which was orchestrated by Paul Lewis.