Steeleye Span Live

Two recent additions to You Tube with live performances from the early days of Steeleye Span:

This has been a fun little restoration project. My friend and music journalist Simon Jones handed me an old VHS tape recently. On it he tells me, “is the holy grail for Steeleye Span fans. A very rare recording of a TV appearance they made in 1970.” His request was simple, “could you copy the programme from the tape?” The transfer process was simple enough, if a little convoluted. I still have a couple of fully functioning JVC S-VHS decks, so that helped a whole lot! The one I plumped for is a HR-S8700EK. A S-VHS deck with a built in digital time base corrector, which I would use to stabilise the video image. The audio and video outputs from this were hooked up to a Pioneer DVR-720H DVD/Hard Disk recorder and the programme was recorded digitally. Normally I would capture the tape directly to my PC with a Terratec Firewire capture card but in this case there was some tape deterioration and the resultant picture disturbance upset the capture card and interrupted the capture. The Pioneer unit was far more tolerant to the signal and recorded it cleanly. The disk recording was burned to a DVD which was transferred to my editing PC. Here it was upscaled to 1080p, pillar-boxed and set in a 16:9 frame to look better on modern widescreen monitors and colour corrected, just a tad. The Music Room programme has the ATV ident and countdown clock at the beginning so its likely the recording came from ATV themselves, perhaps as someone’s archive copy. If anyone has details on that please let me know.

Tim Vickerstaff

Live At My Father’s Place, Roslyn, New York, 20th April 1973

00:00 One Misty Moisty Morning
04:59 The Ups And Downs
09:54 Oak Tree, Pigeon At The Gate
13:58 Sheep-Crook And Black Dog
20:18 Spotted Cow
24:41 Lady Isabelle Barnet’s Jigs
28:11 Rogues In A Nation
33:26 Cam Ye Oer Frae France
38:18 Alison Gross
43:31 Robbery With Violins
47:40 Gaudete
51:36 Royal Forester
57:05 Mason’s Apron

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