Tempted and Tried
is the 13th studio album by the electric folk
band Steeleye Span
. The album was recorded after a three-year hiatus after the release of Back in Line
. After releasing ten albums in fairly rapid succession during the 1970s, the band entered something of a creative dry spell, with 'Tempted' being only their 3rd album in 10 years. The album cover proclaims the album a "20th Anniversary Celebration", and the band was clearly eager to commemorate their anniversary, since strictly speaking the band had only been rehearsing in 1969, and didn't record until 1970.
Long-time bassist Rick Kemp
had left the band a few years earlier, due to a repetitive-motion shoulder injury that left him unable to play bass without pain. On tours, the band had rotated a variety of bassists in to replace him, but it was decided that in advance of the new album and a tour that the band needed a permanent bassist. Nigel Pegrum
turned to a friend of his, Tim Harries
, a self-taught bassist and classically trained pianist, who agreed to join.
Harries brought the band some much-needed young blood, and 'Tempted' proved a return to the band's 70's approach. Their previous two albums had relied heavily on songs written by the band and relatively little on traditional songs. But 'Tempted' features mostly traditional songs arranged by the band, with only three new songs, all written by Peter Knight
, and one of these, "Seagull", about the old game of Shove-penny, has a... Read More