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    Strawbs

    I think we can separate Strawbs in 4 eras. Early Strawbs Strawbs 72-75 Strawbs 76-77 and recent Strawbs.
    Im a big fan of Strawbs 72-75. Four albums. Heroes and Heroin and Ghost with John Hawken on Keyboard are my two favourites. I know they are still recording but I dont know their late stuff.

    That movie isnt bad at all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK9BH...yer_detailpage
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    One of my favorite bands, different phases, but songs that "work" in all of them

    Lambert is really under rated IMO, a great player

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musitron View Post
    I think we can separate Strawbs in 4 eras. Early Strawbs – Strawbs 72-75 – Strawbs 76-77 – and recent Strawbs.
    I’m a big fan of Strawbs 72-75. Four albums. Heroes and Heroin and Ghost with John Hawken on Keyboard are my two favourites. I know they are still recording but I don’t know their late stuff.

    That movie isn’t bad at all.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vK9BH...yer_detailpage
    I'd do another distinction in Strawbs' hisory, because their very early life (with Sandy and Claire Deniz) is fairly different from the Hooper-Wakeman-Hudson-Ford days as well
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musitron View Post
    I’m a big fan of Strawbs 72-75.
    A great run of albums.
    I caught them on a bill with a KC in '73 and then again a couple of years ago with VdGG......
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    I would like to hear a review of "Of A Time".

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    Great band...Love the Hooper, Hudson, Ford era...Witchwood and Grave New World are great , Bursting has a tremendous side 1, but imo stumbles half way into side 2

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    I like Dave Cousins in spurts, but I think the band overall is excellent. Cryptic nearly folk like storytelling.
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    There's also the early bluegrass period, the brief period with Sandy Denny.

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    yeah "hero and heroine" is imo their best. seems to hold together better than the others; "ghosts" sounds similar to it .

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    I like 'em. They're pretty good.

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    I've seen their Acoustic shows probably about 8 times over the last 10 years or so. Never get tired of it. The last 2 shows were the best ever and their harmonies spectacular. Check them out any time you can, while you still can.
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    From the Witchwood is my favorite, then H & H and Bursting at the Seams, then Ghosts.

    But there's much to love in all their phases, IMHO.
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    I'm pretty much a Wakeman/Weaver/Hudson/Ford era man myself... Curios & antiques, Witchwood and GNW...

    Then disaster struck with the aptly-titled BATS... something went horribly wrong in the quest or conquest for America... While H&H and Ghosts are not nearly as bad, they were never the same (only Cousins was left in H&H >> the rest had all gone)
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    BATS? What is this?

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    "Hummingbird" with Wakiepoos is DEAD BORING.

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    bats - bursting at the seams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yogibear View Post
    bats - bursting at the seams?
    Yup
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    It's not "aptly titled" "BATS," since that is not the title. Trane is just bringing teh funnie.

    Aside from the auto-skip-it "Part of the Union" and the harmless throwaway "Thank You," it's a pretty damn solid album in my book. Not getting the hate for this album. Great stuff like "Lady Fuscia," "The Winter & The Summer," Tears & Pavane," etc. etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItalProgRules View Post
    It's not "aptly titled" "BATS," since that is not the title. Trane is just bringing teh funnie.

    Aside from the auto-skip-it "Part of the Union" and the harmless throwaway "Thank You," it's a pretty damn solid album in my book. Not getting the hate for this album. Great stuff like "Lady Fuscia," "The Winter & The Summer," Tears & Pavane," etc. etc.
    That's not the album's title?? Geeeeezzz I'd have not guessed it
    http://rateyourmusic.com/release/alb..._at_the_seams/

    aside from the auto skip Lay Down (and a few others), the only slightly worthy track on that album is Tears/Pavane... IMHO, anyway

    Even Winter/Summer and Down ByThe Sea are fillers in my book, when compard to the stuff that was on Witchwood.
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItalProgRules View Post
    it's a pretty damn solid album in my book. Not getting the hate for this album. Great stuff like "Lady Fuscia," "The Winter & The Summer," Tears & Pavane," etc. etc.
    This

    Great album in my book

    BG
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    Ya, Love em! Listened to them a lot more in the past then I do now, But i never hesitate to catch them live, wether in trio or electric format. One of the singular best performances I ever saw from a band was my first Strawbs show in the very early 80's. Dave Cousins was a young man pocessed, brilliant and extremely powerfull performance at the legendary El Mocambo club in Toronto. Hero & Heroine is probably still my fave, but they all good in that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lino View Post
    Ya, Love em! Listened to them a lot more in the past then I do now, But i never hesitate to catch them live, wether in trio or electric format. One of the singular best performances I ever saw from a band was my first Strawbs show in the very early 80's. Dave Cousins was a young man pocessed, brilliant and extremely powerfull performance at the legendary El Mocambo club in Toronto. Hero & Heroine is probably still my fave, but they all good in that era.
    I read a quote from a critic that said that David Cousins was a poet born in the wrong century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItalProgRules View Post
    Aside from the auto-skip-it "Part of the Union" and the harmless throwaway "Thank You," it's a pretty damn solid album in my book. Not getting the hate for this album. Great stuff like "Lady Fuscia," "The Winter & The Summer," Tears & Pavane," etc. etc.
    Agreed. All of their albums include an auto-skip or two; this one's no different. What's good is really good.....
    Hell, they ain't even old-timey ! - Homer Stokes

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    What is the auto-skip in "Witchwood"?

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    The auto-skip refers to the song Part of the Union which is uncharacteristically bad which no self-respecting Strawbs fan can tollerate. Hence the auto-skip reference because we never want to hear it again.

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    I take that back. I just checked and Part of the Union isn't on From The Witchwood. Part of the Union is on Bursting at the Seams. I don't know what that reference is to.

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