Strawbs ~ A Choice Selection of...

Strawbs ~ A Choice Selection of...

Strawbs ~ A Choice Selection of...

If you don't have an album by Strawbs, this 16-track compilation would be a great place to start. If you only own one or two Strawbs CDs, this disc will do an admirable job of filling out your collection. (If you're already a rabid fan, who can remember when the angel-voiced Sandy Denny was their singer, there'll likely be nothing new for you here.)

Most prog fans will agree that Strawbs were a very important part of the late 60s to early 70s Prog movement. Their music is folk-based (that's where the original Strawberry Hill Boys' roots lie) symphonic prog. (Later YES keysman Rick Wakeman was an early member of the band.) For the uninitiated, you'll probably know them best from their radio/union hall-friendly single "Part of the Union." That catchy ditty is included here, but Strawbs' overall sound was much deeper than that seminal little Seventies song would seem to indicate. Lead singer/songwriter Dave Cousins' voice and lyrics are heartfelt, moving, and often intensely introspective (Roger Waters is not the sole proprietor of that oftimes disturbing musical realm). For example, here's the opening line of that other Strawbs "hit," the essential and infectious -- but disquieting -- "Round and Round," (also found here): "I drew the blade across my wrist, to see how it would feel. Looked into the future, there was nothing to reveal. For we were just a product of the ever-spinning wheel...." I can still remember being blown away the first time I heard that song on late-night FM in the 70s, and it still resonates today!

1 Lay Down

2 Lemon Pie

3 Lady Fuschia

4 Autumn: Heroine's Theme/Deep Summer's Sleep/The Winter Long

5 A Glimpse Of Heaven

6 The Hangman And The Papist

7 New World

8 Round And Round

9 I Only Want My Love To Grow In You

10 Benedictus

11 Hero And Heroine

12 Song Of A Sad Little Girl

13 Tears And Pavan: Tears/Pavan

14 To Be Free

15 Part Of The Union

16 Down By The Sea

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