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Strawbs
Strawbs
Strawbs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
 
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2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of The Strawbs debut album, originally released in 1969, including three bonus tracks recorded for John Peel's Top Gear program on BBC Radio 1and first broadcast on January 12...  more »

     
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All Artists: Strawbs
Title: Strawbs
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ume Imports
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 10/7/2008
Album Type: Import
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Folk Rock, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 600753026793

Synopsis

Album Description
2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition of The Strawbs debut album, originally released in 1969, including three bonus tracks recorded for John Peel's Top Gear program on BBC Radio 1and first broadcast on January 12th 1969. Originally a Bluegrass band when they formed in 1967, The Strawbs took Progressive Rock to a new level by adding a healthy dose of English Folk influence to their heady mix. Led by Dave Cousins, the band never broke through commercially in the U.S. although their fanbase was large, loyal and fanatic. The enhanced packaging features rare and previously unseen photographs of the band and contains sleevenotes by Mark Powell. 10 tracks. Universal.
 

CD Reviews

Charming late-60s English folk-pop
Matthew Schwarz | Bridgewater, nj United States | 04/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Well, I don't have this edition, but I thought someone should review the album! The Strawbs started out in the 60s as an English bluegrass band (!) called the Strawberry Hill Boys, but had become a singer-songwriter folk band (as opposed to traditional folk) by the time they started recording. This is their first properly released album (they had done some wonderful recordings with the lovely vocalist Sandy Denny beforehand, but these were not released until later). The overall style is based around Dave Cousins folk songs, although they've been produced in the studio to take on a little bit of that late 60s pop sound. Overall rather quaint and nostalgiac, but with an underlying tasteful and well-written art to the songs.
If you like the late 60s original folk scene, particularly the British one, you're in for a treat. The band would go on in the early to mid- 70s to embrace progressive rock, but with a folk basis, so it's only on the Sandy Denny recordings, this album, and the following Dragonfly that we really get to enjoy the full "folk" aspect of the band."