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From The Witchwood [Original recording remastered]

Strawbs Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00000B96Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Glimpse Of Heaven 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Witchwood 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Thirty Days 2:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Flight 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Hangman And The Papist 4:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sheep 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cannondale 3:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Shepherd's Song 4:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. In Amongst The Roses 3:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I'll Carry On Beside You 3:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Keep The Devil Outside 3:050.79  Buy MP3 


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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich Fayre from The Strawbs 24 Nov 2000
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Format:Audio CD
For me this is the best Strawbs album, narrowly beating "Bursting At The Seams". Everyone contributes 100% to both writing and performing (don't miss Rick Wakeman's clarinet playing!). The guys treat us to a range of songs with differing moods and styles - from the joyous "A Glimpse of Heaven" through the sensual "Shepherd's Song" to the poignant "In Amongst the Roses".
It's good to hear those rich and full harmonies from Dave, Tony and Hudson-Ford, each of whom show that they can handle lead vocals with the same aplomb. The Hudson-Ford songs show a wonderful naivete and simplicity which work well set against Dave Cousins' more mature pastoral compositions.
The arrangements are excellent, making use of traditional "folky" instruments such as recorders and accoustic guitars and more exotic and modern instruments (sitar, moog and their first use of mellotron).
If you're a Strawbs fan - this is "The One" in my opinion. If you're only just discovering them - make this the next one you buy!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I actually went to go see the Strawbs in concert without owning any of their albums, but having listened to a few tracks on an FM radio station in Albuquerque, New Mexico where the David Cousins led group was a personal favorite of a couple of disc jockeys. This would have been when the Strawbs were touring off of their 1975 "Ghost Album," which followed "Bursting at the Seams" and "Hero and Heroine" and together constitutes what many would consider their three best albums. "From the Witchwood" is a 1971 release that represents the transitional period when the Strawbs went from being an acoustic folk group, where Sandy Denny was a singer for a while, to a progressive folk group, with Rick Wakeman playing keyboards, before moving on to being more of a progressive rock group in the middle Seventies. At this point in addition to Cousins and Wakeman the group consisted of Richard Hudson on drums, John Ford on bass, and Tony Hooper as the lead guitarist.
Of course it is difficult not to pick up on Wakeman's organ and synthesizer playing on most of these tracks. It sure stands out on this version of "The Hangman and the Papist," more than I remember from the other version I have of this memorable tale about two brothers on opposite sides of the fence in Tudor England. The album opens with the pastoral "Glimpse of Heaven," originally a poem by Cousins which now features Wakeman's church organ accompaniment, and which defines the merging of the folk past and progressive future of the band. The folk impulse probably comes out strongest in the cautionary drug tale "Witchwood" and the sensitivities inherent in "Sheep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To the forest 2 Oct 2007
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The Strawbs always seemed to be stuck in a netherworld between rock and folk, never totally neglected, yet never fully recognised for their talent and determination to build their own road. 'From The Witchwood' is a little gem that deserves more attention. Rick Wakeman's keyboard playing, mostly organ, is the icing on the cake rather than the whole deal. You can understand, listening to this album, why he left for a band that would impose no boundaries on him. Here, he gives glimpses of what was to come, but while he has flourishes throughout, he is more of a team player. This is just as well, because the quality of the material demands it.
It is mostly gentle acoustic music, featuring a wide array of stringed instruments, including a sitar on 'Thirty Days,' bolstered by some solid drumming and Wakeman's colour. 'Sheep' is the one overtly rock-oriented song, whereas the melodic 'In Amongst The Roses' goes to the opposite extreme. The songs contain some engaging tales and the choral-style backing vocals on 'A Glimpse Of Heaven' typify the warmth The Strawbs exude. Not an instant album, but a highly satisfying one in the long run.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of Nostalgic Music 4 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A CD from a well remember band of the 70s. I owned this on vinyl and decided to repurchase. Just as good as I remembered from a band I was live as well as on TV. A nostalgic CD which I will enjoy playing as much as I did the original
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 70s return. 4 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ihave this in vinyl format(havn't played it in years)so great to hear Rick Wakeman playing the keyboard in his unique and spectacular fashion!What a great 70s band the Srawbs were.From The Witchwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reminiscence 12 May 2014
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Nice to go back in time to and remember the 'good old days'. Brings back the Woodstock area to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Strawbs Album 9 May 2014
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At the time this very strong Strawbs album pushed folk rock boundaries, especially driven by the talents of Rick Wakeman. Sadly this form died away although Grave New World wasnt a bad follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strawbs classic
For me the best all-round album with four different writers and a wad of classics ,from stark imagery to light-hearted fun . Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Trout
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best but still great
If you only buy one Strawbs album do not buy this one, buy Grave New World. If you buy two then this should be your next purchase.
Published 9 months ago by Clem Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful oldie refound
I recall buying this on vinyl after seeing them on The Old Grey Whistle Test. They did "The Hangman.." and "Sheep" - the two rockiest tracks on the album by miles. Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by G. B. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
I saw the Strawbs with Rick Wakeman and have always loved this album. You catch shades of many influences but the whole package is unique, with excellent, controlled singing and... Read more
Published on 23 July 2010 by Mike Davey
4.0 out of 5 stars from the witchwood
I had the vinyal copy of this that i had not heard for 10 years.
Well i was very pleased with what i heard the strawbs at there very best.
Published on 14 Nov 2009 by C. A. J. Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Searching for Identity
This was something of a transitional period for the Strawbs and represented their first studio album. Read more
Published on 11 April 2008 by Mr. Peter Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and inspiring, stood the test of time.
Saw the Strawbs live when Rick Wakeman was playing the Hammond (how many folky bands have an organist who sticks knives in the keyboard), such an accomplished and talented band... Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2006 by Tony
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