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Initial post: 8 Jan 2013 00:50:23 GMT
bill g. says:
Must get some Strawbs albums (have only got "Witchwood" & a compilation) so what are the best ones to start with? Recommendations please.

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 02:32:06 GMT
S. R. Tulip says:
I only really like the Rick Wakeman ones, one of which you have and the other I can't remember the title. Not because of any fancy keyboards or love for Ricko, I can't really explain it. They went proggy after a while but were second ( maybe third ) rate.
I think you can still get some version of the Sandy Denny stuff which is interesting but in my book, you're almost done which is great cos you can move on to something else.
If you like folk rock and don't know what you're doing: Fairports 2, 3 and 4, all the original Pentangles and Incredible String Band 2, 3, 4 and 5 - they also went proggy with not much success.

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 07:25:23 GMT
Derek W. says:
bill g. my own personal favourite is Grave New World, which was when the Strawbs 'went electric/proggy', but I don't think they've made any really bad CDs. If you like live CDs, the two Live at the BBC CDs are worth having as well Live At The BBC - Volume 1 and Live At The BBC - Vol. 2. Later era (reformed) Strawbs Blue Angel is a good one as well.

The one that SRT mentions with Sandy Denny isn't bad but not an essential purchase All Our Own Work - The Complete Sessions

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 10:22:52 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
i'm with Derek on Grave New World although Bursting at the Seams has some great tracks (sadly also the Hudson Ford aberrations). Witchwood is good - shows their folky side but GNW with the marvellous Blue Weaver on keyboards is superb and the title tracks is a wonderful anthem. also some quirky gems - Heavy Disguise and Ah Me.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2013 18:19:25 GMT
bill g. says:
S.R. Tulip --got lots of Fairport & Pentangle stuff(and Steeleye Span) Can,t seem to get into the I.S.B. though.

Posted on 8 Jan 2013 18:28:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jan 2013 18:28:47 GMT
BOF © says:
Strawbs (1969)
Dragonfly (1970)
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (1970)
From the Witchwood (1971)
Grave New World (1972)
Bursting at the Seams (1973)
Hero and Heroine (1974)

I don't think you can go wrong with the first 7 but I would say start at 1 and stop when you're not happy with the latest purchase

best bones
B.O.F.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2013 23:39:55 GMT
bill g. says:
Thanx BOF. Have ordered 3 from your list & hope to enjoy soon.
Strawbs
Dragonfly
Hero and Heroine
+ Nomadness which seems to have gotten good reviews.

Posted on 10 Jan 2013 10:48:24 GMT
Huck Flynn says:
i bought Hero and Heroine a while back and played it a few times before consigning it to my remote storage facility (the shed) - found it too much like bland MOR rock - i suppose i prefer the Cousins dominated folk influenced Strawbs and there were already signs by Bursting at the Seams that the end was nigh. HaH gets 5 star reviews so i accept that it's just me that's wrong.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jan 2013 11:03:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jan 2013 11:06:35 GMT
The obvious ones already mentioned, H&H, GNW are must-buys, also worth a punt are Ghosts and the Dave Cousins solo from '72, Two Weeks Last Summer (if only for the fantastic Blue Angel, IMO the best track he/they ever did). From Ghosts onwards it gets a bit dodgy.
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