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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem
This album has only been released officially in South Korea and it was very hard do get. It's now remastered with a exellent booklet written by Mark Powell. The sound quality is very good indeed and one wonders why it took so long to release one of the best albums by The Strawbs. All's well that ends well!

The album is a more striped down affair if you compare...
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by Pripp

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS VERSION-BUY THE REMASTER
Amazon please remove this from the market at once.It's a shockingly poor quality bootleg and now that the real deal in the form of a nice new re-master (with bonus tracks) is officially available (and at a much lower price) then there really is no excuse for selling this inferior version.
The ONLY reason this has got even one star is because you don't allow zeros-or...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars AVOID THIS VERSION-BUY THE REMASTER, 5 Aug 2008
This review is from: Dragonfly (Audio CD)
Amazon please remove this from the market at once.It's a shockingly poor quality bootleg and now that the real deal in the form of a nice new re-master (with bonus tracks) is officially available (and at a much lower price) then there really is no excuse for selling this inferior version.
The ONLY reason this has got even one star is because you don't allow zeros-or minuses!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bootleg copy, 30 April 2008
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R. LONG "MEMEME" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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(Copied bootleg - inferior in almost everyway compared to the newly released legal enhanced version. The front is, on closer inspection, an amateur imitation - compare the printed title. The boooklet brief, low budget with a strange anomally of Strawbs 6-7 years later on the back.

BUT Now - you can have the real thing - AM/Universal have released the real thing on CD - with additional tracks. So ignore this dodgy version.)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Gem, 5 Aug 2008
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This album has only been released officially in South Korea and it was very hard do get. It's now remastered with a exellent booklet written by Mark Powell. The sound quality is very good indeed and one wonders why it took so long to release one of the best albums by The Strawbs. All's well that ends well!

The album is a more striped down affair if you compare it to their first album. Tony Visconti's production give a more pastoral feeling than any other album made by the band, and it sounds a bit like Nick Drakes first album. There is no "stand out tracks" on the album, since all the songs, written mostly by Dave Cousins, is of highest standard, but if I have to pick a few favorites it will be "Another Day", "I Turned my Face ...", "Josephine" and the title track.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the right version of Dragonfly, 21 Mar 2009
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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I have to completely agree with the other reviewers. This album is a fantastic album but DON`T buy the wrong version. There are two versions available and when I first wrote a review it was to warn people of the bootleg inferior copy. That review only appeared on the bootleg version in the Amazon listing. But now Amazon are duplicating the same reviews on both versions. Goodness knows why. And it is confusing to have both reviews for the bootleg version and the official version when one set of reviews will say its good and others will say it isnt.
So simple rule is this, if its got the A&M logo on the top left hand corner and the product description says its released by "commercial marketing" then its the official version. And it is great and worth getting. A wonderful album.
But if the logo isnt there, and the label details in the product description is "progressive Line" then Its a poor inferior bootleg version and isn`t official. It will be a waste of money.
There is however an official version available which is superior. The only good thing about the bootleg release was that it was the only version available at one time. And I had a copy! I re bought the new release and was so glad i did. Please support the artists and all those involved in the creation of this fantastic album and those people who lovingly restored it and made it available by buying the official release. Avoid the bootleg version and don`t waste your money
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last on CD, 13 Jun 2009
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For years this has not been available, vinyl copies having long since gone to ground so its release on CD is very welcome. Stand out track is 'The Vision of the Lady of the Lake' which combines Dave Cousin's flair for story telling with Arthurian imagery and Catholic morality problems. This is English folk rock at its best: the countryside evoked in 'I turned my Face to the Wind' and the weary love song of 'Josephine, For Better or Worse'. For memories of a gentler time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strawbs - Dragonfly, 27 July 2010
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P. R. Phillips (South Africa) - See all my reviews
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Dragonfly and their album called just "Strawbs" are early classics of theirs. They sounded similar to Fairport Convention in the early days. Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention in fact appeared with Strawbs in the late 1960's. Thereafter Strawbs became more electric and lost the folky sound. Dragonfly is a must.

Peter Phillips
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60s BAND - THE STRAWBS, 28 Jan 2014
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Some forgotten but great 60s tracks..A mixture of folk and modern pop music provides good listening, and good value for a top band.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Step Back!, 4 Dec 2012
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Stotty (Bolton, England) - See all my reviews
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After the 'lighter' feel of the Strawbs' 1969 self-titled 'debut', they delivered a more serious record with 'Dragonfly', which is notable for being the first Strawbs album to feature Rick Wakeman, who plays on a couple of tracks in a 'guest musician' capacity.
I actually feel that 'Dragonfly' is a step back from its predecessor, which I found to be a thoroughly entertaining record full of variety. 'Dragonfly' has a darker tone that runs through the record and is certainly the band's 'folkiest' album.
That's not to say that it isn't without it's highlights. There are some truly excellent moments here:
Opening track 'Weary Song' has a sombre vocal display with a singalonga chorus, which sets the tone for the rest of the album really well.
'I Turned My Face To The Wind' is probably my favourite track, with Wakeman's piano chops giving us a glimpse of what was to come with the next two Strawbs records. A haunting song with a gorgeous lyric, that puts you right there on a blustery moor.
'Another Day' is a glorious slice of typical English folk with another irresistible singalonga vibe.
Strangely enough, the best known track on this record, 'The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake' is one of the weaker moments here for me. It's similar in tone to 'The Battle' from the debut and follows a similar storytelling arc through the verses, which are admittedly engaging. The problem is that the song is just too repetitive and could do with some form of instrumental interlude, just to break it up a bit. Despite a dramatic build up with every verse, it just never gets where it needs to go in my opinion.
There's no doubt that there is some excellent songwriting on display once again on 'Dragonfly' and the combination of acoustic guitars and cello is very engaging. However, many of these songs could do with some drums or percussion just to lift them a bit more and some extra keyboards here and there could have given the material more depth and atmosphere.
As it is, despite being a charming record, when compared to the debut and the next two albums, 'Dragonfly' never really gets beyond second gear and serves as only a nice acoustic folk album to chill out to. Maybe that's the idea.
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