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Rich Fayre from The Strawbs,
By A Customer
This review is from: From The Witchwood (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!