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This review is from: From The Witchwood (Audio CD)
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 lyrics that repay repeated listening as they have a great deal of depth. I really like the way they managed to blend in the sitar to the overall mix, so it adds a distinctive quality but is not too in your face. My favourite track is The Hangman and the Papist, which is just superb: great lyrics and singing but A Glimpse of Heaven is also terrific. The whole album works as a complete set of tracks, with a very good balance of tracks. Above all, they show that they can really play: much has been said of the passage in A Glimpse of Heaven where Rick's keyboards swell and burst into life, so dramatically. It fair takes my breath away every time I listen to it.
I much prefer this period of the band before the more rock influenced material with Dave Lambert, much of which is good - but it's probably a nostalgia thing with me that I prefer the former folk-influenced version of the band.