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3.65 | 90 ratings

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4 stars A Keeper.

While the more progressive-oriented albums often get the most attention, the early Strawbs albums contain just as good (or better) music. This album features the live Queen E Hall gig that brought Rick Wakeman to media attention, and in short order, to joining yes. And of course he shines here (particularly on "Temperence of Mind", the song that won so much attention, but also his solo on the extended version of "Where is this Dream of Your Youth" from the first album. Both are excellent). But despite Wakeman's clear talents, it is the songs that shine brightest here. The opener, "Martin Luther King's Dream" is such a fantastic song. While one might think it dated, it still resonates today. "The Antique Suite" is amazing, as are "Fingertips" and "Song of a Sad Little Girl". These are three of the Strawbs strongest songs and stand the long test of time. The CD version also contains a live version of "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake", which is worth the price of this CD on its own. Don't let the title fool you. This is a collection of some of the finest Strawbs music. Its a definite keeper. I give it 8.6 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 4 PA stars.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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