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Easy Livin
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4 stars The cream of Strawbs

A very good introduction to the music of the Strawbs. While the album inevitably focuses of their more accessible and better known pieces, it does represent a good cross section of the band's work. The early, more folk influenced years are skipped over, but it is pleasing to see the excellent longer pieces "Autumn" from "Hero and Heroine" and "Tears and pavan" from "Bursting at the seams" included.

The quality control dips slightly for the pop single "Part of the union", but this is understandable given the songs massive success. Even so, "Shine on silver sun" would have been a better option. The tracks do not appear in chronological order, but they do sit well together with "Down by the sea" making for a suitably climactic conclusion.

The collection centres on the period between "From the Witchwood" and "Hero and Heroine", when the band were at their most inventive and productive, but it would have been good to see the excellent "Ghosts" being better represented. That however is a minor grumble. This superb collection of some of the best of the band's music includes many of their more progressive and melodic moments.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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