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4 stars Concert Classics is a kick *** live album capturing the late 70s Strawbs who were on fire and with Dave Cousins' voice in absolutely tip top shape. Naturally, Cousins and guitarist Dave Lambert once again struggle to harmonize on the intro to "Ghosts" (it's always amazed me how these two excellent vocalists can sing so well individually and always sound like scalded cats when singing together) while keyboard player Andy Richards supercharges the song with synths while still keeping the gorgeous melodies originally played by the great John Hawken on mellotron. Stunning stuff. Chas Cronk on bass and the incredible Tony Fernandez on drums round out the line up.

The late 70s rockers "The Last Resort", "Heartbreaker" and "No Return" get amped up enthusiastic run throughs, but it's the prog classics "Simple Visions", "Cut Like A Diamond" and "Out In The Cold/Round And Round" that make this album a treasure. And a heavy version of "Hero And Heroine" closes out the album in fine style.

The recording is clear and detailed but sounds a little rough around the edges. However, it actually does sound like a live concert performance, as opposed to the modern trend of sound mixing and mastering that tries to make a live performance sound like a studio recording. Another plus. 4 stars.

SteveG | 4/5 |


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