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HALCYON DAYS (US RELEASE)

Strawbs

 

Prog Folk

3.97 | 13 ratings

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HarmonyDissonan
4 stars OH THE HUMANITY!

This is an incredible cross-section of, as stated, Strawbs Halceyon Days! Dave Cousins and gang have a folk-rock way of reaching an everyman tone! I definately hear a universal quasi- religious sentiment running through the heart of many of these fine songs. The music collected on this cd compilation is of outstanding quality with amazing lyrics. This was my introduction to The Strawbs and I'm glad it was. Although there are many great studio albums that The Strawbs produced, this is an ideal starting point for The Strawbs novice, which I was at the time. Not only do you get a mess of great songs from most of their early albums, you also get two great solo David Cousins songs in 'Two Weeks Last Summer' and the epic 'Blue Angel'. I just love the latter! Some may find Dave Cousins voice an acquired taste, but I enjoyed it from the start. I still recall my good friend from high school yelling "... The Strawbs..." up to me in our high school auditorium and me summarily blowing him and The Strawbs off. What a fool I was! All of those years spent without The Strawbs music! As John Hiatt would so succinctly say , "oh poor, pitiful me, oh poor pitiful me". Well there are many deeply felt, greatly written and produced songs in this set. I do recommend this to anyone interested in finding out what The Strawbs music is all about. A great place to start. And as stated in the previous critique of this album, I will end with the same phrase, God bless you Dave Cousins and may you continue to write music for the masses! Thanks.

HarmonyDissonan | 4/5 |

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