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2.96 | 27 ratings | 2 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prognostic Strawbs 1 Heartbreak Hill (7:25)
2. Through Aphrodite's Eyes (7:17)
3. Something For Nothing (7:13)
4. Starting Over (10:29)
5. Deep In The Darkest Night (6:03)
- Bonus tracks - "Archive Prog" :
6. The River / Down By The Sea (9:35) #
7. Blue Angel (1972) (9:29) *
8. Tomorrow (1971 ) (4:29) *
9. Lay A Little Light On Me / Hero's Theme / Round And Round (Live, Bristol 2010) (8:27) *

# Central Television 1990, previously unreleased
* Remastered by Graham Semark

Total time 70:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Cousins / vocals, lead, acoustic (7), & 12-string (6,9) guitars, co-producer
- Dave Lambert / lead guitar (2,3,9), vocals
- Andy Richards / keyboards (1,3,4)
- Chas Cronk / bass (1-4,9), vocals (1,3,4,9), programming (2), co-producer
- Tony Fernandez / drums (1,3,4,9)

- Jo Partridge / lead guitar (1,4)
- Conny Conrad / lead guitar , bass & programming (5)
- Tony Hooper / acoustic guitar (6,8)
- Brian Willoughby / lead guitar (6)
- Miller Anderson / lead guitar (7)
- John Hawken / keyboards (2)
- Rick Wakeman / piano (5,7), organ (7)
- Chris Parren / keyboards (6)
- Blue Weaver / keyboards (8)
- John Young / keyboards & vocals (9)
- Rod Demick / bass (6)
- Roger Glover / bass (7)
- John Ford / bass (8)
- Rod Coombes / drums (2)
- Richard Hudson / drums (6,8)
- Jon Hiseman / drums (7)

Releases information

CD Witchwood Media ‎- WMCD 2056 (2014, UK) New recordings plus 4 bonus tracks

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STRAWBS Prognostic ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (15%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Mostly great music, but an unnecessary release

Strawbs is a band with many faces and their latest release entitled Prognostic concentrates on their Prog Rock side. For the visitors of this site this is bound to arouse interest, but before you get too excited it must be pointed out that none of the material presented here is new. The first five tracks are re-recorded versions of songs that originally appeared on the albums Heartbreak Hill and The Broken Hearted Bride. The remaining four tracks consist of one live recording and three remastered and remixed versions of older recordings.

Heartbreak Hill was recorded in 1978 and was intended as the follow-up album to Deadlines. However, due to problems with the record company and management, the album was not released at the time. Not until 1995 did the original Heartbreak Hill recordings see the light of day on an official release. In the meantime the reformed band had released two further studio albums in the 80's and early 90's, one of which featured re-recorded versions of three of the songs from the then unreleased Heartbreak Hill sessions: Let It Rain, We Can Make It Together, and Something For Nothing. The latter is once again featured on Prognostic together with two further songs originally from Heartbreak Hill in Starting Over and the title track. The seven and a half minute title track and the 10 minute Starting Over are of special interest. These two tracks qualify among the most progressive ones since the Ghosts album from 1975. Out of these the title track is clearly the best and it is essential for any Strawbs fan to have at least one version of this song.

The Broken Hearted Bride was released in 2008 and it is an excellent Strawbs album. Two songs from that album are featured here, namely Through Aphrodite's Eyes and Deep In The Darkest Night. The latter features Rick Wakeman. Both of these songs are very good, but if you already own The Broken Hearted Bride then you don't really need these versions.

The River/Down By The Sea is a live recording of the track that originally appeared on 1973's Bursting At The Seams album. Blue Angel was originally featured on Dave Cousins' first solo album Two Weeks Last Summer. This is an excellent song and reminds in style of such great Strawbs classics as Autumn and Ghosts. The song was later re- recorded with Strawbs for the album of that same name released in 2003, but here we get the original solo album version. Tomorrow represents 1972's Grave New World and finally Lay A Little Light On Me/Hero's Theme/Round And Round is from 1974's Hero And Heroine.

My recommendation is to get the albums from which these songs originally were taken and then you won't need Prognostic unless you are a serious collector of all things Strawbs.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Well Mr. Cousins, you've got me scratching my head on this one. While I applaud the inclusion of the killer live prog tracks "Heartbreak Hill" and "Starting Over" from the Strawbs' 40th Anniversary Vo. 1CD (an absolute must have album for Strawbs' fans) as these tracks are even more vibrant than ... (read more)

Report this review (#1692120) | Posted by SteveG | Sunday, February 12, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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