MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

DAVE COUSINS

Prog Folk • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Dave Cousins picture
Dave Cousins biography
Dave Cousins was born in England in 1945. He holds a degree in statistics and pure mathematics from Leicester University. Cousins is best known as the founder and leader of The Strawbs, a prog folk band listed separately on this site. His career has seen him follow several different paths, including spells in Radio (he was controller of local radio station Radio Tees and managing director of Devonair).

Despite his many years in the music business, he has only ever released one solo album, 1972's "Two weeks last summer". While the line up of this album is somewhat different to that of the Strawbs, including as it does Jon Hiseman and Roger Glover, it is to all intents and purposes a bona fide Strawbs album.

The story of Dave Cousins is inextricably linked with that of The Strawbs, more details of whom can be found here:
- Strawbs

See also
- Cousins and Conrad




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Dave Cousins was one of the pioneers of prog folk through his leadership of The Strawbs



Discography:
Two Weeks Last Summer, studio album (1972)

Dave Cousins official website

DAVE COUSINS MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

DAVE COUSINS forum topics / tours, shows & news


DAVE COUSINS forum topics Create a topic now
DAVE COUSINS tours, shows & news Post an entries now

DAVE COUSINS Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to DAVE COUSINS

Buy DAVE COUSINS Music


Moving PicturesMoving Pictures
Import
WITCHWOOD MEDIA 2016
Audio CD$11.53
$8.52 (used)
Secret PathsSecret Paths
Import
WITCHWOOD MEDIA 2016
Audio CD$10.74
$11.60 (used)
Two Weeks Last SummerTwo Weeks Last Summer
WITCHWOOD MEDIA 2016
Audio CD$13.99
$14.98 (used)
The Boy In The Sailor SuitThe Boy In The Sailor Suit
WITCHWOOD MEDIA 2016
Audio CD$11.75
$12.95 (used)
DuochromeDuochrome
Import
Phantom Sound & Vision 2013
Audio CD$99.99
Going HomeGoing Home
A&M
Vinyl$7.81 (used)
The Boy In The Sailor Suit by Dave Cousins (2008-03-11)The Boy In The Sailor Suit by Dave Cousins (2008-03-11)
WITCHWOOD MEDIA
Audio CD$38.23
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Dave Cousins & And Brian Willoug - Old School (NEW CD) USD $17.28 Buy It Now 11h 22m
Strawbs - Ghosts (A&M 4506) (Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert) ('75) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 22h 11m
Strawbs Concert Classics Volume 6 CD *SEALED* Dave Cousins USD $10.99 Buy It Now 1 day
DAVE COUSINS Going Home 7" VINYL UK A&M 1972 Four Prong Label Design B/W Ways USD $6.77 Buy It Now 1 day
DAVE COUSINS Boy In The Sailor Suit CD European Witchwood Media 2007 10 Track USD $9.21 Buy It Now 1 day
Dave Cousins Two Weeks Last Summer Japan Mini LP Bonus Tracks USD $24.99 Buy It Now 2 days
THE STRAWBS LP HERO & HEROINE A&M DAVE COUSINS JOHN HAWKEN 1974 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 2 days
Dave Cousins - Two Weeks Last Summer - Vinyl LP USD $27.12 [0 bids]
2 days
DAVE COUSINS - TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER 2013 JAPAN MINI LP CD STRAWBS USD $27.12 Buy It Now 2 days
John Martyn Stivell Jack the Lad Magna Jansch Dave Cousins A Hull 1976 Programme USD $33.90 Buy It Now 2 days
DAVE COUSINS Going Home 7" VINYL UK A&M PROMO Strawbs Folk USD $6.77 [0 bids]
3 days
Dave Cousins Brian W-Old School Songs (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.68 Buy It Now 3 days
Brian Willoughby, Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby - Old School Songs [New CD] USD $12.29 Buy It Now 3 days
Dave Cousins - Boy in the Sailor Suit [New CD] USD $16.59 Buy It Now 3 days
DAVE COUSINS - Two Weeks Last Summer - CD ** Like New - Mint ** USD $27.49 Buy It Now 4 days
DAVE COUSINS (Strawbs) Old School Songs LTD Edition 1980 PVC FOLK PSYCH LP USD $18.00 Buy It Now 4 days
DAVE COUSINS-TWO WEEKSLAST SUMMER-JAPAN MINI LP CD F04 USD $23.99 Buy It Now 5 days
DAVE COUSINS - TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER LP EX UK PRESS USD $10.00 Buy It Now 6 days
^ DAVE COUSINS two weeks last summer STRAWBS AIRAC-1703 JAPAN MINI LP CD / USD $26.99 Buy It Now 6 days
Dave Cousins-Secret Paths CD NEW USD $15.47 Buy It Now 7 days
STRAWBS Bursting At The Seams US issue 1974 LP EX vinyl > Dave Cousins USD $11.95 Buy It Now 7 days
1/9/73PN12 ARTICLE & PICTURE(s) THE STRAWBS (DAVE COUSINS) USD $5.43 Buy It Now 8 days
DAVE COUSINS-OLD SCHOOL SONGS-JAPAN MINI LP CD BONUS TRACK F56 USD $25.50 Buy It Now 8 days
Dave Cousins - The Boy in the Sailor Suit (2007) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $7.42 Buy It Now 8 days
Dave Cousins - Secret Paths (2008) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $7.42 Buy It Now 8 days
Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby - Old School Songs (2011) CD NEW SPEEDYPOST USD $7.42 Buy It Now 8 days
10/2/79MM64 FOLK ARTICLE & PICTURE(S) DAVE COUSINS USD $6.10 Buy It Now 8 days
RS#170P09 STRAWBS: STUMBLING DAVE COUSINS ARTICLE & PICTURE USD $6.78 Buy It Now 8 days
Dave Cousins - Secret Paths (NEW CD) USD $17.28 Buy It Now 8 days
DAVE COUSINS/BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - OLD SCHOOL SONGS NEW CD USD $12.28 Buy It Now 8 days
Moving Pictures, Dave Cousins USD $19.03 Buy It Now 9 days
Dave Cousins-Secret Paths (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.68 Buy It Now 9 days
Boy in the Sailor Suit - Dave Cousins Compact Disc USD $16.58 Buy It Now 9 days
Dave Cousins-Moving Pictures CD NEW USD $15.47 Buy It Now 9 days
DAVE COUSINS - MOVING PICTURES New CD USD $15.50 Buy It Now 9 days
DAVE COUSINS / Two Weeks Last Summer +2 MINI LP CD NEW USD $22.99 Buy It Now 10 days
Lp-STRAWBS-Hero & Heroine-1974-Dave Cousins-Shine on Silver Sun USD $8.99 Buy It Now 10 days
DAVE COUSINS - SECRET PATHS NEW CD USD $12.35 Buy It Now 11 days
STRAWBS KOREA VINYL LP 12" HEROS AND HEROINE 1985 pressing dave cousins/prog USD $7.19 Buy It Now 11 days
DAVE COUSINS - ORIGINAL + RARE PICTURE Approx. 8" by 6" FREE P&P USD $6.78 Buy It Now 12 days
DAVE COUSINS-The Boy in The Sailor Suit (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.68 Buy It Now 12 days
R&R22p39 Article & Picture(s) Dave cousins of the strawbs- strawberries for brea USD $6.78 Buy It Now 12 days
The Strawbs Dave Cousins A&M Folk Prog LP 1973 Insert USD $12.00 Buy It Now 12 days
STRAWBS The Collection 18 TRACK IMPORT BEST OF CD DAVE COUSINS USD $7.99 Buy It Now 12 days
STRAWBS ACOUSTIC BAROQUE & ROLL CD in Jewel Case New Dave Cousins Sandy Denny USD $8.99 Buy It Now 12 days
Dave Cousins m- LP Old School Songs USD $4.49 Buy It Now 14 days
COUSINS & CONRAD/DAVE COUSINS/CONNY CONRAD - HIGH SEAS NEW CD USD $15.38 Buy It Now 14 days
COUSINS & CONRAD/DAVE COUSINS/CONNY CONRAD - HIGH SEAS USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $12.37 Buy It Now 14 days
Brian Willoughby, Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby - Old School Songs [New CD] USD $13.10 Buy It Now 14 days
Dave Cousins - Boy in the Sailor Suit [New CD] USD $17.53 Buy It Now 14 days
Dave Cousins - Old School Songs - Limited 1980 LP - CLEAN - Strawbs! USD $19.99 Buy It Now 14 days
DAVE COUSINS TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER VINYL RECORD LP 12" USD $20.97 Buy It Now 15 days
DAVE COUSINS Brian Willoughby Old School +2 MINI LP CD USD $22.99 Buy It Now 15 days
MARY HOPKIN Earth Song Ocean Song '70 Apple Ralph McTell Dave Cousins M- LP USD $9.60 Buy It Now 15 days
DAVE COUSINS TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER ALBUM ADVERT 15X12 USD $20.35 Buy It Now 15 days
Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures [New CD] USD $15.17 Buy It Now 16 days
Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures [New CD] USD $15.03 Buy It Now 16 days
DAVE COUSINS Two Weeks Last Summer A&M CANADA LP Strawbs Rick Wakeman USD $24.97 Buy It Now 16 days
Dave Cousins - Secret Paths [New CD] USD $12.36 Buy It Now 16 days
Dave Cousins - Secret Paths [New CD] USD $17.33 Buy It Now 16 days
Dave Cousins-Two Weeks Last Summer UK prog folk Japanese mini lp Strawbs USD $33.99 Buy It Now 16 days
Dave Cousins-Old School Songs UK folk psych prog mini lp Strawbs USD $20.99 Buy It Now 17 days
Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures (2015) CD NEW/SEALED SPEEDYPOST USD $8.50 Buy It Now 17 days
Strawbs - Best of Strawbs (A&M 6005) (2 LP set) (Dave Cousins) (Rick Wakeman) USD $19.99 Buy It Now 18 days
Dave Cousins - Moving Pictures (NEW CD) USD $17.28 Buy It Now 18 days
DAVE COUSINS: TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER ~ JAPAN MINI LP CD~AUTHENTIC, VERY RARE, OOP USD $28.00 Buy It Now 18 days
Strawbs - Burning for You (Polydor 1-1604) (Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert) ('77) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Strawbs - Deep Cuts (Polydor 1-1603) Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert) (Rupert Holmes) USD $14.99 Buy It Now 19 days
Dave Cousins A&M 9008 Two Weeks Last Summer USD $13.50 Buy It Now 19 days
Dave Cousins and Brian Willoughby Old School Songs 1991CD Album Folk (RGF CD 004 USD $13.23 Buy It Now 19 days
STRAWBS Just a Collection of Antiques & Curios Live LP Dave Cousins Rick Wakeman USD $14.97 Buy It Now 19 days
Dave Cousins Brian W-Old School Songs CD NEW USD $15.47 Buy It Now 20 days
Strawbs Japan Promo only White Label Vinyl LP in 1973 Dave Cousins Rick Wakeman USD $99.99 Buy It Now 20 days
The Best of Strawbs 2 LP A&M US Original Gatefold Dave Cousins USD $9.99 Buy It Now 21 days
SWBS-HERO AND HEROINE 1974 A&M RECORDS LP SP-3607 EXC. VG+ DAVE COUSINS USD $4.99 Buy It Now 21 days
Moving Pictures - Dave Cousins 5065000199579 (CD Used Like New) USD $13.17 Buy It Now 22 days
DAVE COUSINS (Strawbs) 'Old School Songs' Original sealed 1980 1st Edition LP USD $19.99 Buy It Now 22 days
Dave Cousins - Two Weeks Last Summer CD (2009) Prog Folk Rock Strawbs 1972 USD $12.19 Buy It Now 22 days
Strawbs - Grave New World Japan 1st cd Dave Cousins Hudson-Ford Velvet Opera RAR USD $31.02 Buy It Now 22 days
Secret Paths - Dave Cousins (CD Used Very Good) USD $12.59 Buy It Now 22 days
DAVE COUSINS: Two Weeks Last Summer LP (Canada, disc close to M-, small spray p USD $15.00 Buy It Now 23 days
DAVE COUSINS - BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $7.50 Buy It Now 23 days
DAVE COUSINS - BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT NEW CD USD $15.67 Buy It Now 23 days
DAVE COUSINS & BRIAN WILLOUGHBY - OLD SCHOOL SONGS 2003 JAPAN MINI LP CD STRAWBS USD $27.12 Buy It Now 23 days
Dave Cousins And Brian Willoughby OLD SCHOOL SONGS Autographed STRAWBS USD $23.99 Buy It Now 24 days
Dave Cousins - Two Weeks Last Summer (NEW CD) USD $17.28 Buy It Now 24 days
EX-/EX !! Dave Cousins/Two Weeks Last Summer/1972 A&M LP/Strawbs USD $33.90 Buy It Now 24 days
DAVE COUSINS - TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER 1972 PROGRESIV FOLK STRAWBS RICK WAKEMAN CD USD $14.95 Buy It Now 25 days
Dave Cousins-Moving Pictures (UK IMPORT) CD NEW USD $15.68 Buy It Now 25 days
Strawbs - Strawbs by Choice (A&M) (UK) (Dave Cousins) (Rick Wakeman on 2 cuts) USD $24.99 Buy It Now 25 days
THE COLLECTION Strawbs Dave Cousins CD 2002 Best Classic folk rock collectable USD $5.36 Buy It Now 25 days
DAVE COUSINS - BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $16.14 Buy It Now 25 days
DAVE COUSINS - BOY IN THE SAILOR SUIT NEW CD USD $16.57 Buy It Now 25 days
COUSINS & CONRAD/DAVE COUSINS/CONNY CONRAD - HIGH SEAS NEW CD USD $20.16 Buy It Now 25 days
Boy in the Sailor Suit by Dave Cousins (CD 2007 Witchwood) The Strawbs prog folk USD $8.09 Buy It Now 26 days
Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration, Vol. 2: Rick Wakeman & Dave Cousins [19 USD $28.30 Buy It Now 26 days
DAVE COUSINS Two Weeks Last Summer VSCD-6042 CD JAPAN 2013 NEW USD $92.11 Buy It Now 27 days
DAVE COUSINS | Two Weeks Last Summer | LP | Canadian | STRAWBS | Psych Prog USD $29.99 Buy It Now 27 days
DAVE COUSINS - MOVING PICTURES USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $14.35 Buy It Now 28 days
DAVE COUSINS - MOVING PICTURES NEW CD USD $15.16 Buy It Now 28 days

More places to buy DAVE COUSINS music online Buy DAVE COUSINS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
DAVE COUSINS has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

DAVE COUSINS discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

DAVE COUSINS top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.66 | 21 ratings
Two Weeks Last Summer
1972
2.18 | 3 ratings
The Bridge (with Brian Willoughby)
1994
2.63 | 5 ratings
The Boy In The Sailor Suit
2007
3.09 | 4 ratings
Secret Paths
2008

DAVE COUSINS Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 4 ratings
old School Songs (with Brian Willoughby)
1980
2.14 | 2 ratings
Wakeman And Cousins Live 1988
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Duochrome
2008

DAVE COUSINS Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

DAVE COUSINS Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

DAVE COUSINS Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

DAVE COUSINS Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 The Boy In The Sailor Suit by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.63 | 5 ratings

BUY
The Boy In The Sailor Suit
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

3 stars Officially credited to Dave Cousins and the Blue Angel Orchestra, the Boy in the Sailor Suit is as faraway as you can get from Cousins' 1972 solo album that featured the epic song "Blue Angel", titled Two Weeks Last Summer. Guitarist Miller Anderson is a hold over from that album but is joined by all new players, including fiddle wunderkind Ian Cutler and that's where this album gets interesting.

Cousins goes all out eclectic on the Boy In The Sailor Suit with a handful of country flavored rock, hard rock and blues songs with even a thirties' era radio pastiche number thrown in, all with varying results. The lead off track "Never Takes Sweats From A Stranger" is a typical Cousins' Strawbs- like tale of caution, helped no doubt by using the riff from the Strawbs' song "Heartbreaker" from 1977's Burning For You album. "Mellow Moon", "The Smile You Left Behind' and "Bringing In The Harvest' are country and folk rock songs that work well with Cutler's fiddle, particularly on the last two, and Anderson's lap steel playing on the first . "Skip To My Lou" and "Hellfire Blues" evoke late sixties' British style folk rockes, Fairport Convention in particular (as noted by Kennethlevine in his own PA review of this album) and features some good tradeoffs between Cutler's fiddle and Anderson's electric lead guitar.

Hard rocking "Mother Luck" is one of the strangest songs on the album with it's near "Foxy Lady" riff and Anderson's Hendrix-like wah-wah lead at the song's coda, while "Lonely Days, Lonely Nights" is another hard rocker devoid of, fortunately, any Hendrix "homage" this time around. Both songs are forgettable as is the soft rocker "Calling Out Your Name". The jazzy thirties' pastiche "Wish You Were Here" is downright grating. So there you have it, an interesting mixed bag of styles with mostly good results beating out the bad.

 Secret Paths by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.09 | 4 ratings

BUY
Secret Paths
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Beautiful Renditions with pedal-steel slide.

On this album, Dave Cousins re-records a number of his songs from the Strawbs as well as recording some new tunes he wrote more recently, with just himself and Melvin Duffy in the room (Melvin playing pedal-steel slide). I am so glad he did, as not only are these versions excellent, but the slide guitar playing is beautiful and adds a layer to the music here that is not on any other Dave Cousins or Strawbs album. Perhaps most enjoyable are some tunes that had only been recorded using 80s (over-)production values on previous albums. The key one here is the wonderful "Ringing Down the Years" that Dave wrote in memory of Sandy Denny. Earlier it only appeared on the horrid late-80s Strawbs album of the same name ("Ringing Down the Years") but (as I note in my review of that album) it is so awash in bad 80s production (loud synths, snare drum with tons of reverb, vocals hardly audible, etc) that you can't tell how great a song it is. But here it is allowed to shine. Another example is "Beat the Retreat", originally recorded on the mid-80s album "Don't Say Goodbye", with again, horrid 80s production (loud synths, etc). The 80s versions sound like over-done commercial AOR singles (that they were). The versions here are delicate and touching acoustic ballads, with beautiful ethereal slide sounds. This album makes the music real and vibrant, what was missing on those original recordings. There are some brand new songs here too. "Plainsong", "Sheppard's Song", "Falling in Love Again", and (close to my heart) Dave's ode "Canada", are wonderful additions to the Cousins discography, and all very worthy songs. Finally, the it is true the re-recordings are mixed. Some, like "I Turned My Face into the Wind" I find unnecessary, as I think the original for that song is better, but others like "Josephine, For Better or For Worse", "Song of a Sad Little Girl", and "How I need You Now" are just as good, if not better, than the originals. On the whole, a very enjoyable album, and one I would recommend for fans of Dave Cousins and Strawbs. I give this album 7.4 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to high-ish 3 PA stars.

 The Bridge (with Brian Willoughby) by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 1994
2.18 | 3 ratings

BUY
The Bridge (with Brian Willoughby)
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

2 stars With STRAWBS having been relatively active in the last decade and a half, one might not realize that from around 1980 to 2000, the band barely existed, a few limited releases and tours notwithstanding, largely because of Dave Cousins full time career in UK radio. In 1991, the archival label Road Goes on Forever re-issued the 1980 Cousins and Willoughby album "Old School Songs", and for the next few years encouraged the two gentleman to concoct a sequel. The result was "The Bridge", a now all but forgotten and virtually obsolete Strawbs related release. It's so obscure that an Ebay and discogs.com search yielded nothing, and it has certainly not been re-issued by Strawbs Witchwood label, but it assuredly exists and has been in my possession over 20 years.

First of all, its near obsolescence can be attributed to the fact that the Strawbs 2003 release "Blue Angel" included most of these tracks in barely altered form, in addition to a few other worthwhile tunes. Even before being repackaged as a full band release, it included some time and erstwhile band members Blue Weaver, Tony Fernandez, Chas Cronk, Rod Demick and Richard Hudson as guests, so muddling up personal filing systems wherever it appeared.

"The Bridge" was intended as a hybrid between the more painstakingly produced Strawbs albums and the entirely unplugged and lo-fi Cousins and Willoughby work, but, since most Strawbs albums admirably straddle that line.... Only 2 tracks didn't make the leap to the "Blue Angel" release, presumably because of their entirely acoustic nature, those being the opener "You Never Needed Water" and the finale "Song for Alex". Of the first, while Strawbs and Cousins have occasionally dabbled in C&W styles, this one is a full fledged finger picking good tune that hearkens back to the band's bluegrass beginnings and is emblazoned with Willoughby's fretting skills throughout. The lyrics are at once saucy and bitter, Cousins at his lovelorn best. Given the price that this CD is likely to command, I wouldn't say it's worth the price of admission for this song alone, but it's certainly worth your consideration if the description is to your taste. The wistful closing number "Song for Alex" has a clearer older lineage, dating back to the band's very early days. It's similar in tone to "Beat the Retreat" which appeared on "Don't Say Goodbye" in 1987, and, like the opening tune, includes splendid work by Willoughby.

Omitting the repeat exposure on Blue Angel, the other highlights here are the gorgeous "Further Down the Road" with its succinct verse and one line chorus, and the mini epic "The Plain", which could have fit on almost any album from the group's heyday, with Cousins' ponderous lyrics and a sense of dread. Several rockers are included, never the man or the band's strong suit, but "Rhythm of the Night" is a fair approximation to a Springsteen stomper. The vocal collaborations with Mary Hopkin are so-so, being a bit light by any measure, while "Strange Day over the Hill" is another country-ish shuffle with typically provocative and obtuse lyrics.

Overall, I can't really recommend this except to Strawbs fans and those who find the descriptions of the acoustic pieces to be irresistible. For the rest, I suggest the "Blue Angel" CD which also includes several more proggy tracks like "Blue Angel" itself and "There will Come the Day". It's not a great album either but definitely offers more value even ignoring the likely market prices for "The Bridge". 2.5 stars rounded down.

 old School Songs (with Brian Willoughby) by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Live, 1980
3.38 | 4 ratings

BUY
old School Songs (with Brian Willoughby)
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

4 stars The proliferation of reworkings and reimaginings amongst those decades past their creative peak continues unabated, a phenomenon to which STRAWBS have succumbed repeatedly over the last decade. As artistically pointless as some might be, they do help us recall the days when this type of disc actually meant something, Backtracking to 1979, DAVE COUSINS and his old pal BRIAN WILLOUGHBY finally teamed up live and on record for an unplugged set, perhaps the first of its type, preceding not only the MTV series but MTV itself.

Whatever its motivations, "Old School Songs" presents Strawbs classics and a few hitherto unheard tracks in a crisp lo-fi manner, COUSINS' wearily magnanimous voice accompanied by his own simple strumming and Willoughby's often stunning acoustic leads offer a side to these largely folk numbers that was occasionally lost in the arrangements of full band productions. This is true even for "The Battle", one of the earlier tracks, and certainly true for "The Hangman and the Papist" and "Beside the Rio Grande".

Even in its live studio mustiness and the cassette captured festival recordings, this album excels in at least 2 unexpected aspects. First the aforementioned work of Willoughby, known afterwards as the master of the twiddly bits, hones his craft both technically and melodically quite beyond the capabilities of any prior or subsequent Strawbs guitarist. His fills and solos shimmer in rough cut grandeur as befits the overall epic quality of most of the selections. I find myself looking forward to even the shortest of these as an offset to the Dylanesque repetitiveness of some of the song structures. The other triumph is in the introduction of a couple of marvelous pieces that had actually been part of the repertoire of the early days of SANDY DENNY and even before. In particular, "I've been my own worst friend" is Cousins at his folkie best, forgiving himself even as he acknowledges his failures. Coincidentally or not, it acts as a fair assessment of his musical career up to that point. These tunes hold off on the Willoughby flair perhaps out of respect for their original intent. The version of "Grace Darling" that opens the album would become a blueprint for later live and studio versions.

Due to its purely acoustic format, this disk would be most suitable for fans of the group and of Dave Cousins, fans of folk music in general, and those who might be curious about how some of those classic Strawbs story songs might sound if they were firmly but lovingly given the old school treatment.

 Two Weeks Last Summer by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.66 | 21 ratings

BUY
Two Weeks Last Summer
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

3 stars Not quite the classic people make it out to be.

Or more specifically, it's not the 'lost Strawbs' album that people make it out to be.

Released in only a few European countries (excluding the U.K. and the U.S) when the album Blue Angel first came out in 1972, it was because the album truly had all the hallmarks of a Dave Cousins solo album at that time. The contemporary Strawbs album released with great success at that time was the U.K. hit producing Bursting At The Seams. BatS was vitrually chock full of clever catchy tunes from Tears and Pavin, Part of The Union, Laydown and the mega progressive Down By The Sea.

By comparison, Blue Angel seamed restrained and very individualistic with Cousins accompanying himself solely on piano on several tracks (who knew he could play?) and woodwind accompaniment on another song( with an instrumental intro) The World/That's The Way it Ends.

Cousins first ever outing of October To May was done completely acapella. While his voice was still vibrant and charming at this point in his career, these songs simply fall short as symphonic prog.

Where Cousins does excel is in the heavy prog of the three suite title track that utilizes some heavier than usual lead electric guitar from guest player Millar Anderson, who makes the track sound more interesting and dramatic than it actually is. It's not a bad prog song, but it palls in comparison with Cousins' future three suite masterpieces such as Autumn, Ghosts and the now properly sequenced The River/Down By Sea on the CD reissues of BatS.

Unfortunately, the straight up rock song The Actor is ruined by Cousins' use of annoying oscillating vocal manipulation on the songs verses, which renders the lyrics indecipherable.

Blue Angel is not a bad album but it got the limited reception that it actually deserved due to a majority of the song's simply not being up to snuff. Which really is a shame as the album is well produced and sounds great. 3 stars as it's the only Dave Cousins solo album that actually contains new material and not make overs (save We'll Meet Again Sometime), as has been his want since releasing solo albums since 1980.

 old School Songs (with Brian Willoughby) by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Live, 1980
3.38 | 4 ratings

BUY
old School Songs (with Brian Willoughby)
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

2 stars Desperation is the mother of invention.

In a effort to separate the wheat from the chaff of Dave Cousins' solo offerings, I look back on 1980's Old Scholl Songs recorded with old friend and crack guitarist Brian Willoughby.

Basically, after the Strawbs lost their record deal in 1978 and disbanded, Cousins was up against it and needed an inexpensive way to generate some income. He enlisted Willoughby and the duo hit the fiolk club and festival circuit playing Strawbs' numbers acoustically.

The album is split nearly in two by studio recording and live recordings of the 1979 Exmouth Folk Festival in the U.K. The live festival cuts were actually taken from a cassette type. But as the entire album is considerably Lo Fi, there is no loss of continuity between the early studio cuts and the live taped tracks.

Hence, Mr. Cousins might have produced the first unplugged album about a decade before it came into vogue on MTV.

The performance's are good as Cousins is still in top notch voice at this juncture and does justice to songs like the Hangman and the Papist as well as an excellent solo vocal on the Strawbs' bombastic U.K. hit Laydown.

Unfortunately, Willoughby is very much in a strumming support role, or merely interjects a few catchy notes here and there, and doesn't get a chance to really shine. At least in the songs presented here.

Old School Songs is a quant look back at a desperate time for Dave Cousins and is a precursor to the Acoustic Strawbs groups that he would form 20+ years later. However, due to it's Lo Fi nature and lack of songs that outshine the originals, I can only recommended this antique and curio to diehard fans and collectors. 2 stars.

 Secret Paths by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.09 | 4 ratings

BUY
Secret Paths
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SteveG

3 stars This review is certainly for the old guard and Strawbs/Cousins fans in particular.

I'm not going to be coy by avoiding the fact that Cousins can pick up a few pence for later indie releases like these. However, this solo studio outing (don't be fooled by the cover) gives fans a chance to actually hear and absorb some of Dave Cousins best compositions on this compilation. Joined only by Melvin Duffey on pedal steel and Dobro, it's uber producer Chris Tsangarides that really makes this mellow outing shine. Particularly with his remarkable treatment of Cousins vocals, which haven't sounded that good in 20 years. And Tsangarides' unique 'shimmering but just on the boarder of sounding shrill' production sound works well for Duffy's pedal steel soundscapes. Cousins also wisely avoids some of the Strawbs' wailing numbers which also helps greatly.

The song selection of older Strawbs material is stellar. (When is it not?) With a few different solo Dave Cousins albums circulating right now, this one is a keeper.

 The Boy In The Sailor Suit by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.63 | 5 ratings

BUY
The Boy In The Sailor Suit
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars 35 years on

Not counting the several collaboration albums with other people outside of his day job with Strawbs, The Boy In The Sailor Suit was only Dave Cousins' second solo album appearing some 35 years after his Two Weeks Last Summer! It is a somewhat eclectic set of songs, covering electric Folk Rock, Blues Rock, and Hard Rock, while carefully avoiding Prog. Most of the songs here are decent enough, though a couple of them are quite terrible, but nothing really stands out. It is the rockers that stink and the ballads that are pleasant.

Cousins' voice is pleasant and the sound of this album is certainly more full and organic than on the Cousins & Conrad album High Seas or the Cousins & Wakeman album Hummingbird. With the stronger sound and production of the present album and the best songs from all three of these albums, we could perhaps be talking about a good album here. But as it stands, The Boy In The Sailor Suit joins the other two as a largely forgettable, even if mostly pleasant, experience. None of these match the more recent albums by Strawbs (The Brokenhearted Bride is especially great).

Recommended only to serious fans and collectors of Cousins long career in and out of Strawbs

 Wakeman And Cousins Live 1988 by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Live, 2004
2.14 | 2 ratings

BUY
Wakeman And Cousins Live 1988
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Just another collection of antiques and curios

This is a nice little live recording feature Dave Cousins and Rick Wakeman in an intimate live setting. The short concert was recorded in Exeter in 1988 and released on CD in 2004 as the very first entry in the "From The Witchwood Media Archive" series. The performance is wholly acoustic and features only Dave on acoustic guitar and lead vocals and Rick on grand piano. As such, the songs are stripped down to their bare bones. The two first songs of the disc feature Dave alone before Rick is introduced for the third number. The part of the show featuring Rick draws heavily on the From The Witchwood album, the only original Strawbs studio album recorded while Wakeman was a full time member of the band. These songs include A Glimpse Of Heaven, Witchwood, The Hangman And The Papist, and The Shepherd's Song. A further couple of songs appearing here originally appeared on the classic 1970 live album entitled Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios on which Rick got to express himself more freely on his keyboards than on any Strawbs studio album. These songs are Song Of A Sad Little Girl and Martin Luther King's Dream (the latter being taken from a different recording in Belgium in 1988). Ways And Means originally appeared on Dave Cousins first solo album on which Wakeman appeared as a guest.

Both men are in fine form here and this is a fine performance. But it is inevitably somewhat understated and there is no sign of anything progressive as such. There are no instrumental excesses whatsoever and everything is kept as simple as possible. Still, this is a good disc that will please both Strawbs fans and fans of Rick's. I know I enjoy it!

 Two Weeks Last Summer by COUSINS, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.66 | 21 ratings

BUY
Two Weeks Last Summer
Dave Cousins Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars A lost Strawbs album

Two Weeks Last Summer was Dave Cousins' first solo album, released between Strawbs' Grave New World and Bursting At The Seams albums. This was, of course, right in the very middle of Strawbs' most interesting and prolific period that began in the early 70's and culminated with Hero And Heroine and Ghosts in the mid 70's. During this time, Strawbs evolved from a Folk group to a Prog band and the present solo album is pretty much in the same style as Bursting At The Seams. As such it has a few weaker numbers, but overall a good release. One rightly wonders what the point was of releasing a solo album that doesn't notably deviate from the Strawbs sound and standard. But one reason was probably that it allowed Cousins to work with other people. The list of people involved is fairly impressive and includes Deep Purple's Roger Glover, Colosseums' Jon Hiseman, as well as ex-Strawb Rick Wakeman.

The most interesting track is the 10 minute plus, multi-part Blue Angel. A re-recorded version of this epic much later appeared on the Strawbs album of the same name.

Recommended in addition to Strawbs' 1970 - 1975 output.

Thanks to easy livin for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives