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Steve, Just read about Chris's passing in the new Classic Rock magazine edition. RIP. Didn't realise how many albums I have in my possession with his involvement over the years - amazing! Very good work on the Strawbs albums too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2018 at 04:13
I have to say that I was not a fan of Tsangarides' album EQing, especially for "The Broken Hearted Bride", and "Dancing To The Devil's Beat", but he was not as shrill on "The Ferryman's Curse", which really helped to give that album more of an "old school" sound. But yeah, RIP to Chris! You were a staple of British heavy metal and hard rock.

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Strawbs acoustic tour in UK has been cancelled due to illness, and there is no further word, so it could be that Dave Cousins is ill.  He has had some pretty serious health issues lately
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote SteveG Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2018 at 09:46
Yikes! I hope that this will pass quickly.
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Oh dear.... That is a real shame....and actually a worry
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in case you don't know, the 50th anniversary celebration is next April 26-28 in Lakewood, NJ, USA.  Two days of concerts, including some with an orchestra!


Dave Cousins' health problems seem to be primarily kidney stone relatwed...ouch!  He is supposed to be having a procedure to deal with this soon if no already

And here is an impressive cover version of Strawbs' classic by John Wesley Harding



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Originally posted by kenethlevine kenethlevine wrote:

in case you don't know, the 50th anniversary celebration is next April 26-28 in Lakewood, NJ, USA.  Two days of concerts, including some with an orchestra!


Dave Cousins' health problems seem to be primarily kidney stone related...ouch!  He is supposed to be having a procedure to deal with this soon if no already

And here is an impressive cover version of a Strawbs' classic by John Wesley Harding

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Acoustic Strawbs coming to my home town of Darlington on Friday (last day of the school year too!) Hope Dave is okay. Can't promise a full house, but the grey-haired idiot singing along to all the songs at the front, will try his best to make up for it!
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Hello. I'm new on Prog Archives, but thought I should join in on this thread. Strawbs is a very interesting band that I've long planned to check out further. I like their diversity in styles and the very haunting quality in many of their songs. Even the lyrics are highly intriguing, and I normally don't care much for lyrics in prog (or in music in general...).
'Hero and Heroine' is one of my favourite albums from the 70's, and I also have 'Grave New World' (great album as well). Wonderfully epic gatefold cover on the latter LP! What should I check out next? As I also love folk/folkrock, maybe I should buy some of their early stuff too?
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Originally posted by Around the Sun Around the Sun wrote:

Hello. I'm new on Prog Archives, but thought I should join in on this thread. Strawbs is a very interesting band that I've long planned to check out further. I like their diversity in styles and the very haunting quality in many of their songs. Even the lyrics are highly intriguing, and I normally don't care much for lyrics in prog (or in music in general...).
'Hero and Heroine' is one of my favourite albums from the 70's, and I also have 'Grave New World' (great album as well). Wonderfully epic gatefold cover on the latter LP! What should I check out next? As I also love folk/folkrock, maybe I should buy some of their early stuff too?

Welcome and thanks for participating!

I'd recommend "Ghosts" next, withe same lineup as Hero and Heroine but more melodic and lyrical.  It has a pleasant juxtaposition of dark and light.  Next I recommend "Bursting at the Seams", the most successful album in the UK, which includes hit singles, pop, folk and prog all together.  Then listen to their 2017 release, "The Ferryman's Curse", which has a lot of the old magic.  After that, give the folkier early albums "Dragonfly" and "From the Witchwood"  a try.  
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I really love also their early live "Just a Collection Of Antiques and Curios". And first album is not bad too.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Around the Sun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 18 2018 at 16:05
Thanks man! I guess I have to spend some hard earned cash on this band, then. I'll chech out "Ghosts" first! Smile
So they are still going strong and released a quality album last year? Impressive. I love when bands manage to capture the magic several decades after their 'heyday'. Last week, for instance, I went to see King Crimson - and that was without a doubt one of the very best concerts I've ever experienced! Tears running when they played several songs from '69-74...
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Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Acoustic Strawbs coming to my home town of Darlington on Friday (last day of the school year too!) Hope Dave is okay. Can't promise a full house, but the grey-haired idiot singing along to all the songs at the front, will try his best to make up for it!

Unfortunately Dave is having an operation and the local concert has been cancelled. Disappointed, obviously - but hopefully things have gone well and he'll be fighting fit for the months to come.
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Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Originally posted by Squonk19 Squonk19 wrote:

Acoustic Strawbs coming to my home town of Darlington on Friday (last day of the school year too!) Hope Dave is okay. Can't promise a full house, but the grey-haired idiot singing along to all the songs at the front, will try his best to make up for it!

Unfortunately Dave is having an operation and the local concert has been cancelled. Disappointed, obviously - but hopefully things have gone well and he'll be fighting fit for the months to come.

yes this will hopefully deal with his persistent kidney stone issues once and for all
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Originally posted by Around the Sun Around the Sun wrote:

Thanks man! I guess I have to spend some hard earned cash on this band, then. I'll chech out "Ghosts" first! Smile
So they are still going strong and released a quality album last year? Impressive. I love when bands manage to capture the magic several decades after their 'heyday'. Last week, for instance, I went to see King Crimson - and that was without a doubt one of the very best concerts I've ever experienced! Tears running when they played several songs from '69-74...

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I also hope to see Dave recover from this long running health problem. I was starting to think that there was more to it.
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