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Blue Weaver v Rick Wakeman

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Poll Question: Who suited Strawbs more?
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    Posted: January 11 2018 at 03:28
Both made 2 albums with Strawbs: Wakeman made Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios and From the Witchwood, and Weaver made Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams.

Whilst Wakeman is one of the virtuosos of the keyboard and caused some temporary resentment when he jumped ship to join Yes, I can't but think that he tended to somewhat dominate the band, whereas Weaver's more restrained contributions fitted in rather better.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 08:38
Blue Weaver. I prefer his work on the two albums he made with Strawbs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote kenethlevine Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 09:08
Weaver's work fit better with Strawbs' symphonic folk sound.  It doesn't hurt that I also think that the two albums he played on are both better than the 2 that Wakeman played on (which were still good).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progmatic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 16:22
Love Wakeman but Blue Weaver's mellotron on Grave New World is incredible. For the Strawbs, it's Weaver for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote maryes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 16:42
I'm a huge Wakeman admirer , but the two  Strawbs albums with Weaver are much better !
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 17:07
Wakeman is the better keyboardist, but Weaver is the better fit for the Straws.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Squonk19 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 17:34
Weaver definitely a better fit with the Strawbs than Wakeman - where he tended to over-dominate the band at times. However, both had their moments and obviously young Rick hasn't been too shabby since he left them!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote verslibre Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 18:35
Wakey!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 19:50
Yep, Weaver.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iluvmarillion Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2018 at 20:41
Give me Witchwood any day of the week to the other albums, so it's Wakeman for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progfan1958 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2018 at 05:36
There are many underrated players out there, Blue Weaver among them.  With Strawbs he definitely fit better with their over-all sound. Rick was also interesting with them,  but at times he did and does tend to over-play, and that really does not work as well with the Strawbs ensemble approach. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote elpprogster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 12 2018 at 13:22
Hard to say because Wakeman days with Strawbs were very much still in the "folk phase" of the band; imagine what would be if he was among them at the "progressive phase".. :)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2018 at 02:39
^ good point.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote socrates17 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 hours 27 minutes ago at 13:35
Weaver, although Wakeman did play some killer piano on Blue Angel on Cousins' 1st solo album Two Weeks Last Summer.
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