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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1
1. Autumn: Heroine's Theme; Deep Summer's Sleep; The Winter Long
2. Benedictus
3. Tears And Pavan
4. The River
Side 2
5. Hero And Heroine
6. Down By The Sea
7. New World
8. Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth (Antiques and Curios Version)
Side 3
9. Ghosts
10. Round And Round
11. Hanging in the Gallery
12. Queen Of Dreams
Side 4
13. The Vision of the Lady Of The Lake
14. Sheep
15. The Life Auction: Impressions Of Southall From The Train; The Auction

Releases information

2Lp-A&M-SP 9800-Can-1977

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STRAWBS Classic Strawbs ratings distribution

(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (10%)

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Review by greenback
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars This double LP is a compilation. There are some songs from "Ghosts", "Hero and heroine" , "Nomadness" "Grave new world" and "From the witchwood". It gives you a good idea of the work produced by Strawbs in the 70's. So, it is dynamic folk progressive rock, with lead vocals sounding a bit like Peter Gabriel. Rick Wakeman was the keyboardist in the early years. The trademark of The Strawbs are the amazing keyboards, which can be VERY intense and floating (mellotron and organ); the good guitar can sound near the hard rock style; there are often acoustic guitars, and the drums are sophisticated enough. The bass is quite present and never dull. Many songs on it are very pleasant to listen: do not miss the poignant "The winter long"

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars "Classic" indeed

This is indeed "Classic Strawbs". The tracks centre around the "Bursting at the seams" period, but are taken from eight of their albums released in the late1960's and early 1970's.

It is refreshing to find that the effort has been made here to gather in some of the band's best tracks, rather than playing safe with their hit singles and more accessible songs. Thus, there is no room for "Part of the union" or "Lay down", but excellent longer pieces like "Autumn", "The life auction", and "Ghosts" all get to grace this double album.

Credit is also due to the compilers for finding room for the live "Antiques and curious" version of "Where is this dream of your youth" which features a great long organ solo from Rick Wakeman.

This collection features some of the Strawbs most progressive works, which also happen to be among there best tracks. Highly recommended.

Review by Chris S
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This is one compilation that is highly recommended. Just look at the quality of the songs put together on here.' Benedictus', ' Tears and Pavan', ' The Vision of the Lady of the Lake', ' The Life Auction' and on and on. You can't miss with this one especially when most compilations are questionable.
Review by kenethlevine
4 stars If you are a vinyl aficionado and don't own any Strawbs recordings, "Classic Strawbs" comes highly recommended if you can find it. With a Canada only distribution and a lack of CD re-release, it already has all the cachet you need. Luckily, the content is even more worthwhile, as A&M focused on the proggier style that broke Strawbs as a popular album oriented band in Canada. It also spans the peak 1970-1975 period, even including the Dylan-on-acid multiverse epic "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" and the astonishing raga influenced "Where is this Dream of Your Youth" from an early live album in which Rick Wakeman firmly established his reputation.

The folk-tinged symphonic epics and suites for which Strawbs were most respected are all here: "Autumn", "Ghosts", "The Life Auction", "Down by the Sea", "Queen of Dreams", and "Tears and Pavan", while venerable shorter numbers like "Sheep", "Benedictus", "New World", and "Hero and Heroine" also make the cut. While the final A&M album "Nomadness" proved a death knell of sorts for the group, the brilliant "Hanging in the Gallery" proved that Dave Cousins' songwriting instincts and insights remained intact.

The group's UK hit singles, the majestic "Lay Down" and the needling "Part of the Union" were far superior to most of what ascended the charts in the early 1970s, and were quite well received as album tracks in Canada, but they weren't what this compilation was about, and were appropriately omitted. I can't quite give "Classic Strawbs" 5 stars because it is, after all, a compilation, and, as lovingly curated as it was, it can't approximate the cohesiveness of the peak period albums from which it is primarily sourced. But, for a reasonable price and caressed by a loving stylus, it's worthy of the prog rock time capsule. 4.5 stars.

Latest members reviews

5 stars A superb selection of early Strawbs recordings which unfortunately has not been released on CD. But for those still living in the stone age of vinyl it is well worth the hunt through second hand shops. Classic Strawbs is arguably the finest anthology from any 1970`s progressive rock band complete ... (read more)

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