Acoustic Gold

Acoustic Gold

by The Strawbs
     
 
Although this 14-song collection features Strawbs recordings done with acoustic arrangements, it's not an album made specifically with writing and recording (or re-recording) acoustic material in mind. It's an anthology of acoustic recordings, all but two done between 2001 and 2011, and just three of which were previously unreleased (though a couple of others had only

Overview

Although this 14-song collection features Strawbs recordings done with acoustic arrangements, it's not an album made specifically with writing and recording (or re-recording) acoustic material in mind. It's an anthology of acoustic recordings, all but two done between 2001 and 2011, and just three of which were previously unreleased (though a couple of others had only been available on DVD). As a source of possible confusion, some of these are early 21st century re-recordings of songs that had first been recorded or issued decades earlier, such as "Josephine, For Better or Worse" and "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus." Two previously unreleased bonus tracks, dubbed "Heritage Gold" on the back cover, were recorded in 1979 and 1980 with just Dave Cousins on guitar and vocals and Brian Willoughby on guitar. Despite the rather patchy assemblage around the acoustic concept, it does hang together pretty well as a portrait of the Strawbs' lower-key side. The arrangements aren't overdone or self-conscious, and combined with the moody-to-the-point-of-somber folk-rock songwriting (mostly by Cousins), a consistently reflective mood is created in tasteful settings. A couple of contributors of note are Rick Wakeman (on "A Glimpse of Heaven") and Robert Kirby (who did the string arrangement for "Evergreen").

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Witchwood Media
UPC:
5065000199524
catalogNumber:
2052

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strawbs   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Piano,Guest Appearance
Dave Cousins   Dulcimer,Banjo,Guitar,Autoharp,Vocals
Ian Cutler   Fiddle,Guest Appearance
Robert Kirby   Guest Appearance
Brian Willoughby   Guitar
Dave Lambert   Guitar,Vocals
Charles Cronk   Keyboards,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Dave Cousins   Producer
Robert Kirby   String Arrangements
Chris Tsangarides   Producer
Brian Willoughby   Producer
Steve Crimmel   Producer
Kenny Denton   Engineer
Lambert   Composer
Paul Smith   Engineer
Dana Westover   Engineer
Charles Cronk   Programming,Producer
Hawken   Composer
John Hill-Turner   Artwork
Jon Connolly   Producer
James Rolley-Parnell   Engineer
Gigi Bresciani   Engineer

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