Halcyon Days: The A&M Years

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
In the course of nine years, the Strawbs evolved from an obscure, quirky British bluegrass group into one of the most beloved progressive rock bands in the world. This 150-minute collection covers most of that history, encompassing most but not all of the key songs from their nine A&M albums, as well as lost B-sides, songs by ex-members Richard Hudson and John Ford, and a pair of tracks off of Dave Cousins' 1972 solo album Two Weeks Last Summer. The selection of material is inspired, juxtaposing rarities with a good deal of important music from the core of their output. The programming straddles the collectable and the historical/musical significance of the material, so ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
In the course of nine years, the Strawbs evolved from an obscure, quirky British bluegrass group into one of the most beloved progressive rock bands in the world. This 150-minute collection covers most of that history, encompassing most but not all of the key songs from their nine A&M albums, as well as lost B-sides, songs by ex-members Richard Hudson and John Ford, and a pair of tracks off of Dave Cousins' 1972 solo album Two Weeks Last Summer. The selection of material is inspired, juxtaposing rarities with a good deal of important music from the core of their output. The programming straddles the collectable and the historical/musical significance of the material, so we get early-'70s FM hits such as "The River" and "Down by the Sea" sharing space with material such as "Martin Luther King's Dream" and subsequent extended progressive material like "Ghosts." The range of styles is daunting, from Dylanesque acoustic folk-style numbers to extended songs in which Mellotrons, synthesizers, and loud, complex electric guitar runs are the dominant presences.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454095129
  • Catalog Number: 540951

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Strawbs Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Organ, Piano, Celeste, Harpsichord, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron
Dave Cousins Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Miller Anderson Guitar
Roger Glover Bass
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Trevor Lucas Vocals
Tom Newman Background Vocals
Richard Hudson Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Sitar, Vocals
John Paul Jones Bass
Tom (Colonel) Allom Organ, Background Vocals
Ron Chesterman Bass, Double Bass
Anne Collins Vocals
Rod Coombes Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Ray Cooper Percussion
Charles Cronk Synthesizer, Bass, Vocals
Tommy Eyre Piano
John Ford Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
John Hawken Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Electric Piano, Mellotron
Alan Hawkshaw Organ
Jon Hiseman Drums
Tony Hooper Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Alan Parker Guitar
Bjarne Rostvold Drums
Ronnie Verrell Drums
Blue Weaver Organ, Piano, Mellotron
Alan Weighall Cello
Richard Wilson Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Claire Deniz Cello
Technical Credits
Dave Cousins Composer, Producer
The Strawbs Arranger, Producer
Richard Hudson Composer, Producer
Barry Ainsworth Engineer
Tom (Colonel) Allom Producer, Engineer
Bob Auger Engineer
David Coleman Composer
Gus Dudgeon Producer
John Ford Composer, Producer
Victor Gamm Engineer
Freddy Hansson Engineer
Alan Harris Engineer
Tony Hooper Producer
John Mealing Programming
Chris Michie Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
John Punter Engineer
Roger Quested Engineer
Tony Visconti Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Blue Weaver Producer
John Tobler Liner Notes
Frank Owen Engineer
John Mackswith Engineer
Ivar Rosenberg Engineer
Jean-Luke Epstein Cover Design
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