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Live At The BBC, Vol. 1: In Session
     

Live At The BBC, Vol. 1: In Session

by The Strawbs
 
The Strawbs were on the BBC often in their early career, and this 69-minute CD collects 19 tracks from seven separate radio sessions between late 1968 and early 1973. While this doesn't offer the most radical reinterpretations or definitive arrangements of these songs, there's a lot to be said in this set's favor that makes it of greater value than the average BBC

Overview

The Strawbs were on the BBC often in their early career, and this 69-minute CD collects 19 tracks from seven separate radio sessions between late 1968 and early 1973. While this doesn't offer the most radical reinterpretations or definitive arrangements of these songs, there's a lot to be said in this set's favor that makes it of greater value than the average BBC compilation. Aside from the generous length and excellent sound quality, the span of the material is both impressive and more diverse than the typical Strawbs' album. Highlighting selections from their late-'60s and early-'70s LP, it has two versions of just one song ("New World," heard twice), and offers a couple of lesser-known tunes in "We'll Meet Again Sometime" (not placed on a Strawbs LP in the '70s, though Dave Cousins put it on his 1972 solo album) and the non-LP single "Here It Comes." The settings sometimes have a lighter touch than the official studio versions, Cousins being the only constant in an ever-shifting lineup that at various points included Tony Visconti (who plays recorder on the three tracks from a December 1968 session) and Rick Wakeman (who's on four of the later cuts). Some of the most popular songs in the Strawbs catalog are here, like "The Battle," "Witchwood," "Benedictus," and "Part of the Union." In its own way, it's about as good an overview of the band's evolution during this period as a studio compilation would be, the near-folk music of the early tracks turning into progressive rock over the years, with its fair share of classical touches. Complete with liner notes from Dave Cousins, it's recommended for any fans interested enough in the Strawbs to collect more than one or two of their albums.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0600753205075
catalogNumber:
5320507
Rank:
148215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strawbs   Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman   Keyboards
Dave Cousins   Dulcimer,Guitar,Vocals
Richard Hudson   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Ron Chesterman   Double Bass
Tony Hooper   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Visconti   Recorder
Blue Weaver   Keyboards
Claire Deniz   Cello

Technical Credits

Dave Cousins   Composer,Liner Notes
Richard Hudson   Composer
Malcolm Brown   Producer
Jeff Griffin   Producer
Tony Hooper   Composer
Blue Weaver   Composer
John Walters   Engineer
Allen Harris   Engineer
Nick Gomm   Engineer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
John Muir   Producer
Mike Franks   Engineer
Peter Harwood   Producer
Mike Harding   Engineer

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