Live At The BBC, Vol. 1: In Session

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • UPC: 600753205075
  • Catalog Number: 5320507
  • Sales rank: 305,972

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Battle (6:11)
  2. 2 Poor Jimmy Wilson (2:30)
  3. 3 That Which Was Once Mine (2:42)
  4. 4 Another Day (3:05)
  5. 5 We'll Meet Again Sometime (3:11)
  6. 6 Canon Dale (3:42)
  7. 7 Song of a Sad Little Girl (4:11)
  8. 8 The Hangman and the Papist (3:57)
  9. 9 Witchwood (3:11)
  10. 10 Benedictus (4:24)
  11. 11 New World (3:07)
  12. 12 Tomorrow (4:50)
  13. 13 Is It Today Lord? (2:41)
  14. 14 Heavy Disguise (3:00)
  15. 15 New World (4:12)
  16. 16 Here It Comes (3:18)
  17. 17 Lady Fuschia (4:00)
  18. 18 Part of the Union (2:57)
  19. 19 The Winter and the Summer (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
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
David Cousins Liner Notes
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