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Strawbs - Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (1970)


Strawbs - Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (1970)


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Side one

"Martin Luther King's Dream" (Dave Cousins) – 2:53

"The Antique Suite" (Cousins) – 12:12

"The Reaper"

"We Must Cross the River"

"Antiques and Curios"

"Hey It's Been a Long Time"

"Temperament of Mind" (Rick Wakeman) – 4:50


Side two

"Fingertips" (Cousins) – 6:14

"Song of a Sad Little Girl" (Cousins) – 5:28

"Where Is This Dream of Your Youth" (Cousins) – 9:07


Bonus tracks

"The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" (Cousins) – 10:03

"We'll Meet Again Sometime" (Cousins) – 4:17

"Forever" (Cousins, Tony Hooper) – 3:32

"Forever" is a studio track and was released as a single in 1970. All other tracks were taken from the concert recording




Strawbs Band Members / Musicians

Dave Cousins – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer

Tony Hooper – vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine

Rick Wakeman – piano, organ, harpsichord, celeste

John Ford – vocals, bass guitar

Richard Hudson – vocals, drums, congas, percussion, sitar


Produced and mixed by Tony Visconti

Recorded by Bob Auger




Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios is the 3rd album by the Strawbs, mostly recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 11 July 1970. The album reached number 27 in the UK Albums Chart.

The band line-up had changed from the previous album, Dragonfly. Only founder-members Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper remained; with double bass player Ron Chesterman and cellist Claire Deniz having departed the band, and bassist John Ford, drummer Richard Hudson, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman having joined.

The concert was instrumental in bringing Rick Wakeman's virtuosity to the attention of the music media, when Melody Maker prophesied super-stardom for the keyboard player.

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