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Strawbs - Strawbs (1969)

Strawbs - Strawbs (1969)

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Side one
1. "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus"   3:53
2. "That Which Once Was Mine"   2:49
3. "All the Little Ladies"   2:18
4. "Pieces of 79 and 15"   3:00
5. "Tell Me What You See In Me"   5:01
6. "Oh How She Changed"   2:54

Side two
7. "Or Am I Dreaming?"   2:25
8. "Where Is This Dream of Your Youth"   3:06
9. "Poor Jimmy Wilson"   2:37
10. "Where Am I? / I'll Show You Where to Sleep"   3:27
11. "The Battle"   6:34





Strawbs Band Members / Musicians
Dave Cousins – guitars, lead and backing vocals
Tony Hooper – guitars, lead and backing vocals
Ron Chesterman – double bass
John Paul Jones – bass guitar
Nicky Hopkins – piano
Richard Wilson – spoken words
Norati and his Arab Friends - Arab string section on "Tell Me What You See in Me"

Gus Dudgeon – producer and engineer
Tony Visconti - arranger
Tom Wilkes - art direction
Barry Feinstein, Ray Stevenson - photography






Strawbs is the 1st album released by the English band Strawbs. The Sandy Denny & The Strawbs LP All Our Own Work was recorded earlier, but not released until 1973.

Strawbs (or The Strawbs) are an English rock band founded in 1964 as the Strawberry Hill Boys. The band started out as a bluegrass group, but eventually moved on to other styles such as folk rock, progressive rock, and (briefly) glam rock.

They are best known for their hit "Part of the Union", which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in February 1973, as well as for "Lay Down", a popular progressive rock hit from the same LP. The Strawbs also toured with Supertramp in their "Crime of the Century" tour, doing their own "Hero and Heroine" tour, which drew musical similarities and themes.


Strawbs Band Members / Musicians

Dave Cousins - guitar, dulcimer, banjo, vocals (Early 1964-June 1980, July 1983 – present)

Dave Lambert – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals (August 1972-November 1978, April 1999 – present)

Chas Cronk – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals (June 1973-July 1980, March 2004 – present)

Tony Fernandez – drums (July 1977-July 1980; October 2010–November 2012; February 2014 – present)

Dave Bainbridge - keyboards (December 2015 – present)

Tony Hooper – guitar, vocals (Early 1964-August 1972, July 1983-August 1993; died 2020)

Arthur Phillips - mandolin, vocals (Early 1964)
"Talking" John Berry – double bass, vocals (Early 1964; deceased)

Ron Chesterman – double bass (Early 1964-February 1970; died 2007)

Sandy Denny – vocals, guitar (Early 1968; died 1978)

Sonja Kristina – vocals (Early 1968)

Claire Deniz – cello (September 1969-December 1969)

Lindsay Cooper – cello, double bass (January 1970-April 1970)

Rick Wakeman – keyboards, clavinet (March 1970-July 1971)

Richard Hudson – drums, vocals, sitar (May 1970-May 1973, July 1983-June 2001, June 2004-July 2004)

John Ford – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals (May 1970-May 1973, July 1983-May 1985, April 1999-June 2001, June 2004-July 2004)

Blue Weaver – keyboards, accordion (August 1971-May 1973, July 1983-October 1984, September 1993-June 2001, June 2004-July 2004)

Rod Coombes – drums, acoustic guitar, vocals (June 1973-June 1977, March 2004-October 2010)

John Hawken – keyboards (June 1973-May 1975, March 2004-June 2008)

Andy Richards – keyboards (December 1977-July 1980)

Brian Willoughby – acoustic guitar, electric guitar (December 1978-July 1980, July 1983-August 2004)

Roy Hill – guitar, vocals (June 1980-July 1980)

John Knightsbridge – guitar (June 1980-July 1980)

Bimbo Acock – saxophone (June 1980-July 1980)

Chris Parren – keyboards (November 1984-Late 1992)

Rod Demick – bass, vocals (June 1985-August 1998)

Don Airey – keyboards (January 1993-August 1993)

Oliver Wakeman - keyboards (January 2009-October 2010)

John Young - keyboards (October 2010-November 2012)

Adam Wakeman - keyboards (2002 touring, November 2012-December 2015)

Adam Falkner - drums (November 2012-February 2014)

John Mealing – keyboards (June 1975-November 1977)

Robert Kirby – keyboards, acoustic guitar, string arrangements (October 1975-November 1977; died 2009)

Jo Partridge - guitar (December 1977-November 1978)

Miller Anderson - guitar (December 1977-November 1978)

Dave Cousins - guitar, dulcimer, banjo, vocals (October 2000 – present)

Dave Lambert – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, vocals (October 2000 – present)

Chas Cronk – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals (September 2004 – present)

Brian Willoughby – acoustic guitar (October 2000-August 2004)




Strawbs Discography Full

Strawbs (1969)

Dragonfly (1970)

Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios (recorded live) (1970)

From the Witchwood (1971)

Grave New World (1972)

Bursting at the Seams (1973)

All Our Own Work (1973; recorded 1967)

Hero and Heroine (1974)

Ghosts (1975)

Nomadness (1975)

Deep Cuts (1976)

Burning for You (1977)

Deadlines (1978)

Don't Say Goodbye (1987)

Ringing Down the Years (1991)

Heartbreak Hill (1995)

Baroque & Roll (2001)

Strawberry Sampler Number 1 (2001; recorded 1969)
30 Years in Rock (2001; Issued with "Wondrous Stories" magazine)

Blue Angel (2003)

Déjà Fou (2004)

Live at Nearfest (2006)

The Broken Hearted Bride (2008)

Dancing to the Devil's Beat (2009)

Hero & Heroine in Ascencia (2011)

Prognostic (2014)

The Ferryman's Curse (2017)

Live in Concert CD / DVD (2020)

Best of The Strawbs - Live in Concert Vinyl (2020)

Settlement (2021)

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