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The Strawbs: Live at NEARfest: From the Witchwood Media Archive Series, Vol. 2

Track List

>Out in the Cold
>Round & Round
>Lay Down
>Burning for Me
>New World
>Autumn, Pt. 1: Heroine's Theme
>Autumn, Pt. 2: Deep Summer's Sleep
>Autumn, Pt. 3: The Winter Long
>You and I, The (When We Were Young)
>This Barren Land
>River, The
>Down By the Sea
>Round and Round [Reprise]
>Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

'Live At Nearfest' was recorded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in June 2004. The line-up is singer and songwriter Dave Cousins, with guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, drummer Rod Coombes and keyboard player John Hawken. Witchwood. 2005.

Album Notes

Personnel: Dave Lambert (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, E-bow, background vocals); Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, dulcimer, background vocals); Chas Cronk (12-string guitar, background vocals); John Hawken (piano, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer); Rod Coombes (drums, cymbals, percussion).

Liner Note Authors: Ron Lindeboom; Kathlyn Lindeboom.

Recording information: Bethlehem, PA (07/11/2004).

Recorded at NEARfest in July 2004, this features a reunion of the five-man lineup the Strawbs had used during their commercial peak in the mid-'70s: Dave Cousins, John Hawken, Dave Lambert, Rod Coombes, and Chas Cronk. Not surprisingly, the songs performed draw heavily from their 1970s repertoire; most of the set, in fact, consists of material from '70s Strawbs albums. It's thus more a souvenir for committed fans than it is an artistic statement. If a memento is what you're looking for, however, this modestly packaged concert album is well done. The sound is good, and the songs are performed and sung well, though perhaps with a little more synthesizer than some listeners might wish. "Hero and Heroine," the three-part suite "Autumn," and "Round & Round" are among the better-known favorites reprised here, the last of the three literally so, as it's given one standard version and one reprise near the end. ~ Richie Unterberger


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