Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios (1970) A&M Records - US Promo 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios (1970) A&M Records - US Promo 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios: Live At The Queen Elizabeth Hall
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Pressed By Monarch Record Mfg. Co.
Label: A&M Records/SP-4288 | Released: 1970 | Genre: Progressive-Rock


A1 Martin Luther King's Dream
A2 The Antique Suite
A2(i) The Reaper
A2(ii) We Must Cross The River
A2(iii) Antiques & Curios
A2(iv) Hey, It's Been A Long time
A3 Temperament Of Mind
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B1 Fingertips
B2 Song Of A Sad Little Girl
B3 Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth


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Recorded By – Granada Recordings
Recorded At – Queen Elizabeth Hall
Mixed At – Trident Studios
Pressed By – Monarch Record Mfg. Co.

Credits

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dulcimer – Dave Cousins
Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine – Tony Hooper
Art Direction, Design [Jacket] – Roger Saunders (2)
Bass – John Ford (2)
Congas, Cymbal, Tambourine, Sitar – Richard Hudson
Mixed By – Tony Visconti
Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Celesta [Celeste] – Rick Wakeman
Photography By – Ken Palmer (2)
Producer – Tony Visconti
Recorded By – Bob Auger
Vocals – Dave Cousins, John Ford (2), Richard Hudson, Tony Hooper

Notes
Recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, on July 11th 1970.

There are three US release variants with same catalog number but different labels, along with several promotional versions that appear to have the similar label designs and print but with a white background.


Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios (1970) A&M Records - US Promo 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios (1970) A&M Records - US Promo 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Strawbs ‎- Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios (1970) A&M Records - US Promo 1st Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz



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A superb early live album from the Strawbs, allowing Rick Wakeman the most latitude to demonstrate his abilities he ever received during his brief time with the band.

“Martin Luther King’s dream” is an excellent opener, faithful to King’s preachings, while melodic and powerful. “The antiques suite” is four unrelated songs joined together in medley format. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and the songs blend neatly together to form a pleasant, if slightly basic piece. “Temperament of mind” sees Wakeman take centre stage with his piano, for a 5 minute solo spot, mixing classics and self compositions. For those in the UK old enough to remember, there’s an amusing “Hamlet cigar advert” moment, when Wakeman alludes to having difficulty finding the right notes.

“Fingertips” finds Dave Cousins exploring what would become over the years his schoolboy like fascination with adult themes. “Where is this dream of your youth” once again allows Wakeman to benefit from a lengthy solo spot, this time on organ, there’s more than a hint of what was to come with Yes here.

The bonus tracks on the remastered CD are excellent, especially the live version of “The vision of the lady of the lake”, a disturbing tale of a young man and his encounters which first appeared on the “Dragonfly” album.

“Antiques and Curious” marked the Strawbs initial steps from folk rock to prog rock, and did so in a very assured and competent way. It does sound somewhat dated now, but is worth seeking out nonetheless. Unlike most live albums, a number of the tracks included here remain otherwise unavailable in a studio recorded format.
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