I claim to be the heaviest, both bodily- and musically-wise, of the group of high-school friends that compose the panel of contributors for this blog, and I dare them to deny me, lol! 😛
However, in the past couple of years, I’ve grown fonder of more intricate, progressive, odd sounds, even if acoustic. As I am somewhat of a compulsive music consumer, in my search for new sounds, I came across this little (as it only has 8 minutes :P) pretty song, with a lot of feeling, a great mix of acoustic and clean electric guitars, and an amazing use of the almighty mellotron (google it). I was compelled to get the album, which I did. A few months ago, I discovered that an acoustic version of the band would be coming to a festival to which I had already decided to go, and so my quest for more songs by this very underrated group started.
A song that has grown on me is the epic Ghosts, and its acoustic version is a very beautiful song as the following video shows 🙂
I must warn you that Dave Cousins’ voice is very peculiar, usually allowing only love or hate, no grey areas. I myself think it fits their music very nicely, but I leave it to your appreciation..
An interesting curiosity about the Strawbs is that the keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, of Yes fame, was part of this band for a couple of years before the albums that provided the folk anthems I’m presenting here.
Finally, the song that started my run of 272 plays (according to last.fm) of Strawbs’ songs is Autumn. I was about to post here another acoustic version, but I think that it doesn’t do justice to the whole atmosphere that the studio version creates, so here it is:
PS: Again, I left a cultural reference in the title of this post, does anybody recognize it?