Os Favoritos dos Sousa: Strawbs

                         O Strawbs em uma de suas melhores formações 
com Rick Wakeman de tecladista

Uma das minhas bandas prediletas de rock progressivo sempre foi o Strawbs, especialmente o Strawbs dos primeiros anos. Até hoje eu me lembro do impacto que tive ao escutar um LP que caiu por acaso nas minhas mãos: ” Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios“. A discografia do Strawbs no Brasil sempre foi e é muito escassa. Por isto resolvi disponibilizar alguma coisa desta banda aqui no blog.

Strawbs (ou The Strawbs) é uma banda de rock inglesa, fundada em 1964. Embora  a banda tenha começado como um grupo de  bluegrass,eles fizeram uma caminhada em direção a outros estilos, como folk rock, glam rock e o rock progressivo. São mais conhecidos, fora do Brasil, pelo seu hit “Part of the Union”, que atingiu o número dois das paradas inglesas em1973, e pela turnê que fizeram com o Supertramp para o lançamento de Crime of the Century , quando aproveitaram para lançar seu disco de maior sucesso comercial no mundo, Brasil inclusive, Hero and Heroine.

Membros atuais

  • 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-present)
  • John Young – keyboards (October 2010-present)

Membros anteriores

  • Tony Hooper – guitar, vocals (Early 1964-August 1972, July 1983-August 1993)
  • 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)
Supporting musicians
  • 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)
  • Adam Wakeman – keyboards (2002)

Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart position Notes
UK
[1]
US
[2]
CH
[3]
NOR
[4]
NL
[5]
SWE
[6]
1969 Strawbs
1970 Dragonfly
1971 From the Witchwood 39
1972 Grave New World 11 191
1973 Bursting at the Seams 2 121
All Our Own Work as “Sandy Denny and the Strawbs”, recorded in Denmark, 1967
1974 Hero and Heroine 35 94 20
1975 Ghosts 47
1975 Nomadness 147
1976 Deep Cuts 144
1977 Burning for You 175
Deadlines
1987 Don’t Say Goodbye
1991 Ringing Down the Years
1995 Heartbreak Hill Recorded in 1978
2001 Baroque and Roll Acoustic Strawbs
Strawberry Sampler Number 1 Released privately in 1969
2003 Blue Angel Includes re-recorded songs from Two Weeks Last Summer and Bursting at the Seams
2004 Déjà Fou
2008 The Broken Hearted Bride
2009 Dancing to the Devil’s Beat

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart position Notes
UK
[1]
US
[2]
CH
[3]
NOR
[4]
NL
[5]
SWE
[6]
1970 Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios 27
1993 Greatest Hits Live Recorded 1990 for a Central TV “Bedrock” show
1995 Strawbs in Concert Tracks from the BBC “In Concert” shows from 1973 and 1974
1999 Concert Classics BBC “Sight and Sound” performance from 1977
2000 The Complete Strawbs 30th anniversary concert at Chiswick House
2005 Full Bloom Acoustic Strawbs
Live at Nearfest
Painted Sky Acoustic Strawbs
2006 Recollection
2007 Strawbs NY ’75
2008 Lay Down with the Strawbs Double CD recorded at Robin 2, Bilston 5 March 2006

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart position Notes
UK
[1]
US
[2]
CH
[3]
NOR
[4]
NL
[5]
SWE
[6]
1974 Strawbs by Choice
Early Strawbs Canadian-only compilation of Strawbs and Dragonfly[7]
1977 Classic Strawbs Canadian-only compilation of every A&M LP except Strawbs[8]
1978 The Best of Strawbs
1990 Preserves Uncanned 1960s high-quality demo recordings
1991 Sandy Denny and the Strawbs a partial repackaging of All Our Own Work
1992 A Choice Selection of Strawbs
1997 Halcyon Days
2002 The Collection
Tears and Pavan
2003 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Strawbs
2006 A Taste of Strawbs A box-set of 4 CD’s featuring recordings from 1967 to 2006

(Wikipedia)

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