A Taste of Strawbs

A Taste of Strawbs

Infobox Album
Name = A Taste of Strawbs
Type = box
Artist = Strawbs

Released = start date|2006|11|13
Recorded = 1966 - 2006
Genre = folk rock, progressive folk, progressive rock
Length =
Label = Witchwood Records
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album = "Recollection"
This album = "A Taste of Strawbs"
Next album = ""

"A Taste of Strawbs" is a box-set album by Strawbs. Instead of being a "best of" album, the compilers (Dave Cousins and Dick Greener) have attempted to present alternative versions of some well known songs plus some previously unreleased material.

Track listing

CD 1 – "Eyes Wide Open"

#"The Grey Hawk" (traditional) Strawberry Hill Boys live recording
#"The Cruel Wars (Higher Germanie)" (traditional) Dave Cousins unreleased recording
#"You Don't Think About Me" Strawberry Hill Boys demo
#"Not All The Flowers Grow" (Dave Cousins) Dave Cousins demo
#"You Keep Going Your Way" (Cousins) Strawberry Hill Boys demo
#"Sail Away to the Sea" (Cousins) Sandy and the Strawbs
#"Nothing Else Will Do" (Cousins) Sandy and the Strawbs
#"Oh How She Changed" (Cousins,Tony Hooper) 2005 re-mix
#"Or Am I Dreaming" (Cousins) 2005 re-mix
#"All The Little Ladies" (Cousins, Hooper) Alternative mix with spoken word intro and outro
#"Ah Me, Ah My" (Hooper) Alternate mix
#"The Man Who Called Himself Jesus" (Cousins) Alternative mix
#"The Battle" (Cousins) Live
#"It's Just Love" (Dave Lambert) Unreleased Fire recording
#"Another Day" (Cousins) Live
#"Forever" (Cousins, Hooper) "Dragonfly" outtake
#"Where am I"/"I'll Show You Where to Sleep" (Cousins) 1970 live track
#"Canondale" (Richard Hudson) 1971 live instrumental track
#"RMW" (Rick Wakeman) 1971 live track
#"Sheep" (Cousins) 1971 live version

CD 2 – "Changing Places"

#"Tomorrow" (Cousins,Hooper,Hudson,John Ford,Blue Weaver) 1972 live version
#"New World" (Cousins) 1972 live version
#"Here It Comes" (Cousins) 1972 live version
#"See How They Run" (Cousins, Lambert) Cousins and Lambert 1972 home demo
#"Going Home" (Cousins) Alternative version with Dave Lambert singing
#"The Actor" (Cousins) Alternative mix
#"Part of the Union" (Hudson, Ford) The original version which was to be released by "The Brothers"
#"The Winter and the Summer" (Lambert) Dave Lambert home demo
#"Whichever Way the Wind Blows" (Cousins) Previously unreleased version with Dave Cousins on vocals
#"Shine on Silver Sun" (Cousins) Extended version with Cousins, Lambert and members of Ten Years After
#"Out in the Cold"/"Round and Round" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demos
#"The Writing on the Wall" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demo of unreleased song
#"The Four Queens"
#"Ghosts Theme" (Cousins) church bells – field recording
#"Lemon Pie" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demo
#"Cherie Je T'aime" (Cousins) French version of "Grace Darling"
#"So Shall Our Love Die" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demo
#"Still Small Voice" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demo
#"How I Need You Now" (Cousins) Live recording from The Old Grey Whistle Test with John Mealing

CD 3 – "Inside Out"

#"The Merchant Adventurer" (Cousins) Dave Cousins demo of unreleased song
#"Blue Angel" (Cousins) out-take from Deep Cuts sessions
#"Goodbye" (Cousins) alternative version from the album Burning for You
#"Midnight" out-take from first Deadlines sessions
#"Sweet Voices" out-take from first Deadlines sessions
#"Bring Out Your Dead" (Cousins, Wakeman) Dave Cousins acoustic demo (aka "The Young Pretender")
#"Another Day Without You" (Cousins) demo version
#"Touch the Earth" (Lambert, Chas Cronk) Lambert and Cronk studio recording
#"Armada" Juan Martin and Strawbs 1981 studio recording
#"A Glimpse of Heaven" (Cousins) Cousins and Willoughby live at Sidmouth Folk Festival
#"The Hangman and the Papist" (Cousins) a recording made for Rick Wakeman's Gastank programme
#"I'll Carry On Beside You" (Cousins) 1983 Cambridge Folk Festival
#"Heavy Disguise" (Ford) 1984 rehearsal recording
#"That's When the Crying Starts" (Cousins) 1984 live recording
#"Evergreen" (Cousins) Dave Cousins home demo
#"Song of a Sad Little Girl" (Cousins) 1988 Wakeman and Cousins live recording

CD 4 – "Further Down the Road"

#"Ringing Down the Years" (Cousins) 1990 Strawbs live recording
#"Further Down the Road" (Cousins) Dave Cousins acoustic demo
#"Heartbreak Hill" (Cousins, Cronk) 1993 silver jubilee tour with Don Airey
#"Extravaganza on a Theme of Strawbs" (Don Airey) Don Airey solo from 1993 silver jubilee tour
#"File of Facts" (Cousins, Airey) 1993 Dave Cousins and Don Airey recording
#"Hero and Heroine" (Cousins) Chiswick House concert recording with guest Ric Sanders
#"The Ten Commandments" Dave Lambert and Brian Willoughby from 2001 tour
#"The King" (Cousins) Wakeman and Cousins Hummingbird album outtake
#"Alice's Song" (Craig, Willoughby) 2003 live Acoustic Strawbs recording
#"McLean Street"/"Who Knows Where the Time Goes" (Sandy Denny) 2004 live recording
#"We'll Meet Again Sometime" (Cousins) 2004 Acoustic Strawbs recording
#"Sunday Morning" (Cousins, Lambert) single mix
#"On a Night Like This" (Cousins) acoustic version
#"Dragonfly" (Cousins) live 2005 version
#"Canada" (Cousins) new Dave Cousins solo song
#"Here Today, Gone Tomorrow" (Cousins) live 2006 recording

CD 5 - "Tastebuds" (bonus disc)

#"The Happiest Boy in Town" (Cousins) Strawberry Hill Boys demo
#"Draught Raga" (Hudson, Ford) 1970 live sitar instrumental
#"Ways and Means" (Cousins) Two Weeks Last Summer outtake
#"Rip it Off Blues" (Cousins) Dave Cousins demo
#"Stay Awhile With Me" (Cousins) Dave Cousins version of "Strawberry Sampler Number 1" track
#"Oh So Sleepy" (Cousins) outtake from the "Deep Cuts" album
#"Barcarole" (Cousins, Cronk) instrumental outtake from the album "Burning for You"
#"Time and Life" (Cousins, Cronk) Dave Cousins home demo
#"Heartbreaker" (Wil Malone) from the "Intergalactic Touring Band" album
#"Andalucian Express" Strawbs with Juan Martin
#"Lay Down" (Cousins) 1984 live version
#"Over the Hill" (Blue Weaver) Blue Weaver solo track
#"You Never Needed Water" (Cousins) originally on the Cousins & Willoughby album "The Bridge"
#"If" (Cousins) Acoustic Strawbs
#"Cold Steel" (Lambert) Folk Scene live recording
#"The River" (Cousins)/"Down by the Sea" (Cousins) Strawbs live in Thalgau 2006


*Dave Cousins – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer, banjo

Most of the musicians from the various incarnations of Strawbs over the years play on the various tracks. For a full list see the Strawbs page.


* [http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/@f/f_taste.htm "A Taste of Strawbs" on Strawbsweb]

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