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Hard, Hard Winter - Strawbs - Deep Cuts / Burning For You (CD)

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Label: Rek Co. - R-CD 018 • Format: CD Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Prog Rock

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If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page. Thank you. Image:Deep cuts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Deep Cuts Strawbs album article. This is not a forum for general discussion of the article's subject. Put new text under old text. Tubular bells enhance the sweet Lambert ballad "I Feel Your Loving Coming On", and "Barcarole" is a mellotron drenched beauty about Venice, with multilayered vocals and minimalist lyrics.

While "Alexander the Great" is not my cup of vodka, it was notable for being a legitimate swipe back at music critics. Other highlights include the ultimate Lambert rocker, "Heartbreaker", which became an FM hit in Canada, and is a stalwart in the electric band's repertoire, while most of the remainder is competent and sometimes catchy as well. An exception is the limp closer "Goodbye", in which the strings accentuate the already irritating sense of exhaustion and burnout.

Strawbs came to peace with the radio-friendly art rock style on "Burning for You", even if the results hardly set the world on fire. This would be the last record on the Oyster label for the band, although they would reenter the studio just three months later to record for Arista as it continued to stock its stable with a host of pop, soft-rock and reconstituted early seventies progressive and folk rockers. Pop producer Jeffrey Lesser performed that job on this record as he had their last, and Dave Cousins continued to collaborate with bassist Chas Cronk on most of the tracks.

The lyrics tell the tale of a seafaring wanderer longing for the beacon of the lighthouse, which is probably symbolic but still provides the album with its only true Strawbs-sounding song.

And "I Feel Your Loving Coming On", the third track on the album is Dave Lambert-penned and has the distinction of combining a slightly folksy opening with schmaltzy pop lyrics and one the simplest and most unoriginal arrangements I've ever heard on a Strawbs album.

The only saving grace really comes from the decent backing vocals and synthesized orchestral arrangements but that's not really enough. His other contribution "Heartbreaker" on the back side of the album is a plain-old rock song with the sort of somewhat awkward vocals that come from a musician who has come up with a catchy guitar riff and is trying to craft an entire song around it. Not his best effort. No keyboards of synths here, just wailing guitar, drums and bleating Mellotron to accompany Cousins' spitting vocals.

An energetic tune to be sure, but not at all in the Strawbs vein musically and not really much of a creative stretch for them either. Cronk tries his hand at a slow-rocker with love-song lyrics on "Carry Me Home" which might sound like a potential minor hit with someone like Billy Squier or the Nelson brothers but is entirely out of character on this or any other Strawbs album. And Cousins tries to bring the whole thing together with his closing angst anthem "Goodbye Is Not an Easy Word to Say " that comes off a bit better thanks to the string arrangements and Lambert's mellow guitar solo, but in the end this isn't enough to leave a satisfied taste in the listener's mouth when all is said and done.

Obviously this isn't among my favorite Strawbs albums and frankly I can't say as I'd recommend it to anyone except maybe a really hardcore fan, and of course hardcore fans of any band usually have every record in their collection anyway so that seems pointless here. Two stars are all I can muster for this one. This is not really a prog folk album. The sound here is more radio-friendly rock alternating between soft and harder songs, mostly soft and mellow. The closest to this sound that comes to mind for me is Moody Blues.

Good harmonies, good lyrics, but just lackluster compared to their other effor By it was more than obvious that the times were really taking their toll on the art rock dinosaurs of the early seventies forcing them into delicate artistic dilemas.

Some, like Genesis took the easier commercial escape route and was arguably the most successful of the art rock bands to mak


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9 Responses

  1. Bratilar says:
    Finally, if you just compare the last track, "Goodbye (Is Not An Easy Word To Say)" with the last track on "Deep Cuts," you get the best proof of the decline between the two albums. If you want to put "Burning for You" on the bottom of your list of Strawbs albums, I will not tell you nay.4/5(6).
  2. Kajigul says:
    Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Strawbs - Deep Cuts / Burning For You at Discogs. Complete your Strawbs collection/5(7).
  3. Vim says:
    Two of the Strawbs' late '70s albums, Deep Cuts and Burning for You, were reissued as a single CD by the Road Goes On Forever in Track Listing - Disc 1 Track Listing - Disc 2 blue highlight denotes track pick8/
  4. Maugor says:
    Deep Cuts is the ninth studio album by English band Progressive rock.
  5. Maujar says:
    Track List I Only Want My Love To Grow In You Turn Me Round Hard Hard Winter My Friend Peter The Soldier’s Tale Simple Visions Charmer Wasting My Time Beside The Rio Grande So Close And Yet So Far Away You Won’t See The Light Charmer (Single Mix) Strawbs DEEP CUTS CD. Like.
  6. Gushicage says:
    No matter how hard he tried, and God, did he try hard! I think that Deep Cuts is, together with Burning For You (a better album than Deep Cuts, in my opinion) the most technically achieved album, the slickest and most polished production, with a better balanced sound instead of the overdone arrangements common to previous albums.
  7. Zolorn says:
    Deep Cuts is a music studio album recording by STRAWBS (Prog Folk/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. This page includes Deep Cuts's: cover picture, songs / tracks list, members/musicians and line-up, different releases details, free MP3 download (stream), buy online links: amazon, ratings and detailled reviews by our experts, collaborators and members/5(16).
  8. Monos says:
    Strawbs - Deep Cuts: Tracklist (Vinyl) A1: I Only Want My Love To Grow In You: A2: Turn Me Round: A3: Hard, Hard Winter: A4: My Friend Peter: A5: The Soldiers' Tale: B1: Simple Visions: B2: Charmer: See more tracks * Items below may differ depending on the release.
  9. Kagarr says:
    CD. UK double CD with Burning For You. CD: RGF/WCDCD (Road Goes On Forever UK, , 2CD with Deep Cuts). The cover has been redone to combine graphic elements of both albums. Tray inner (i.e. under the lift-up tray) has portrait shot of 4-piece band (Cousins, Lambert, Cronk, Coombes).

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