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Part Of The Union Strawbs 02:55
Lay Down Strawbs 04:32
Down By The Sea Strawbs 06:20
Lay Down Strawbs 03:34
Autumn: Heroine's Theme/Deep Summer's Sleep/The Winter Long Strawbs 08:26
The Life Auction Strawbs 06:52
The Flower And The Young Man Strawbs 04:17
Sheep Strawbs 04:15
The Battle Strawbs 06:27
Witchwood Strawbs 03:25

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Initially originating as a bluegrass band from Twickenham in West London, Strawbs went on a remarkable journey that took them to mainstream rock credibility as a progressive band who flirted with glam rock and at one point included keyboard maestro Rick Wakeman. Yet they are probably best known for the slightly controversial hit single Part Of The Union - based on an old Woody Guthrie song - which divided opinion between those who considered it pro-union and those who thought it union bashing. It was mostly written and performed by Richard Hudson and John Ford, although the band's founder, leader and mainstay has always been Dave Cousins, who originally founded them as the Strawberry Hill Boys (named after an area of Twickenham). As Cousins developed as a songwriter, they evolved into the Strawbs and briefly included Sandy Denny as lead singer (featuring on one album with them). Having built a following on the folk scene, they adopted a more grandiose, progressive rock style with the addition of Rick Wakeman on keyboards for the breakthrough albums Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curios and From The Witchwood, before he left to be replaced by Blue Weaver. They subsequently adopted a rockier stance and the influence of Richard Hudson and John Ford gave them a more commercial pop edge, though the pair split soon after the success of Part Of The Union to work as a duo and the two Daves (Cousins and Lambert) rebuilt the band with two more hit albums Hero & Heroine and Ghosts. They split in 1980 when Cousins decided to concentrate on a radio career, but subsequently reunited sporadically, sometimes with an acoustic line-up and sometimes with a full electric band.