The Strawbs

Greatest Hits Live!

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Although seeing the old band back on stage was surely a kick for devoted fans, somehow this performance just didn't really translate to a stirring live recording. The lack of a decent piano or Mellotron doesn't help, and the resulting sound is a bit thin. Still, some of the old standards are done justice, as in the dramatic and sparse rendition of "The Hangman and the Papist." Of greater of interest to most fans are the tracks from the band's lesser known late seventies and eighties releases. Although those having the studio versions will find little new here, it's a convenient way for newcomers to sample such later work as "Something For Nothing" and the Sandy Denny memorial "Ringing Down the Years."

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