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Folk Song Cellar, 35 & 36
This is a treasure trove of rare SHB recordings, from their English trad folk period (you can hear some of the other numbers from this time on Preserves Uncanned . Strawbs related stuff on Disc 36, with a Sandy Denny track as well. Two tracks ("The Grey Hawk" and "Higher Germanie") were included on the Strawbs boxed set A Taste Of Strawbs and the Sandy song was on the Sandy Denny 19CD boxed set.
The two side 1s are on one record, the two side2s on the other.
Top Of The Pops 219
This includes two early Strawbs numbers, "That Which Once Was Mine" and "Poor Jimmy Wilson". These have been credited to Top Gear in 1968 Strawbs At The BBC, Vol. 1 (In Session) and 1969 (John Peel's Top Gear apparently) (the Universal Strawbs CD release. The latter also includes the Brian Matthews interview from the same time. "The Battle" was recorded at the same time, and was included on on the Strawbs boxed set as well as the other two releases.
Music copyrights insert
1973 In Concert
As part of the Bursting At The Seams tour, this was recorded on 25 Mar 1973 at the BBC's Paris Theatre in London. Can't recall whether the disc included some of the jokey pieces that had crept into the set - Hud's impersonation of Little Jimmy Osmond, Dave Lambert's William Tell Orchestra novelty piece - I certainly heard these on the radio. "Bovver Blues" may also be on there, and and also included some excellent live versions of eg "Sheep", "Hangman" and "Benedictus" before the 1974 band dropped them from the set.
I remember taping this with my Dad's Grundig reel to reel tape recorder from my Dad's radiogram, which was valve powered and lost volume throughout the recording, so that about half way through it became unlistenable (I found the actual tape the other day...) Fortunately it was rescued for posterity as disc 1 of Heroes Are Forever, and some of the tracks are also on BBC Live In Concert. And more recently the concert was released (including "Bovver Blues") on Strawbs At The BBC, Vol. 2 (In Concert).
1974 In Concert
The Hero And Heroine lineup recorded another show on 11 Apr 1974, this time at the Golders Green Hippodrome in London.
I taped this off the radio onto cassette, and still have it somewhere. This came out as as disc 2 of Heroes Are Forever, and also on BBC Live In Concert. And more recently the concert was released on Strawbs At The BBC, Vol. 2 (In Concert).
1978 In Concert (Sight And Sound)
The last of the Strawbs' BBC In Concert appearances was again recorded at the Golders Green Hippodrome in London, as part of the BC's "Sight And Sound" series of programmes. In the days before stereo TV transmission, the idea was to have a simutaneous TV and stereo FM radio broadcast. Those who wanted to could turn off the TV sound and listen to the show on the radio in stereo.
This was the post-Deadlines line-up, with newly-recruited Andy Richards, which went on to record Heartbreak Hill. This has come out in audio on various bootlegs, with slightly different track listings.
BBC TRANSCRIPTION DISC
LIVE IN LONDON 1977 BOOTLEG
|The Last Resort||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Sealed With A Traitor's Kiss||YES||YES||NO||NO|
|Cut Like A Diamond||YES||YES||YES||YES, but not listed|
|Out In The Cold/Round And Round||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Hero And Heroine||YES||YES||YES||YES|