Released in July, Dave Cousins has lovingly recreated the original version of the first A&M Strawbs album which was presented to A&M but rejected.
The album falls in between All Our Own Work - Sandy Denny and the Strawbs and Strawbs. We made our first single "Oh How She Changed"/"Or Am I Dreaming" which persuaded A&M to sign us the first British band on the label. By that time Sandy Denny had already left the group.
Gus Dudgeon (producer) selected the best tracks from All Our Own Work and had Tony Visconti orchestrate them. Gus did not plan on having the first single on the album. I have Gus's original track listing in his own handwriting.
A&M rejected the orchestral tracks as they thought we were a rock/folk band, not the Bee Gees! In the meantime Simon and Garfunkel had released Bookends with speech bands, which was exactly what we were planning for our album. The album was abandoned.
I have now recreated it from the original tapes with speech bands and bonus tracks.
It is of its time!
Released - July 2012
Dave Cousins (vocals/ac gtr)
Tony Hooper (vocals/ac gtr)
Ron Chesterman (double bass)
Nicky Hopkins (piano)
Ray Cooper (marimba, vibes, spoons, percussion)
Tony Visconti (recorders)
John Paul Jones (electric bass)
Ronnie Verrell (drums)
*Andy Newmark (drums)
Alan Parker (lead gtr
Kenny Baker (Trumpet, flugelhorn
Nosrati and his band (Santoor, oud, kaman, darbukkah)
Richard Wilson (shopkeeper)
Tom Browne (interviews)
Lionel Ross (orchestra leader)
Members of the London Symphony Orchestra
The Ted Heath Band
Recorded Lansdowne Studios, London, July 1968
Engineer John Mackswith
* Recorded Chappell Recording Studios, London, July 1968
* Engineer John Timperley
Tony Visconti (musical arrangements)
Producer Gus Dudgeon
THE PLANNED SECOND SINGLE
REMIX – THE FIRST SINGLE (2006)
REMIXES - DAVE COUSINS ALTERNATIVE VOCALS (1973) OUTTAKES
REMIXES - DAVE COUSINS ALTERNATIVE VOCALS (1973)