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VARIOUS ARTISTS ALBUMS FEATURING STRAWBS - 1970s

Contents

HEADS IN (A&M, A&M AMLB 1016, 1970)

Heads In cover

An early A&M various artists album, on A&M's mid-price "Mayfair" label - includes "The Battle".

Track listing

  1. Strawbs - The Battle
  2. Phil Ochs - Ten Cents A Coup
  3. Shawn Phillips - Man Hole Covered Wagon
  4. Don Preston - Morning Rain
  5. The Flying Burrito Brothers - The Train Song

  6. Supertramp - Nothing To Show
  7. Lee Michaels - Ummm My Lady
  8. Brainchild - The Cage
  9. Ron Davies - It Ain't Easy
  10. Humble Pie - One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba

Come Together cover COME TOGETHER (A&M AMLB 51028, 1971)

A second A&M various artists album, on A&M's mid-price "Mayfair" label - opens with "Sheep", which must have been a shock for anyone expecting Herb Alpert.

Track listing

  1. Strawbs - Sheep
  2. Marc Benno - Stone Cottage
  3. Gene Clark - 1975
  4. Jericho Jones - Time Is Now
  5. Flying Burrito Brothers - White Line Fever
  6. Gary Wright - Love To Survive

  7. Booker T. & Priscilla - The Indian Song
  8. Supertramp - Remember
  9. Rita Coolidge - Crazy Love
  10. Lee Michaels - Keep The Circle Turning
  11. Shawn Phillips - Lookin' Up Lookin' Down
  12. Humble Pie - A Song For Jenny


AMAZING (A&M Holland, 85 398 XT, 1971 (probably))

Amazing cover

Yet another early A&M various artists album, this time from Holland including the Antiques & Curios (1970) version of "Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth". The Gary Wright track appeared on his 1971 album Extraction, so I'm guessing early 1971 for this.

Track listing

  1. Humble Pie - Big Black Dog
  2. Scott McKenzie - Going Home Again
  3. Lee Michaels - Day Of Change
  4. Don Everly - Eyes Of Asia
  5. Seatrain - Seatrain
  6. Rita Coolidge - Born Under Bad Sign

  7. Barry McGuire - South Of The Border
  8. Strawbs - Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth
  9. Flying Burrito Brothers - Wild Horses
  10. Dillard & Clark - Don't Let Me Down
  11. Ron Davies - Silent Song Through The Land
  12. Gary Wright - Get On The Right Road

THINK, POP PROGRESS 71 (Ariola 86 165 XT 1971 (2LP))

Think Pop Progress 71 cover

Lavish 4 x LP size foldout with cover band pictures and pictures of album sleeves. Of interest to Strawbs fans, "Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth" (Antiques version), plus a track from Fairweather (featuring Blue Weaver) and "3D Mona Lisa" from Paul Brett, one time Fire member, who also played on Dragonfly.

Track listing

  1. Procol Harum - Whisky Train
  2. Gary Wright - Get On the Right Road
  3. Black Pearl - Hermit Freak Show
  4. The Move - Turkish Tram Conductor Blues

  5. Humble Pie - Big Black Dog
  6. Supertramp - Nothing to Show
  7. Paul Brett - 3D Mona Lisa
  8. Fair Weather - You Ain't No Friend
  9. Jimi Hendrix - Opening Jam

  10. Man - Sudden Life
  11. Elton John - Take Me to The Pilot
  12. The Falcons - Fire Higher Than The Mountains
  13. Titus Groan - Open the Door Homer
  14. T. Rex - Jewel

  15. Status Quo - Is It Really Me? Gotta Go Home
  16. Lee Michaels - What Now America
  17. Strawbs - Where Is This Dream of Our Youth

SINGLES DIGEST (King Records, DY4701-1)

Singles Digest 1971 b-side Singles Digest 1971 cover

Strange bedfellows in this early test pressing of a "singles digest" which A&M's Japanese distributor King Record produced. The Strawbs track here is John Ford's "Thirty Days" released as a single only in Japan.

Track listing

  1. OST - Red Sun
  2. OST - Le Petit Matin
  3. OST - 13 Jours Enn France
  4. OST - Sunrise, Sunset
  5. Caudine (sic) Longet - Sunrise, Sunset
  6. Mantovani & His Orchestra - Sunrise, Sunset

  7. Strawbs - Thirty Days
  8. Pop Tops - Oh Lord, Why Lord
  9. Dalida - Mary Blue
  10. Santi - Danza Napolitana (from Jewels of Madonna)
  11. Win & Andrea - Good Morning Asahi Hi

THAT LOVIN FEELING (A&M UK, catalog number obscured, 1972? (8-trk))

Lovin Feeling 8-track

A recent surprise to find this, an 8-track collection, including Strawbs' "Benedictus". The label lists all the tracks, each with an 8-track catalogue number, so I think this is an early 8-track sampler to promote releases in this new format, all produced in green cases by Precision Tapes in A&M's hehalf.

Difficult to date this - many of the tracks are from an earlier period, newly released on 8-track. The Strawbs track was recorded in 1971 and released as a single in 1971 and on album in Feb 1972. The Humble Pie track comes from a 1972 release and the Frampton's Camel track didn't get released until 1973. My guess is that this was in 1972 and the Frampton release got slightly delayed - by 1973 "Part Of The Union" fever would have set in and I can't see A&M picking "Benedictus" at that point.

Track listing

Program A

  • Quincy Jones - Theme From Ironside
  • Burt Bacharach - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
  • The Carpenters - (They Long To Be) Close To You
  • Program B

  • Strawbs - Benedictus
  • Paul Williams - An Old Fashioned Love Song
  • Humble Pie - Hot 'n' Nasty
  • Program C

  • Bill Medley - (You've Lost That) Loving Feeling
  • Herb Alpert - South Of The Border
  • Billy Preston - I Wrote A Simple Song
  • Program D

  • Sergio Mendes - Fool On The Hill
  • The Sandpipers - It's Too Late
  • Frampton's Camel - I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever)
  • 10ÈME ANNIVERSAIRE D'A&M RECORDS(LP: A&M, France?, PR 018, 1972) (*)

    10th Anniversary cover

    A French vinyl release - "Part Of The Union" from Strawbs, and, featuring Rod Coombes as part of Stealers Wheel, the opening track from their debut album.

    Track listing

    1. Rita Coolidge - Fever
    2. Quincy Jones - Bridge Over Troubled Water
    3. Merry Clayton - Oh No, Not My Baby
    4. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
    5. Stealers Wheel - Late Again
    6. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    7. Bill Withers - Use Me
    8. The Soul Searchers - Think
    9. Dennis Coffey - Capricorn Thing
    10. Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack
    11. Humble Pie - Get Down To It

    POP EYE (Ariola 86 267 XBT 1972 (2LP))

     Pop Eye 1 cover

    "Here It Comes", and of course Mungo Jerry, with whom Dave Lambert hooked up to form King Earl Boogie Band later that year.

    Track listing

    1. Status Quo - Railroad
    2. Strawbs - Here It Comes
    3. Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys - Letter to the President
    4. Elton John - Tiny Dancer
    5. Man - Empty Room

    6. Gary Wright and Wonderwheel - I Know
    7. Billy Preston - Outa-Space
    8. Mungo Jerry - Open Up
    9. Dennis Coffey - Taurus
    10. Duffy - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

    11. T. Rex - Telegram Sam
    12. Lee Michaels - Can I Get a Witness
    13. Free - Travellin' Man
    14. John Kongos - Lift Me From the Ground
    15. Paladin - Well We Might

    16. Uriah Heep - Traveller in Time
    17. Bill Withers - Let It Be
    18. Hookfoot - Bluebird
    19. Jimmie & Vella - Chick-A-Boom
    20. Humble Pie - C'mon Everybody

    POP EYE (2) (Ariola 86 565 XBT, 1972 (2LP))

     Pop Eye cover

    A second 2LP Pop Eye compilation followed later in 1972 with "Lay Down" featured. Stealers Wheel's "Late Again" includes Rod Coombes, Sutherland Brothers' "Sailing" features John Hawken prominently on keyboards and the two T Rex tracks are of course produced by Tony Visconti. (John Hawken was in Vinegar Joe briefly but is not thought to play on the Vinegar Joe track here.)

    Track listing

    1. T. Rex - Metal Guru
    2. Elton John - Honky Cat
    3. Ricky Shayne - Delta Queen
    4. Vinegar Joe - Never Met A Dog (That Took To Me)
    5. The Gallery - Nice To Be With You
    6. Humble Pie - Hot 'N' Nasty

    7. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin'
    8. Dennis Coulson, Dixi Dean, Tom McGuinness, Hughie Flint - Lo And Behold
    9. Debbie - Everybody Join Hands
    10. Chris Andrews - Lazy Days
    11. Blue Haze - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    12. Strawbs - Lay Down

    13. Blackfoot Sue - Standing In The Road
    14. Bill Withers - Lean On Me
    15. Free - A Little Bit Of Love
    16. Sutherland Brothers - Sailing
    17. Pioneers & Greyhound - Mother And Child Reunion
    18. Stealers Wheel - Late Again

    19. T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
    20. Bruce Ruffin - Mad About You
    21. Hot Butter - Tequila
    22. Judge Dread - Big Six
    23. Carpenters - Goodbye To Love
    24. Billy Preston - Slaughter

    A&M Singles Digest back cover A&M Singles Digest frontcover A&M SINGLES DIGEST (King Records Japan, 1972 DY-4706-1)

    A 1972 Japanese market sampler for A&M artists (which in America included both Procol Harum and Cat Stevens) as well as Strawbs) - samples single releases, whilst the Sampler below (one number (4706-2) later in the catalogue) covers album tracks. 1972's New World featured here.

    Track listing

    1. Neil Reed - That's What I Want To Be (TOP 1728)
    2. BuckWheet (sic) - Siple (sic) Song Of Freedom (TOP 1726)
    3. Heritage - We Are Going Down Jordan (TOP 1729)
    4. Les Humphries Singers - We Are Going Down Jordan (TOP 1730) (query are both these releases same title?)
    5. Linda Jones - Your Precious Love (TOP 1731)
    6. Nicola Di Bari - Amici Miei (HIT 2014)
    7. Roy Orbison - God Love You (TOP 1724)
    8. Bobby Goldsboro - California Wine (HIT 2015)

    9. Rita Coolidge - Journey Through The Past (AM 139)
    10. The Gallery - Nice To Be With You (AM 140)
    11. Jerry Wallace - To Get To You (TOP 1725)
    12. Ten Years After - I' (sic) Love To Change The World (CH 1)
    13. Tom Jones - The New Young Mexikan (sic) Puppeteer (TOP 1720)
    14. Strawbs - New World (AM 135)

    A&M New LP Digest Vol. 1 back coverA&M New LP Digest Vol. 1 cover A&M NEW LP DIGEST VOL.1 (King Records Japan, 1972 DY-4706-2)

    A 1972 Japanese market sampler for A&M artists (which in America included both Procol Harum and Cat Stevens) as well as Strawbs) features three Strawbs tracks from 1972's Grave New World, with Blue Weaver stepping into Rick Wakeman's shoes, as well as the unmistakeable piano of said recently departed Wakeman on Cat Stevens' beautiful version of "Morning Has Broken". Nicely packaged with 2 pages of sleeve notes in Japanese.

    Track listing

    1. Strawbs - New World
    2. Strawbs - The Flower And The Young Man
    3. Strawbs - Tomorrow
    4. Humble Pie - Hot'n'Nasty
    5. Humble Pie - You're So Good For Me
    6. Humble Pie - C'mon Everybody
    7. Lee Michaels - Hold On To Freedom

    8. Procol Harum - Conquistador
    9. Procol Harum - Whaling Stories
    10. Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
    11. Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken
    12. Cat Stevens - Miles From Nowhere
    13. Tom Scott - Lookin' Out For Number Seven
    14. Tim Weisberg - Fog And Spice

    Top Hits International TOP HITS INTERNATIONAL (Ariola, Germany, 1972 86 624 IT)

    A strange mix of the well-known and the arcane. "Lay Down" is the Strawbs cut, but there's also a Visconti-produced T Rex track and a track from Dave Cousins' hero, Lonnie Donegan. Picture on Strawbs on the cover is slightly anachronistic, the Blue Weaver joining pic, including Tony Hooper, rather than Dave Lambert.

    1. T. Rex - Children Of The Revolution
    2. Roxy Music - Virginia Plain
    3. Parchment - Light Up The Fire
    4. Proudfoot - Delta Queen
    5. Gallery - I Believe In Music
    6. Lonnie Donegan - Speak To The Sky

    7. Free - Wishing Well
    8. Boulevard - Miss Belinda
    9. The Hollies - Magic Woman Touch
    10. Ricky Shane - Woman
    11. Hot Butter - Tequila
    12. Strawbs - Lay Down

    A&M Special Edition Sampler cover A&M SPECIAL EDITION SAMPLER (A&M Presents the Heart of Rock Music)
    (A&M Japan, DY-5208, 1973 ??)

    A nice double album Japanese production - A&M really did these things rather well. The copy I have is a white label so no dates (all the text except the titles are in Japanese), but I guess from the inclusion of the Esperanto track and the Supertramp track, both released in 1973, that it was another 1973 compilation. Only one Strawbs track "Temperament Of Mind".

    Track listing

    1. Humble Pie - I'm Ready
    2. Humble Pie - Earth And Water Song
    3. Gary Wright - Get On The Right Road
    4. Gary Wright - Footprint
    5. Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends
    6. Joe Cocker - Delta Lady

    7. The Move - Flowers In The Rain
    8. The Move - Curly
    9. Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
    10. Strawbs - Temperament Of Mind
    11. Supertramp - Travelled
    12. Esperanto - On Down The Road

    13. Nils Lofgren - You're The Weight
    14. Flying Burrito Brothers - If You Gotta Go
    15. Dillard & Clarke - No Longer A Sweetheart Of Mine
    16. Gene Parson - Sleepless Nights
    17. Gene Clark - Tear Of Rage

    18. Rick Roberts - Westwind
    19. Steve Young - Seven Bridges Roads
    20. Howdy Moon - Cheyenne Autumn
    21. Eggs Over Easy - Party Party
    22. King Harvest - Little Bit Like Magic

    A&M Tenth Anniversary cover A&M - FIRST TEN YEARS, VOL 6 HARD ROCK (2LP: A&M AMW 61/62, Japan, 1973)

    A lavish Japanese production, celebrating A&M's tenth anniversary in early 1973. Four Strawbs tracks ("Part Of The Union" and 3 tracks from and three Rick Wakeman tracks (half of the Six Wives album) make this 2 LP set of interest to Strawbs fans.

    The album sleeve has a cut out to show the band scene, and there's a lavishly illustrated LP sized Japanese language booklet detailing the history of A&M to that date (as far as I can see, sadly, without mentioning Strawbs!) No Obi on my copy, but it seems other volumes had them.

    Other known titles in the series include Vol 9 ("Live Recordings" - see below), Vol 5 ("Soft Rock") which features labelmates The Carpenters , The Sandpipers and The Flying Burrito Brothers, amongst others.

    Track listing

    1. Humble Pie - C'mon Everybody
    2. Humble Pie - 30 Days In The Hole
    3. Humble Pie - I Don't Need No Doctor
    4. Peter Frampton - Jumping Jack Flash
    5. Billy Preston - Outaspace
    6. Billy Preston - Music's My Life

    7. The Checkmates Ltd featuring Sonny Charles - Proud Mary
    8. The Checkmates Ltd featuring Sonny Charles - Black Pearl
    9. The Checkmates Ltd featuring Sonny Charles - Love Is All I Haev To Give
    10. The Presidents - 5-1015-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)
    11. The Presidents - Fiddle De De
    12. Blodwyn Pig - Worry

    13. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    14. Strawbs - New World
    15. Strawbs - The Flower And The Young Man
    16. Strawbs - Tomorrow
    17. Jim Price - You Got The Power
    18. Jim Price - Food For My Soul

    19. Rick Wakeman - Jane Seymour
    20. Rick Wakeman - Anne of Cleves
    21. Rick Wakeman - Catherine Of Aragon
    22. Lee Michaels - Do You Know What I Mean
    23. Lee Michaels - Can I Get A Witness
    24. Lee Michaels - The War

    A&M - FIRST TEN YEARS, VOL 9 LIVE RECORDINGS (2LP: A&M AMW 67/68, Japan, 1973)

    A&M Tenth Anniversary cover A&M Tenth Anniversary obi back A&M Tenth Anniversary inner cover

    Same lavish Japanese production as above, the album sleeve has a cut out to show underlying picture of Bacharach. No booklet in my copy, as there was with Vol 6 above. Not one but two Obi's - the left hand Obi extends to the back, the second is a small strip which only goes round the front cover of the gatefold sleeve. However, less for Strawbs fans here - just "Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth" from Antiques And Curios. Inside there's a Strawbs pic (bottom left) of Bursting At The Seams line-up.

    The Burt Bacharach side has recording credits: The Tokyo Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Bacharach, recorded at The Kosei Nenkin Hall, Tokyo, 1 May 1971. Production by Bacharach and Phil Ramone (!). No indication of the source of other recordings (unless they are in the back of Obi text).

    Track listing

    1. Burt Bacharach - Alfie/Do You Know The Way To San Jose
    2. Burt Bacharach - Walk On By
    3. Burt Bacharach - Promises Promises
    4. Burt Bacharach - This Guy's In Love With You
    5. Burt Bacharach - Medley:
    6. Don't Make Me Over
    7. Anyone Who Had a Heart
    8. What's New Pussycat
    9. Wives And Lovers
    10. 24 Hours From Tulsa
    11. Burt Bacharach - A House Is Not A Home

    12. The Carpenters - Your Wonderful Parade
    13. The Sandpipers - The Frnch Song
    14. Rita Coolidge - Superstar
    15. Procol Harum - Conquistador
    16. Procol Harum - Whaling Stories
    17. Strawbs - Where Is This Dream Of Yout Youth

    18. Sergio Mendez and Brasil '77 - What The World Needs Now/Pretty World
    19. Sergio Mendez and Brasil '77 - Day Tripper
    20. Sergio Mendez and Brasil '77 - Fool On The Hill
    21. Sergio Mendez and Brasil '77 - Mais Que Nada
    22. Bossa Rio - Do You Know The Way To San Jose
    23. Bossa Rio - Up, Up And Away

    24. Liza Minelli - Liza (With A "Z")
    25. Liza Minelli - I Will Wait For You
    26. Liza Minelli - My Mammy
    27. Liza Minelli - Cabaret
    28. Humble Pie - Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
    29. Humble Pie - I Don't Need No Doctor

    SINGLES DIGEST (King Records DY-4804-1, Japan, 1973)

    A nice King Records sampler, white typed label with a by-then standard company illustrated front sleeve, with a typed track listing sellotaped to the reverse. Features "Part Of The Union" and Stealers Wheel's "You Put Something Better Inside Me" featuring Rod Coombes.

    Track listing

    1. Strawbs - Part Of The Union (from AM 180)
    2. Gianni Nazzoro - Hikari Naki Yoake
    3. Free - Wishing Well
    4. Don McLean - Dreidel
    5. Raymond Lefevre Orchestra - Sans Toi Je Suis Seul
    6. Lynzey (sic) De Paul - Getting A Drag

    7. Kenneth McKellar (OST) - The Great Waltz
    8. Angela Landsbury (sic) (OST, Bedknobs & Broomsticks) - The Age Of Not Believing
    9. Stealers Wheel - You Put Something Better Inside Me (from AM 176)
    10. Quincy Jones - Faraway Forever (Love Theme from The Getaway)
    11. Englebert Humperdinck - Only Your Love (Theme From The Valachi Papers)
    12. 10CC - Johnny Don't Do It

    Singles Digest back cover

    Singles Digest cover
    Singles Digest lp


    Altec Sampler cover ODYSSEY FROM ALTEC (A&M SP 19009, 1973)

    An A&M artists promotional album for Altec speakers, includes "Part Of The Union" about which the sleeve notes say ....

    "Strawbs combine the rough wit and irreverence of English music hall with today's beat."

    And of course there's Strawbs alumni Rick Wakeman and Sandy Denny as well.

    Track listing

    1. Rick Wakeman - Catherine Howard
    2. Rita Coolidge - Journey Through The Past
    3. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    4. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee - Sail Away
    5. Sandy Denny - Listen, Listen

    6. Joan Armatrading - It Could Have Been Better
    7. Cheryl Dilcher - High
    8. Lani Hall - Sundown
    9. Paul Williams - That's Enough For Me
    10. Quincy Jones - Summer In The City

    Family Portrait cover FAMILY PORTRAIT (A&M Holland, 86 768 XAT, 1973?)

    An A&M promotional disc from Holland, which gives good value to Strawbs fans, including both "Lay Down" and "Part Of The Union" and a track from Stealers' Wheel featuring Rod Coombes.

    Track listing

    1. Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Love Story
    2. Stealers Wheel - Late Again
    3. Burt Bacharach - All Kinds Of People
    4. Strawbs - Lay Down
    5. Carpenters - Goodbye To Love
    6. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
    7. Sandpipers - Just An Old Fashioned Love Song

    8. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    9. Blue Haze - Blue Moon
    10. Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack
    11. Herb Alpert - Tijuana Taxi
    12. Mike D'Abo - Belinda
    13. Flying Burrito Brothers - White Line Fever

    Very Important Pop cover VERY IMPORTANT POP - Directly From The Charts (Ariola 86 877 IT, 1973)

    A German Ariola compilation including both "Part Of The Union" and Stealers' Wheel' "Stuck In The Middle With You" featuring Rod Coombes. And of course, Tony Visconti produce the T Rex track. There's a Vinegar Joe track too, but John Hawken had left the band by then.

    Track listing

    1. T. Rex - 20th Century Boy
    2. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    3. Uriah Heep - Spider Woman
    4. Free - Travellin' in Style
    5. Roxy Music - Pyjamarama
    6. Humble Pie - Shut Up And Don't Interrupt Me

    7. Elton John - Crocodile Rock
    8. Cat Stevens - Can't Keep It In
    9. The Hollies - Don't Leave The Child Alone
    10. Hucklebuck - Paper Plane
    11. Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
    12. Vinegar Joe - Whole Lotta Shakin'

    Super 20 International (1974) cover SUPER 20 INTERNATIONAL (Ariola 87 806 IT, 1974)

    A German Ariola compilation including both "Part Of The Union" and Hudson Ford's "Burn Baby Burn" (the only 1974 track, the rest are undated on 1973). There's also Stealers' Wheel's "Star" (but Rod Coombes had left by then). And of course, Tony Visconti produced the T Rex track. The front cover has a colour vignette of Hudson Ford(same sht as used for the insert in Nickelodeon The Strawbs are on the back in black and white - the first Hero And Heroine line-up promo shot, not the "Part Of The Union" line-up.

    Track listing

    1. Alvin Stardust - My Coo Ca Choo
    2. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    3. Marc Bolan And T. Rex - Teenage Dream
    4. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin'
    5. Hudson-Ford - Burn Baby Burn
    6. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem
    7. Sahara - Rainbow Rider
    8. Roxy Music - Street Life
    9. Alex* - Delrue
    10. Cat Stevens - Lady D'Arbanville

    11. Carpenters - Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
    12. Stealers Wheel - Star
    13. Stylistics - Rockin' Roll Baby
    14. The Hollies - Long Cool Woman
    15. Billy Preston - Space Race
    16. Emilio José - Soledad
    17. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    18. Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol
    19. Middle Of The Road - Music Music
    20. Ike & Tina Turner - The Hunter

    Super 20 International (late 1974) cover SUPER 20 INTERNATIONAL (Ariola 88 394 IT, later in 1974?)

    A second German Ariola compilation that year including Hudson Ford's "Floating In The Wind"

    Track listing

    1. Elton John - The Bitch Is Back
    2. Alvin Stardust - You, You, You
    3. Sparks - This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us
    4. Cat Stevens - Oh Very Young
    5. Sweet Dreams - Honey Honey
    6. The Hollies - Jesus Was A Crossmaker
    7. Dominik - Rocket
    8. Hudson-Ford - Floating In The Wind
    9. Sweet Sensation - Sad Sweet Dreamer
    10. George McCrae - Please Help Me Find My Baby

    11. Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
    12. Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing
    13. Stephanie de Sykes - Born With A Smile On My Face
    14. Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New
    15. Middle Of The Road - Rockin' Soul
    16. Uriah Heep - Something Or Nothing
    17. Peter Shelley - Gee Baby
    18. The Sweet - Slow Motion
    19. Joan Baez - Guantanamera
    20. Status Quo - Turn To Stone

    25 Super Hits (1974) cover 25 SUPER HITS (88 363 XCT, Ariola Eurodisc Benelux B.V., Holland 1974) (*)

    "Part Of The Union" is the opening track, and Rod Coombes plays on Stealer's Wheel's "Late Again". There's a track from Juicy Lucy, of which Coombes was also a member, but I don't think he played on that. A&M owner, Herb Alpert is featured, as well as labelmate Burt Bacharach's classic "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".

    Track listing

    1. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    2. James Lloyd - Keep On Smiling
    3. Stealers Wheel - Late Again
    4. Adriano Celentano - Prisencolinensinainciusol
    5. Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Love Story
    6. Herb Alpert - Spanish Flea
    7. Wally Tax - Miss Wonderfull
    8. Middle Of The Road - Samba D'Amour
    9. Tony Ronald - Help (Get Me Some Help)
    10. Udo Jürgens - Mein Klavier
    11. Dalida - Gigi, Der Verliebte (Gigi L'Amoroso)
    12. The Herd - From The Underworld
    13. Tony Marshall - Schöne Maid
    14. Blue Haze - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
    15. Alvin Stardust - My Coo-Ca-Choo
    16. Sweet Dreams - Honey Honey
    17. Ruud Bos - Killy The Kid
    18. Stephanie De Sykes - Born With A Smile On My Face
    19. Burt Bacharach - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
    20. Peret - Borriquito
    21. Debbie - Everybody Join Hands
    22. Stylistics - Rockin' Roll Baby
    23. Gilbert O'Sullivan - Came To See Me Yesterday
    24. Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love
    25. Chris Montez - The More I See You

    National Lampoon cover cover NATIONAL LAMPOON IN-STORE AIR-PLAY ALBUM FOR APRIL 1974 (National Lampoon, US 1974) (*)

    This is a mix of music, political satire and comedy: "This album features cuts from artists whose albums are advertised in the National Lampoon and is intended for promotional use only. NOT FOR SALE". "Hero And Heroine" is the featured Strawbs track, and Rick Wakeman plays on David Bowie's "Changes".

    Track listing

    1. Mary Travers - Circles
    2. not listed (from American Graffiti) - Rock Around The Clock
    3. David Bowie - Changes
    4. Strawbs - Hero And Heroine
    5. Nazareth - This Flight Tonight
    6. Woody Allen - comedy

    7. Johnny Winter - Stone Cowboy
    8. not listed - The Missing White House Tapes
    9. Maggie Bell - After Midnight
    10. not listed - Casablanca
    11. Mick Ronson - Love Me Tender
    12. Brian Auger - Straight Ahead

    Harete Later back cover Harete Later cover HARETE LATER (A&M AMN 75, Norway, 1974)

    A Norwegian sampler, with both Hudson Ford's "Free Spirit" and Strawbs' "The Winter Long". With cracking tracks from labelmates Supertramp, Gallagher & Lyle and the Ozarks (all of which are favourites of mine), it's a good buy.

    Track listing

    1. Gino Vanelli - People Gotta Move
    2. Hudson Ford - Free Spirit
    3. Paul Williams - The Family Of Man
    4. Andy Fairweather Low - Spider Jivin'
    5. Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Look Away
    6. Strawbs - The Winter Long

    7. Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing
    8. Gallagher & Lyle - Keep The Candle Burning
    9. Sam Neely - You Can Have Her
    10. Michael D'Abo - Fuel To Burn
    11. Nutz - Round And Round
    12. Supertramp - Bloody Well Right

     Estas Dão Audiência cover ESTAS DÃO AUDIÊNCIA (SDP 590 promo, Odeon, Brazil 1974) (*)

    A Brazilian 1974 promo LP includes "Hold On To Me (The Winter Long)".

    Track listing

    1. Three Dog Night - Sitting In Limbo
    2. João Nogueira - Batendo A Porta
    3. Paul McCartney & Wings - Junior's Farm
    4. Simone - Proposta
    5. Al Green - Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)
    6. Lemos & Debétio - Morro Do Barraco Sem Água

    7. Luiz Ayrão - Intrigas E Opiniões
    8. Strawbs - Hold On To Me (The Winter Long)
    9. Eduardo Gudin - Mordaça
    10. The Righteous Brothers - Dream On
    11. Maysa - Bloco Da Solidão
    12. Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods

    O Rebu O Rebu O REBU (Som Livre? 404.7055, Brazil, Dec 1974) (*)

    Unusually, a Hudson Ford track from 1973's Nickelodeon features on this Brazilian compilation.

    Track listing

    1. Claude-Michel Schönberg - Le Premier Pas
    2. Elton John - The Bitch Is Back
    3. Velvet Glove - Sweet Was My Rose
    4. Daniel Sentacruz Ensemble - Working In The Hacienda
    5. I Cugini Di Campagna - Anima Mia
    6. Hudson-Ford - I Wanted You
    7. Moon Williams - Sticks And Stones

    8. Oscar Toney Jr. - Make It Easy On Yourself
    9. Miami - Melô Da Noturna (Party Freaks)
    10. Jim Weatherly - You Are A Song
    11. Lobo - Goodbye Is Just Another Word
    12. Al Morrison - Swanee
    13. Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 - The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye
    14. Stevie Wonder - Bird Of Beauty

    Golden Hit Parade Box Golden Hit Parade sleeve for 1972-1973 album GOLDEN HIT PARADE (Readers Digest, 1975)

    Eight LP set of greatest hits starting with Volume 1, the Fifties, with each subsequent LP covering a two year span. A patchy collection, some good stuff but some cheesy rubbish as well - volume 8 for 1972-1973 includes "Part Of The Union". For sleeve notes on the Strawbs, click on the thumbnail below.

    Track listing, Vol 8, 1972-1973 only

    1. Chicory Tip - Son Of My Father
    2. Nilsson - Without You
    3. Vicky Leandros - Come What May
    4. Elton John - Rocket Man
    5. Lieutenant Pigeon - Mouldy Old Dough
    6. Peter Skellern - You're A Lady
    7. The New Seekers - I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing

    8. Strawbs - Part Of The Union
    9. Focus - Sylvia
    10. Peters And Lee - Welcome Home
    11. Carpenters - Yesterday Once More
    12. Bobby Pickett And The Crypt Kickers - Monster Mash
    13. Sweet - Ballroom Blitz
    14. Status Quo - Caroline


    Summer Spectacular cover A&M SUMMER SPECTACULAR (A&M US, SP 8330, 1975)

    A US A&M in store sampler, which includes a Hudson Ford track from When Worlds Collide.

    Track listing

    1. Carpenters - Solitaire
    2. Cat Stevens - Two Fine People
    3. Joan Baez - Blue Sky
    4. Gino Vannelli - Mama Coco
    5. Billy Preston - Fancy Lady
    6. Captain & Tennille - God Only Knows

    7. The Tubes - White Punks On Dope
    8. Hummingbird - For The Children's Sake
    9. Head East - Never Been Any Reason
    10. Pablo Cruise - Island Woman
    11. Hudson Ford - Keep On Rolling

    Bullets cover BULLETS (A&M Israel, SP8371, 1976)

    An Israeli US sampler, which unusually includes "Little Sleepy" from Nomadness. Not the most politically correct album cover in the world ....

    Track listing

    1. Carl Graves - Heart Be Still
    2. Hustler - Little People
    3. Strawbs - Little Sleepy
    4. Bazuka - Love Explosion
    5. Joan Armatrading - Back To The Night
    6. Gino Vannelli - Gettin' High
    7. Elkie Brooks - He's A Rebel
    8. Chris De Burgh - I'm Going Home

    9. Hustler - Break Of Day
    10. Elkie Brooks - Tomorrow
    11. Andy Fairweather Low - La Booga Rooga
    12. Carl Graves - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
    13. Gino Vannelli - Mama Coco
    14. Firefly - Hey There Little Firefly
    15. Shades Of Blu - Bella Mi
    16. Paul Williams - The Family Of Man

    Bozo coverTAKRL ANTHOLOGY BOZO 1 (white label copy, 1976)

    The Strawbs track here is a not terribly high quality live version of "Lay Down", source uncertain, not one I'm familiar with (pretty certain it's not either of the BBC transcription disc recordings in 1973/1974), so it may be something hitherto unreleased. Dave Lambert's vocal very high in the mix, making the chorus a clear duet. From the cymbals, I'm guess it was the Hero And Heroine band on this.

    Sleeve notes run: "Although unfortunately never then issues, this collection was originally prepared in 1976 by the late Dr Terrence H "Telly" Fone. This edition was re-edited by Art Knuvo and Deek Kibard from the Doctor's original manuscripts and re-recorded and mastered from the original tapes by Sparko Time. Thanks to Roy N Oak for the cover..."

    Track listing

    1. Bruce Springsteen - The Fever
    2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Long May You Run
    3. Jimi Hendrix And His Band Of Gypsies - Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne
    4. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Deadly Jaws
    5. The Rutles - Get Up And Go
    6. The Beatles - No Pakistanis

    7. Brian Eno - The Lion Sleeps Tonight
    8. Gentle Giant - The Runaway
    9. Strawbs - Lay Down
    10. The Mushroom Tabernacle Choir - The Twelve Drugs Of Christmas
    11. Jackson Browne - You Just Want Heavy (You Don't Want Me)
    12. Little Feat - All That You Dream
    13. Groucho Marx - Hooray For Captain Spaulding

    Instant Replay cover INSTANT REPLAY (Polydor Super 2480 426, UK 1977)

    Just the 1976 nearly-was hit "I Only Want My Love To Grow In You" on this UK sampler release. On my copy someone has typed the track listing onto the white inner sleeve ...

    Track listing

    1. Paul Nicholas - Grandma's Party
    2. Rubettes - Baby I Know
    3. Yvonne Elliman - Love Me
    4. The Fatback Band - Double Dutch
    5. Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots - Disco Duck
    6. Chris Rainbow - Living In The World Today
    7. Barclay James Harvest - Rock 'N' Roll Star
    8. Lynsey De Paul & Mike Moran - Rock Bottom

    9. Bryan Ferry - Tokyo Joe
    10. Clodagh Rodgers - Save Me
    11. The Ritchie Family - The Best Disco In Town
    12. Atlanta Rhythm Section - So In To You
    13. James Brown - Bodyheat
    14. Strawbs - I Only Want My Love To Grow In You
    15. Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (Part 4)
    16. The Jam - In The City

    20 Super Hits Originais cover 20 SUPER HITS ORIGINAIS (Polystar 9199 140, Brazil 1977)

    "So Close And Yet So Far Away" is the Strawbs selection on this Brazilian hits album - was "So Close" a hit in Brazil? Quite a few albums released in Brazil including Deep Cuts. Released in 1977 - there's a little sticker on the back "1877-1977 - 100 Anos de Som Gravado" (100 Years of Recorded Sound).

    Track listing

    1. The Stylistics - I'm Coming Home
    2. Nazareth - I Don't Want (To Go On Without You)
    3. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Hold Back The Water
    4. Left Side - Mamma Mia (Everytime I See Ye)
    5. 10CC - The Things We Do For Love
    6. Barry White - Don't Make Me Wait Too Long
    7. Rick Dees And His Cast Of Idiots* - Disco Duck
    8. Heatwave - Boogie Nights
    9. Gloria Gaynor - Why Should I Pay
    10. Ferre Grignard - Ring, Ring, I've Got To Sing

    11. Julie Covington - Don't Cry For Me Argentina
    12. Bee Gees - Love So Right
    13. Kenny Nolan - I Like Dreamin'
    14. Sylvia - L.A. Sunshine
    15. Van McCoy - Good Night, Baby
    16. Strawbs - So Close And Yet So Far Away
    17. Mungo Jerry - Hello Nadine
    18. Tony Joe White - Susie-Q
    19. Paul Mauriat - If You Leave Me Now
    20. Zamfir- Été D'Amour

    Foreplay cover FOREPLAY (A&M US, A&M SP 19009, 1978)

    A US A&M "pre-release sampler" in a blue card sleeve, which includes two Strawbs tracks "Round And Round" and "Lay Down" (both taken from the Best Of album and two tracks from Stealers Wheel featuring Rod Coombes.

    Track listing

    1. Cockrell & Santos - I'm In Love With You/I Tried It All
    2. Gato Barbieri - Evil Eyes
    3. Elkie Brooks - Since You Went Away/Learn To Love
    4. Atlantic Starr - With Your Love I Come Alive/Stand Up
    5. White Mansions (Various Artists) - Dixie Hold On/Bad Man

    6. The Brothers Johnson - Ain't We Funkin' Now
    7. Captain & Tennille - You Need A Woman Tonight/Good Enough
    8. Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You/Late Again
    9. Strawbs - Round And Round/Lay Down

    Arista AOR Sampler cover ARIST AOR SAMPLER, ARISTA US, Arista ALS 06, 1978

    A promo album for Arista's 1978 roster.

    Track listing

    1. Patti Smith - Because The Night
    2. Patti Smith - Privilege (Set Me Free)
    3. Strawbs - Joey And Me
    4. Strawbs - I Don't Wanna Talk About It
    5. John Miles - I Have Never Been In Love Before
    6. John Miles - No Hard Feelings

    7. Ian Dury - Sex And Drugs And Rock'n'Roll
    8. Ian Dury - Wake Up And Make Love To Me
    9. Nick Lowe/Stiffs Live - I Knew The Bride
    10. Elvis Costello/Stiffs Live - Miracle Man
    11. Lou Reed - Gimme Some Good Times
    12. Lou Reed - Street Hassle

    13. Outlaws - Holiday
    14. Outlaws - Hurry Sundown
    15. Kevin Lamb - You're On The Wrong Track
    16. Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Good Time Feeling
    17. Dickey Betts & Great Southern - Atlanta's Burning Down

    18. Arista AOR Sampler back cover
    19. Loudon Wainwright III - Watch Me Rock I'm Over Thirty
    20. Loudon Wainwright III - Natural Disaster
    21. Jerry Garcia Band - Rubin And Cherise
    22. Jerry Garcia Band - Gomorrah
    Arista AOR Sampler detail

    Maxell Sampler cover MAXWELL ROCK SAMPLER, RCA SPECIAL PRODUCTS, DPL 1-0400, 1979

    Maxell sampler detail

    An RCA promotional album for Maxell tape products, which includes "Deadly Nightshade" licensed in from Arista.

    To see sleeve notes, click on thumbnail to right.

    Track listing

    1. Triumph - Blinding Light Show/Moonchild
    2. Starbuck - It Feels So Good
    3. The Strawbs - Deadly Nightshade
    4. Rufus/Chaka Khan - Take Time

    5. Odyssey - Easy Come Easy Go/Hold Da Mota Down
    6. Omaha Sheriff - What's It All For
    7. Daryl Hall And John Oates - August Day
    8. Harvey Mason - Sho Nuff Groove
    9. The Alan Parsons Project - Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 32


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