Strawbs - Strawbs (1969)

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After the recording of the tapes which would eventually be released as All Our Own Work (and later Sandy And The Strawbs), Dave Cousins set out to find a UK record label (they were signed to Danish Sonet Records). However, Sandy Denny then decided to go back to her blossoming solo career, and subsequently joined Fairport Convention. US label A&M were just starting up a London office, and Sonet's head, Karl Knudsen, sent a copy of the Sandy tapes to a contact at A&M, and as a result the Strawbs became the first UK band signed to the label. They quickly recorded a single "Oh How She Changed"/"Or Am I Dreaming", which proved quite popular, and they settled down to make an album.

The album they initially put together was a pop masterpiece - however, A&M thought they'd signed progressive folkies rather than pop hopefuls, and, despite having spent large wedges of cash already, the Strawbs went back to the studio to record some more tracks. The album as released received critical acclaim, though not commercial success. The single from the album "The Man Who Called Himself Jesus" was, predictably, banned by the BBC. The outtakes from the intial sessions appeared on the limited pressing Strawberry Sampler No. 1 along with some other demos and rarities.
01. The Man Who Called Himself Jesus
02. That Which Once Was Mine
03. All The Little Ladies
04. Pieces Of 79 And 15
05. Tell Me What You See In Me
06. Oh How She Changed
07. Or Am I Dreaming
08. Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth
09. Poor Jimmy Wilson
10. Where Am I/I'll Show You Where To Sleep
11. The Battle

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