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Album Review

If compilations like Tears and Pavan: An Introduction and A Choice Selection of Strawbs are primers on the Strawbs' intricate yet expansive folk-prog, then 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection is like the Cliffs Notes of their music: There's enough here to sketch out a general idea of the band's musical ideas and evolution, but there's also a lot left out for conciseness' sake. The collection does a good job of keeping its focus on the Strawbs' most definitive songs, such as "Benedictus," "Round and Round," "Lay Down," and "Hero and Heroine" — all of which not only defined the group's sound, but the sound of prog as well. It also features some of their most pop-oriented moments, such as "Lemon Pie," as well as their most indulgent, like Hero and Heroine's "Autumn: Heroine's Theme/Deep Summer's Sleep." Considering that it's just ten tracks long, 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection is surprisingly representative of the Strawbs' mid-'70s halcyon days, even though fans will find plenty of songs that could have been included. Still, it's a worthwhile compilation for someone curious about the band but intimidated by the many larger collections of the Strawbs' work.

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Do yourself a favor......see them live.

At this juncture in their careers, they're playing much smaller and intimate venues. My brother turned me on to them and took me to see them at a 90 seat theatre in Syracuse, New York. I left that night a new fan of Strawbs, particularly Dave Lambert. Argueably the best guitarist I have ever seen live and I say that having seen Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Steve Howe to name a few.

Please search for 'Strawbs' for further albums

The name of this band is simply 'Strawbs'. There is NO 'The Strawbs' of either Rock or Prog-Rock/Art Rock varieties. There is also no 'Acoustic Strawbs'. There is just Strawbs. Unfortunately, the iTunes folks have created 4 separate collections for Strawbs. The best way to find all their albums is to simply search for 'Strawbs' then work your way through the 4 categories. I have personally informed the iTunes folks of their error, without success. Therefore helpful review posts such as this. Glad to be of service! ;-Derek


Great band. Started listening in the late 70's. A lot of people never heard of them. Give a listen, you will never go back.


Formed: 1968

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the better British progressive bands of the early '70s, the Strawbs differed from their more successful compatriots — the Moody Blues, King Crimson, Pink Floyd — principally in that their sound originated in English folk music, rather than rock. Founded in 1967 as a bluegrass-based trio called the Strawberry Hill Boys by singer/guitarist Dave Cousins, the group at that time consisted of Cousins, guitarist/singer Tony Hooper, and mandolinist Arthur Phillips, who was replaced in...
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