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"The history of The Strawbs musical development is a wonderful and complex one.   Founder members Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper started out playing bluegrass and then evolved their songs through folk and pop before embracing quality electric rock music.   Through a revolving door of fate and opportunity have come many young and talented musicians which now reads like a hall of fame including Sandy Denny, Rick Wakeman, Hudson & Ford, Blue Weaver, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk and John Hawken to name but a few!   All have played their parts at key stages of that 33-year journey and many have rejoined!  In spite of all the pressures of the music business over those years, they ended up still being good friends in the end." - Woundrous Stories Magazine

Witchwood Records exists to release CDs, DVDs, books and music by the Strawbs, Acoustic Strawbs and related bands. The company is partially owned by Dave Cousins lead singer/songwriter with the band.  They aim to be as open and available to fans and enthusiasts as is possible.


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Dave Cousins/Moving Pictures ....import CD $14.99

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This new solo album from Dave Cousins, Strawbs singer and songwriter, is a live show from Kent Stage, Ohio, in 2008. A new live solo album from Dave Cousins, a live performance with just Dave and his guitar, the songs as they were first envisaged, and delivered with all the passion we know Dave can bring. The recordings are from Dave's only solo tour of the States, beautifully recorded and produced. Dave's songs were originally created with just Dave and his guitar, and this is a unique opportunity to experience the power and emotion of those songs. Tracks include some of his most epic works: "Blue Angel," "Ringing Down The Years," "Hanging In The Gallery," "Beside The Rio Grande" and the CD also includes the between-song intros, Dave with the audience in the palm of his hand as ever.

 

 

The Strawbs/Prognostic ....import CD $14.99

The Strawbs/Prognostic ....import CD $14.99

Prognostic' compiles material that defines Strawbs once and for all as a prog rock force to be reckoned with. The music is powerful, yet melodic. The lyrics are biting, yet sensitive.  Track listing:  Heartbreak Hill, Through Aphrodite's Eyes, Something for Nothing, Starting Over, Deep in the Darkest Night (featuring Rick Wakeman and German progmeister Conny Conrad), The River/Down by the Sea (previously unreleased), Blue Angel (remastered), Tomorrow (remastered), Lay a Little Light on Me/Hero's Theme/Round and Round (remastered)(tracks 6-9 Archive Prog).

Dave Cousins/Secret Paths ....import CD $14.99

Dave Cousins/Secret Paths ....import CD $14.99

Dave Cousins has been the leader and main songwriter of Strawbs from the release of the band's first album for A&M in 1968, to the present day. In Dave's view, 'Secret Paths' is the best album he has ever recorded. The songs include 'Ringing Down the Years,' a reflection by Dave on the news of former band member Sandy Denny's tragic death; 'I'll show you where to sleep,' using a tuning shown to him by Joni Mitchell; while the new 'Plainsong' is as atmospheric as any song Dave has ever recorded.  The secret weapon of 'Secret Paths' is Melvin Duffy who plays pedal steel and Weissenborn Hawaiian guitar on the record.

Cousins & Conrad/High Seas ....import CD $14.99

Cousins & Conrad/High Seas ....import CD $14.99

'High Seas' is the first collaboration between Dave Cousins and Conny Conrad, originally released in the UK in 2005, with each of the multi-instrumentalists sharing the writing on this song-oriented, folk-rock-influenced studio release. While the songs and production are nearer to Cousin's work with Strawbs, it is a respectable and singular outing from two prog rock veterans.  As lead singer and songwriter of The Strawbs, Cousins continues to have major success in Europe, the USA and Canada. Conrad is one of Germany's leading guitarists, composers and producers. Former Strawbs member Rick Wakeman makes a guest appearance on 'High Seas.'

Strawbs/Live at NEARfest 2004 ....import CD $14.99

Strawbs/Live at NEARfest 2004 ....import CD $14.99

Recorded in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 2004 at NEARfest, the most prestigious progressive music festival in the world. The show was a reunion of the classic Hero and Heroine era Strawbs line-up, and a perfect choice for one of the headline slots. The group featured Dave Cousins, with guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, drummer Rod Coombes, and keyboard player John Hawken.  Tracks: Out In The Cold, Round and Round, Burning For Me, New World, Autumn, Heartbreaker, The Barren Land, The River, Down By the Sea, Hero and Heroine, Round and Round (reprise), Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.


The Witchwood Catalog

Dave Cousins/The Boy in the Sailor Suit ....CD $14.99

Dave Cousins/The Boy in the Sailor Suit ....CD $14.99

Dave Cousins has been the leader and main songwriter of Strawbs from the release of the band's first album in 1968 on A&M, to the present day.  In the 1970s the band was at its peak with major chart albums 'Grave New World', and 'Bursting at the Seams' in the UK, followed by huge success in the USA and Canada with 'Hero and Heroine' and 'Ghosts'. Strawbs sold over 3 million albums in that period and spent 55 weeks on the Billboard charts with seven successive albums in the period 1972-1977.  'The Boy in the Sailor Suit' features ten brand new Cousins' songs. Guitarist Miller Anderson guests on the album, as he did on David's 1972 album, 'Two Weeks Last Summer,' which continues to sell well to this day. Ian Cutler of Feast of Fiddles adds a highly distinctive flavour to the material - Ian made his debut as the young fiddle player in the cult film 'The Wicker Man.'  The rhythm section comprises Chas Cronk of Strawbs on bass, with drummer Chris Hunt who played for many years with Lonnie Donegan. The album is produced by Chris Tsangarides whose studio is littered with gold discs for albums by Yngwie Malmsteen, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzie and many more.

Dave Cousins/Secrets Songs & Stories ....import Book + CD 36.99

Dave Cousins/Secrets Songs & Stories ....import Book + CD 36.99

Dave Cousins' collected lyrics: a limited edition.  This newly produced book (including some lyrics from the depths of Dave's archived notebooks which have never seen the light of day) runs to 384pp.  Each individual lyric includes a commentary from Dave Cousins about the song – where, when and why it was written. There will also be information about the guitar or dulcimer tunings in which the song is played.  The book comes with a specially recorded 17-track CD which features Dave Cousins reading a selection of the lyrics. It shows his lyrics for the poetry they are.  Not what you would expect, quite dramatic.  The book has a limited edition of 1000 copies.

Dave Cousins/Two Weeks Last Summer ....CD $14.99

Dave Cousins/Two Weeks Last Summer ....CD $14.99

Between the recording of 'Grave New World' and 'Bursting at the Seams' Dave Cousins went into Richard Branson's Manor Studio near Oxford to record a solo album. The musicians read like the Who's Who of British rock music at that time - Rick Wakeman of Yes, Roger Glover of Deep Purple, Jon Hiseman of Colosseum, and guitarist Miller Anderson.  'Two Weeks Last Summer' is a unique mix of powerful rock, psychedelia, and sensitive, deeply personal songs, some of which have become the most sought after in the Strawbs catalogue.

Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman/Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration vol 2: Rick and Dave ....CD + DVD $21.99

Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman/Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration vol 2: Rick and Dave ....CD + DVD $21.99

CD with bonus DVD from the Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration held at Twickenham Stadium over the weekend of 12th and 13th September 2009.  Dave Cousins & Rick Wakeman back together on stage for the first time in over 20 years.  Rick Wakeman joined Strawbs in 1970. Strawbs was his first professional band and proved to be the launch pad of his remarkable career. The first Strawbs album on which Rick made an appearance was 'Dragonfly.'  The next album, 'Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios,' which turned Rick into a superstar, was the first UK chart entry for the band. The following album 'From the Witchwood' also charted, but by then Rick had left Strawbs to join Yes.  This is only the second concert that Rick Wakeman and Dave Cousins have ever played together. It is the meeting of two master raconteurs, the world's leading keyboard player, and one of Britain's finest songwriters.

Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby/Old School Songs ....import CD $14.99

Dave Cousins & Brian Willoughby/Old School Songs ....import CD $14.99

One summer on hiatus from Strawbs Dave Cousins went back to his roots playing lo-fi acoustic folk sets. He rang Brian Willoughby, an old friend from the early days, and asked if he felt like reliving his ill-spent youth. He was cajoled over a pint and they threw guitars into the car and set off on a merry jaunt around the colleges and clubs.   Everywhere they went people kept asking if they'd made an acoustic album.   "Well, here goes, folks. This is Brian and me as it was. No multi-track machines, no overdubs. Just one take, straight down in living stereo. Bobby Pridden recorded the live tracks at the Exmouth Summer Festival.  Never mind the quality, or the over-enthusiastic use of effects, it's the feel that counts," - Dave Cousins.   Remastered re-release of 1979 album with bonus tracks.

Sandy Denny/19 Rupert Street ....import CD $14.99

Sandy Denny/19 Rupert Street ....import CD $14.99

Previously unheard material recorded on a quarter track tape machine at Alex Campbell's home on August 5th 1967, captured just one month after Sandy recorded All Our Own Work. Unknown to exist for decades until a cassette turned up recently, Strawbs' Dave Cousins took it to have transferred to digital at Abbey Road, and was stunned to hear Sandy and Alex singing, laughing and joking as though they were in the room with him. Edited down and mastered, it's a home recording, but what atmosphere!  This recording shows Sandy as she was when I first met her - bright and funny, with a voice that could pin your ears back or melt your heart. I'm so pleased to be able share this with you. - Dave Cousins/Strawbs    "...A haunting recording, capturing Sandy's voice pre-fame as she relaxes in a flat in Glasgow with Alex and Patsy Campbell and friends....similar to the Nick Drake home recordings, its intimacy transports the listener through a window in time to a place where many possibilities had yet to be revealed." - Shindig

Sandy Denny & The Strawbs/All Our Own Work ....CD $16.99

Sandy Denny & The Strawbs/All Our Own Work ....CD $16.99

In Uncut Magazine's poll of the '50 Greatest Lost Albums,' included in the top 10 was Sandy Denny & The Strawbs/All Our Own Work.  It was one of the earliest recordings of what would become the huge British folk rock movement.  June 2010 sees the release on CD of the complete Sandy and the Strawbs sessions which took place in Copenhagen in 1967. This is the first time that the whole of the All Our Own Work album has been legitimately released on CD. The lavishly illustrated packaging includes extracts from Dave Cousins' diary of the time and never before seen pictures of Sandy.  The master tapes have been remastered by Chris Tsangarides and sound fantastic, bringing out elements of the music we've never heard before on either the old Pickwick release in 1973 or the Hannibal release (Sandy And The Strawbs). And there are various demos and outtakes from the period, including two Dave Cousins songs "Indian Summer" and "The Falling Leaves" which have never before seen the light of day, and a version of "Pieces of 79 and 15" with a Cousins lead vocal - twelve bonus tracks altogether!

Lambert Cronk/Touch the Earth ....import CD $21.99

Lambert Cronk/Touch the Earth

Dave Lambert, lead guitarist, and Chas Cronk, bass, played with Strawbs throughout most of the 1970s when the band was touring to promote their major albums 'Grave New World', 'Bursting at the Seams', Hero and Heroine' and 'Ghosts.'  When Strawbs ceased touring in 1980, they decided to form Lambert Cronk, alongside latter-day Strawbs, Andy Richards and Tony Fernandez. However, as fate would have it, Trevor Horn invited Andy Richards to become the keyboard sound of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Chas Cronk was invited to join the Steve Hackett Band where he met Nick Magnus, and Tony Fernandez went on a world tour with Rick Wakeman. In the end, an album's worth of Lambert Cronk material was recorded but, as punk had become the raging flavour of the day, it remained on the shelf.  With the recent upsurge in interest in Strawbs, the Lambert Cronk material has been digitally remastered as 'Touch the Earth.' The musicianship is impeccable with Dave Lambert's vocals and guitar to the forefront, surrounded by the swirling, masterly keyboards of Andy Richards and Nick Magnus, and with the rhythm section of Chas Cronk, Tony Fernandez and Ian Mosely providing rock solid propulsion.

Strawbs/Acoustic Gold ....import CD $14.99

Strawbs/Acoustic Gold ....import CD $14.99

As Strawbs move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band. David Cousins, who leads the group, has been described by All Music Guide as one of the most distinctive and enduring talents to come out of the mid to late 1960s British folk-rock boom, one if the shining alumnus in the field.  Over the past ten years Strawbs have built up a huge following in their unique acoustic line-up and have receive rave reviews at home and abroad.      "Unlike many groups that are past their commercial prime and churn out inferior, dispirited versions of the hits from their glory days, the Acoustic Strawbs stand out as a band that performs their old material with passion and precision." - Chicago Tribune

The Strawbs/The Broken Hearted Bride ....CD $14.99

The Strawbs/The Broken Hearted Bride ....CD $14.99

"The Broken Hearted Bride" is among the best albums The Strawbs have ever produced. Taking a startling musical leap forward it is a deeply political album with lyrics reflecting the insecurity of the quicksand times we live in. Reinvention after 40 years is rare and often impossible yet Dave Cousins and Co. have remade the Strawbs wheel once again.  The Strawbs line-up is the same as in their heyday in 1974 - singer/songwriter Dave Cousins, guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, drummer Rod Coombes, and keyboardist John Hawken with an added guest in fiddler Ian Cutler.   Full track listing:  The Call to Action, Christmas Cheer, Everything's going to be alright, Too many angels, The Broken Hearted Bride, Shadowland, Through Aphrodites's eyes, Deep in the darkest night, You know as well as I, Everybody knows, Action replay

The Strawbs/Classic Rock Legends: Strawbs 30 Years of Rock ....import CD $18.99

The Strawbs/Classic Rock Legends: Strawbs 30 Years of Rock ....import CD & Magazine

The Classic Rock Society CD featuring the Strawbs is now available from Witchwood Records. Includes a number of unreleased/hard to find tracks, including a Cousins/Wakeman duet on "Shepherd's Song".  (Please note that supplies are limited and there will not be another pressing when these run out!)

Strawbs/Dancing to the Devil s Beat ....CD $13.99

Strawbs/Dancing to the Devil s Beat ....CD $13.99

Strawbs 40th Anniversary Album Produced by Chris Tsangarides.  'Dancing To The Devil's Beat' is a record of its time - in its production values, and in reflecting Strawbs' evolution from folk club origins, through the hits, on to stadium rock, and now as one of Britain's best loved Heritage bands. Dave Cousins' lyrics convey the maelstrom of current political events - from the machinations of climate change, to greed and corruption in the public sector, and the dignity of the armed forces in combat. 'Pro Patria Suite' takes the listener before, during and after WW1, while 'Copenhagen' reflects tenderly on Strawbs recording with Sandy Denny in Denmark. The album introduces Oliver Wakeman to the band, eldest son of former member, Rick Wakeman.

Strawbs/Deadlines ....import CD $14.99

Strawbs/Deadlines ....import CD $14.99

The first authorized CD release of a the last studio album of the 1970s by the Strawbs - restored and remastered from the original tapes by Dave Cousins. This was the last Strawbs album to have been released on a major label in the 1970s when Strawbs were signed by Clive Davis to Arista. Recorded hot on the heels of Burning For You, by now the Strawbs were pretty much a full-on rock band. Produced by Jeffrey Lesser, here are 20 tracks - the original album, plus acoustic demos, alternative recordings and mixes, and out-takes.   The Strawbs are unique in appealing across the board to fans of rock music, progressive rock, and folk.  Other Witchwood Media recent releases include: Strawbs - Of A Time, Sandy Denny & The Strawbs - All Our Own Work.

The Strawbs/Deep Cuts ....CD $14.99

The Strawbs/Deep Cuts ....CD $14.99

Between 1972 and 1977, Strawbs had seven albums in the Billboard Top 200 albums, in total spending over 52 weeks on the US charts. The big US albums were 'Hero and Heroine' and 'Ghosts', both selling over 250,000 copies, while making little impression on the UK market.  'Deep Cuts' was the Strawbs album designed to re-establish the band in the UK market. The single 'I only want my love to grow in you' was a radio smash - Noel Edmonds 'Record of the Week', and so on - but an unproven BPI allegation of chart-tampering kept the single "bubbling under" for six weeks, despite it selling 35,000 copies.  The songs on 'Deep Cuts' were among the strongest the band ever recorded - "Beside the Rio Grande" revives the epic sound and moral outrage of "Grave New World" in its tale of a frontier minister's grisly religious martyrdom, while the pleasant strumming of "Thinking of you" soft-shoes its way through a music-hall love song.  The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes and includes 'You won't see the light', a previously unreleased bonus track written by guitarist Dave Lambert.

The Strawbs/Hero & Heroine in Ascendia ....CD $14.99

The Strawbs/Hero & Heroine in Ascendia ....CD $14.99

In 2010 Strawbs toured in Canada and the UK playing their classic masterpiece 'Hero and Heroine' for the first time in its entirety. Following these shows the band recorded this modern interpretation. It features visionary songwriter David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and bass player Chas Cronk, the front line of the band from 1974 when the album was first released. Drummer Tony Fernandez returns again to the Strawbs line-up, along with classically-trained John Young on keyboards to deliver the most intense, powerful, and poignant performance the band has produced in its remarkable forty-year history.

Strawbs/Live At Hampton Court Palace ....DVD $14.99

Strawbs/Live At Hampton Court Palace ....DVD $14.99

On May 1st and 2nd 2009, Historic Royal Palaces allowed a concert to take place in front of the magnificent facade of Hampton Court Palace for the very first time. The event was a full length performance of The Six Wives Of Henry VIII by composer Rick Wakeman, his band, choir and orchestra. Rick invited Acoustic Strawbs to warm the audience up - literally! It was quite chilly but, despite frozen fingers, David Cousins, Dave Lambert, and Chas Cronk gave the performance of their lives to 10,000 people over the two nights. W/ bonus audio tracks of acoustic Strawbs with Rick Wakeman on piano.  Plus, as a preview, includes an excerpt from Rick's performance with band, orchestra and choir of Six Wives.

The Strawbs/NY '75 ....CD $14.99

The Strawbs/NY '75 ....import CD $21.99

Previously available as an expensive import, now available at at domestic price.   In the mid-1970s the Strawbs were on a roll in the United States. The band had had five consecutive albums on the Billboard charts between 1972 and 1975, with 'Hero and Heroine' and 'Ghosts' between them selling over half a million copies. In 1975 Strawbs set out on their first US headline tour.  'NY '75' was recorded live in front of a wildly enthusiastic audience at the legendary Calderone Theatre on Long Island, just half an hour from the centre of Manhattan. This is the first release of this concert on CD.   Founder Strawbs member David Cousins, lead guitarist Dave Lambert, bass player Chas Cronk, and drummer Rod Coombes, were augmented by Robert Kirby (best known for his arrangements on the Nick Drake albums) and John Mealing (formerly with jazz-rock supergroup If), both on keyboards.  The album shows how the Strawbs stage show had evolved from its early folk-inspired tunes into an almost continuous symphonic sequence of hard-hitting songs. The Strawbs came on stage in a blackout to a long-lost taped introduction, 'Still Small Voice.'  Among the established classics such as 'Hero and 'Heroine' and 'Ghosts' were new offerings including 'The Promised Land,' 'To Be Free,' and 'Hanging In The Gallery' which have never appeared before on a live Strawbs album.   Tracks include Still Small Voice, Ghosts, Autumn, Hanging in the Gallery, The Promised Land, New World, Lemon Pie, Remembering, You and I (When We Were Young), Out in the Cold/Round and Round, The Life Auction, To Be Free, Hero and Heroine.

Strawbs/Of a Time ....import CD $14.99

Strawbs/Of a Time ....import CD $14.99

Produced by Gus Dudgeon with Tony Visconti as musical director, this previously unreleased recording is available for the first time. 'Of a Time' falls between the 1967 recording of 'All Our Own Work' by Sandy Denny and the Strawbs, and the first A&M album 'Strawbs' released in 1969. It is a mix of pop-orchestral stylings, a concept, UK folk trends of the time, and the modal harmonies and tunings that have come to define Strawbs music over the years.  This extraordinary album has been restored and remastered from original tapes. 24 tracks feature the originally intended album, alternative recordings and mixes, outtakes and unreleased tracks, and spoken word material by Visconti. Features John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins, Ray Cooper, and Ronnie Verrell.

Strawbs/Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration vol 1: Strawberry Fayre ....double CD $21.99

Strawbs/Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration vol 1: Strawberry Fayre ....double CD $21.99

Volume One CD from the Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration held at Twickenham Stadium over the weekend of 12th and 13th September 2009.  28 tracks featuring Strawbs past and present, spanning their highly influential career. This historic recording shows the diversity of Strawbs and the extraordinary array of musicians who have passed through the ranks of the band over forty glorious years.  Sandy Denny was the band's first female singer and her role was represented at the Celebration by Sonja Kristina.   Rick Wakeman spent two years with Strawbs before joining Yes – he played a one-off concert with Strawbs leader Dave Cousins. Blue Weaver joined the band three years before moving on to the Bee Gees Band for 'Saturday Night Fever.'  Andy Richards played keyboards on the extraordinary Strawbs album 'Heartbreak Hill.' Hearing it, Trevor Horn recruited Andy as the keyboard sound for Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Dave Lambert reformed Fire for the Celebration; he introduced his new folk supergroup, Zeus.  John Ford flew in from New York to revisit Hudson Ford hits.  The finale featured the current line-up of Starwbs, with Oliver Wakeman on keyboards and The Royal Artillery Orchestra conducted by the legendary Robert Kirby. The 40th Anniversary Celebration was to be Robert's last stage appearance.

Various Artists/The Witchwood Project ....import CD $13.99

Various Artists/The Witchwood Project

This is a very limited edition compilation from Witchwood Records featuring tracks from The Strawbs (both electric and acoustic), Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Wakeman & Cousins, Cousins & Conrad, John Ford, Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra, Dead Like Harry, The Watersons, and Dark Ocean.  And to make it more interesting, Witchwood has included two previously unreleased tracks - a live rendition of Simple Visions by the Acoustic Strawbs and a very rare recording of The Happiest Boy in Town by the Strawberry Hill Boys!

 


Other classic Strawbs titles currently available

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Strawbs - Bursting At The Seams ....import CD $15.98

Strawbs - Dragonfly ....import CD $15.98

Strawbs - From The Witchwood ....import CD $15.98
Remastered reissue of their 1971 release. Rick Wakeman later of Yes fame plays keyboards.

Strawbs - Ghosts ....import CD $15.98
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Strawbs - Grave New World ....import CD $15.98

Strawbs - Halcyon Days ....import CD $19.98

Strawbs - Hero & Heroine
....import CD $18.98

Strawbs - Just A Collection Of Antiques And Curious (Remastered) ....import CD $15.98

Strawbs - Live At The Bbc V.1 ....import CD $15.98
BBC recordings from 1968-1973. 19 tracks.

Strawbs - Live At The Bbc V.2 ....import CD $24.98
This double cd combines all their BBC concerts together for the first time. It charts their rise to success and straddles both their folk and prog rock periods It features live versions of some of their biggest hits. 31 tracks.

Strawbs - Strawbs ....import CD $15.98


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