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Bursting At The Seams (1973)

Strawbs — Bursting At The Seams (1973)

                Strawbs — Bursting At The Seams (1973)
Location: United Kingdom
Album release: 1973
Recorded:  October — December 1972
Record Label: A&M
Duration:     40:32
Tracks:
01. Flying      4:50
02. Lady Fuschia      3:59
03. Stormy Down      2:45
04. Down By The Sea      6:17
05. The River      2:21
06. Part Of The Union      2:55
07. Tears And Pavan      6:35
08. The Winter And The Summer      4:08
09. Lay Down      4:31
10. Thank You      2:11
Personnel
♣   Dave Cousins / vocals, guitars, banjo
♣   Richard Hudson / drums, vocals
♣   John Ford / bass, vocals
♣   Blue Weaver / keyboards
♣   Dave Lambert / guitars
Written by:
♠   Dave Cousins     1, 3, 4, 5, 7a, 9
♠   Richard Hudson, John Ford     2, 6
♠   Cousins, Hudson, Ford     7b
♠   Dave Lambert     8
♠   Blue Weaver, Cousins     10
Recording:
♠   Strawbs – Producers
♠   Tom Allom – Engineer
Sleeve design
♠   Art Directed by Michael Dowd
♠   Designed by John McConnell
♠   Sleeve printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd. London SE1
♠   Photographs Tony Evans
♠   Group Photo Fin Costello
Other information
♠   A & M records address quoted as 1/2 St George Street, London W1R 9DG
♠   A & M Records Limited Distributed by Pye Records (Sales) Ltd
♠   The inner sleeve contains the following text :
♠   “Bursting at the Seams sort of came together between October and December 1972 in Sound Techniques, The Manor and the lounge bar at Morgan Studios. Tom Allom engine driver fiddled with even more knobs than Blue on a good day. Hud loved John, and John loved Hud , but a third party seems to have come between them lately. Lampoon savagely assassinated the Fuehrer's guitar strings, who got on everyones’ nerves from time to time as usual.
♠   The chaps much appreciated The General, Major Roadworks, and Rob Roy who appeared from time to time bearing gifts of equipment from afar. Fagin and the Artful Dodger would like to make it known that their boys are always available for work.
♠   Happy New Year January 1973
P.S.
♠   In the New Year revels we nearly forgot Bob Kirby, conductor of the number 30 at Air Studios, Martin and Uncle Sam and Sue who types this sort of thing.
Charts
♠   UK Chart: 2
♠   US Chart: #####
Billboard Albums
♠   1973 Bursting At The Seams      The Billboard 200 #121
♠   Bursting at the Seams was another matserpiece by the Strawbs. Hard on the heels of Grave New World, we were introduced to Dave Lambert who replaced the outgoing Tony Hooper. The album is rich in quality from the stunning ‘Lady Fuscia’, the epic long ‘Tears and Pavan’ ( if you have never heard this track you do not know what you are missing) and the haunting ‘The River’ . There are definite folk roots still in Strawbs even to this day. Sure they were going more to mainstream rock directions but these were still concept albums. This album also features the highly successful tracks ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Part of the Union’, the latter to this day unfortunately still used by advertising moguls or political bodies wanting to impose strike actions! ~Progarchives
BURSTING AT THE SEAMS, 1973
♠   With Dave Lambert replacing Tony Hooper and bringing a new rock–based dynamic to the band, the Strawbs scored an instant chart hit with “Lay Down”, followed by their number 2 UK hit single, “Part Of The Union”. The band courted pop success with several apearances on Top Of The Pops and flirted with the current glam–rock trend wearing make–up and flamboyant stage clothes. Letters to Melody Maker accuesed Strawbs of “selling out”.
♠   The album, which carried on the musical journey towards rock, also reached number 2 in the UK album charts, including some all–time Strawbs classics such as “Down By The Sea”, “The River” and “Tears And Pavan”, as well as Dave Lambert’s splendid “The Winter And The Summer” and Hud and John’s “Lady Fuschia”.
♠   A 52 date tour of the UK in early 1973 saw them reaching a newer, younger audience. The stage show included some comedy material — Lambert’s “Bovver Blues” and a camped up impersonation of Little Jimmy Osmond by Hud — which eventually grated on Cousins, who made his feelings known in uncomprising fashion, singing “A Song For Me” at the band’s April London showcase at the Rainbow. Afterwards, they embarked upon a gruelling second US tour, and the album title proved prophetic with the group splitting asunder.
Website: http://www.strawbsweb.co.uk/albtrack/bats/bats.asp

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