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Just a Collection of Antiques & Curios [Import, Original recording remastered]

StrawbsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00000G6TN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Martin Luther King's Dream
2. The Antique Suite(Medley)
3. Temperament Of Mind
4. Fingertips
5. Song Of A Sad Little Girl
6. Where Is The Dream Of Your Youth
7. The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake
8. We'll Meet Again Sometime
9. Forever

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Digitally remastered edition of a classic collection of the band's recordings for A&M Records adding 3 bonus tracks to the original lineup: "The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake","We'll Meet Again Sometime" and "Forever".

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Blend Of Classical Influences & Folk August 28, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dark, powerful, raw, majestic & medieval can all be used to sum up this performance. What really makes this cd interesting is the fact that The Strawbs recorded this live, yet they did not compromise their artistic integrity by abandoning the traditional instruments that The Strawbs have become so infamous for using in their studio recordings. "Antique Suite" is very ambitious. Here, we have Tony Hooper and Dave Cousins singing in harmony as well as trading off lead vocals. If you are a Rick Wakeman fan, he is in fine form here, most notably with "Temperament of a Mind." If you enjoy progressive rock and you have never heard of the Strawbs, you are missing out on one of the most non-commercial and artistic acts of our time. Also,please note that I am referring to the import from Japan that I purchased about nine years ago, so I do not have the bonus tracks that are included here, so I can't comment on them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Rykre
Format:Audio CD
I don't understand why A&M didn't make an effort to put Strawbs songs on pop radio. American Top 40 radio back in the early 1970's had such wonderful diversity that nothing would seem obscure or out of place on the charts. Practically every song their next few albums could have been a Top 40 hit. This album of "Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios" is probably the world's first introduction to the keyboard genius of Rick Wakeman. His incredible extension to the earlier Strawbs classic "Where Is This Dream of Your Youth?" performed live at The Queen Elizabeth Hall is just mind-blowing. And not since the days of Franz Liszt did we ever get to hear a fabulous aggressive piano solo performed live such as we have here with Rick Wakeman's "Temperament of Mind".

What a performance this is. This is where the Strawbs first obtained world recognition. And to categorize this album is practically undefinable. I mean, what do you call it? Folk, Folk Rock, Progressive Rock, Progressive Folk Rock with a hint of Classical? Progressive Folk Rock with a hint of Classical....performed live? This album has way too many contradictive ventures that it is practically amazing that it all works together anyway.

This is one of the two Strawbs albums that Rick Wakeman was best known for while being with the Strawbs. The Strawbs always had great keyboardists (in fact, Dave Cousins always had to search for a keyboardist that could match the talent and appeal of Rick Wakeman), which is what truly offered the Progressive edge to a group whose humble beginnings were that of a traditional folk band.

Back when I was just a few years into buying CD's, even in 1988, not too many obscure bands were yet released on CD. Only currently popular stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIVE FOLK/ROCK WITH CLASSICAL OVERTONES March 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This recording is much more for the established fan rather than someone looking to initiate themselves. The Strawbs are best known for their fusion of progressive rock with folk and the mainstream pop stylings of the 70's. Here we see them at a point of transition, begining to move from their folksy roots gradually into a more 70's progressive sound. Rick Wakeman had been doing some session work with the Strawbs prior to this. This was his official entry as a full time member. His playing is in top form without being completely over the top, and is the centerpiece of more than one track here. This is also a primarily accoustic recording. If you like the Strawbs, this is a must if you wish to have a good scope of their evolution over the years. "Song Of a Sad Little Girl", "Where Is This Dream Of Your Youth?", and the live bonus track "The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake" are absolutely stunning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Strawbs put on a fantastic show here March 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios was their first ever international release, after two UK-only albums (Strawbs and Dragonfly). It's a bit strange their first exposure out of the UK should be a live album, but it is. At least all of it is brand new material, aside from "Where is this Dream of My Youth". The band witnessed a big lineup change by this point. Dave Cousins and Tony Hopper found themselves without Ron Chesterman, so in comes two new guys, Richard Hudson and John Ford, plus Rick Wakeman was now a full-time member of the band.

People associate the band with their more proggy later stuff (1972-1975 era), and even during their more proggy phase, they weren't exactly trying to be Gentle Giant, they simply had a more symphonic bent to a lot of the material, they weren't too far off from the Moody Blues for complexity, where they focused their strength on songs and songwriting. With Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios, the band was still largely a folk rock group, and that shows through with stuff like "Martin Luther King's Dream" and "Song of a Sad Little Girl". "Antique Suite" is basically a collection of four separate songs segued together, but really nicely done, so I can't complain. "Temperament of Mind" is Wakeman's solo spot here, all on piano, with several quotes from classical artists such as Bach. Not quite The Six Wives of Henry VIII here, but you don't expect that to be. "Fingertips" is a bit more experimental where the band experiments with sitar. "Where is this Dream Of Your Youth" is truly the high-point, and I liked how this was the final cut on the original LP. Wakeman really whips out his Hammond organ and jams away. He also uses some wah-wah effects, something I don't recall him doing in Yes or his solo efforts.
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