Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios

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Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
Live album by Strawbs
Recorded 11 July 1970
Genre Art rock, folk rock, progressive rock
Length 40:44
Label A&M
Producer Tony Visconti
Strawbs chronology
Dragonfly
(1970)
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
(1970)
From the Witchwood
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic[1] 3/5 stars

Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios is a live album by English band Strawbs recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 11 July 1970. The album reached number 27 in the UK Album Charts.[2]

The band line-up had changed dramatically from that of the previous album, Dragonfly. Only founder-members Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper remained, double bass player Ron Chesterman and cellist Claire Deniz being replaced by rhythm section John Ford and Richard Hudson. Rick Wakeman also became a full-time member. Thus the band changed from being a folk quartet to a rock quintet.

The concert was instrumental in bringing Rick Wakeman's virtuosity to the attention of the music media, who prophesied super-stardom for the keyboard player.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Although this album was recorded live, none of the tracks on the original vinyl pressing were released on any studio album except for "Where is This Dream of Your Youth", originally released as a track on Strawbs.

Side one
  1. "Martin Luther King's Dream" (Dave Cousins) – 2:53
  2. "The Antique Suite" (Cousins) – 12:12
    "The Reaper"
    "We Must Cross the River"
    "Antiques and Curios"
    "Hey It's Been a Long Time"
  3. "Temperament of Mind" (Rick Wakeman) – 4:50
Side two
  1. "Fingertips" (Cousins) – 6:14
  2. "Song of a Sad Little Girl" (Cousins) – 5:28
  3. "Where Is This Dream of Your Youth" (Cousins) – 9:07
Bonus tracks

The following tracks are offered as bonus tracks on the A&M re-issue CD.

  1. "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" (Cousins) – 10:03
  2. "We'll Meet Again Sometime" (Cousins) – 4:17
  3. "Forever" (Cousins, Tony Hooper) – 3:32

"Forever" is a studio track and was released as a single in 1970. All other tracks were taken from the concert recording.

Personnel[edit]

Recording[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom October 1970 (1970-10) A&M stereo LP AMS 994
United States 1970 (1970) A&M stereo LP SP 4288
Japan 1987 (1987) A&M/Canyon CD D32Y3524
South Korea 1999 (1999) Si-Wan CD SRMC 0080
Worldwide 1998 (1998) A&M CD remastered with 3 bonus tracks 540 938-2

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ UK Top 40 database. Retrieved on December 16, 2008

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