Dragonfly (Strawbs album)

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Studio album by Strawbs
Released February 1970
Recorded 1969
Genre Folk, folk rock
Length 36:44
Label A&M
Producer Tony Visconti
Strawbs chronology
Strawberry Sampler Number 1
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[2]

Dragonfly is a studio album by English band Strawbs. It contains the lengthy and rather progressive ballad "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" describing the hardships of a boatman who encounters and battles all kinds of mystical creatures on a lake, with a sword that was given to him by the lady of the lake. It was the first album with Rick Wakeman, who was a session musician at the time, they would meet again for the group's next album Just a collection of antiques and curios but as a full time partnership this time as Wakeman would become a member of the band.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Weary Song" (Dave Cousins) – 3:50
  2. "Dragonfly" (Cousins) – 5:34
  3. "I Turned My Face Into the Wind" (Cousins) – 2:42
  4. "Josephine for Better or for Worse" (Cousins) – 3:17
  5. "Another Day" (Cousins) – 3:16

Side two[edit]

  1. "'Til the Sun Comes Shining Through" (Cousins) – 3:34
  2. "Young Again" (Tony Hooper) – 2:51
  3. "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" (Cousins) – 10:44
  4. "Close Your Eyes" (Hooper) – 0:56

Bonus tracks[edit]

The A&M re-release CD 5302680 includes the following as bonus tracks: -

  1. "We'll Meet Again Some Time" (Cousins) – 3:13
    Recorded at Trident Stdios, London June 1969
  2. "Forever" (Cousins, Hooper) – 3:32
    Single release
  3. "Another Day" (Cousins) – 3:03
  4. "We'll Meet Again Sometime" (Cousins) – 3:09
    Bonus tracks 3 & 4 recorded for John Peel's "Top Gear" BBC Radio 1 show September 7, 1969 (1969-09-07)


Additional personnel


Recorded at Rosenberg Lydteknik, Copenhagen with additional work at Morgan Studios, London. Mixed at Trident Studios, London

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue Comments
United Kingdom February 1970 (1970-02) A&M stereo LP AMS 970
Canada 1974 (1974) A&M stereo 2-LP set with Strawbs SP9014 set entitled Early Strawbs
South Korea 1999 (1999) Si-Wan CD SRMC 0083
Unknown Progressive Line CD PL503 bootleg
United Kingdom September 2008 (2008-09) A&M CD 5302680 includes 4 bonus tracks


  1. ^ Dragonfly (Strawbs album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ Rob Young Uncut magazine, September 2008.