Dragonfly (Strawbs album)

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Dragonfly
Dragonfly strawbs.jpg
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
(1969)
Dragonfly
(1970)
Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[2]

Dragonfly is the third studio album by English band Strawbs, after their first album Strawbs and the second one Strawberry music sampler. 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. The album marked the first collaboration of Rick Wakeman with the band, he would eventually join them on their next album Just a collection of Antiques and Curious in 1970.

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)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Recording[edit]

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

References[edit]

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