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Dave Cousins


Prog Folk

3.66 | 23 ratings

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3 stars A lost Strawbs album

Two Weeks Last Summer was Dave Cousins' first solo album, released between Strawbs' Grave New World and Bursting At The Seams albums. This was, of course, right in the very middle of Strawbs' most interesting and prolific period that began in the early 70's and culminated with Hero And Heroine and Ghosts in the mid 70's. During this time, Strawbs evolved from a Folk group to a Prog band and the present solo album is pretty much in the same style as Bursting At The Seams. As such it has a few weaker numbers, but overall a good release. One rightly wonders what the point was of releasing a solo album that doesn't notably deviate from the Strawbs sound and standard. But one reason was probably that it allowed Cousins to work with other people. The list of people involved is fairly impressive and includes Deep Purple's Roger Glover, Colosseums' Jon Hiseman, as well as ex-Strawb Rick Wakeman.

The most interesting track is the 10 minute plus, multi-part Blue Angel. A re-recorded version of this epic much later appeared on the Strawbs album of the same name.

Recommended in addition to Strawbs' 1970 - 1975 output.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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