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The Strawbs

Release Year: 1978

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1978 LP
1978 LP Arista 4172
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 4/16/2003 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 8/24/2011 4:26:00 AM by: Rob
  1. No Return (4:57)
  2. Joey and Me (3:52)
  3. Sealed With a Traitor's Kiss (3:21)
  4. I Don't Want to Talk About It (3:56)
  5. The Last Resort (4:10)
  6. Time and Life (4:11)
  7. New Beginnings (3:40)
  8. Deadly Nightshade (3:56)
  9. Words of Wisdom (5:48)
Dave Cousins
Guitar, Vocals
Charles Cronk
Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Tony Fernandez
Drums, Tambourine, Timbales, Bells, Tympani [Timpani]
Robert Kirby
Organ, Piano, Autoharp, Keyboards, Piano, Mellotron
John Mealing
Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Moog Synthesizer, Polymoog, Mini Moog
Dave Lambert
Guitar, Vocals

Reviewed by Eric on 20 Apr 2003

Attracted by the excellent Hipnosis cover, Deadlines was the first Strawbs album I bought back in 1978. At the time I was unaware of the groups full catalog, although I had heard Hero & Heroine in my high school’s library. From then on I picked up everything I could from the band and have been a fan ever since. Better late than never.
Deadlines features some great songwriting, and is their most cohesive since Ghosts. Standout tracks are the opening cut No Return, which I do remember hearing on FM radio back in the day, and the excellent Sealed With A Traitors Kiss. The start and stomp of Time And Life features some rather Beatles-like guitar, and some majestic keyboard work. New Beginnings is classic Strawbs with a melody that you know you heard on earlier albums but they do it so well it really doesn’t matter. Special mention should be made of the keyboard work on Deadlines as both Mealing and Kirby provide some wonderful sounds throughout as solos or embellishments on each track.
This album is often overlooked by prog fans, and really it shouldn’t be. Deadlines like Renaissance’s Azure D’or , FM’s Black Noise, and the UK debut, proved progressive rock in the twilight of the 70’s still had plenty to offer. Too bad people stopped listening.

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