Kirk’s Corner 006: ‘Burning For You’ Album Review

I believe that the Strawbs is a group well deserving of more attention and recognition than they ever received in the U.S. Strawbs featured as early members Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) and Rick Wakeman (Yes), representing an interesting convergence of folk, progressive, and rock. Strawbs opened a U.S. tour for Pablo Cruise (at its height), receiving a standing ovation and encore—after the lights were turned back up.

Burning for You (1977) is, in my view, the best. I love it, start to finish. It features a great interplay between principal songwriters and vocalists, Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert. It rocks more than many of their albums—less emphasis on folk and progressive. Six of its ten tracks still are on my playlist. I suppose that the album may have little place in today’s music world, but for a crisp rock sound, memorable tunes, and great playing, it deserves to be part of any music collection.