Bursting at the Seams

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Bursting at the Seams
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1973
RecordedOctober - December 1972
Genre Progressive rock
Label A&M, (UK)
Producer Strawbs
Strawbs chronology
Grave New World
Bursting at the Seams
All Our Own Work
Singles from Bursting at the Seams
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Bursting at the Seams is the 5th studio album by English band Strawbs. It was the first album to be released after the departure of founder member Tony Hooper and the recruitment of Dave Lambert. It contains their two most successful singles and reached number 2 in the UK Album Chart. [3]


Track listing

Side one

  1. "Flying" (Dave Cousins) – 4:49
  2. "Lady Fuschia" (Richard Hudson, John Ford) – 3:59
  3. "Stormy Down" (Cousins) – 2:45
  4. "Down by the Sea" (Cousins) – 6:17
  5. "The River" (Cousins) – 2:21

Side two

  1. "Part of the Union" (Hudson, Ford) – 2:54
  2. "Tears and Pavan" – 6:35
    "Tears" (Cousins)
    "Pavan" (Cousins, Hudson, Ford)
  3. "The Winter and the Summer" (Dave Lambert) – 4:07
  4. "Lay Down" (Cousins) – 4:31
  5. "Thank You" (Blue Weaver, Cousins) – 2:11

Bonus tracks

The A&M 1998 remastered CD featured the following as bonus tracks:

  1. "Will You Go"(aka "Wild Mountain Thyme") (Francis McPeake) -3:54
  2. "Backside" (Cousins, Hudson, Ford, Lambert, Weaver) -3:49
  3. "Lay Down" (Single version) (Cousins) -3:33

Additionally, tracks 4 & 5 are reversed in order (4) "The River" followed by (5) "Down by the Sea."



Recorded at Sound Techniques, the Manor and Morgan Studios

Release history

United Kingdom 1973 A&M stereo LP AMLH 68144
United States 1973A&Mstereo LPSP 4383
Germany, Italy 1973A&Mstereo LPA&M 86 658
Denmark 1973Sonet/Dansk Grammafonstereo LPSLPS 1544
United Kingdom1973A&M cassette ZCAM 68144
West Germany1988A&M CD 394383-2
Worldwide1998A&M remastered CD (3 bonus tracks)540 936-2
Japan 2002A&Mremastered CD (3 bonus tracks)UICY-9215

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  1. Bursting at the Seams at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN   978-0195313734.
  3. UK Top 40 Hit Database Archived 2007-07-18 at WebCite everyHit.com. retrieved on December 16, 2008