|Studio album by|
|Released||3 February 1978|
|Recorded||July – October 1977|
|Length||37:51 (Original) 78:10 (Expanded)|
|Singles from Deadlines|
Deadlines is the 11th studio album by English band Strawbs.
Signed to Arista Records by his management team, Dave Cousins was persuaded by label head Clive Davis to record a new Strawbs album. Cousins had intended "Burning For You" to be the last album by the band. Cousins management also insisted that the band work with producer Jeffrey Lesser despite the fact that Cousins felt that Lesser didn't "understand the dynamics" of the band. Spending a night out with Davis, Cousins was charmed by the label head and, despite his misgivings, returned to the studio to make the band's final album of the 1970s. Lesser insisted that guitarist/singer Dave Lambert be the lead singer for the album.
Working in a studio in Dublin, Ireland in a studio owned by film composer Phillip Green. After initial recording the band and producer took the tapes to Air Studios to complete overdubbing on the 24 track tapes. Completing one day of overdubbing, the band, much to their dismay, discovered that a tape operator had left a 4038 microphone on top of the tapes which erased a swath of the material with the drum tracks being the most notably damaged. Discourage, the band began all over again but, according to Cousins, they failed to capture the unique flavor of those first recordings.
Mixing the album at Utopia Studios, Cousins commiserated with The Clash's Joe Strummer about the lead vocal situation. The Clash were in the next studio recording "Give'em Enough Rope"It turns out that producer Sandy Pearlman was as much of a problem to work with as Lesser.
Later, in preparation for the deluxe edition of "Deadlines", Cousins discovered that "Joey and Me" survived the damage and it was amended to the deluxe edition along with demos as bonus tracks in 2012. These bonus tracks plus two additional discs were included on the 2019 Esoteric reissue of "Deadlines". The second disc included the audio from the band's "BBC Sight and Sound" appearance along with a DVD of the same performance.
Recorded at Dublin Sound and Utopia Studios
|United Kingdom||1977||Arista||stereo LP||SPART 1036|
|United States||1977||Arista||stereo LP||AB 4172|
|United Kingdom||1977||Arista||cassette||TCART 1036|
|United States||1996||One Way||CD||OW34499|
|United Kingdom||2019||Esoteric||Compact Disc|
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