|From the Witchwood|
|Studio album by|
|Studio||Air Studios, London|
|Genre||Progressive rock, art rock, folk rock|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|
From the Witchwood is the fourth album by the English band Strawbs. It was recorded at Air Studios in London during February and March 1971 and reached number 39 in the UK Albums Chart on 17 July 1971.
The album is the third and final album to include Rick Wakeman, including his appearance as a session musician on the 1970 album Dragonfly . The sleeve illustration was "The Vision of St. Jerome", a tapestry from the Spanish Royal Collection.
All tracks are written by Dave Cousins, except where noted.
|1.||"A Glimpse of Heaven"||3:50|
|3.||"Thirty Days"||John Ford||2:52|
|5.||"The Hangman and the Papist"||4:11|
|8.||"The Shepherd's Song"||4:34|
|9.||"In Amongst the Roses"||3:48|
|10.||"I'll Carry On Beside You"||3:09|
|11.||"Keep the Devil Outside"||Ford||3:02|
|United Kingdom||July 1971||A&M||stereo LP||AMLH 64304|
|United States||July 1971||A&M||stereo LP||SP 4304|
|Denmark||1971||Sonet||stereo LP||SLPS 1531|
|Italy||1971||A&M||stereo LP||SLAM 64304|
|Canada||1971||A&M||stereo LP||SP 4304|
|New Zealand||1971||A&M||stereo LP||SAML-934437|
|Worldwide||1998||A&M||CD remastered with bonus track||540 939-2|
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