Nomadness

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Nomadness
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Studio album by Strawbs
Released November 1975 (1975-11)
Recorded June – July 1975
Genre Rock
Length40:27
Label A&M, (UK)
Producer Tom Allom
Strawbs chronology
Ghosts
(1975)
Nomadness
(1975)
Deep Cuts
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Nomadness is the 8th studio album by English band Strawbs. It was their last album recorded for A&M Records and their first with no full-time keyboard player since 1970's Dragonfly. Indeed, Strawbs would not feature a full-time keyboard player until 1978 when Andy Richards joined the band. All the tracks are timed at less than five minutes giving the album a lighter, less 'epic' feel in contrast to the previous three studio albums.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

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England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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Strawbs English rock band

Strawbs are an English rock band founded in 1964. Although the band started out as a bluegrass group they eventually moved on to other styles such as folk rock, progressive rock, and (briefly) glam rock.

Contents

Track listing

Side one

  1. "To Be Free" (Dave Cousins) – 4:17
  2. "Little Sleepy" (Dave Lambert) – 4:10
  3. "The Golden Salamander" (Cousins) – 4:57
  4. "Absent Friend (How I Need You)" (Cousins) – 4:42
  5. "Back on the Farm" (Cousins) – 2:42

Side two

  1. "So Shall Our Love Die?" (Cousins) – 3:39
  2. "Tokyo Rosie" (Cousins) – 2:48
  3. "A Mind of My Own" (Rod Coombes) – 4:33
  4. "Hanging in the Gallery" (Cousins) – 4:32
  5. "The Promised Land" (Chas Cronk) – 4:07

Bonus tracks

The 2008 reissue CD also lists the following: -

  1. "Still Small Voice" (Cousins) – 2:27
  2. "It's Good to See the Sun" (Cousins) – 4:05

Personnel

Dave Cousins singer, songwriter and musician from England

Dave Cousins is an English singer and songwriter, who has been the leader, singer and most-active songwriter of Strawbs since 1967.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Backing vocalist singer who provides vocal harmony with the lead vocalist or other backing vocalists

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Additional personnel

John Mealing is a keyboards player, composer and arranger.

Organ (music) musical keyboard instrument

In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more pipe divisions or other means for producing tones, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands on a keyboard or with the feet using pedals. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria, who invented the water organ. It was played throughout the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman world, particularly during races and games. During the early medieval period it spread from the Byzantine Empire, where it continued to be used in secular (non-religious) and imperial court music, to Western Europe, where it gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument in the Classical music tradition.

Electric piano musical instrument used by many of the great musicians such as Ray Charles

An electric piano is an electric musical instrument which produces sounds when a performer presses the keys of the piano-style musical keyboard. Pressing keys causes mechanical hammers to strike metal strings, metal reeds or wire tines, leading to vibrations which are converted into electrical signals by magnetic pickups, which are then connected to an instrument amplifier and loudspeaker to make a sound loud enough for the performer and audience to hear. Unlike a synthesizer, the electric piano is not an electronic instrument. Instead, it is an electro-mechanical instrument. Some early electric pianos used lengths of wire to produce the tone, like a traditional piano. Smaller electric pianos used short slivers of steel to produce the tone. The earliest electric pianos were invented in the late 1920s; the 1929 Neo-Bechstein electric grand piano was among the first. Probably the earliest stringless model was Lloyd Loar's Vivi-Tone Clavier. A few other noteworthy producers of electric pianos include Baldwin Piano and Organ Company and the Wurlitzer Company.

Recording

Recorded at Sound Techniques, London

Release history

RegionDateLabelFormatCatalogComment
United Kingdom 1975 A&M stereo LP AMLH 68331
United States 1975A&Mstereo LPSP 4544
September 2008A&M CD 53028222 bonus tracks

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References

Notes

  1. Nomadness at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.