Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
Live album by
Recorded11 July 1970
ProducerTony Visconti
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Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios is the third album by the Strawbs, mostly recorded live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on 11 July 1970. The album reached number 27 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

The band line-up had changed from the previous album, Dragonfly. Only founder-members Dave Cousins and Tony Hooper remained; with double bass player Ron Chesterman and cellist Claire Deniz having departed the band, and bassist John Ford, drummer Richard Hudson, and keyboardist Rick Wakeman having joined.

The concert was instrumental in bringing Rick Wakeman's virtuosity to the attention of the music media, when Melody Maker prophesied super-stardom for the keyboard player.[3][4]

Track listing

"Where is This Dream of Your Youth" was originally released as a studio track on Strawbs.

Side one
  1. "Martin Luther King's Dream" (Dave Cousins) – 2:53
  2. "The Antique Suite" (Cousins) – 12:12
    "The Reaper"
    "We Must Cross the River"
    "Antiques and Curios"
    "Hey It's Been a Long Time"
  3. "Temperament of Mind" (Rick Wakeman) – 4:50
Side two
  1. "Fingertips" (Cousins) – 6:14
  2. "Song of a Sad Little Girl" (Cousins) – 5:28
  3. "Where Is This Dream of Your Youth" (Cousins) – 9:07
Bonus tracks

The following tracks are offered as bonus tracks on the A&M re-issue CD.

  1. "The Vision of the Lady of the Lake" (Cousins) – 10:03
  2. "We'll Meet Again Sometime" (Cousins) – 4:17
  3. "Forever" (Cousins, Tony Hooper) – 3:32

"Forever" is a studio track and was released as a single in 1970. All other tracks were taken from the concert recording.



Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
United Kingdom October 1970 (1970-10) A&M stereo LP AMS 994
United States 1970 (1970) A&M stereo LP SP 4288
Japan 1987 (1987) A&M/Canyon CD D32Y3524
South Korea 1999 (1999) Si-Wan CD SRMC 0080
Worldwide 1998 (1998) A&M CD remastered with 3 bonus tracks 540 938-2


  1. ^ Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  2. ^ UK Top 40 database Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on December 16, 2008
  3. ^ Will Romano (1 September 2010). Mountains Come Out of the Sky: The Illustrated History of Prog Rock. Backbeat Books. ISBN 9781617133756.
  4. ^ "PART 2: ELECTRIC BAND". strawbsweb.co.uk.