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String Driven Thing - 1968-72 - The Early Years
String Driven Thing were a 1970s folk-rock band from Scotland, led by husband and wife Chris Adams and Pauline Adams and featuring the electric violin of Graham Smith. String Driven Thing formed as a three part harmony folk band in 1967 with the Adamses and guitarist John Mannion and put out a self-titled album on the small independent Concord label (copies of which are collectable and difficult to find) although some way from their later Charisma label output which was much more folk-rock. The group moved from Scotland to London and Chris Adams decided to try and take the band away from its folk roots into the folk-rock genre where his song writing abilities, which often feature hard-bitten bitter observations capturing the harsher side of life, would be seen to better effect. He met up with classically-trained violinist Graham Smith and folk guitarist Colin Wilson, who moved to bass, but soon afterwards lost John Mannion who did not think the new direction suited him. This is the first album.
01 - July Morning 02 - Say what You Like 03 - Magic Garden 04 - Wonderful Places 05 - I Don't Wanna Wake Up 06 - City Man 07 - Another Night in this Old City 08 - That's My Lady 09 - Catch as Catch Can 10 - No More You and I 11 - Lie Back and Let It Happen 12 - One of the Lonely People 13 - Winter Is Coming 14 - Regent St. Incident 15 - Jack Diamond 16 - Argyle St. 17 - Old Love New Love