Wakeman & Cousins - Hummingbird (2002)

Wakeman & Cousins - Hummingbird

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#Track TitleLength
1The Young Pretender5m 50s
2Hummingbird3m 41s
3So Shall Our Love Die3m 36s
4Steppes1m 23s
5October to May3m 36s
6Ice Maiden
7Higher Germanie4m 35s
8Stone Cold is the Woman's Heart4m 32s
9Crie du Coeur1m 26s
10All In Vain3m 49s
11Can You Believe4m 44s
12Via Bencini2m 12s
13Forever Ocean Blue3m 38s
Artist Name Instrument Track (where known)
Rick WakemanKeyboardsAll
Chas CronkBass1,10
Dave CousinsVocals, Guitar, Dulcimer, BanjoAll
Tony FernandezDrums1,10
Ric SandersViolins1,7,13
Mac McGannTipple1,10
Type Cat No. Label Country Other Title
CDWMCD 2007Witchwood MediaWorldwide
Equipment Studio Engineering
  • No info
  • Recorded at Music Fusion Studios, Wembley
  • Stuart Sawney (Recording & Mixing)
  • Erik Jordan (Mixing)
  • Roger Wake (Mastering)
Rick's Perspective
Wakey's Verdict
Little Known Trivia

Ron Grech on 28th October 2009 [Other reviews]

With the exception of the slightly more aggressive opening track, I would describe the music on this album as predominantly understated. That is consistent with the music Dave Cousins and the Strawbs have released in recent years. That's not necessarily a bad thing. It just means those seeking bombast won't find it here. I like the fact Cousins and Wakeman each take turns contributing a track - sometimes a Cousins piece followed by an instrumental - which ensures an element of variety throughout this album. One of the highlights for me is "Higher Germanie" which is a traditional tune the Strawbs performed live in their early days but the song never appeared on any of those early albums.

Bjorn Olaf Syvertsen on 18th June 2003 [Other reviews]

This is a very nice album - and quite a pleasant surprise for Strawbs fans. The songs are good and melodic and the entire album is quite pleasant and relaxing. A must for all Strawbs fans, and also an album Rick fans should buy. (I had looked for it some time when I suddenly found it in the record shop under "H"... Someone in the shop obviously thought there was a band named Hummingbird who had just released an album called "Wakeman & Cousins"...)

Kevan James on 10th April 2003 [Other reviews]

You'll probably all know that Rick's big break before joining Yes was spending a year with The Strawbs. He made one full studio album and one live album whilst a member and, I think, contributed to Dave Cousin's solo album. To hear that Rick was making a new album with Dave after many years was great news, and the finished product does not disappoint. Dave Cousin's voice is unique - and I can certainly understand that some people don't like it. But believe me, the songs on this album will send shivers down your spine, they are that good. And Rick is certainly on form. Just listen to the keyboard solo that occupies the last minute of the opening track "The Young Pretender". To me this is the best Rick has sounded for many years. If you've not been sure about buying this album, please do: I know you'll like it!