Grave New World
|Grave New World|
|Studio album by Strawbs|
|Genre||Folk rock, progressive rock|
|Singles from Grave New World|
Grave New World is a studio album by English band Strawbs. It was the first album to be released after the departure of Rick Wakeman, under circumstances about which band leader Dave Cousins was very bitter. Cousins has admitted that the track "Tomorrow" was written about Wakeman. Happily their friendship survived and the two have since performed and recorded together, releasing an album Hummingbird in 2002.
Wakeman's departure to join prog-rockers Yes caused a lot of predictions of Strawbs demise. Cousins was into the I Ching at the time and he asked the book what he should do. The answer was used in the lyrics for the first track on the album, "Benedictus".
The album depicts the story of one man's life. For instance, the track "Hey Little Man" represents an older man giving advice to his young son. The songs themselves show the continuation of the movement away from Strawbs' original folk leanings. Founding member Tony Hooper began to be increasingly uncomfortable with this and left after the recording sessions of this album.
The original vinyl album had lavish artwork and included a pamphlet showing the lyrics of each track together with details of instrumentation. The front cover is a reproduction of William Blake's Glad Day.
- "Benedictus" (Dave Cousins) – 4:24
- "Hey Little Man ... Thursday's Child" (Cousins) – 1:06
- "Queen of Dreams" (Cousins) – 5:32
- "Heavy Disguise" (John Ford) – 2:53
- "New World" (Cousins) – 4:11
- "Hey Little Man ... Wednesday's Child" (Cousins) – 1:06
- "The Flower and the Young Man" (Cousins) – 4:17
- "Tomorrow" (Cousins, Tony Hooper, Ford, Blue Weaver, Richard Hudson) – 4:49
- "On Growing Older" (Cousins) – 1:56
- "Ah Me, Ah My" (Hooper) – 1:24
- "Is It Today, Lord?" (Hudson) – 3:07
- "The Journey's End" (Cousins, Weaver) – 1:46
The following were featured as bonus tracks on the A&M 1998 reissue CD.
- "Here it Comes" (Cousins) – 2:42
- "I'm Going Home" (Cousins) – 3:14
"I'm Going Home" originally appeared on Dave Cousins's solo album Two Weeks Last Summer. This track is the first occasion on which Dave Lambert recorded with the band. He had occasionally been appearing on stage for encores but after this album and the departure of Tony Hooper, Lambert joined the band full-time.
- Dave Cousins – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer, recorder
- Tony Hooper – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, autoharp, tambourine
- Blue Weaver – organ, piano, harmonium, mellotron, clavioline
- John Ford – lead vocals, backing vocals, bass guitar, acoustic guitar
- Richard Hudson – backing vocals, drums, sitar, tablas
- Additional personnel
- Trevor Lucas and Anne Collins – backing vocals on "Benedictus"
- Robert Kirby arranger ("Heavy Disguise")
- Tony Visconti arranger ("Ah Me, Ah My")
The track "Ah Me, Ah, My" credits "The Gentlemen of the Chorus" with vocals and "Tony Visconti's Old Tyme Dance Orchestra" (actually the Ted Heath Orchestra) as musicians.
Recorded mainly at Morgan Studios, London with additional work at Island Studios and Landsdowne Studios.
Produced by Dave Cousins, Richard Hudson, John Ford, Blue Weaver and Tony Hooper
- Tom Allom – engineer at Morgan Studios
- Martin Levan – assistant engineer
- Frank Owen – engineer at Island Studios
- John Mackswith – engineer at Landsdowne Studios
- Tony Visconti – producer, "Benedictus"
- Gus Dudgeon – original producer, "Ah Me, Ah My"
|United Kingdom||February 1972||A&M||stereo LP||AMLH 66078|
|United States||February 1972||A&M||stereo LP||SP 4344|
|South Korea||1997||Si-Wan||CD||SRMC 0075|
- Grave New World on Strawbsweb
- 30th anniversary article on Strawbsweb
- Sleeve notes CD 540,934-2 Grave New World