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Grave New World

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fulfillment! Singer/songwriter Dave Cousins finds a space somewhere between Bob Dylan and John Bunyan, Hudson and Ford come up with some superb hooks, and the electric sound is powerful and majestic. The music is serious -- perhaps too much so -- bracing, and sincere, if a bit downbeat. Reissued on CD in 1998 in remastered form, the band sounds really loud and close, so you can practically feel the room ambience of the studio. Cousins' electric guitar in "The Flower and the Young Man" crunches right in your ear, and his acoustic fills the room in "On Growing Older," with new notes and two extra tracks. Of the latter, "Here It Comes" recorded before this album is bouncy and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Fulfillment! Singer/songwriter Dave Cousins finds a space somewhere between Bob Dylan and John Bunyan, Hudson and Ford come up with some superb hooks, and the electric sound is powerful and majestic. The music is serious -- perhaps too much so -- bracing, and sincere, if a bit downbeat. Reissued on CD in 1998 in remastered form, the band sounds really loud and close, so you can practically feel the room ambience of the studio. Cousins' electric guitar in "The Flower and the Young Man" crunches right in your ear, and his acoustic fills the room in "On Growing Older," with new notes and two extra tracks. Of the latter, "Here It Comes" recorded before this album is bouncy and pleasant enough, even if it doesn't fit the mood of most of the original album, and the previously unissued "I'm Going Home" is one of the best hard rock sides the group ever recorded -- a piece of '70s rock & roll in the manner of Badfinger's "Rock of Ages" and T. Rex's "Get It On," which it resembles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731454093422
  • Catalog Number: 5409342
  • Sales rank: 23,794

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Strawbs Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Dave Cousins Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Recorder, Vocals, Electric Dulcimer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Trevor Lucas Vocals
Richard Hudson Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Sitar, Tabla, Vocals
Anne Collins Vocals
John Ford Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Tony Hooper Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Vocals
Blue Weaver Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards, Mellotron, Clavioline
Samuel Artis Musician
Dave Lambert Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Cousins Producer, Engineer
The Strawbs Producer, Remixing
William Blake Paintings, Cover Art
Richard Hudson Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom Engineer, Creative Engineering
Gus Dudgeon Producer
John Ford Producer
Tony Hooper Producer
John Macksmith Engineer
Tony Visconti Producer
Blue Weaver Producer, Contributor
John Tobler Liner Notes
Frank Owen Engineer
Jean-Luke Epstein Remastering Graphics
The Tony Visconti Orchestra Contributor
Robert Kirby Silver Band Contributor
Paper Tiger Illustrations, Booklet Design
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