Grave New World

Grave New World

by The StrawbsThe Strawbs

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks / German Import)

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/1998
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731454093422
catalogNumber: 5409342
Rank: 25721

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strawbs   Primary Artist
Dave Cousins   Dulcimer,Acoustic 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
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
Tony Visconti Orchestra   Contributor
Robert Kirby Silver Band   Contributor
Paper Tiger   Illustrations,Booklet Design

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