|Grave New World|
|Studio album by|
|Genre||Folk rock, progressive rock|
|Singles from Grave New World|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|Christgau's Record Guide||D|
Grave New World is the fourth studio album by English band Strawbs, their fifth overall. It was the first album to be released after the departure of Rick Wakeman, who was replaced by Blue Weaver, late of Amen Corner.
Cousins was keen on the I Ching at the time, and 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.
The album reached number 11 in the UK Albums Chart.
The following were featured as bonus tracks on the A&M 1998 reissue CD.
"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.
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
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||49|
|United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)||11|
|United States (Billboard 200)||191|
|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|