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Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Blessed who comes in name of Lord.
- Benedictus

Grave New World 1972 [click for larger image]
A & M Records AMLH 68078 1972

Grave New World
Strawbs
A & M Records AMLH 68078 1972
Produced by David Cousins, Richard Hudson,
John Ford, Blue Weaver and Tony Hooper
 
Recorded mainly at Morgan Studios in
November 1971, but also at Island Studios
(engineer: Frank Owen) and Lansdowne Studios
(engineer: John Mackswith)

Dave Cousins: vocals, acoustic/electric guitars,
dulcimer, recorder

Tony Hooper: vocals, acoustic guitars,
autoharp, tambourine

 
Richard Hudson: drums, sitar, tablas, vocals

John Ford: bass, vocals, acoustic guitar

Blue Weaver: organ, piano, Mellotron,
harmonium, clavioline

Sleeve design:
Sleeve The front cover 'Glad Day'
William Blake (British Museum)
Inner sleeve illustrations/booklet design: Paper Tiger
Printed and made by MacNeill Press Ltd. London SE 1

Double gatefold with lavish booklet, both designed by Paper Tiger - arguably  one of the best packaged albums ever! Inner spread is huge depiction of the wanderer in silver on background of rainbow colours. Front cover features William Blake painting "Glad Day" and classic logo, the other faces of the "triptych" feature quotations from "Hymn of Praise to Ra" and The Buddha. The 16 page booklet is BEAUTIFULLY produced in sepia print on cream paper throughout. Each track has its own lyric page with intricate engraved illustrations and page decorations/borders and the inside back page photos of each of the band members.
 
Unfortunately the album in its this form is no longer available

Benedictus
(Dave Cousins)

The wanderer has far to go
Humble must he constant be
Where the paths of wisdom lead
Distant is the shadow of the setting sun.

Bless the daytime
Bless the night
Bless the sun which gives us light
Bless the thunder
Bless the rain
Bless all those who cause us pain.

Yellow stars may lead the way
All diversions lead astray
While his resolution holds
Fortune and good will will surely follow him.

Bless the free man
Bless the slave
Bless the hero in his grave
Bless the soldier
Bless the saint
Bless all those whose hearts grow faint.
 
Bless the daytime
Bless the night
Bless the sun which gives us light
Bless the thunder
Bless the rain
Bless all those who cause us pain.
Bless the free man
Bless the slave
Bless the hero in his grave
Bless the soldier
Bless the saint
Bless all those whose hearts grow faint.

side 1

1. Benedictus (Cousins)

2. Hey Little Man ...
    Thursday's Child (Cousins)

3. Queen Of Dreams (Cousins)
 
4. Heavy Disguise (Ford)
 
5. New World (Cousins)
 
6. Hey Little Man ...
    Wednesday's Child (Cousins)

side 2

1. The Flower And The Young Man (Cousins)
 
2. Tomorrow (Strawbs)
 
3. On Growing Older (Cousins)
 
4. Ah Me, Ah My (Hooper)

 5. Is It Today Lord (Hudson)
 
6. The Journey's End (Cousins)

'AS A MAN OF DISCERNMENT STANDING ON A ROCKY EMINENCE, BEHOLDETH THOSE WHO ARE BELOW AND IN DISTRESS so doth the sage, who by his wakefulness hath put to flight his
ignorance, look down upon suffering mankind from the Heights of Wisdom which he hath attained'
 
- The Buddha 

'THOU HAST HEARD WITH THINE EARS AND THOU HAST SEEN WITH THINE EYES. Millions of years have gone over the world; I cannot tell the number of them, through which thou hast passed. Thy heart hath decreed a day of happiness in thy name. Thou dost pass over and travellest through untold spaces of millions and hundreds of thousands of years; thou settest out in peace, and thou steerest thy way across the watery abyss to the place which thou lovest; this thou doest in one little moment of time, and thou dost sink down and makest an end of the hours'
 
Extract from 'A hymn of praise to Ra
   when he riseth  in the Eastern
   part of Heaven.
 

Benedictus qui est venit
In nomine Domini
In nomine
In nomine
In nomine Domini
In nomine Domini
In nomine
In nomine
In nomine Domini

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