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Songs / Tracks Listing

Live in Tokyo '75
1. Lemon Pie
2. Remembering/You And I (When We Were Young)
3. New World
4. Impressions Of Southall From The Train/The Life Auction
5. Syn Drum solo
6. Hero And heroine
7. Just Love
8. Down By The Sea

Grave New World - the movie
1. Benedictus
2. Hey Little Man - Thursday's Child
3. It Is Today, Lord
4. New World
5. The Flower And The Young Man
6. On Growing Older
7. Ah Me, Ah My
8. Tomorrow
9. Hey Little Man - Wednesday's Child
10. The Journey's End
11. Benedictus Reprise

... Special bonus features:
1. Til the sun comes shining through (1970) featurning Rick Wakeman on piano (first TV appearance).
2. Grace darling (1974) - interview with David Cousins.
3. The young pretender (2002) from the album "Hummingbird" with David Cousins, Ric Sanders & Rick Wakeman.

Line-up / Musicians

Live in Tokyo '75 line-up:
- Rod Coombes / drums
- David Cousins / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Chas Cronk / bass, backing vocals
- John Hawken / keyboards
- Dave Lambert / vocals, guitars

"Grave New World" line-up:
- David Cousins / vocals, acoustic guitar, dulcimer
- John Ford / bass, backing vocals
- Tony Hooper / vocals, guitar, autoharp
- Richard Hudson / drums, sitar, backing vocals
- Blue Weaver / keyboards

Releases information

DVD Witchwood Media SP 9905

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars In the Seventies The STRAWBS were an interesting progressive band. Their music was a blend of folk, rock and symphonic (in the vein of THE MOODY BLUES and BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST), topped by the distinctive vocals from Dave Cousins. Rick WAKEMAN was in the early line-up but he had a minor role. After he left to join YES the band, how ironically, blossemed and made some captivating progrock albums. The driving force behind the band was (and is, recently they re-united and even made a live-DVD) singer/guitarist Dave Cousins, a kind of progrock answer to DONOVAN or Bob DYLAN. This DVD showcases their unique progrock in their artistic and commercial heyday (the albums "Hero and Heroine" and "Ghosts" sold well). The first part of this DVD is a concert in Tokyo from 1975 (running time 40 minutes). It shows an inspired band that plays songs like "Lemon Pie", "You and I, when we were young", "New World", "Hero and Heroine", "Just Love" (straight rock with fiery guitarwork from Dave Lambert) and the highlight "Down By The Sea" (compelling twanging electric and majestic choir-Mellotron waves). The bass player was Chas Cronk, later he joined The STEVE HACKETT BAND.

The second part includes the movie "Grave New World" (from 1972, almost 30 minutes), featuring the songs from that album, all visually embellished by a 'video-clip'. The result ranges from impressive (the gospel-like "Benedictus" and the bombastic "Tomorrow") to funny ("The Flower And The Young Man" and "Ah Me, Ah My"). I my opinion this movie has an undertone of typical British humor, not everybody's cup of tea! The last part is a special bonus (10 minutes): Rick WAKEMAN's television debut in the song "Til The Sun Comes Shining Through" (he already shows his sparkling piano-play), an interview with Dave Cousins on a lifeboat and a preview from the album "Wakeman and Cousins" with the song "The Young Pretender" (wonderful violinplay).

A good and comprehensive DVD that shows The STRAWBS at their best.

Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars This DVD is a great treat for any Strawbs fan, albeit (very) far from perfect. it has enough features to satisfy most of the ones who never had a chance to see them either live or on tv (which, by the way, it is my case). First part shows the band playing live in 1975 in Tokyo. This is a "bittersweeet" affair, at least for me. The sweet part is the fact that Strawbs was featuring their most progressive line up and sound of their career at that point. The playing is great! The bitter part is the choice of songs (no prog epics like Ghosts or Autumn), the short playing time (only 40 minutes, and still they included a very dismissible drum solo? Oh, come on!!) and the sound quality (only average). Still itīs Strawbs best line up and the only available video around of them. I always wonder how they sounded live and I was not disappointed. Short, but great show!

Second part is at least equally as important. Featuring their second best line up, it is a long video clip made at the time for cinema playing. The band plays almost all the Grave New World album. It was an interesting idea and quite daring then. A novelty that was later copied by a number of bands, like ELO who did the same with their Discovery LP. Anyway, Grave New World was one of their very best albums and it is interesting so see them playing all those songs. The video technology was very limited at the time, but they did a quite good job and the film still holds your attention after more than 30 years.

The extras bring us some interesting features, like the band playing on TV in 1970 with their original band members, which included a very young Rick Wakeman on piano. Their sound was very much pure folk then, and it is amazing to see how they evolved since. Then we have the band doing an interview around the time they released the single Grace Darling from Ghosts. They are seen on a boat visiting the famous lighthouse they talk about on the song. Nice!

Finally thereīs some studio shots recording the Hummingbird album (which reunited Dave Cousins and Rick Wakeman some two decades after they parted ways). Interesting.

This DVD may not have everything the fans want (well, which one does?), but it is a must have to any Strawbs fan, IMO. If you donīt know the band but like prog folk you should also see it, itīs worth it.

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