Ghosts largely carried on from where Hero And Heroine left off, the big, mellotron-laden sound which found popularity particularly with North American audiences very much in evidence, though some slight lightening of mood. "Grace Darling", inspired both by the Northumbrian heroine of that name and Cousins' happier personal life, was released as a single in the UK - A&M Canada released a french translation of the song "Cherie Je T'Aime".
Recorded in the Manor, in Oxfordshore, where Cousins recorded Two Weeks Last Summer and, for the single, the choir and organ in the chapel at Charterhouse school were featured. Cousins fell ill during the recordings and spent some time in hospital, returning to the studio to record his vocals lying on the studio floor.
The epic title track "Ghosts" stands out particularly, written on tour whilst Cousins was staying in a hotel opposite the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Indianapolis. "The Life Auction" also proved to be well-received live.
The album sold hugely well in the US, staying 13 weeks in the charts, and probably sold over 250,000 copies. It was to be their highest-selling US album.
Dave Cousins (vcls, ac/el gtrs, recorder)
Dave Lambert (vcls, el/ac gtrs)
John Hawken (pno, el pno, harpsichord, Mell, Moog synth, Hammond org, pipe org)
Chas Cronk (bs, ac gtr, vcls)
Rod Coombes (drms, congas, perc, vcls)
Claire Deniz (cello)
Production Tom Allom
Production co-ordination Dave Cousins
Musical arrangement Strawbs
Recorded at The Manor, Kidlington, Oxfordshire; Sound Techniques, London; TPA, London and in the chapel of Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey.
Between 16th July and 13th September 1974.
("Where Do You Go" was recorded at Island Studios, London on 30th July 1973)
Engineering by Tom Allom
With the help of Mike Glossop and the lads of the Manor mobile, Roger Mayer and Robin Freeman
Mixed at Trident studios, London by Tom Allom and Mike Stone
Art direction J. McGillicuddy
Design Bill Dare/Arty Types
Sleeve printed by Gothic Print Finishers, London SE9
Photographs by Dave Morse
Other sleeve information
The sleeve carries the following acknowledgement:
"Our special thanks to Claire Deniz (Cello) , Robert Kirby (choral arrangement) Mike Stone, the girls at the Manor, the gentlemen of the choir, and Alistair Ross, choirmaster and organist of West Wycombe Church."
UK Chart: not placed
US Chart: 47