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Grace Darling

Release date: 1 Nov 1974 (UK)

"Grace Darling" was recorded at Charterhouse School, and features its organ.

To promote the single, Dave tells us in the sleeve notes to the 1998 CD re-issue of Ghosts, they recorded a promotional video on board a lifeboat. Whilst still photos were available, it was thought that video hadn't survived - however it was included as a bonus on Strawbs Live In Tokyo/Grave New World DVD.

The B-side was a Rod Coombes song which didn't make the album. Entitled "Changes Arranges" on the 45, the 1998 CD re-issue of Ghosts restored the song's apparently correct title "Changes Arrange Us".

The song was re-recorded with French lyrics as "Cherie Je T'Aime", principally to please the Strawbs' French Canadian fans and backed with instrumental "Heroine" (aka "Heroine's Theme")(see "Cherie Je T'Aime" page).

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UK vinyl

"Grace Darling"/"Changes Arranges" [sic, see note above]
(AMS 7139, A&M, 1974)
UK promo release

The promotional version gave the release date as 1 Nov 1974; the stickered promo below is dated 7 Nov 1974.

A&M were getting slightly cheaper - instead of a promo sleeve like the old days, this came with a typed insert. And some promos were release copies with a sticker.

White label test pressing

Also in my collection, a white label test copy.

"Grace Darling"/"Changes Arranges"
(AMS 7139, A&M, 1974)
UK release

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