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A&M, 1972

Here It comes

UK Release date: 21 Apr 1972 (test pressing)

UK vinyl
  • UK release
  • UK white label test pressings
  • Europe vinyl
  • German release
  • Italian release ("Benedictus" as B-side)
  • Asia Pacific vinyl
  • Australian release
  • New Zealand release
  • Other vinyl
  • South African release
  • Kenyan release
  • Another trip into the studio after the release of Grave New World and the UK-wide tour to promote it, produced an out and out pop single, the precursor of "Lay Down" in many ways. "Here It Comes" was included on the compilations Strawbs By Choice and the UK version of Halcyon Days.

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    UK vinyl

    UK release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (AMS 7002, A&M, 1972)

    Released in the UK with a straightforward company sleeve only. (There MAY have been promotional copies, but I have never seen one.)

    uk uk

    White label test pressings

    In my collection, a badly stained, poor condition white label test pressing of the UK single. Spotted online a further example.

    Europe vinyl

    German release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (12155 AT, A&M, 1972)

    No visible date on labes or sleeve.

    Most likely released to coincide with either the 1972 release of the album Grave New World in Germany, or the festivals/concerts which the band played in continental Europe in the summer of '72.

    Italian release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Benedictus" (Cousins)
    (45032 AT, A&M, 1972)

    No visible date on the labels or sleeve. The photograph (same as used on the German issue and the Japanese "Keep The Devil Outside") has been used the other way round here (ie reversed left to right).


    Australian release (*)
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (AMK-4703, A&M/Festival, Australia, 1972)

    Listed on Festival Records discography and spotted online

    New Zealand release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (AMK-4703, A&M/Festival, New Zealand, 1972)

    uk uk


    South African release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (AMRS 1020, A&M, 1972)

    Released in South Africa. My copy came with a plain white sleeve - may have had an A&M company sleeve.

    Kenyan release
    "Here It Comes" (Cousins)/
    "Tomorrow" (Cousins/Hudson/Ford/Weaver/Hooper)
    (AMS 7002, A&M, 1972)

    It may not have been in released in US or Canada, but Kenya got in there. My copy came in a plain sleeve. Maybe this is what was behind the song Dave Lambert wrote for Dancing To The Devil's Beat ("The Man Who Would Never Leave Grimsby"):

    Got a letter from a boy
    From a village in Kenya
    He was such a fan
    So smitten by the band
    They called him the Strawbs Boy
    And that made him proud
    He would play us loud
    In the letter Lucky wrote
    That he'd been to Nairobi
    Which I found quite sad
    Because he said he looked around
    But he couldn't see me
    With a faith like that
    How I wish he had

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