Hero and Heroine

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Hero and Heroine
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Studio album by
Released1974
RecordedNovember 1973, Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen
Genre Progressive rock [1]
Length39:36
Label A&M, (UK)
Producer Dave Cousins, Tom Allom
Strawbs chronology
All Our Own Work
(1973)
Hero and Heroine
(1974)
Strawbs by Choice
(1974)
Singles from Hero and Heroine
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Hero and Heroine is the 6th studio album by English band Strawbs.

Contents

Background

After the tour supporting the previous album, Bursting at the Seams , there was an acrimonious split leaving only Dave Cousins and Dave Lambert to rebuild the band. John Hawken of The Nashville Teens and Renaissance on keyboards, Chas Cronk on bass and Rod Coombes on drums from Juicy Lucy and Stealers Wheel completed the line-up. The new line-up gelled very quickly and studio sessions were very productive. The album was released first in the US to a warm reception, and then in the UK where reviews were less positive. The album only reached number 35 on the UK Album Charts [3] and the band increasingly began to look to North America for a successful future.

The album, although still recognisably Strawbs, contains tracks with harsh "straight talking" lyrics, in contrast to the more lyrical approach shown on Bursting at the Seams. The music is more Gothic and doom-laden with washes of mellotron and guitar power chords, especially on the longer tracks.

All band members made writing contributions, notably Chas Cronk, with whom Cousins would write many songs on future albums.

Critical reception

Stephen Lambe, author of Citizens of Hope and Glory: The Story of Progressive Rock, has called it "their most prog album" and has identified John Hawken's Mellotron playing as "a particular highlight". [1] The album ranked number 44 in 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list of Rolling Stone magazine. [4]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Autumn"
  • I. "Heroine's Theme"
  • II. "Deep Summer Sleep"
  • III. "The Winter Long""
John Hawken, Dave Cousins 8:27
2."Sad Young Man" Rod Coombes 4:09
3."Just Love" Dave Lambert 3:41
4."Shine on Silver Sun"Cousins2:46
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Hero and Heroine"Cousins3:29
6."Midnight Sun" Chas Cronk, Cousins3:06
7."Out in the Cold"Cousins3:19
8."Round and Round"Cousins4:44
9."Lay a Little Light On Me"Cousins3:27
10."Hero's Theme"Lambert2:28

The following tracks did not feature on the original vinyl release, but were included as bonus tracks on the A&M reissue.

Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Still Small Voice"Cousins2:28
12."Lay a Little Light On Me (Early Version)"Cousins2:20

Personnel

Additional personnel

Recording

Recorded at Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen. [5]

Release history

RegionDateLabelFormatCatalogComment
United Kingdom April 1974 A&M stereo LP AMLH 63607
United States February 1974A&Mstereo LPSP 3607
Canada A&M CD VPCD 3607
Worldwide1998A&MCD540 935-2Remastered with bonus tracks
Japan 2002A&MCDUICY-9216

Sources

Notes

  1. 1 2 Lambe, Stephen (2013). Citizens of Hope and Glory: The Story of Progressive Rock (Second ed.). The Hill, Stroud: Amberley Publishing. p. 58. ISBN   9781445607375 . Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  2. Hero and Heroine at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
  3. UK Top 40 database Archived 2007-07-18 at WebCite . everyHit.com. retrieved December 16, 2008
  4. "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  5. "Strawbs 73 to 75: JohnHawken.com". johnhawken.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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