Hero and Heroine [Bonus Tracks]

Hero and Heroine [Bonus Tracks]

by The StrawbsThe Strawbs

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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The group's ballsiest album to date, Hero and Heroine is a surging, hard rocking follow-up to Bursting at the Seams, and premiered a new lineup, as Richard Hudson, John Ford, and Blue Weaver had left to form their own group. In their places, ex-Nashville Teens keyboardist John Hawken and the more muscular rhythm section of Rod Coombes and Charles Cronk make their debut, on what is the Strawbs' first fully electric album. Dave Cousins' songwriting (augmented by Dave Lambert, who also contributes some slashing electric lead guitar) is still as romantic as ever in various spots ("Shine On Silver Sun," "Deep Summer's Sleep"), but also boasts dark visions ("Round and Round") that, coupled with the new band's muscular playing, made the Strawbs one of the hardest rocking progressive bands in the world. They should have been able to blow acts like the Moody Blues off the stage, so what went wrong with this album and the tour? One suspects it was a little too serious and complex for kids who were just looking for a soundtrack to their drug experiences, and it rocked too hard for the "sensitive" English major types who got off on Cousins' lyrics -- in a sense, the Strawbs were squeezed out of the middle in a very small-scale, subtle 1970s version of the old folk-versus-rock battles of the '60s. Hero and Heroine deserved better, being one of the best guitar-driven progressive rock albums of its period. [The album was reissued with two bonus tracks, "Still Small Voice" and an early version of "Lay a Little Light On Me."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/1999
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 0731454093521
catalogNumber: 5409352
Rank: 23678

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Strawbs   Primary Artist
Dave Cousins   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rod Coombes   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Charles Cronk   Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals
John Hawken   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Mellotron
Dave Lambert   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Cousins   Composer,Producer
Tom (Colonel) Allom   Producer,Engineer
Rod Coombes   Composer
Charles Cronk   Composer
Freddy Hansson   Engineer
John Hawken   Composer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Jean-Luke Epstein   Remastering Graphics
Dave Lambert   Composer

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