Hero and Heroine

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Hero and Heroine
Hero and heroine.jpg
Studio album by Strawbs
Released 1974
Recorded November 1973, Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen
Genre Progressive rock[1]
Length 39:36
Label A&M, (UK)
Producer Dave Cousins, Tom Allom
Strawbs chronology
All Our Own Work
(1973)All Our Own Work1973
Hero and Heroine
(1974)
Strawbs by Choice
(1974)Strawbs by Choice1974
Singles from Hero and Heroine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[2] 4.5/5 stars

Hero and Heroine is a studio album by English band Strawbs.

Background[edit]

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. 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[edit]

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[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Autumn" – 8:27
    "Heroine's Theme" (John Hawken)
    "Deep Summer Sleep" (Dave Cousins)
    "The Winter Long" (Hold on to me) (Cousins)
  2. "Sad Young Man" (Rod Coombes) – 4:09
  3. "Just Love" (Dave Lambert) – 3:41
  4. "Shine on Silver Sun" (Cousins) – 2:46

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hero and Heroine" (Cousins) – 3:29
  2. "Midnight Sun" (Chas Cronk, Cousins) – 3:06
  3. "Out in the Cold" (Cousins) – 3:19
  4. "Round and Round" (Cousins) – 4:44
  5. "Lay a Little Light on Me" (Cousins) – 3:27
  6. "Hero's Theme" (Lambert) – 2:28

Bonus tracks[edit]

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

  1. "Still Small Voice" (Cousins) – 2:28
  2. "Lay a Little Light on Me (early version)" (Cousins) – 2:20

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Claire Deniz – cello on "Midnight Sun"

Recording[edit]

  • Dave Cousins, Tom Allom – Producers
  • Tom Allom, Freddy Hansson – Engineers

Recorded at Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen.[5]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Comment
United Kingdom April 1974 (1974-04) A&M stereo LP AMLH 63607
United States February 1974 (1974-02) A&M stereo LP SP 3607
Canada A&M CD VPCD 3607
Worldwide 1998 (1998) A&M CD 540 935-2 Remastered with bonus tracks
Japan 2002 (2002) A&M CD UICY-9216

Sources[edit]

  • Hero and Heroine at strawbsweb.co.uk
  • Hero and Heroine: CD 540 935-2 - sleeve notes

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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.