Hero and Heroine
|Hero and Heroine|
|Studio album by Strawbs|
|Recorded||November 1973, Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen|
|Producer||Dave Cousins, Tom Allom|
|Singles from Hero and Heroine|
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 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.
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". The album ranked number 44 in 50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time list of Rolling Stone magazine.
- "Autumn" – 8:27
- "Sad Young Man" (Rod Coombes) – 4:09
- "Just Love" (Dave Lambert) – 3:41
- "Shine on Silver Sun" (Cousins) – 2:46
- "Hero and Heroine" (Cousins) – 3:29
- "Midnight Sun" (Chas Cronk, Cousins) – 3:06
- "Out in the Cold" (Cousins) – 3:19
- "Round and Round" (Cousins) – 4:44
- "Lay a Little Light on Me" (Cousins) – 3:27
- "Hero's Theme" (Lambert) – 2:28
- "Still Small Voice" (Cousins) – 2:28
- "Lay a Little Light on Me (early version)" (Cousins) – 2:20
- Dave Cousins – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Dave Lambert – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- John Hawken – organ, piano, electric piano, Mellotron, synthesizer
- Chas Cronk – backing vocals, bass guitar, synthesizer
- Rod Coombes – backing vocals, drums, percussion
- Additional personnel
- Claire Deniz – cello on "Midnight Sun"
- Dave Cousins, Tom Allom – Producers
- Tom Allom, Freddy Hansson – Engineers
|United Kingdom||April 1974||A&M||stereo LP||AMLH 63607|
|United States||February 1974||A&M||stereo LP||SP 3607|
|Worldwide||1998||A&M||CD||540 935-2||Remastered with bonus tracks|
- Hero and Heroine at strawbsweb.co.uk
- Hero and Heroine: CD 540 935-2 - sleeve notes
- 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.
- Hero and Heroine at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
- UK Top 40 database Archived 2007-07-18 at WebCite. everyHit.com. retrieved December 16, 2008
- "50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
- "Strawbs 73 to 75: JohnHawken.com". johnhawken.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016.