Hero and Heroine [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731454093521
  • Catalog Number: 5409352
  • Sales rank: 32,399

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Dave Lambert Composer
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
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    More Mellotron, Please!?

    Mellotron, me want more Mellotron!

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