Hero and Heroine
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1974
RecordedNovember 1973, Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen
GenreProgressive rock[1]
LabelA&M, (UK)
ProducerDave Cousins, Tom Allom
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Hero and Heroine is the seventh studio album by English band Strawbs.


After the tour supporting the previous album, Bursting at the Seams (1973), 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.

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
  • I. "Heroine's Theme"
  • II. "Deep Summer Sleep"
  • III. "The Winter Long""
John Hawken, Dave Cousins8:27
2."Sad Young Man"Rod Coombes4:09
3."Just Love"Dave Lambert3:41
4."Shine on Silver Sun"Cousins2:46
Side two
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
11."Still Small Voice"Cousins2:28
12."Lay a Little Light On Me (Early Version)"Cousins2:20


Additional personnel


Recorded at Rosenberg Studios, Copenhagen.[5]

Release history

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 1974 (1974) A&M LP, 8-track, cassette, CD SP-3607, 8T-3607, CS-3607, VPCD 3607 #70 [6]
Worldwide 1998 (1998) A&M CD 540 935-2 Remastered with bonus tracks
Japan 2002 (2002) A&M CD UICY-9216



  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 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine. 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.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - May 11, 1974" (PDF).