Hero and Heroine
Review by Gary Hill
Perhaps The Strawbs biggest claim to fame (at least in the U.S.) was the fact that Rick Wakeman had at one time been part of their ensemble. Well, that was a very short tenure and The Strawbs have a long career and a lot of albums without him. This disc, their first fully electric release, shows that they produced some exceptionally cool music sans the assistance of the caped crusader. The music here is mostly folk based rock and bears a lot of resemblance to the Moody Blues at times. I also hear bits of The Beatles (what band at the time wasn’t influenced by those guys), King Crimson and even Hawkwind (more specifically Bob Calvert). This is really a great album and a fine introduction to The Strawbs.