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HERO AND HEROINE - VERSIONS

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Contents
Vinyl
  • UK
  • UK reissue
  • US promo
  • US release
  • US "club" release
  • US "Longines" brown label release
  • US "Longines" silver label release
  • Canadian first release
  • Canadian reissues (some with promo)
  • Danish/Swedish/unknown release?
  • Italian release
  • Dutch release
  • German brown label release
  • German silver label release
  • French release
  • Spanish release
  • Yugoslavian release?
  • Australian release
  • New Zealand release
  • South African release
  • Argentinian 1977 release "Heroe Y Heroina"
  • Venezuelan release "Heroe Y Heroina"
  • Venezuelan reissue "Heroe Y Heroina"
  • Brazilian release
  • Japanese promo release
  • Japanese release
  • Korean silver label
  • Korean black label
  • Cassette and 8-Track
  • UK cassette release
  • UK 8-track release
  • US cassette release
  • US 8-track release
  • Canadian cassette release - paper labels
  • Canadian cassette reissue - on body print
  • Can 8-track release
  • CD
  • Canadian CD release
  • Korean CD release
  • Universal 1998 CD release
  • Japanese facsimile card sleeve CD release (2002)
  • Vox Humana facsimile card sleeve CD release (20??)
  • Japanese HMCD reissue (2018)
  • Back to main Hero And Heroine page


    VINYL

    UK release

    Vinyl album: AMLH 63607 (A&M, UK, 1974). Single sleeve, with fairly stiff quality paper inner sleeve with lyrics. The first Strawbs album to be released initially on the new design silver label. A&M logo on from cover, bottom right has the UK catalogue number and an asterisk, which links to the note on the back cover about a trade mark of A&M Records Ltd. Back cover features the "white tie and tails" promo shot, and has the UK New Kings Road address for A&M.

    The back of the sleeve carries the following verse :

    While storm clouds gathered high above
    The Heroine he grew to love
    Turned slowly to a snow white dove
    And spread her wings to fly
    Crushed and broken in the end
    Hero watched his soul ascend
    Knowing that he was condemned
    To sail all alone to die....

    This is definitely the original release - I bought as soon as it was available - the first of many! However I had more than one copy, as I kept having to take it back - the first pressing had a "weak wall" between the grooves on the title track at a particularly loud passage, which on my record player caused a jump.

    Front and back of sleeve

    Inner sleeve

    Labels



    UK reissue

    The album was released at a later date with variant labels, which exactly match the style of By Choice, so I'm guessing later on in 1974 or early 1975.

    Reissue labels



    US promo

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, US, 1974). Promo for the silver label release below.

    Labels



    US release

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, US, 1974).Reissued, probably later in 1974, with silver labels.

    Labels



    US "club" release

    Vinyl album: R104480 (A&M, US, 1974).This was listed on Discogs as a US "club" edition, confirming that other "R" releases (Ghosts and Nomadness) are US club editions. Album cover same as the normal US release (US cat number on spine and front), but bottom left of back cover the "R" club release number appears. Labels are different typography to normal US release. My copy arrived without lyrics inner or insert, not certain whether there would have been one, quite likely there was.

    Back cover


    Labels



    US licensed "Longines" brown label release (*)

    Vinyl album: SWAO 95667 (A&M/Longines, US, 1974).Listed on Discogs. Brown label has the text "Manufactured by Longines Symphonette, Symphonette Square, New Rochelle, New York. Underlicensed from Capitol Inc".

    For more info on The Longines Symphonette Society, which appears to have been a specialist record "club" outlet or club, see https://www.discogs.com/label/56767-Longines-Symphonette-Society. They mostly concentrated on classical and easy listening stuff in multi-album box sets, mainly from the Longines Symphonette orchestra with which they were associated. However, they appear to have started widening their net just before their demise in 1974: included in the Discogs listing are A&M releases Carpenters' Greatest Hits, Rick Wakeman's Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, Humble Pie Thunderbox and (on A&M in the US) Cat Stevens' Buddha And The Chocolate Box, as well as New York Dolls' Too Much Too Soon - aalong long way from.

    Back cover


    Labels



    US licensed "Longines" silver label release

    Vinyl album: SWAO 95667 (A&M/Longines, US, 1974).I thought I was buying the release above - but this came instead. Outer cover has same text. Silver labels instead of brown, so proably a reissue of the earlier brown label version. Missing the text set out above for the brown release, otherwise identical typography. No lyric inner/insert in my copy.

    Back cover


    Labels



    Canadian first release

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, Canada, 1974). No Lyrics inner sleeve, instead a 2 side insert, pretty much identical to the UK inner sleeve apart from the addition of US/Canadian publishing ownership after each song. Silver labels

    My copy was bought in a second hand record shop in Toronto in 2004 when I was on tour with the Hero & Heroine line-up, in order to get it signed by that line-up who had just reformed.

    Back of sleeve

    Labels



    Canadian reissues

    Two variants, not known for sure which was earlier, but variant 0 (zero) probably earliest as it has similar typography to first release, though it has bi-lingual label copy which tended to be used later on. Variant 1 probably earlier than variant 2. But frankly,. I'm guessing .....

    Variant 0 silver reissue

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, Canada, mid-late 1970s?). Similar typography to original.



    Variant 1 silver reissue and promo

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, Canada, mid-late 1970s?). Same as originals, except later model white/color labels - promo has nice light blue A&M Canada company inner sleeve.





    Variant 2 silver reissue

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, Canada, 1980s?). Same as originals, except later model white/color labels and a nice A&M Canada English/French company inner sleeve. NB typography same as white reissue below.



    White reissue labels

    Inner sleeve, English and French



    Danish/Swedish/unknown release?

    Vinyl album: SP 3607 (A&M, ?, 1974). Originally thought to be a US release, but after further research, I think that unlikely. Hudson Ford's Nickelodeon came out ahead of Hero And Heroine and was released with a silver label with the titles in two columns and matching promo release. As did The Carpenters The Singles 1969-1973album, released on A&M in Nov 1973. So whatever this is I don't now think it's a brown label US release in early '74.

    The single sleeve it came in is nearly identical to the US release. Front cover has US cat number, no asterisk. The back cover of the copy I have has no UK trademark wording and substitutes the US A&M PO box address in Beverley Hills. What is different is an unreadably small three line logo at bottom right (also on the lyrics insert at the bottom): no idea what that is - looks like "S I 8/truck/TUMBA". Searching on the internet suggets that Tumba is music of Afro-Caribbean origin ...any ideas anyone?

    Discogs lists it as "Scandinavian", and has a scan of the back cover which is ink stamped at bottom right with "Svala & Soderlund" (listed on Discogs as a record label), another illegible word, then Stockholm, capital of Sweden.

    Inner sleeve with lyrics is a quite flimsy paper affair, but my copy came with a clear plastic protective inner sleeve inside that.

    Labels are brown, but with "33" at the top, a bit like Australian/New Zealand releases. It also states "MONO/STEREO" (usually you'd expect one or the other).

    Note also there's a Scandinavian copy of Hudson Ford's "Burn Baby Burn" with a similar design, which comes in a "plate sleeve with "Distributed in Sandinavia and Finland by the Sonet Group" on it. So it looks like Sonet, which had indepedently released Strawbs albums on their own label from the very beginning, was no longer doing so by late 1973/early 1974, but were acting as a distributor for A&M thereafter.

    So: this is probably either:

  • a US copy exported to Scandinavian countries; or
  • a locally pressed Danish copy exported into Sweden
  • I think the latter is more likely.

    Back cover

    Labels



    Italian release

    Vinyl album: SLAM 63607 (A&M/Dischi Recordi, Italy, 1974). Follows UK release but with larger logo and Italian number at bottom left of front cover. Back cover has "Distribuzione Dischi Recordi S.p.A." Inner sleeve a copy of the US/Canadia sleeve, with publishing references to Irving Music for US and Canada.

    The labels are brown - unusual for this album as by the time it was released, most of A&M, other than the US had gone over to silver labels.

    Labels


    Vinyl album: SLAM 63607 (A&M Italy, 1974).


    Dutch release

    Vinyl album: AMLH 63607 (A&M, Holland, 1974). Follows UK release but with logo and cat number at bottom left of front cover. Back cover has Dutch distribution info, including "Distributed by CBS". Inner lyric sleeve but modelled on the US/Canadian insert, with publishing references to Irving Music for US and Canada. Silver labels.

    Labels



    German brown label release

    Vinyl album: 87 709 IT (A&M/Ariola, Germany, 1973/1974 ?).

    One of the few brown label releases for this album, which came out over the back end of 1973 and early part of 1974. Cover based on Uscopy, but with Ariola details at bottom of back cover and German catalog number at top right back cover. Inner lyrics sleeve is based on US, but has German cat no bottom left of side 2 lyrics.

    Labels



    German silver label release

    Vinyl album: 87 709 IT (A&M/Ariola, Germany, 1974).

    Labels



    French release

    Vinyl album: 875020 (A&M, France, 1974). Based on US release, even to extent of US A&M address on back cover. Cover is shiny laminated. French cat number top right front cover, small A&M logo bottom left. Also on the back cover, Barclay distribution credit, made in France statement and a small B in a circle at top right. No lyrics insert or inner sleeve in the copy I have, but there may well have been at some point.

    Labels



    Spanish release

    Vinyl album: 87.709-1 (A&M, Spain, 1974). Spanish catalogue number at top left of back cover, with Barcelona addresses at bottom replacing UK or US addresses. Comes with a paper lyric inner sleeve, which repeats Spanish cat no on side 1 at the bottom centre.

    Labels



    Yugoslavian release? (*)

    Well, "Hero And Heroine" was released as a single - so, did the album make it out here?


    Australian release

    Vinyl album: L-35,122 (A&M/Festival, Australia, 1974). Australian release copies the US cover, but with Australian catalogue number (L 35112 on the back cover - but L-35,112 on the labels) and Festival details at bottom of back cover. No lyrics (as far I know), but a 1 page insert on beige paper from Festival Records.

    Labels


    Festival insert



    New Zealand release

    Vinyl album: AML 35112 (A&M/Festival, New Zealand, 1974). Copy I have came in an Australian cover with Australian cat no, but the album itself is a NZ release. No lyrics sheet, but there may have been one.

    Labels



    South African release

    Vinyl album: AMLS 63607 (A&M/RPM Pty, South Africa, 1974). Front and back covers come from US release: on the front you can see the little white A&M logo bottom left, which has been overprinted in back with the SA cat number. The back cover has the US address, but with overprinting telling us that it was distributed by RPM (Pty.) Ltd., and there's an "interpak" logo. The labels are silver, and instead of an inner lyrics sleeve, there's a 2-sided lyrics insert printed on high quality thick card, same as UK except that the times of the tracks have been overprinted, and there's a blck logo and SA cat number underneath the logo at the bottom of side 1.

    Insert

    Labels



    Argentinian 1977 release "Heroe Y Heroina"

    Vinyl album: 8436 (A&M, Argentina, 1977). The logo on the back cover top left "1877-1977, 100 Anos del Sonido Grabado" dates the release. No Lyrics inner sleeve, instead a 2 side insert, pretty much identical to the UK inner sleeve apart from the addition of US/Canadian publishing ownership after each song. Silver labels, the copy I have being overstamped "VENTA PROHIBIDA - Promocional", which makes it a promo copy; release copies would have been identical otherwise.

    The song titles have been translated on the cover, the inner sleeve and the labels, but the lyrics are left in English:

  • Otono (Autumn)
  • Tema de la Heroina (Heroine's Theme)
  • Sueno Del Profundo Verano (Deep Summer's Sleep)
  • El Largo Invierno (The Winter Long
  • Triste Hombre Joven (Sad Young Man)
  • Simplemente Amor (Just Love)
  • Brilla Plateado Sol (Shine On Silver Sun)

  • Heroe Y Heroina (Hero And Heroine)
  • Sol De Medianoche (Midnight Sun)
  • Afuera En El Frio (Out In The Cold)
  • Vueltas Y Vueltas (Round And Round)
  • Arroja Una Pequena Luz Sobre Mi (Lay A Little Light On Me)
  • Tema del Heroe (Hero's Theme)
  • And the verse from Hero And Heroine has also been translated on the back cover:

    Mientras las tormentras nubes se amontonan en lo alto (While storm clouds gathered high above)
    La heroina crece con amor (The heroine he grew to love)
    Tornadose lentamente una paloma color blanco nieve (Turned slowly to a snow white dove)
    Y desplega sus alas para volar (And spread her wings to fly)
    Aplastado y quebrado el fin (Crushed and broken in the end)
    El heroe mira su alma ascender (Hero watched his soul ascend)
    Y sabe que esta condenado (Knowing that he was condemned)
    A navegar solitario hacie la muerte (To sail all alone to die)

    Front and back of sleeve

    Inner sleeve

    Labels



    Venezuelan release "Heroe Y Heroina"

    Vinyl album: LPS 88294 (A&M, Venezuela 1974?). Sleeve based on US copy with US address on rear. Front has Venezuelan cat no above A&M logo at bottom left with "STEREO COMPATIBLE" inside a rectangular box at bottom right. Back has cat no top right, a"D" ina circle at top left, and "Hacho en Venezuela por El Palacio de la Musica SA", bottom right above credits, all of which look to have been overprinted on covers probably supplied from US. On the back cover, song titles and the verse from "Hero And Heroine" are in English, but on the silver label, the song titles have been translated into Spanish:


  • Otono (Autumn)
  • a) Tema de la Heroina (Heroine's Theme)
  • b) Sueno Profundo De Verano (Deep Summer's Sleep)
  • c) El Largo Invierno (The Winter Long
  • Hombre Joven Triste (Sad Young Man)
  • Solamente Amor (Just Love)
  • Brilla Sol Plateado (Shine On Silver Sun)

  • Heroe Y Heroina (Hero And Heroine)
  • Sol De Medianoche (Midnight Sun)
  • Afuera En El Frio (Out In The Cold)
  • Gira Y Gira (Round And Round)
  • Dame Un Poco De Luz (Lay A Little Light On Me)
  • Tema del Heroe (Hero's Theme)
  • Labels



    Venezuelan reissue "Heroe Y Heroina"

    Vinyl album: AMS 5089 (A&M, Venezuela ????). Single heavy card sleeve with US details, and Venezuelan info at bottom of back cover, and the Venezuelan catalgogue number top right. Top left there's "P.M.P.V Bs.34" in a circle. No Lyrics inner sleeve in my copy. Silver labels. Front and back, the title is in English, but on the thin spine "Heroe Y Heroina" appears.

    As with the earlier release, the song titles have been translated on the labels only:

    Labels



    Brazilian release

    Vinyl album: SA&M 2128 (A&M/Odeon, 1974). Single sleeve release. The picture quality on both sides of the cover is very poor, alomost like a grainy, bad, colour photocopy. Back cover has Brazilian catalogue number top left (as well as US no), and "ESTEREO". At the bottom, it has the Disco E Cultura details of the Brazilian manufacturer. No reference to a cassette release as on the Brazilian Ghosts. Comes in clear plastic inner, so sign of any lyrics insert/inner sleeve.

    Unusually, there is mention of the album title on the label. Ooops.

    s

    Labels



    Japanese promo release

    Vinyl album: AML 201 (A&M/King, 1985). White label promo release, otherwise same as main release.

    Labels



    Japanese release

    Vinyl album: AML 201 (A&M/King, 1985). Sleeve based on US release (but without A&M logo on front). Back had King Records details added. The lyrics inner sleve is based on US also, with King Records details added. Green and white Obi, with prior Strawbs releases advertised on rear.

    But as ever, the joy of Japanese releases is the extra material they provide. There's a 4pp LP sized booklet, in black and white, which features the dove and hand design from the inner sleeve as a background to each page. Page 1 has the track listing in English and Japanese, and sleeve notes which seem to be in the form of an interview with "Dav" (Cousins I think) and Rod (Coombes). For an English speaker it's interesting to pick out the English words: "pigeon", "dove", "Jesus Christ movement", "Spiritual satisfaction", "opium poppy", and on page 2 "Tina". There's a whole phrase from Dav: "A lot of waters flows under the bridge". Page 2 continues the sleeve notes, which start considerinng the album track by track. The pages 3 & 4 provide the lyrics in Japanese. Nice item!

    Insert


    Obi front and back, labels



    Korean silver label

    Vinyl album: SP 3607/SEL-RA 344 (Sung Eum, Korea, 1985?). Silver labels. Dates on the labels suggest this was a 1985 release. A silver label Bursting At The Seams was also released in Korea in the following year, 1986, cat no: SEL-RA 354.

    There a sided black and white insert - the front has Korean sleeve notes, the back some photos of the 1984/1985 line-up (Cousins, Hooper, Hud, John Ford, Brian Willoughby and Chris Parren - the latter re-surnamed as Chris Defornade ??), not the original line-up that recorded the album. Transparent company inner sleeve, with a notice from Sung Eum Records, which may have been part of or associated with Polygram.

    The sleeve is a reprint of the US sleeve, with the catalogue number obscured on the front bottom left, and the Korean cat no printed on the back at top right. There's some Korean characters to the right of the track listing on the back cover, and manufacturing info and Sum Eung logo at very bottom right.

    Text on the labels and the back cover confirm that the record was licensed into Korea from Polygram Records Limited Hong Kong.

    Labels

    Insert



    Korean black label

    Vinyl album: SP 3607/SEL-RA 344 (Sung Eum, Korea, date?). Black labels. Dates on the labels also suggest this was a 1985 release, but almost certainly wasn't the case. This may have been a reduced price reissue. The silver label Bursting At The Seams was released in Korea in 1986, cat no: SEL-RA 354, so it will most likely have been some time after that.

    Same insert as for the above, and the cover is also based on the US sleve, but with different overprinting at bottom right of the back cover, stating both here and on the record label that the matefrial was licensed from PolyGram Int'l Music BV, The Netherlands.

    The copy I have has a SEM Gramophone "Sample Record, Not For Sale" sticker on the back cover, and another sticker on side 1's label.

    Labels



    CASSETTE AND 8-TRACK

    UK cassette release

    cassette: CAM 63607 (A&M, 1974). Different running order, "Round And Round" swapped with "Sad Young Man".

    Outer cover

    Inner cover

    Cassette



    UK 8-track release

    8-track: YAM 63607 (A&M, 1974). Running order differs from vinyl release and US 8 track release.

    Outer front and back


    Front, back and head


    Running order

    Program 1
    Hero And Heroine
    Midnight Sun
    Out In The Cold

    Program 2
    Round And Round
    Autumn (Heroine's Theme
    Autumn (Deep Summer's Sleep)

    Program 3
    Autumn (The Winter Long)
    Just Love
    Shine On Silver Sun

    Program 4
    Sad Young Man
    Lay A Little Light On Me
    Hero's Theme

    US cassette release

    cassette: CS 3607 (A&M US 1974). Straightforward cassette outer with front and back covers both featured. Track listingn same as vinyl release. The inner (not scanned) has details of other A&M US cassette releases.

    Outer cover

    Cassette



    US 8-track release

    8-track: 8T 3607 (A&M US 1974). Running order differs from vinyl release and UK 8 track release.

    Front, back and head


    Program 1
    Autumn (Heroine's Theme
    Autumn (Deep Summer's Sleep)
    Autumn (The Winter Long)
    Sad Young Man - Part 1

    Program 2
    Sad Young Man - Part 2
    Just Love
    Hero And Heroine

    Program 3
    Midnight Sun
    Out In The Cold
    Lay A Little Light On Me

    Program 4
    Shine On Silver Sun
    Round And Round
    Hero's Theme



    Canadian cassette release - paper labels

    cassette: CS 3607 (A&M Canada, 1974).. Very simple packaging for this Canadian cassette release, inside of card cover is blank. For reasons I can only guess at, A&M Canada put Side 1 of the LP as Program 2, and vice versa, so the whole thing is rather distorted. Strange.

    Program 1
    Hero And Heroine
    Midnight Sun
    Out In The Cold
    Round And Round
    Lay A Little Light On Me
    Hero's Theme

    Program 2
    Autumn
    Sad Young Man
    Just Love
    Shine On Silver Sun

    Outer cover

    Cassette



    Canadian cassette reissue - on body printing (*)

    cassette: VPCS 3607 (A&M Canada, date?).. This believed to be a later reissue - has a similar catalgue number to the early Canadian CD release below. Same reversal of side 1 and side 2. On -body printing cassette rather than paper labels.

    Cover


    Cassette



    Canadian 8 track release (*)

    Listed on Discogs, visibly in very poor condition.

    Front, back and head

    Running order

    About as mangled a presentation of the album as can be imagined, splitting "Out In The Cold" and "Round And Round" and spreading the component parts of "Autumn" across 2 bands. Only good thing to be said is having "Hero And Heroine" in pole position as the opening track.

    Program A
    Hero And Heroine
    Midnight Sun
    Out In The Cold

    Program B
    Round And Round
    Shine On Silver Sun
    Autumn Heroine's Theme

    Program C
    Autumn Deep Summer's Sleep
    The Winter Long
    Just Love

    Program D
    Sad Young Man
    Lay A Little Light On Me
    Heros [sic]Theme


    CD

    Canadian CD release

    CD: VPCD 3607 (A&M Canada, no date). Minimal reproduction of original - front and back cover, no lyrics.

    Booklet (4pp)

    CD body and tray back



    Korean CD release

    CD: DA 2093/393 607-2 (Korea only, A&M, no date).The original 10 tracks, no bonuses, so presumed to be after Polygram's 1989 acquisition of A&M Records, but before 1998 when the Universal CD came out. Outer cover has track details and personnel. Inner has 3 pages of Korean sleeve notes. Manufactured and distributed by Sung Eum Limited, printed in Korea.

    Outer cover and sticker on jewel case

    Inner cover

    CD body and tray back



    Universal 1998 CD release

    CD: 540 935-2 (A&M, 1998, REMASTERED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS). Front and back covers reproduced (white tie and tails photo is not as "soft focus" as original. No lyrics, but six pages of new sleeve notes by Dave Cousins and John Tobler.

    A&M 1998 CD releases (Antiques, Witchwood, GNW, BATS, Hero, Ghosts)

    These Universal releases have manufacturing details printed in the clear plastic centre on the silver side (ie bottom) of the CD. The first releases were made in Germany by PMDC. They seem to have been re-pressed later by other companies - EDC and Universal M&L and these are coming up on Discogs as different releases, but I'm not going to start scanning CD bottoms on Strawbsweb! No other changes as far as I can see in packaging.

    Booklet - front (p1) and back (p8)

    Booklet - pages 2&3

    Booklet - pages 4&5

    Booklet - pages 6 & 7

    CD body

    Tray back and inner



    Japanese facsimile card sleeve CD release (2002)

    CD: UICY-9216 (Japan only, A&M, 2002, REMASTERED WITH 2 BONUS TRACKS). Card sleeve is mini replica of the original album release, nicely printed with a paper inner sleeve which exactly reproduces the UK lyrics inner sleeve (but the print is tiny and unreadable, so not scanned - see UK vinyl above). A really nice touch - the album only came out on the brown label in the US, everywhere else was silver label: so unlike the other 2002 reissues which copy the A&M brown label, this CD is got up to look like a silver label release.

    Front & back cover

    Insert

    Obi and CD body



    Vox Humana facsimile card sleeve CD release (20??)

    Lyric inner is very small print indeed (so not scanned), but they've also provided a booklet which has the lyrics in English and sleeve notes by John Tobler from the UK re-issue.

    Booklet - front (p1) (back is blank) and CD

    Booklet - pages 2&3

    Booklet - pages 4&5

    Booklet - pages 6 & 7



    Universal Japan HMCD reissue (2018)

    CD: UICY-78839 (Universal, Japan, 2018) Facsimile reissue including original inner sleeve and Japanese booklet, based firmly on UK vinyl release. Obi mimics original Japanese release.


    CD and Obi



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