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STRAWBS - Heartbreak Hill: Remastered & Expanded Edition

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STRAWBS - Heartbreak Hill: Remastered & Expanded EditionNewly remastered and expanded edition of the classic “lost” Strawbs album HEARTBREAK HILL (1978)
Format: CD / Cat No: ECLEC2719 / Released: 26/06/2020

Track Listing: 1. Something For Nothing / 2. Another Day Without You / 3. We Can Make It Together / 4. Heartbreak Hill / 5. Starting Over / 6. Two Separate People / 7. Desert Song / 8. Let It Rain

Bonus Tracks: 9. Bring Out Your Dead (David Cousins Home Demo) / 10. Another Day Without You (David Cousins Home Demo) / 11. Heartbreak Hill (Live At The 40th Anniversary Celebration – September 2009) / 12. Starting Over (Live At The 40th Anniversary Celebration – September 2009)

More information: Recorded in 1978 at Ringo Starr’s Startling Studios, the album was recorded at a time of change for the band. Seeking to rethink their approach (following the release of the album Deadlines), the sessions would feature a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, guitar), Chas Cronk (bass,vocals), Andy Richards (keyboards), Tony Fernandez (drums) and Jo Partridge (guitars, mandolin, vocals).

Recording sessions began with Dave Lambert in the ranks, but his departure after the recording of the song 'Something For Nothing' led to the recruitment of Jo Partridge. The album would also see the guest appearance of Miller Anderson on guitar and vocals on the song 'We Can Make it Together'. Despite the fraught nature of the beginning of the recordings, the finished work was a fine Progressive Rock album. Alas, upon completion, Strawbs found themselves without management or a record deal and HEARTBREAK HILL would remain unreleased in any form until 1995 when a CD was prepared from a 7 ½ ips copy tape. The discovery of the original master tapes in 2006 saw a new re-release of the album.

Now, HEARTBREAK HILL has been newly remastered and features four bonus tracks, including two David Cousins home demos from 1978 and live recordings of ‘Heartbreak Hill’ and ‘Starting Over’ from the Strawbs 40th anniversary celebration in 2009.