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Strawbs - Heartbreak Hill [Aka: Starting Over] CD (album) cover




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2.74 | 34 ratings

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3 stars The Strawbs literally climbing a heart breaking hill. Most readers will be familiar with the circumstances surrounding this album. Recorded with multiple players in 1978 and never released until 1995, this is not one of the best loved Strawbs' albums from the 70's but it is hands and feet above Nomadness, Deep Cuts and the pathetic Deadlines albums.

Andy Richards was the only keyboard player unique and talented enough to ever replace John Hawken in the group (remembering that ivory keys wunderkind Wakeman did not reveal his prog genius until he joined Yes) and the album features two of the group's best (if virtually unknown) prog songs. The title track features an almost Renaissance like bass, drums and keyboard section while the song Starting Over goes from a Genesis like bombastic intro to mellow dreamy passages and back. Good stuff, but perhaps too similar sounding to Genesis for some Strawbs fans.

Aside from two decent rock songs (Something For Nothing, Desert Song), the other tracks are typical 70's AOR fare, but if you liked the Bursting At The Seams album then you might enjoy Heartbreak Hill.

SteveG | 3/5 |


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