This week I bought four songs online, and two of them were the same song — specifically, this one, which I’ve mentioned before:
Last time, of course, I posted a live version.
Anyway, my 40-year-old LP sounds better than that. The problem, for those of us with short attention spans who seldom listen to a whole album at once, is that “Hero and Heroine” is crossfaded with “Midnight Sun,” a decidedly lesser track, and picking a good fade point is a tremendous pain in the drain. So I went out looking to purchase the track from a later compilation album, in the hopes of getting a free-standing version.
As it happens, two Strawbs compilation albums are in print: Halcyon Days (1997) and the more generic-sounding 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Strawbs (2003). I bought one track from Amazon, the other from iTunes. Neither has the cold ending I wanted — though the 20th Century Masters version runs eight seconds longer for some reason. Both sound pretty decent.