"There's a skip hop symphony on the cards for the Hilltop Hoods - The Hard Road Restrung.
The Adelaide hip hoppers are poised to drop their #1 record, The Hard Road once again, but with a difference - all the tracks have been re-worked by composer Jamie Messenger and "restrung" by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra(ASO).
The Hoods have always been committed to lifting their already firing live shows, bringing the ASO onstage for the ARIA Awards and the Falls/Southbound festivals. Pleased with the results, the concept of The Hard Road Restrung was born.
US freestyle champion Okwerdz drops by to infuse a new version of Conversations From The Speakeasy with some fresh flow from across the Atlantic. Featuring all the original tracks off the #1 record plus a bonus track, Roll On Up, The Hard Road has evolved to another place - oz hip hop vs. the orchestra. " Source: Channel V
The Album was released on May 12th 2007 in Australia, with a launch show and one off performance with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the Entertainment Centre on the release date. International guests Okwerdz and Mystro performed as a surprise for fans; they were not advertised on the bill. The performance was recorded, and will be feature on a DVD along with footage from recent Hilltop Hoods performances.
Two tracks were not included from the original album The Hard Road Blue Blooded and Circuit Breaker, this was down to the very nature of hip hop "you are speeding things up or slowing them down when you sample them and that changes pitch. We had to pitch-shift entire songs so they were in tune with the orchestra and it just didn’t work with those songs.".
The Hard Road: Restrung has a new order of tracks and also contains one new track Roll On Up.
Stopping All Stations and What A Great Night also have new verses by Suffa on the former and Pressure on the latter.
The album The hard road Restrung won the best hip-hop album in the 2007 Aria awards
The album was released in a censored format.