söndag 1 maj 2016


To my taste the last good Uriah Heep album. After this vocalist David Byron got sacked because of severe alcohol problems. Much due to the style of new vocalist John Lawton (earlier in Lucifer's Friend) musical direction was eventually changed towards square hard rock and it would never be the same again. The LP suffered relatively low sales on release - Billboard #161 and #55 in UK - and wasn't well recieved by critics. Still today I see it being badly treated in different medias. If that reflects the common reaction I'm not in. I hear lots of good things on it - drum-bass collaboration between Lee Kerslake and John Wetton works excellent all through, Mick Box plays some really fine guitars and Byron shows he was still going strong, not as convincing as on earlier albums but beautiful anyway. Though tracklist is a little uneven there's enough joy to make it worthwhile. My favorite "One Way Or Another" hard hitting rock with some nice falsetto pitched in, "Misty Eyes" and "Midninght" have a lot of the old Uriah Heep magic and "Make A Little Love" another fine rocker. Maybe not their best, but far from bad and well worth having. Issued and reissued on vinyl, cassette, 8-track and CD all over the world through the years. First US on Warner Bros. (BS 2949). Japan 2013 CD (Sanctuary Midline UICY 20467) came with eight bonus tracks. Premiere UK had label as shown here, matt cover and glossy picture/lyric inner. (ÖRHÄ*) (PRÖZ*)

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