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Return to Fantasy [Extra tracks, Import]

Uriah HeepAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B0001WPSIG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Return To Fantasy
2. Shady Lady
3. Devil's Daughter
4. Beautiful Dream
5. Prima Donna
6. Your Turn To Remember
7. Showdown
8. Why Did You Go
9. Year Or A Day
10. Shout It Out (B-Side) (Bonus Track)
11. Time Will Come (B-Side) (Bonus Track)
12. Prima Donna (Demo) (Bonus Track)
13. Beautiful Dream (Demo) (Bonus Track)
14. Time Will Come (Demo) (Bonus Track)
15. Why Did You Go (Demo) (Bonus Track)
16. Showdown (Demo) (Bonus Track)
17. Zorro (Demo) (Bonus Track)

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UK expanded de-luxe edition reissue of 1975 album features 16 remastered tracks including 7 bonus tracks, 'Shout It Out' (B-side), 'The Time Will Come' ((B-side), ' Prima Donna' (Alt. Demo Version), 'Why Did You Go' (Alt. Demo Version), 'Showdown' (Alt. Demo Version), 'Beautiful Dream' (Alt. Demo Version), & 'Return To Fantasy' (Extended Version). Slipcase. Sanctuary. 2004.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Form January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
1974 was not a banner year for Uriah Heep. Exhausted by years of recording while touring, it saw the "classic" lineup produce their least-inspired (although still quite listenable) album, "Wonderworld", followed by absolute disaster, when bassist Gary Thain was nearly killed by a severe electric shock while on stage during a show in Texas during the subsequent tour. Thain would never rejoin the band; always haunted by drug problems, he turned to heroin during his convalescence, which addiction would cost him his job in that year, and his life in December, 1975. He was replaced in the band by John Wetton, who had played with Family and King Crimson, and 1975 saw the first effort by the new lineup.
"Return To Fantasy", the first album of the Wetton era, is a crisp return to form. While not quite living up to the lofty standards of the 1970-73 recordings, as the band still seemed to be in the process of deciding what musical direction they wanted to take the new lineup, resulting in a less cohesive overall sound, the material and performances still shine nonetheless. Particular standouts are the title track, a long-time fan favorite (which the current lineup has played to open their shows recently), "Devil's Daughter", with intricate time changes (no doubt inspired by Wetton's stint in King Crimson) and a tasty Mick Box guitar solo, "Your Turn To Remember" and "Why Did You Go?", both aching ballads, (primary songwriter Ken Hensley specializes in songs about lost love, although the writing credits on this album are more evenly distributed than on any other) and the jaw-dropping "Beautiful Dream", with a wailing lead synth courtesy of Mr.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond in the rough May 2, 2006
By Bridges
Format:Audio CD
This album has always been one of my all-time favourite albums by the mighty Heep, and I really don't see why everyone bashes it, sure, it isn't their greatest accomplishment, but it's still a damn good album. Even Ken Hensley himself hates it according to the linear notes. I just don't see why.

The album opens with the roaring title track, which is simply one of the classic tracks that was ever recoded by the band, starting with a midtempo keyboard-led intro, it soon explodes into a high-speed, gothic masterpiece. Another under-rated track from this album is Shady Lady, a kind of laid back boogie rocker that still has classic Heep qualities. Devil's Daughter comes out as one of the best songs on the album and Beautiful Dream comes out as one of the best songs of the era. Side 2, I will admit is a little sketchy at times, but it still has it's killer moments, Showdown and Why Did You Go to be more specific. But my personal favourite of the album is the mini-epic closer, A Year or a Day, a song about how man has tortured the environment ever since the beginning. As far as bonus tracks go, there are some really good songs such as the stomping Shout It Out.

To any true fan of music, this album needs to be in your collection, especially if you like Uriah Heeps slightly more expirimental side.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than before January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Of all the band's albums, Return to Fantasy probably had the worst sound quality of them all. The original vinyl was tinny at best, and as you got closer to the end of a side, it just got worse. The reissue sounds considerably better. While this record sounds a bit dated now, it included such memorable tracks as "Beautiful Dream," "Your Turn to Remember" (an FM hit here in the US), and "A Year or a Day"--quite possibly one of the band's best tunes. Although Thain was kicked out of the band during the sessions for Return to Fantasy and replaced by John Wetton, the liner notes state that Thain may be playing bass on the demo of "Beautiful Dream" (included here as a bonus track). The band members can't seem to remember must've been the 70's). Also included as bonus tracks are two B-sides and the single version of the title track.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars info on Bonus Tracks March 15, 2012
By S M
Format:Audio CD
Chances are many of you have the album on cd without the bonus tracks, or just the album alone.

The bonus tracks are about 30 minutes extra making the cd 75 minutes long.

The sound quality on the b-sides and demos are excellent, there is not much varation on songs that are repeated except Beautiful Dream which is a bit more rawer.

The album itself shows Heep moving into its now modern progressive rock/melodic metal pomp sound with a less Deep Purple hammond organ sound as those only familiar with Easy Livin, or Look at Yourself material that is played on the radio.

The songs and musicianship are of high quality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Return to Strength April 14, 2011
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By the time Heep had fired Gary Thain for his debilitating drug habit and hired John Wetton, Heep were in a position of a bit of rebuilding their reputation as a fine band of its day and era. Return to Fantasy does succeed overall in re-establishing them as a force to be reckoned with and respected as well. After the unfortunate release of Wonderworld(which to me, isn't a bad album AT ALL, just a victim of circumstance), Fantasy picks up some quality again. The first four cuts of this record are solid, consistent and possess a unique quality of music. The bulk of the record features collective songwriting credits(minus Wetton) even though Ken Hensley still remained their most prolific writer for this time period, it allowed the band more room to create as a unified front.

I bought the Sanctuary remaster and much prefer the outtake versions of Prima Donna and Showdown. Leaving the silly horn section off of Prima Donna would have certainly been the better for this mid-paced rocker. The only clunker I feel is Your Turn to Remember, which is blinding AOR-ish in its quality and intent on creating another radio hit. The title track is in the vein of what is considered classic Heep with ambient lyrics, the drive of Hensley's organ, Mick Box's guitar lines and a strong rhythm section as always. John Wetton proves himself a fine replacement and given his pedigree(Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music) it was an easy stop-gap for him to simply be a Rock Star and enjoy a little bit of limelight. Shady Lady and Devil's Daughter are easily bluesy harder rocking songs and are quite sustainable to the Heep catalogue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return to Fantasy
Uriah Heep is probably the most underrated band of the 70's. All of their albums from Look at Yourself to Wonderworld are classics and sold well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by buddy
3.0 out of 5 stars Return to reality
This 1975 album was a partial return to form for Uriah Heep. The band was in some turmoil at the time, due to the pressures of constant touring and the debilitating effects of... Read more
Published 15 months ago by G. Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the basics.
Uriah Heep "Return To Fantasy" #85 (1975).

Back to the basics here, this their 8th studio album with new bass player John Wetton. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars powerful Heep
Well, I was not fortunate enough as to have been born in the early 60's, therefore, my comments on this album are based on the sole experience of playing it now, totally foreign to... Read more
Published on June 11, 2010 by Ricardo JM
3.0 out of 5 stars Keeping Things Together
Uriah Heep was at a professional crossroads when its eighth studio album was released in May 1975; bassist Gary Thain was replaced by John Wetton, but vocalist David Byron was... Read more
Published on August 6, 2009 by Best Of All
3.0 out of 5 stars "Rough Diamond," yeah!
I have to agree with reviewer Bridges above, this is probably my favorite Heep album, too. But to whoever the other reviwer, that said that "Wetton wasn't as good as Thain? Read more
Published on January 21, 2009 by Bill Board
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but far from their earlier works
This album contains few good songs, but we are far from the quality of earlier cd like "Look at yourself", "The Magician's Birthday" or "Demons and Wizards". Read more
Published on July 20, 2007 by Guy Campeau
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC HEEP
Published on June 26, 2007 by R. Shields
3.0 out of 5 stars far as Uriah Heep goes....
Everybody kind of...hesitantly...anticipated ths album back in 1975, because right after "Sweet Freedom," Hensley, Box, & company fired bassist Gary Thain and... Read more
Published on November 25, 2003 by Brent
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