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Wonderworld [Original recording remastered, Import]

Uriah HeepAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000074PK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,211 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wonderworld
2. Suicidal Man
3. The Shadows And The Wind
4. So Tired
5. Dream (Previously Unreleased Version)
6. Something Or Nothing (Live) (Previously Version)
7. The Easy Road (Live) (Previously Unreleased Version)
8. The Easy Road
9. Something Or Nothing
10. I Won't Mind
11. We Got We
12. Dreams
13. What Can I Do (B-Side To Single)

Editorial Reviews

Mid-priced 1996 U.K. reissue on Castle for their seventhstudio album from 1974, fully remastered & repackaged withnew sleeve notes, additional photos & four bonus tracks:the B-side 'What Can I Do' & the previously unreleased'Dreams' (Version), 'Something

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great job! January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first thing you'll notice about Wonderworld is the improved sound quality. While it's not one of their best albums overall (the first side of the album is great), there are a number of excellent tunes here. "Suicidal Man" features a menacing riff throughout it, and "The Shadows and the Wind" is the perfect example of the band's intricate 5-part harmonies. The bonus tracks are the other highlight here. Along with a B-side ("What Can I Do"), the disc includes a previously unreleased version of "Dreams" and great live renditions of "Something or Nothing" and one of the band's best ballads, "The Easy Road."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a solid effort February 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Apparently many people have a problem with this album. That is, the few people who've heard it. The title song sounds a lot like the chorus in Elton John's "don't let the sun go down on me". Don't you think so? Yes? No? Come on, it does! I don't know which song came out first.

I really think this is one of Uriah Heep's most melodic albums. I find myself humming songs from this album ALL the time, especially "something for nothing" (which, for some reason reminds me of the video game Mega Man series) and "dreams" (which sounds like it came from Walt Disney World or something). The other songs are short, heavy rockers.

I love the whole album. "we got we" reminds me of the Flintstones. It seems like EVERY song on the album reminds me of something, and in the end, that's part of the thing that makes music so great. Yup. Pick up Wonderworld.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album October 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I think this album is pretty good, I like every song on it, but my favorites are "Suicidal Man" and "Something or Nothing" I know this album has a reputation of being a bad album, but if you give it a chance I think it would be a good addition to your Uriah Heep collection, also I think its as good as "Return to Fantasy".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ...or maybe 4 weak stars May 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
To say that Uriah Heep are very uneven can hardly come as a surprise. This band have written and recorded some excellent as well as awful stuff throughout the years. "WONDERWORLD" from 1974 is actually one of the band's better. The best tune is the melodic "Something for nothing" with great vocals from David Byron (R.I.P.), but there is more good stuff here. The slow "The easy road" is a tune far from heavy metal but it's a beautiful song. "So tired" sounds like a mix of light Led Zeppelin and traditional rock `n' roll, while "We got we" has a psychedelic touch that actually works very well. "Dreams" is a bit strange and there's almost a cabaret feel to this one. "Suicidal man" is the album's heaviest song and although there's a frantic or panic feel to it, it's quite alright. "I won't mind" is slow and heavy, while "The shadow and the wind" goes in a more easy listening way. The title track is an organ and piano driven song with a rather melodic touch. If you're unfamiliar with Uriah Heep, you might start with the album "FIREFLY" (1977) but this one might also be a nice starting point to explore this uneven but at times great band that critics never took a liking to. One critic is claimed to have written (in the band's early career) that he would commit suicide if Heep ever made it big.
I would say that "WONDERWORLD" falls somewhere between strong 3 stars or 4 weaker stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonder world October 12, 2013
By buddy
Format:Audio CD
This was the band's last good album with David Byron. It was also their last top 40 album. It may have a couple of filler tracks, but overall it is good. Every band has a peak era. For Heep it started with the album Look at Yourself and ended with Wonderworld. The albums that followed all had a couple of good tracks on them, but it was never the same. If you are not sure where to start then get Demons and Wizards. If you don't like this, you probably won't like anything this band has to offer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uriah Heep - Wonderworld August 18, 2010
By Bob H
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simply trhe best album of the Heep.......a true collector piece for the real Rock fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good cuts on this one July 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
One thing is for sure, this album isn't as good as its predecessors, but it contains some good songs from the band. The best is by far, the title track, in the pure tradition of the band. I also like a lot the ballad "The easy road" and the bluesy "I won't mind". This is the not the place to begin with the band if you don't know them, go with "The Magician's Birthday" or "Demons and Wizards" instead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Quality of the disc February 26, 2014
By laura.d
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
the disc is in very bad shape ; very used with a lot of noise ;
surface of the disc with a lot of scratches and defects
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE END OF THE ROAD...
The boozing problems with lead singer David B were coming to a head; or were they? Songs like "So Tired" and the title song kick friggin' butt... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sonic Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERWORLD
Some might think this cd was not one of there best. I seem to like it better now than i did years ago. After a few listens, i enjoy it as much as there other releases. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Rob
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much partying!
Uriah Heep "Wonderworld" #38 (1974).

Their 7th studio album, "Wonderworld", just doesn't sound as good as past releases. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by ScottE
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderworld, How I wonder....
Once again, I'm re-writing another review because I feel that my stance on this record has changed a bit. Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by Thirty-Ought Six
4.0 out of 5 stars Why the bum rap?
I dont know why this album gets a bad rap. To me, this album fitted in well with that period of work. Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by mrsmithmusic
1.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Mr. Hensley
By the time Heep started work on the follow up to Sweet Freedom, the band was in a mess. There was a total lack of inspiration and the increasingly erratic and irritating behaviour... Read more
Published on February 7, 2009 by P. Schlingemann
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I'm have say first that I'm still a "Heepster" from the Hensley & Byron era

This Album; Wizard; Magician; The the ultimate Live '72
are still in reach of my... Read more
Published on March 6, 2008 by Archivator
1.0 out of 5 stars End of an Era!
Although Uriah Heep continues to perform. Mostly in Europe, from what I've read. They seem to have a constant stream of fans that are endless and loyal. Read more
Published on February 28, 2008 by SoFlor00
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good album
Very good at the end of a period i'm convinced by the progressive music and blues influences. Demons and Wizards
Published on August 29, 2007 by Pattacini Massimo
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