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Same comments apply on Heep's outstanding follow-up: HEAD FIRST... an excellent album.
The band had spent several years trying to reinvent itself while keeping an ambitious recording/touring schedule before calling it quits in 1980. But Box used the time off to plot a sustainable course for the band, which included the return of drummer Lee Kerslake - who brought bassist Bob Daisley from their stint with Ozzy - along with vocalist Peter Goalby and keyboardist John Sinclair.
Five of the 10 original tracks are covers, but the unbridled "take no prisoners" approach to the sound brings back fond memories to the gothic metal from earlier albums, but with the drive that was looking to the future. Box shines on the top cut - Too Scared to Run - while Sinclair takes the reigns on Chasing Shadows and Hot Persuasion fits neatly in the harder-edge AOR sound that was finding airplay on FM radio. The best cover is Prisoner (lyrics by D.B. Cooper/performed by Sue Saad and the Next), with That's the Way That It Is (Paul Bliss/The Bliss Band) very close behind.
The album cover may be chilling for some, but the music inside - bolstered by six bonus tracks - sizzles. This was a tremendous comeback by a band that had imploded in 1980.
After a couple of months of staring at the inside of the bottom of a bottle of vodka, band agent Neil Warnock coaxed Mick out to give it one more go. Mick's first telephone call went to long time cohort drummer Lee Kerslake (who'd only originally left the Heep over a falling out with Ken Hensley) having just been fired by "Ozzy Osborne", Lee was glad of his old job back and became Heep's 5th & 7th drummer, although to be fair he has been with the band 28 years in total now. Also just sacked from Ozzy's band was the great "Bob Daisley" on bass, (Heep's 6th Bassist), so he was dragged along by Lee Kerslake adding his considerable songwriting skills to the party.Read more ›
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Sounds great, has only one small skip on the fourth song first side. But nice album.Published 16 months ago by Joseph
I have always hated this cover, but the music it contains is fantastic and classic Heep.Published 20 months ago by cigar717
Great album.. Bob Daisley rocks! One cannot deny the rhythm section of the Blizzard of Ozz.. Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake hard at work.Published on February 6, 2014 by mikev
I would have to say this is one of Uriah Heep's best. I have been a life long fan of theirs since I was little. I am in my Mid-40's now. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by tony the realist
Uriah Heep "Abominog" #56 (1982).
14th studio album by The Heep. This brought back again some strong material. Read more