Originally released in 1980, Conquest was the 13th studio album from British hard rockers Uriah Heep. It was the first Heep album with vocalist John Sloman (ex-Lone Star) and, not coincidentally, the last to feature founding keyboardist Ken Hensley. Drummer Chris Slade was also new to the fold, replacing Lee Kerslake.
Given the turnover involved (and the bad blood that went along with it), it shouldn’t be a surprise that Conquest was such a jumbled, unfocused album. There are a couple of tracks that sound vaguely like the old Uriah Heep, some that are bluesy, and some that are downright poppy. The album has no real identity or spirit that way. It’s not terrible, but there’s really nothing special here either. “Out on the Street” and the single “Think it Over” are probably the only tracks that would make a “best of” playlist, and even then that’s only if you absolutely had to have something from each album.
This one is for die hard Uriah Heep fans and completists only. Conquest has to qualify as a low point in Uriah Heep history.
Edition Notes: Sanctuary reissued Conquest in 1997, giving the album expanded liner notes, digital remastering and five bonus tracks, including b-sides and outtakes.
Edition Notes 2: Sanctuary reissued Conquest yet again in 2005. The reissue features a new remastering and a slightly different group of bonus tracks, including a pair of previously unreleased tracks. It’s a nice reissue all around, but if you already have the 1997 version there’s probably no need to replace it with this one.