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Salisbury [CD]

Uriah Heep Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Mar 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0002ADY0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bird Of Prey
2. The Park
3. Time To Live
4. Lady In Black
5. High Priestess
6. Salisbury
7. Simon The Bullet Freak
8. Here Am I
9. Lady In Black
10. High Priestess
11. Salisbury
12. The Park
13. Time To Live

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their best, if not like the rest 12 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
Their second album (I always thought, though some people refer to it as their third) and much less commercially successful than both its preceding debut, Very `Eavy, Very `Umble (which I never rated) and its successor Look At Yourself (which I most assuredly do). However, apparently Lady In Black to close S.1 was released as a single and scored quite a hit in Germany, if not in the UK.

That aside, Salisbury was always one of my favourite Heep albums, particularly The Park and the title suite, which was a great blend of rock and jazz influences with a full orchestra ~ rather better, in my opinion, than Deep Purple's attempt at much the same thing with their Live at the Albert Hall album from a year earlier. The jazz undercurrent to this album develops fully in the title suite, which I think is why it caught my ear before I ever consciously realised I liked jazz. Apart from that, the whole thing's darned good anyway yet, due to commercial pressures I imagine, they never did another remotely like it, at least not like the title suite.

Digitally remastered this has come up wonderfully fresh as well, brilliantly so, in fact, given the vintage. The original vinyl issue (which I still have) was thick and dynamically compressed, whilst the first CD reissue was unlistenably bright and steely. The cover pic of a Chieftain tank on manoeuvres was always great too (though evidently not everyone agrees and for the current issue it seems to have been completely emasculated). But musically, this remains one of my all time faves. The more I listen to it the more I love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heep's second offering 31 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
I must correct the above, this was actually Uriah Heep's second album coming after "Very 'eavy, very 'umble" and before "Look at yourself". Saw them perform "Salisbury" live in 1970 before they recorded it, amazing piece of music. David Byron had an amazing voice. Was slightly disappointed when they added the strings and brass on the record, but have grown to love it. Keep looking for a live version, must be one out there somewhere.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heeptastic Gem 27 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
The old adage of 'never judge a book by its cover' was never more apt than when applied to this - Uriah Heep's 3rd album. The album cover has to rank as one of the worst in rock history (along side such greats as Black Sabbath's Sabotage). But as with the Sabbath album, once you get this record onto your turn table you are in for a serious treat. Opener Bird of Prey is one of the most insanely fantastic tracks ever written. It starts with a cracking guitar riff from Mick Box - Ken Hensley is on fine form on the keys - and then (from so left field, it's out of the stadium!) David Byron et al burst in with a falsetto barrage of notes that is inspired lunacy, copied note for note on guitar, before the song truely lets rip. And then half way through the song the band launch into a stop start harmony vocal run that beggers belief. The song is either the worst piece of music ever conceived - or the most outlandishly brilliant song yet committed to vinyl. Other tracks on the album include the slightly hippyesque accoustic 'The Park' (a really nice Sunday afternoon number); the deliciously heavy 'Lady in Black' with another gem of a guitar riff from Mick Box; and of course 'High Priestess' which is a galloping metal and organ monster. And as if that wasn't enough, they close the album with the 16 minute Salisbury. Deploying strings, and jazzy brass instruments to carry you through the twists and turns of a real corker of a number. My only quibble with this song is the rather lame lyrics, which feel as if they've been quickly scribbled down at the last minute to give David something to sing.

And there you have it. One of the best albums in Uriah Heeps rather vast catalogue. But also one of the best and most diverse rock/metal albums of the early 70's. A real classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the cover, the music 20 Jan 2011
By ColinD
Format:Audio CD
What is there not to like on this album? When I first purchased it in the late seventies (a few years after release) it was just another good (perhaps excellent) Uriah Heep album.

I just did not realise just how good it was until I had purchased my second CD copy (the first one too scratched, the vinyl long gone) and played it after a 2 year gap. Apart from Demons and The Magicians Birthday, I am not sure that Uriah Heep get better than this.

You want metal - it's here. You want prog rock - its here. You want classical style pieces, just listen to the title track. A nice soft acoustic number, well you get that as well. What more could you want from one CD?

Variety and it improves with age.

How many albums do you have that still sound this good over twenty years after you first listend? Just try this one, as I think it will still be good in another twenty years.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heep show their subtler side shock 27 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer on the overall quality of this album, without agreeing entirely on the detail. First, the cover: I've always found this quite striking, if irrelevant to the music. Second, 'Bird Of Prey': an ordinary composition, but rocked up well, particularly the fast sections. My real beef, though, is about David Byron's attempt at combining vibrato and falsetto. Here, it's clear he's finding it a strain and to me it sounds excruciating. There's a strong case for claiming that he's more suited to the softer stuff. 'The Park' also features falsetto, but this is beautifully done and the acoustic guitar and organ textures add a wonderfully eerie atmosphere. On 'Lady In Black', we again have acoustic guitar and one of Ken Hensley's many epic tales. Byron sings it straight, and you wonder why he doesn't do this more often.

There are two other rockers of standard duration, both, in my opinion, far better than 'Bird Of Prey'. Mick Box is on top form as he meanders through the chunky 'Time To Live' and the band as a whole go gonzo on 'High Priestess'. The sixteen-minute title track features a neatly-crafted if unremarkable build up, accompanied by brass and woodwind, in true 1970s spirit. It gathers momentum, though, and once the band get into their stride they turn it into a treat.

'Salisbury', like most of UH's albums, seems to have been largely forgotten. It's actually a vibrant and imaginative album that, for the most part, belies the band's poor critical reputation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the 2nd
another must album to buy if your a heep fan just shows you the direction they were on and the promise of what was to become excellent
Published 9 months ago by lezuk55
1.0 out of 5 stars cd
Sorry to say, I worked with this band in 1970, but for this company to put out this cd with the repeat songs on the same side is rediculous...
Published 14 months ago by mark paxton
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
As usual another great great great album from a FAB rock band of the 70's. Definately recommended to all traditional rock fans
Published 14 months ago by palmie
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best record of this band
After decades of following Uriah Heep, I am convinced that the combination of composition, playing and production on this album is the one that best reflects the skill and fire... Read more
Published on 19 May 2012 by Tadeusz
4.0 out of 5 stars Salisbury a Heep Classic
Uriah Heep at their best with one of their most formidable line ups with Ken Hensley, Mick Box,Paul Newton, Keith Baker & David Byron. Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by JimL
3.0 out of 5 stars Some (Important) Trivia
Back in the 70's I went to a high school in La Paz, Bolivia. The life of my mates and me revolved around rock -- and the range of superlative bands to choose from at the time, I... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Carlo Matthews
3.0 out of 5 stars still searchin
for their own sound heep came up with a decent 2nd album,imagine the hysteria if floyd or purple had created the title track,lady in black never ceases to bring a feel good moment... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by Mr Blackwell
5.0 out of 5 stars death metal pete.
i totally agree with all the above,i think this album is a classic and makes you feel great,which to me is what music is all about,creating mood, lady in black will be played at my... Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2008 by C. B. Grundmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Album number two
I have no idea why but until getting this on cd a few months ago, I have never heard it. so to put the record straight I find myself pleasantly suprised! Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2008 by G. G. Saunders
4.0 out of 5 stars Always Loved The Cover
While I understand previous reviewers slating the cover of Salisbury, I always loved it. Why? Simple really - the cover photograph, orange smoke and all is one of "my" tanks, a... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by P. Evans
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