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Wonderworld
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2010
I also do really like this album, it's a worty successor to the brilliant 'Sweet Freedom'. It is also Gary Thain s' last album with the band, and he did a more than brilliant job on it. This album was recorded with a lot of pressure, since their last album "Sweet Freedom" had only been recorded 6 months ago and the band was on the road almost all the time. How did they do it? The hard work and pressure shows in the album cover and the music: you can feel the pressure of a band leavin the skin on the road and in the studio, trying to record a great album. They succeded but with a high cost, shortly after the record was released, extraordinary bassist Gary Thain died. The album opens with the title cut, a nice tune with a great melody which sticks in your mind folloed by 'Suicidal Man', 'So Tired', 'Something or Nothing' and 'We got We' are all great heavy rockers, well played and produced.
"Suicidal Man" is a heavy rift similar to the ones Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple used to do. In "So Tired" the band tells the truth: they are tired of being on the road, and feel "unispired". 'I Won't Mind' is a fabulous track full of Heep trademarks like slide guitar and heavy wah wah solo. "Dreams" is a song to hear late in the night, it is simply one of the best tracks ever produced by the band.
The album included another extraordinary ballad by Ken Hensley, produced with clever orchesta arrangemts; the only regret could be that it is tow beautiful and short (the band later, recorded another one like this "Confessions").

All the band did a marvelous job specially Gary Thain's bass playing that really stands out here too (sadly this was his last album with Uriah Heep). With this album he should be considered par to par with Jack Bruce or John Entwistle. But his playing style is so unique.. and as other poster wrote here "wandering all over the scale where many other bassists would have been happy just to follow the root notes, a treat to the ear; what a loss he was to the rock world".
I do agree. All bassist should hear this album.

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So, in my view a classic Uriah Heep album from a classic period in their history well worth a very loud listen!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2008
I really like this album, it's a natural successor to the brilliant 'Sweet Freedom' which was a hard act to follow but I think that it does it very well.
Just how I like it.. nice and heavy with lots of special moments not least with the title track which is one of my favourite Heep tunes, a great melody which sticks in your mind and I often find myself humming it for no reason at all. 'Suicidal Man', 'So Tired', 'Something or Nothing' and 'We got We' are all great rockers, well played and produced but (agreeing with the previous reviewer) the star of the show has to be 'I Won't Mind' - a fabulous track full of Heep delights like slide guitar, heavy wah wah solo and some great singing from David Byron.
Gary Thain's bass playing really stands out here too (this was his last album with Heep)- his playing style is so unique.. wandering all over the scale where many other bassists would have been happy just to follow the root notes, a treat to the ear; what a loss he was to the rock world.
'The Easy Road' is a decent enough ballad and 'Dreams' is a very strange and haunting song guaranteed to send a shiver down the spine if you listen in the dark.
So, in my view a classic Uriah Heep album from a classic period in their history well worth a very loud listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2012
This was the last time the band would be at it's most original. Some good songs and 3 or 4 weak ones. Their bass player would not appear again except according to the book Wizards and Demons, on a single called Prima Donna in October 1974. I am sure main writer Ken Hensley would agree this made a difference. Although great bass players would follow, a distinct contribution to the songs and identity was lost. Gary Thain read charts from an early age and always had an ego free approach to playing an accompaniment instrument, unless otherwise and rarely required, as on Suicidal Man on this cd. You don't here this style much in Rock, Greg Ridley from Humble Pie also had it, as if taught on Double Bass. The bass sound quality was also very clear in concert when I saw them Dec.1st in Auckland 1974. They also had a the best frontman in the '70's. Just ahead of Ian Anderson. Buy this for the bass and vocals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 6 December 2008
,after the fantastic 'freedom' album this was always going to be struggling to match its predecessor,some of the music feels as if they were going through the motions(so tired,suicidal man) as if they must copy what had gone before,fast bit here,quiet bit there,honourable mention must go to the title track and i wont mind as they kept the quality up,personal fav is dreams simply stunning.Sadly the last album with gary thain.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2008
I saw Heep live on the Wonder world british leg of the world tour ,and as normal brilliant ,Heep were always great live. they plugged this and I know it all went down well. so days after the gig I get the album, I don t know why its just not as good as I wanted it to be there are `Sweet Freedom` moments but all in all if Sweet was a 10 then Wonder would be 7, Stand out track is still the great rocker `I won t mind` all is a I would say on an even keel. it must be noted that this was the last album to feature Gary (thin man ) Thain, who sadly was found dead, some time after..a worthwhile album and Mr Thains last..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2008
Wonderworld is one of the all time great earlier albums from this super group.Sound quality on this remaster is very good.Songs on the album are in a slighly laid back mode compared to other Heep albums of the era,but dont be put off the songs are great and flow along on a nice even keel.This was the last Heep album to feature the great Gary Thain on bass he unforunately passed away soon after this album,sad but he and the band left a great piece of work in Wonderworld.This is a great edition for your Uriah Heep collection.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2012
Have not heard this album for over 25 years, never see it for sale in shops, found it on Amazon and it was delivered promptly. Not the greatest Uriah Heep Album but hidden gems lie in wait - Suicidal man and I won't mind. Fantastic listening to Gary Thain again, what a bass player. This album is now in my phone for instant access!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 September 2014
A big disappointment. For me the pits of the Byron era, which is a pity as there's some live recordings around from this time - and virtually none before or since. It gives Conquest competition as the worst UH album.

Too many mediocre-sounding songs and I'm not keen on the guitar settings. Mick Box is way better than this!!

The main problem is the production - it sounds clunky when some slickness/polish was needed. How could a band that had recorded Lansdown Tapes, Very Umble, Salsibury, Demons... (and were soon to release Return To Fantasy) sound so bad??

Only 2 great songs rise above the general mess - Suicidal Man and The Easy Road. For those I have upgraded this to a 2-star recommendation.

The track Dreams should be great, but the horrid production just puts you off. It even includes excerpts from an earlier song, Dreamer, maybe to remind the listener of a better album and convince you into thinking things aren't as bad as they are. The title track could also have been an epic, but got better treatment during the Acoustically Driven sessions, and seems otherwise forgotten.

The artwork is great though. Should be hailed as one of the best album covers ever.
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on 16 November 2014
no comment BEST*****
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on 11 April 2015
fantastic album
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