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Uriah Heep s'master last album with bassist Gary Thain !!
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.
So, in my view a classic Uriah Heep album from a classic period in their history well worth a very loud listen!