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One of their best, if not like the rest,
This review is from: Salisbury (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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Initial post: 22 Jan 2012 16:27:10 GMT
A great review. As a Deep Purple supporter, I used to unfairly view Heep as "poor relations". In fact, they were their own men mostly. The first album does sound a little basic (and I prefer UFO's Melinda - sacrilege!), but Salisbury is an excellent album. The title track - and Suite may be a better word for it - is one of heavy rock's most inventive numbers. Cheers from Bath!
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2012 23:26:16 GMT
Julian Stevens says:
Though I own a few Deep Purple albums (In Rock, Fireball and Machine Head), I've never felt it appropriate to compare them with Uriah Heep. Both bands ploughed their own particular furrow in the Rock landscape of my youth.
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