Customer Review

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
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.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 

Comments


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 22 Jan 2012 16:27:10 GMT
Leftin says:
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
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.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Feb 2012 21:15:18 GMT
Leftin says:
I agree now!
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

4.1 out of 5 stars (16 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (6)
4 star:
 (7)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Location: BRISTOL, UK United Kingdom

Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,009