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Not as 'Fantasytastic' as it could have been... but it's alright!
on 1 September 2009
I was 15 when I bought this album way back in 1975 when I was (as I thought) Uriah Heep's No.1 Fan and was the first Heep album that I bought new (all the others being second hand) with cash from a paper round which is why it holds an important place in my nostalgic memory even if the music (listening to it today) isn't as exciting perhaps as that which went before. I even had a T-shirt (long gone) with the album cover pictured on it.
RTF was the first of two albums to feature ex King Crimson bassist John Wetton replacing the excellent Gary Thain who was having some problems at the time and I never really thought that he suited Heep. However, there are some good tunes here, RTF gallops along nicely even if I never really knew what it was about, 'Shady Lady' a song about a lady of easy virtue is probably my favourite as an all guitar duel, 'Devils Daughter' is a good heavy typical Heep tune as is 'Beautiful Dream'. 'Prima Donna' was released as a single with a heavy brass section, coupled on the 'b' side with 'Shout it Out' which features here as a bonus track. 'Why Did You Go?' is a lovely ballad which I still listen to on it's own if I'm in the mood so to be fair it's an Ok album with a few 'near misses'. Well worth a listen - as loudly as possible of course.. it makes all the difference.