Not to everyone's taste this one - their 13th record and perhaps unlucky for them.
Plenty of changes were in the air for the band which perhaps accounts for the unsettled feeling on the record. John Sloman took over from John Lawton on lead vocals whilst Chris Slade replaced Lee Kerslake as drummer.
This is certainly not a typical Uriah Heep album and I cannot work out why I like some of it. Maybe it's because it's so different. The main negative is the production. The recording is clean enough but the individual parts do not balance out too well - perhaps because of the different feel that Sloman bought to the proceedings. For me though the big problem is that Mick Box's guitar just does not go with the overall feel which they seem to be going for.
With Box and Ken Hensley as the major forces in the band and with Box's parts seeming out of place there is the temptation to say it would have been better with more input from Hensley. This does not hold true however when the best work from this `line up' came following Hensley's departure.
IMHO the best track pops up as an addition on the remastered edition - Think It Over. This particular song was a single following on after the Conquest album and it was clearly regarded as too good to miss off an album as it was re-recorded for the following release, Abominog, with Pete Goalby on lead vox. Getting back to the version on Conquest it is almost as if the band finally got the best out of the line up just after recording of the LP was completed. Sloman had not written any of the tracks on Conquest itself but he did co write Think It Over with Trevor Bolder so here was a song that he obviously knew what he wanted to do with. The track also featured Gregg Dechert who came in on keyboards to replace Ken Hensley so perhaps that points to more unrest on the album itself.
Sadly that line up recorded no more material as Box instigated some very successful changes to the band - Kerslake came back in on drums with John Sinclair on keyboards and Goalby on vocals.