Conquest (Uriah Heep album)

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Conquest
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released February 1980
Recorded 1979, The Roundhouse Recording Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 39:36
Label Bronze
Producer Gerry Bron
Ken Hensley
Uriah Heep chronology
Fallen Angel
(1978)
Conquest
(1980)
Abominog
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Conquest is the 13th album by British rock band Uriah Heep. It was released in 1980.

1979-80 was a period of change for Heep, with John Sloman taking over lead vocal duties, Lee Kerslake bowing out from behind the drumstool, and main songwriter Ken Hensley ultimately leaving the band. Taken together with the commercial rock sound of the album, this is the most contentious era of Uriah Heep's history, with many fans believing Conquest is the group's worst record.[2] Despite this era being regarded in hindsight as something of a disaster by Hensley as well as Mick Box,[2] the album did receive some positive reviews at the time, namely a five-star rating from Record Mirror and three-and-a-half stars from Geoff Barton in Sounds.[2] It also sold well enough to crack the Top 40 of the UK album charts, whereas all three of the band's previous records with John Lawton had failed to chart in the UK at all.

The original UK release came in a single, matte LP sleeve, stickered with 'Special 10th Anniversary Price £3.99', with the liner being heavy-stock card, complete with lyrics. It credits Trevor Bolder with vocals on "It Ain't Easy" but it is, in fact, Sloman. The album was never issued in North America and was difficult to find there even as an import.[3]

The cover photograph, taken by Martin Poole, is based on the famous image of the raising of the second flag at Iwo Jima.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "No Return" (Trevor Bolder, Mick Box, Ken Hensley) – 6:07
  2. "Imagination" (Hensley) – 5:49
  3. "Feelings" (Hensley) – 5:26
  4. "Fools" (Bolder) – 5:03
  5. "Carry On" (Hensley) – 3:57
  6. "Won't Have to Wait Too Long" (Bolder, Box, Hensley) – 4:54
  7. "Out on the Street" (Hensley) – 5:57
  8. "It Ain't Easy" (Bolder) – 5:45

Conquest was remastered and reissued in 1997 with several bonus tracks:

  1. "Been Hurt (B-side)" (Hensley) – 3:56
    • B-side to "Carry On" featuring John Sloman on vocals.
  2. "Love Stealer (Single A-side)" (Phil Wainman, Richard Myhill) – 3:28
  3. "Think It Over (Single A-side)" (John Sloman, Bolder) – 3:33
    • Released as a picture sleeve single to promote the new line-up and tour of late 1980. Features Gregg Dechert on keyboards.
  4. "My Joanna Needs Tuning (Inside Out) (B-side)" (Bolder, Box, Gregg Dechert, Slade, Sloman) – 3:02
    • B-side to "Think It Over"
  5. "Lying (Out-take)" (Bolder, Hensley, Slade, Sloman) – 4:23
    • Previously unreleased out-take featuring John Sloman on vocals.

Originally "Been Hurt" was written for a fourth John Lawton-fronted album. This song was shelved after Lawton's departure. The original version with Lawton on vocals has been released on the remastered version of the Fallen Angel album.

When Conquest was re-issued again as a De-Luxe Edition in 2004 the bonus tracks remained much the same, but "My Joanna Needs Tuning" was dropped; added in its stead was a version of "Feelings" that had previously only ever appeared on a Bronze Records promotional VHS tape.

Bonus tracks on expanded de-luxe edition from 2004[edit]

  1. "Love Stealer (Single A-side)" (Wainman, Richard Myhill) – 3:28
  2. "Been Hurt (B-side)" (Hensley) – 3:56
  3. "Think It Over (Single A-side)" (Bolder, Sloman) – 3:33
  4. "Lying (Out-take)" (Bolder, Hensley, Slade, Sloman) – 4:23
  5. "Feelings" (Single Edit)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1980 UK Albums Chart 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ a b c Conquest (Inset). Uriah Heep. UK: Sanctuary Records. 2004. SMRCD112. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (2005). The Collector's Guide To Heavy Metal Volume 2: The Eighties. Toronto: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 378. ISBN 1-894959-31-0.