Equator (Uriah Heep album)

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Equator
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released March 1985
Recorded Battery Studios (27 August - 9 September 1984), London
Jacobs Studios (12 September - 26 October 1984), Farnham,
Genetic Studios (12-26 January 1985), Reading, Berkshire, UK
Genre Hard rock
Length 46:20
Label Portrait (UK)
Columbia (USA)
Producer Tony Platt
Uriah Heep chronology
Head First
(1983)
Equator
(1985)
Raging Silence
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[2]

Equator was the sixteenth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1985. It marked the studio return of bassist Trevor Bolder, who had rejoined the band for the Head First tour. The band also had a new record label, Portrait Records, a subsidiary of CBS.

The tour programme would be Heep's last in the UK until the Wake the Sleeper tour, which began in 2008.

When the Heep back catalogue was issued on CD in the early 1990s by Castle and then remastered, with bonus tracks, in the mid-to-late 1990s by Essential, Equator was conspicuous by its absence. This was because Sony/CBS wanted what was considered an extortionate sum for the rights. The album ultimately had a CD release in 1999, with no bonus material whatsoever. When the Essential remasters were expanded and reissued in the early 2000s by Sanctuary, Equator had to be passed over once again. However, in 2010, the album finally saw a release in expanded and remastered format, in time for its 25th Anniversary, thus finally ending Sanctuary's remaster-series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Uriah Heep

  1. "Rockarama" - 4.20
  2. "Bad Blood" - 3.33
  3. "Lost One Love" - 4.40
  4. "Angel" - 4.47
  5. "Holding On" - 4.20
  6. "Party Time" - 4.20
  7. "Poor Little Rich Girl" - 6.25
  8. "Skools Burning" - 4.25
  9. "Heartache City" - 4.59
  10. "Night of the Wolf" - 4.31
Bonus tracks on 2010 reissue
  1. "Rockarama" (single edit)
  2. "Back Stage Girl" (B-side)
  3. "Gypsy" (live recording from 1985)
  4. "Poor Little Rich Girl" (single edit)

Singles[edit]

"Rockarama" was released as a single, including a shaped picture-disc, and a video was made for the song. The B-side was non-album track "Backstage Girl". "Poor Little Rich Girl" was also released as a single, with live B-sides.

Personnel[edit]

Production
  • Tony Platt - producer, engineer, Sinclavier programming
  • Gary Moberly - Fairlight programming
  • John Hallett, Stephen McLaughlin, Phil Tennant, Paul Corkette, John Levell - assistant engineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Uriah Heep Equator review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-03-28. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (4 April 1985). "Uriah Hepp 'Equator'". Kerrang! 91. London, UK: Morgan Grampian. p. 8. 

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