Innocent Victim

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Innocent Victim
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released November 1977
Recorded July–September 1977
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:48
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Gerry Bron, Ken Hensley
Uriah Heep chronology
Firefly
(1977)
Innocent Victim
(1977)
Fallen Angel
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Released in 1977, Innocent Victim is the 11th album released by British rock band Uriah Heep.

Although it did not chart in the US or UK, Innocent Victim was highly successful in Germany and New Zealand.

The single "Free Me" was a #1 hit in NZ. Innocent victim went on to sell well over 1 million copies in Germany alone. It reached #19 and #44 in NZ and Australia respectively.

The eyes of drummer Lee Kerslake were used for the snake on the cover artwork. In the US, the sleeve was a live photomontage instead.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ken Hensley, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Keep on Ridin'" (Hensley, Jack Williams) 3:40
2. "Flyin' High"   3:19
3. "Roller" (Trevor Bolder, Pete McDonald) 4:41
4. "Free 'n' Easy" (Mick Box, John Lawton) 3:05
5. "Illusion"   5:05
6. "Free Me"   3:34
7. "Cheat 'n' Lie"   4:54
8. "The Dance" (Williams) 4:49
9. "Choices" (Williams) 5:49

Bonus tracks on 1997 remastered reissue (Castle ESMCD 560)[edit]

No. Title Length
10. "Illusion / Masquerade (Full unedited version)" (Originally recorded as one track, but released as separate tracks – "Illusion" as album track and "Masquerade" as B-side on single "Free Me") 8:18
11. "The River (Outtake)" (Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton) 3:10

More bonus tracks on 2004 expanded de-luxe edition (Sanctuary SMRCD 108)[edit]

This release includes bonuses from 1997, plus the following:

No. Title Length
12. "Put Your Music (Where Your Mouth Is)" (Outtake from Firefly sessions (Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton)) 2:57
13. "Cheat 'n' Lie (Live)"   5:58
14. "Free Me (Live)"   5:46
15. "Free 'n' Easy (Live)" (Box, Lawton) 3:15

Tracks 13–15 recorded live during European Tour 1979. These are alternate versions to the ones released on Live in Europe 1979 album.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[2] 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 19 June 2013.