Salisbury (album)

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Salisbury
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released January 1971 (US)
February 1971 (UK)
Recorded October–November, 1970 at Lansdowne Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 37:59
Label Vertigo (UK) (original release)
Bronze (UK) (reissue)
Mercury (USA)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
(1970)
Salisbury
(1971)
Look at Yourself
(1971)
Alternative covers
Uriah Heep Salisbury US album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Salisbury is the second album released by British rock band Uriah Heep.

Although the majority of tracks are clean hard rock, more so than on the previous ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, the album features forays into both jazz-fusion on "The Park", and square progressive rock on the band's first foray into large-scale composition, the 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra. It also includes the largely acoustic ballad "Lady In Black." The hard rock sound, quite prominent here, would be transferred over to their next release, which was to be dominated by this genre.

Unlike their first album, songwriting credits for fully half of the record are attributed to Ken Hensley alone, as opposed to the collaborative partnership credits of Box/Byron on the debut.

The album was originally released on the Vertigo label, as had been the band's debut ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, but both were soon re-released when the band signed to the new Bronze Records for their third LP.

The connection of the artwork to the title is readily explained. Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, is an Army training-area. On the front of the album sleeve is a British Chieftain tank. The original LP release was a gatefold-sleeve. Inside is a b/w picture of a British tank of the First World War, over which were printed Hensley's comments on each track. Later reissues would be in a single sleeve.

About[edit]

The band's second album Salisbury was more squarely in the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra.[2] One of the album's tracks, "Lady in Black", described as "a stylishly arranged tune that builds from a folk-styled acoustic tune into a throbbing rocker full of ghostly harmonies and crunching guitar riffs",[2] became a hit in Germany upon its re-release in 1977 (earning the band the Radio Luxemburg Lion award). Produced by Gerry Bron, the second album went a long way to (according to AllMusic) perfect Uriah Heep's "blend of heavy metal power and prog rock complexity"[2] and was also significant for Ken Hensley's instant rise to a position of the main author. Soon after the release Keith Baker left the band[3] to be replaced by Ian Clarke (from another Vertigo band Cressida). With him the band made their first US tour, supporting Three Dog Night and Steppenwolf.[4]

Track listing[edit]

UK Release[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bird of Prey"   Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensley, Paul Newton 4:13
2. "The Park"   Hensley 5:41
3. "Time to Live"   Box, Byron, Hensley 4:01
4. "Lady in Black"   Hensley 4:44
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "High Priestess"   Hensley 3:42
2. "Salisbury"   Box, Byron, Hensley 16:20

US Release[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "High Priestess"   Hensley 3:39
2. "The Park"   Hensley 5:38
3. "Time to Live"   Box, Byron, Hensley 4:02
4. "Lady in Black"   Hensley 4:43
Side 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Simon the Bullet Freak"   Hensley 3:25
2. "Salisbury"   Box, Byron, Hensley 16:12

1996 remastered CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bird of Prey"   Box, Byron, Hensley, Newton 4:13
2. "The Park"   Hensley 5:41
3. "Time to Live"   Box, Byron, Hensley 4:01
4. "Lady in Black"   Hensley 4:44
5. "High Priestess"   Hensley 3:42
6. "Salisbury"   Box, Byron, Hensley 16:20

This remastered CD added two bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Simon the Bullet Freak"   Hensley 3:27
8. "High Priestess" (Single Edit) Hensley 3:13

2003 Expanded Deluxe Edition[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bird of Prey"   Box, Byron, Hensley, Newton 4:13
2. "The Park"   Hensley 5:41
3. "Time to Live"   Box, Byron, Hensley 4:01
4. "Lady in Black"   Hensley 4:44
5. "High Priestess"   Hensley 3:42
6. "Salisbury"   Box, Byron, Hensley 16:20

2003 Expanded Deluxe Edition has 7 bonus tracks:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Simon the Bullet Freak"   Hensley 3:27
2. "Here Am I"   Hensley 7:51
3. "Lady in Black" (Single Edit) Hensley 3:34
4. "High Priestess" (Single Edit) Hensley 3:39
5. "Salisbury" (Single Edit) Box, Byron, Hensley 4:23
6. "The Park" (Alternate Version) Hensley 5:19
7. "Time to Live" (Alternate Version) Box, Byron, Hensley 4:13

Charts[edit]

Country Number Year Ref
Finland 1. 1971
Australia 22. 1971
Germany 31. 1971 [5]
U.S.A. 103. 1971 [6]

Release History[edit]

Format Country Label Year
LP Germany Bronze 28764 1971
LP Brazil Island 410002 1971
LP The Netherlands Bronze 88184 XAT 1971
LP United Kingdom Bronze ILPS-9152 1971
LP U.S.A. Mercury SR 61319 1971
LP United Kingdom Vertigo 6360 028 1971
LP Spain Bronze 28.764-I 1972
LP France Bronze BRO 2006 1974
LP Germany Bronze 85691 XOT 1975
LP Bronze BRNA 152 1977
LP Germany Bronze 28 764 ET 1980
CD Germany Bronze 258 295 1985
LP Germany Castle Classics CLALP 106 1986
CD United Kingdom Castle Classics CLACD 106 1988
CD U.S.A. Mercury 811 389-2 1990
CD Russia Victor JPN VICP-2080 1993
CD United Kingdom
Germany
Essential ESM CD 317 1996
CD Japan Victor JPN VICP-61829 2002
LP Italy Earmark 41025 2003
LP United Kingdom Sanctuary CMRCD643 2003
CD Europe Sanctuary Midline SMRCD049 2004
CD Japan BMG Japan BVCM-37714 2006
CD Sanctuary Midline SMBCD384 2006
SHM-CD Japan Universal Japan UICY-94722 2010
LP Australia Bronze 24152
LP Germany Bronze 85 691 ET

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Gerry Bron
  • Recorded, Engineered & Mixed By Peter Gallen
  • Mastered By Tom Coyne

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ a b c Donald A. Guarisco. "Salisbury album review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ Kirk Blows. "Uriah Heep Story p.3". www.uriah-heep.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ Kirk Blows. "Uriah Heep Story p.4". www.uriah-heep.com. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.de/album.asp?artist=Uriah+Heep&title=Salisbury&country=de
  6. ^ http://www.musicmight.com/linkto/artist/{194F13B0-DB5B-4CAA-96A0-CAC4263