Firefly (Uriah Heep album)

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Firefly
Firefly (Uriah Heep album).jpg
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released February 1977
Recorded October–November 1976
Studio Roundhouse Recording, London, England
Length 35:20 (original release)
52:11 (CD reissue)
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
High and Mighty
(1976)
Firefly
(1977)
Innocent Victim
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Firefly is the 10th album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1977 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was their first album without lead vocalist and founding member David Byron, and the first of three albums with new singer John Lawton.

Bassist Trevor Bolder made his Uriah Heep debut on this album. Barring a break of about 18 months in the early 1980s, he remained with the group until his death in 2013.

The first single from the album was "Wise Man".

The original vinyl album was a gatefold sleeve, with a cardboard lyric liner.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "The Hanging Tree" (Hensley, Jack Williams) 3:40
2. "Been Away Too Long" 5:03
3. "Who Needs Me" (Lee Kerslake) 3:39
4. "Wise Man" 4:40
5. "Do You Know" 3:12
6. "Rollin' On" 6:21
7. "Sympathy" 4:44
8. "Firefly" 6:21

1997 bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
9. "Crime of Passion" (B-side of "Wise Man" single) 3:37
10. "Do You Know" (previously unreleased demo version recorded in 1976) 3:16
11. "A Far Better Way" (previously unreleased version different from the rough mix released on the Time of Revelation box set in 1996 (Hensley, Box, Kerslake, Bolder, Lawton)) 5:50
12. "Wise Man (TV Backing Track)" (previously unreleased mix originally used during an advertising campaign) 4:48

2004 bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
9. "Crime of Passion" (B-side (Hensley, Box, Kerslake))  
10. "A Far Better Way" (outtake (Hensley, Box, Kerslake, Bolder, Lawton))  
11. "I Always Knew" (outtake (Hensley, Box, Kerslake, Bolder, Lawton))  
12. "Dance Dance Dance" (outtake (Hensley, Box, Kerslake, Bolder, Lawton))  
13. "Been Away Too Long" (demo)  
14. "Do You Know" (demo)  
15. "Who Needs Me" (live version (Kerslake))  
16. "Wise Man" (TV backing track)  

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Engineer – Peter Gallen
  • Assisted by John Gallen
  • Cover concept and coordination – Gail Clarke
  • Cover painting – Martin White

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