High and Mighty (album)
|High and Mighty|
|Studio album by Uriah Heep|
|Recorded||December 1975 – March 1976|
Warner Bros. (USA)
|Uriah Heep chronology|
High and Mighty was the last Uriah Heep album to feature vocalist and founding member David Byron, who was subsequently fired due to his troubles with alcohol (he later died in 1985).
The original vinyl release was a single sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner liner.
The album was not well received, as stylistically it veered from their earlier progressive rock vein into more mainstream territory, and lacked the group's signature lengthy compositions and fantastical subject matter. "Several of the songs find the band flirting with pop elements in a way that doesn't complement their hard rocking style", said Donald A. Guarisco in his retrospective AllMusic review. He added that High and Mighty "shows flashes of the group's old firepower, but is ultimately sunk by a combination of unfocused experimentation and uneven songwriting".
All songs written by Ken Hensley, except where noted
- "One Way or Another" – 4:37
- "Weep in Silence" (Hensley, John Wetton) – 5:09
- "Misty Eyes" – 4:15
- "Midnight" – 5:40
- "Can't Keep a Good Band Down" – 3:40
- "Woman of the World" – 3:10
- "Footprints in the Snow" (Hensley, Wetton) – 3:56
- "Can't Stop Singing" – 3:15
- "Make a Little Love" – 3:24
- "Confession" – 2:14
- 2004 Bonus Tracks
- "Name of the Game" (outtake)
- "Sundown" (outtake)
- "Weep in Silence (Extended Version)" (Hensley, Wetton)
- "Name of the Game (Demo)"
- "Does Anything Matter (Demo)"
- "I Close My Eyes (Demo)"
- "Take Care (Demo)"
- "Can't Keep a Good Band Down (Single Edit)"
- David Byron – Lead vocals (except "One Way Or Another")
- John Wetton – Bass guitar, mellotron, electric piano, vocals (lead vocals on "One Way Or Another")
- Lee Kerslake – Drums, percussion, vocals
- Mick Box – Lead guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar
- Ken Hensley – Organ, piano, Moog synthesizer, tubular bells, electric piano, guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, electric 12-string guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals (lead vocals on "One Way Or Another")
- 2004 remastered version by Castle (UK) as SMRCD101, team
- Remastering by Robert Corich
- Remastering by Mike Brown
- Assistant Remastering: Pavel Salgado