High and Mighty (album)

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This article is about the Uriah Heep album. For the Gov't Mule album, see High & Mighty.
High and Mighty
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Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released June 1976
Recorded December 1975 – March 1976
Genre Hard rock
Length 38:00
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep chronology
Return to Fantasy
(1975)
High and Mighty
(1976)
Firefly
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

High and Mighty is the ninth studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1976 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US.

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).

John Wetton and Ken Hensley shared vocal duties on "One Way or Another".

The original vinyl release was a single sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner liner.

Reception[edit]

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.[1] 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".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ken Hensley, except where noted

  1. "One Way or Another" – 4:37
  2. "Weep in Silence" (Hensley, John Wetton) – 5:09
  3. "Misty Eyes" – 4:15
  4. "Midnight" – 5:40
  5. "Can't Keep a Good Band Down" – 3:40
  6. "Woman of the World" – 3:10
  7. "Footprints in the Snow" (Hensley, Wetton) – 3:56
  8. "Can't Stop Singing" – 3:15
  9. "Make a Little Love" – 3:24
  10. "Confession" – 2:14
2004 Bonus Tracks
  1. "Name of the Game" (outtake)
  2. "Sundown" (outtake)
  3. "Weep in Silence (Extended Version)" (Hensley, Wetton)
  4. "Name of the Game (Demo)"
  5. "Does Anything Matter (Demo)"
  6. "I Close My Eyes (Demo)"
  7. "Take Care (Demo)"
  8. "Can't Keep a Good Band Down (Single Edit)"

Personnel[edit]

2004 remastered version by Castle (UK) as SMRCD101, team
  • Remastering by Robert Corich
  • Remastering by Mike Brown
  • Assistant Remastering: Pavel Salgado

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