Innocent Victim

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Innocent Victim
Innocent Victim (Uriah Heep album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released November 1977
Recorded July–September 1977
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
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]

Innocent Victim is the 11th studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in November 1977 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US.

Although it did not chart in the US or UK, Innocent Victim went on to sell more than 1 million copies in Germany alone, and reached No. 19 and No. 44 in New Zealand and Australia, respectively.

The single "Free Me" was a No. 1 hit in New Zealand and peaked at No. 3 in South Africa.

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.

The album was remastered and reissued by Castle Communications in 1997 with two bonus tracks, and again in 2004 in an expanded deluxe edition including three live tracks recorded during the band's 1979 European tour (these are alternate versions to the ones released on the Live in Europe 1979 album).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Keep On Ridin'"Hensley, Jack Williams3:40
2."Flyin' High" 3:19
3."Roller"Trevor Bolder, Pete McDonald4:41
4."Free 'n' Easy"Mick Box, John Lawton3:05
5."Illusion" 5:05
6."Free Me" 3:34
7."Cheat 'n' Lie" 4:54
8."The Dance"Williams4:49
9."Choices"Williams5:49

1997 remastered edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)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 (Out-Take)" (outtake)Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton3:10

2004 expanded deluxe edition[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Put Your Music (Where Your Mouth Is)" (outtake)Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton2:57
13."Cheat 'n' Lie" 5:58
14."Free Me (Alternative Live Version)" 5:46
15."Free 'n' Easy (Alternative Live Version)"Box, Lawton3:15

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak position
German Album Charts[2] 15

References[edit]

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