Return to Fantasy

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Return to Fantasy
Return To Fantasy (Uriah Heep album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released June 1975
Recorded Spring 1975
Studio Lansdowne Studios and Morgan Studios, London
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:33
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Return to Fantasy
High and Mighty
(1976)High and Mighty1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Return to Fantasy is the eighth studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1975 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was their first album with John Wetton as the new bassist, and featured singles "Return to Fantasy" and "Prima Donna". The original vinyl release was as a gatefold sleeve, with the lyrics reproduced on the inner liner.


Return to Fantasy "retains the musical experimentation that marked Sweet Freedom and Wonderworld, but has an overall harder-rocking feel that makes it more consistent than either one of those albums", said Donald A. Guarisco in his retrospective AllMusic review.[1] He criticized some of the album's "genre-hopping", and concluded, "In the end, Return to Fantasy lacks the coherence of a top-shelf Uriah Heep classic like Demons and Wizards but remains a strong and likable album that is guaranteed to please the group's fans".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mick Box, David Byron, Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake, except where noted.

  1. "Return to Fantasy" (Byron, Hensley) — 5:52
  2. "Shady Lady" — 4:46
  3. "Devil's Daughter" — 4:48
  4. "Beautiful Dream" — 4:52
  5. "Prima Donna" — 3:11
  6. "Your Turn to Remember" (Hensley) — 4:22
  7. "Showdown" — 4:17
  8. "Why Did You Go" — 3:53
  9. "A Year or a Day" (Hensley) — 4:22
1996 Bonus Tracks
  1. "Shout It Out" (Ken Hensley) - 3:37
  2. "The Time Will Come" - 4:10
  3. "Beautiful Dream (Demo)" - 5:50
  4. "Return to Fantasy (Single Version for European Release)" (Byron, Hensley) - 3:41
2004 bonus tracks
  1. "Shout It Out" (Ken Hensley) — 3:35
  2. "The Time Will Come" — 4:08
  3. "Prima Donna (Demo)" — 4:06
  4. "Why Did You Go (Demo)" — 5:19
  5. "Showdown (Demo)" — 4:18
  6. "Beautiful Dream (Demo)" — 5:49
  7. "Return to Fantasy (Extended Version)" (Byron, Hensley) — 7:14


The 2004 remastered version by Castle (UK) as SMRCD100, team

  • Remastering – Robert Corich, Mike Brown
  • Assistant remastering – Pavel Salgado
  • Sleeve design/illustration – Dave Filed


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