Conquest (Uriah Heep album)

Conquest is the 13th album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1980. It was released worldwide by Bronze Records; however, the album was never released in North America, where it was difficult to find even as an import.[2]

Conquest
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1980
Recorded1979
StudioThe Roundhouse Recording Studios, London
Genre
Length42:58
LabelBronze
ProducerUriah Heep, John Gallen, Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Fallen Angel
(1978)
Conquest
(1980)
Abominog
(1982)
Singles from Conquest
  1. "Carry On" / "Been Hurt"
    Released: 1980
  2. "Feelings" / "Been Hurt"
    Released: 1980
  3. "Love Stealer" / "No Return"
    Released: 1980
  4. "Think It Over" / "My Joanna Needs Tuning"
    Released: 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal1/10[2]

1979-80 was a period of change for Heep, with John Sloman taking over lead vocal duties, Lee Kerslake bowing out from behind the drumstool, and main songwriter Ken Hensley ultimately leaving the band. Taken together with the commercial rock sound of the album,[3] this is the most contentious era of Uriah Heep's history, with many fans believing Conquest is the group's worst record.[4] Despite this era being regarded in hindsight as something of a disaster by Hensley as well as Mick Box,[4] the album did receive some positive reviews at the time, namely a five-star rating from Record Mirror and three-and-a-half stars from Geoff Barton in Sounds.[4] It also sold well enough to crack the Top 40 of the UK album charts, whereas all three of the band's previous records with John Lawton had failed to chart in the UK at all.

The original UK release came in a single, matte LP sleeve, stickered with 'Special 10th Anniversary Price £3.99', with the liner being heavy-stock card, complete with lyrics. It credits Trevor Bolder with vocals on "It Ain't Easy" but it is, in fact, Sloman. The cover photograph, taken by Martin Poole, is based on the famous image of the raising of the second flag at Iwo Jima.

"Think It Over" was released as a picture sleeve single to promote the new line-up and tour of late 1980 and features Gregg Dechert on keyboards. Originally "Been Hurt" was written for a fourth John Lawton-fronted album. This song was shelved after Lawton's departure. The original version with Lawton on vocals has been released on the remastered version of the Fallen Angel album. When Conquest was re-issued again as a Deluxe Edition in 2004 the bonus tracks remained much the same, but "My Joanna Needs Tuning" was dropped; added in its stead was a version of "Feelings" that had previously only ever appeared on a Bronze Records promotional VHS tape.

Track listingsEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Return"Trevor Bolder, Mick Box, Ken Hensley6:07
2."Imagination"Hensley5:49
3."Feelings"Hensley5:26
4."Fools"Bolder5:03
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Carry On"Hensley3:57
6."Won't Have to Wait Too Long"Bolder, Box, Hensley4:54
7."Out on the Street"Hensley5:57
8."It Ain't Easy"Bolder5:45
1997 remastered edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Been Hurt" (B-side to "Carry On")Hensley3:56
10."Love Stealer" (single A-side)Philip Wainman, Richard Myhill3:28
11."Think It Over" (single A-side)John Sloman, Bolder3:33
12."My Joanna Needs Tuning (Inside Out)" (B-side to "Think It Over")Bolder, Box, Gregg Dechert, Slade, Sloman3:02
13."Lying" (previously unreleased outtake)Bolder, Hensley, Slade, Sloman4:23
Total length:61:20
2004 Expanded Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Love Stealer" (single A-side)Philip Wainman, Richard Myhill3:28
10."Been Hurt" (B-side to "Carry On")Hensley3:56
11."Think It Over" (single A-side)John Sloman, Bolder3:33
12."Lying" (previously unreleased outtake)Bolder, Hensley, Slade, Sloman4:23
13."Feelings" (single edit)Hensley2:40
Total length:60:58

PersonnelEdit

Uriah Heep
Additional musicians
Production
  • John Gallen - producer, engineer
  • Julian Cooper, Darren Burn, David Kemp, Nick Rogers - assistant engineers
  • Martin Poole - sleeve design, photography
  • Karl Bosley, Lindy Curry - sleeve design
  • Gerry Bron - executive producer

ChartsEdit

Year Chart Position
1980 Norwegian Albums Chart[5] 11
German Albums Chart[6] 33
UK Albums Chart[7] 37

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Uriah Heep - Conquest review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 378–379. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Uriah Heep Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c Conquest (CD Booklet). Uriah Heep. UK: Sanctuary Records. 2004. SMRCD112.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ "Uriah Heep – Conquest (Album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Album – Uriah Heep, Conquest". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Uriah Heep Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)