Head First (Uriah Heep album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||May 5, 1983|
|Studio||The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire, England; The Roundhouse, London|
Mercury (North America)
|Uriah Heep chronology|
|Singles from Head First|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
The album was recorded by the line-up responsible for the previous year's Abominog, but this time with a greater proportion of the songs written by the band members. Bob Daisley left the group shortly after the album's recording to rejoin Ozzy Osbourne; on the Head First tour former Heep bassist Trevor Bolder rejoined the band, effectively replacing his replacement, and remained with the band until his death in 2013.
Video footage of the tour, from a show in New Zealand, was heavily featured on the long-form video Easy Livin': A History of Uriah Heep. In Japan only, this was also released on laserdisc.
|1.||"The Other Side of Midnight"||Mick Box, Bob Daisley, Peter Goalby, Lee Kerslake, John Sinclair||3:55|
|2.||"Stay on Top"||Tom Jackson||3:35|
|3.||"Lonely Nights" (Bryan Adams cover)||Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance||4:07|
|4.||"Sweet Talk"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair, Linda Sinclair||3:51|
|5.||"Love is Blind"||Richie Zito, Joey Carbone||3:38|
|6.||"Roll-Overture"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, J. Sinclair||2:18|
|7.||"Red Lights"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, J. Sinclair||2:57|
|8.||"Rollin' the Rock"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, J. Sinclair||5:31|
|9.||"Straight Through the Heart"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair||3:39|
|10.||"Weekend Warriors"||Box, Daisley, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair||3:50|
|11.||"Playing for Time" (B-side of the single "Stay on Top")||Box, Daisley, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair||4:27|
|12.||"Searching" (instrumental out-take)||Box, Daisley, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair||3:52|
|13.||"The Wizard" (live 1984)||Mark Clarke, Ken Hensley||4:52|
|11.||"Playing for Time" (B-side of the single "Stay on Top")||4:27|
|12.||"Searching" (extended demo)||4:54|
|13.||"The Other Side of Midnight" (live 1984)||4:36|
|14.||"Lonely Nights" (live 1984)||6:45|
|15.||"Angel" (live 1985)||Box, Trevor Bolder, Goalby, Kerslake, J. Sinclair||5:22|
- Uriah Heep
- Peter Goalby – vocals
- Mick Box – guitars, vocals
- John Sinclair – keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
- Bob Daisley – bass
- Lee Kerslake – drums, percussion, vocals
- Additional musicians
- Frank Ricotti – percussion on "Roll–Overture"
- Ashley Howe – producer, engineer, mixing
- Nick Rogers – engineer, mixing on "Roll–Overture"
- Keith Nixon – assistant engineer
- "Stay on Top" was released as a single and a video was made. A double-7" gatefold edition was released. Non-album track "Playing for Time" was included.
- "Lonely Nights", a cover version of the previous year's hit by Bryan Adams, was the second single. A picture-disc 7" was released.
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