Innocent Victim

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

Innocent Victim
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1977
RecordedJuly–September 1977
StudioRoundhouse Recording Studios, London, UK
GenreHard rock, arena rock
Warner Bros. (North America)
ProducerGerry Bron, Ken Hensley
Uriah Heep chronology
Innocent Victim
Fallen Angel
Singles from Innocent Victim
  1. "Free Me" / "Masquerade"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal3/10[2]

Although it did not chart in the US or UK, Innocent Victim went on to sell more than 100,000 copies in Germany alone,[citation needed] and reached No. 19 and No. 44 in New Zealand and Australia, respectively.[3][4] The single "Free Me" was a #3 hit in New Zealand and also peaked at #3 in South Africa. "Free Me" was also Uriah Heep's only hit in Australia, reaching #9.[5][6]

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 listingEdit

All tracks are written by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

Side one
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
Side two
6."Free Me" 3:34
7."Cheat 'n' Lie" 4:54
8."The Dance"Williams4:49
1997 CD remastered edition bonus tracks
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" (outtake)Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton3:10
2004 Expanded Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
12."Put Your Music (Where Your Mouth Is)" (outtake)Bolder, Box, Hensley, Kerslake, Lawton2:57
13."Cheat 'n' Lie" (alternative live version) 5:58
14."Free Me" (alternative live version) 5:46
15."Free 'n' Easy" (alternative live version)Box, Lawton3:15


Uriah Heep
  • Gerry Bron – producer
  • Peter Gallen – engineer
  • Mark Dearnley – engineer on track 9
  • John Gallen, Juilan Cooper – assistant engineers




  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Uriah Heep - Innocent Victim review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 303–304. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  3. ^ a b "Uriah Heep – Innocent Victim (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ a b "Uriah Heep – Free Me (Song)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b "SA Charts 1965 - 1989: Acts U". Springbok Radio. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Uriah Heep – Innocent Victim (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Album – Uriah Heep, Innocent Victim". (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Uriah Heep – Free Me". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Uriah Heep – Free Me". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Single – Uriah Heep, Free Me". (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 24 January 2019.

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