Return to Fantasy

Return to Fantasy is the eighth studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released on 13 June 1975 in the United Kingdom by Bronze Records. It was the first of the two albums to feature John Wetton as the new bass player, who replaced Gary Thain in early 1975.

Return to Fantasy
Return To Fantasy (Uriah Heep album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
Released13 June 1975 (UK)
RecordedSpring 1975
StudioLansdowne Studios and Morgan Studios, London
ProducerGerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Return to Fantasy
High and Mighty
Singles from Return to Fantasy
  1. "Prima Donna"
    Released: 13 June 1975
  2. "Return to Fantasy"
    Released: December 1975 (Europe and Japan)

The sleeve-art is by British artist Dave Field.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal5/10[2]

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. 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".[1] The review by Canadian journalist Martin Popoff was very critical of the album's recording "dominated by blaring but thin organ and sloppy drumming" and of Byron's "distant and unsure" performance, judging the album "completely adrift without a trace of spark".[2]

Track listingEdit

Side one
1."Return to Fantasy"Ken Hensley, David Byron5:52
2."Shady Lady"Hensley, Mick Box, Byron, Lee Kerslake4:46
3."Devil's Daughter"Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake4:48
4."Beautiful Dream"Hensley, Byron, Box, Kerslake4:52
Side two
5."Prima Donna"Byron, Box, Kerslake, Hensley3:11
6."Your Turn to Remember"Hensley4:22
7."Showdown"Hensley, Byron, Box, Kerslake4:17
8."Why Did You Go"Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake3:53
9."A Year or a Day"Hensley4:22
Total length:40:35
1996 Essential remastered and expanded edition bonus tracks
10."Shout It Out" (B-side to single "Prima Donna")Hensley3:34
11."The Time Will Come" (B-side to single "Return to Fantasy")Byron, Box, Hensley, Kerslake4:10
12."Beautiful Dream" (previously unreleased version) 5:49
13."Return to Fantasy" (edited version) 3:39
Total length:57:49
2004 Sanctuary Midline remastered and expanded edition bonus tracks
10."Shout It Out" (B-side)3:34
11."The Time Will Come" (B-side)4:08
12."Prima Donna" (alternate demo version)4:05
13."Why Did You Go" (alternate demo version)5:18
14."Showdown" (alternate demo version)4:18
15."Beautiful Dream" (alternate demo version)5:48
16."Return to Fantasy" (extended version)7:18
Total length:75:08


Uriah Heep
  • Gerry Bron – producer
  • Peter Gallen – engineer
  • Dave Burns, Dave Harris – assistant engineers
  • Harry Moss – mastering engineer at EMI Abbey Road Studios, London
  • Dave Field – illustration
  • Joe Gaffney – photography




Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1976 Silver (+ 60,000)[17]


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  2. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 303. ISBN 978-1894959025.
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