I have bought this album in 2004 when it came out as a remaster. Because I bought about 100 cd's a month this one was shelved without listening to it - without any specific reason.

During the week I work very hard to afford this expensive hobby of mine and this morning  (Saturday) I got up at 5:30 to listen to Conquest. I took my notepad and started with No return. By the time I finished track 8, I have not written one word. Ok I thought this is early, it is a different line-up - let me go outside have a smoke, drink coffee and clear my mind. Perhaps I can hear something else when I come back.

Listening to it again it was even worse. Again I went outside. And I heard the most beautiful sounds. Birds and dogs and there were more melody and structure in their sounds that in this Uriah Heep with John Sloman album

When I heard the dogs bark again I immediately decided that I am going to call this album : Who let the dogs out album". Not only does Imagination end with sounds that sound like a lot of dogs barking at the moon, but the efforts of the band sound like a lot of dogs that was let out of the dog pound and went to a studio. Very bad. Now why is it bad? There are three reasons for it:

Firstly because of John Sloman. he sounds like a Geddy Lee wannabe that try to imitate Glenn Hughes. And he does a very poor job of it.

Secondly is there absolutely no cohesiveness on this album. I am still not sure what they try to do: R&B, prog Rock, Funk, hard Rock, funk. And everyone of the attempts were very bad.

Thirdly one  can say that the quality of the songs are very bad.

An album this bad, does not deserve a song-by-song review. Perhaps one should follow Mick Box's advice and use it as a frisbee.

I want to close with a paragraph that includes all the songs and summarize how I feel about Conquest.

After Conquest there was No Return. Ken Hensley left and Mick Box had put the band on ice. You have to be Fools or use your Imagination to have any Feelings for this album or to think that Uriah Heep could Carry On this way. Fortunately for all the Heepsters You won't have to Wait Too Long  because Out on the Street was a man called Peter Goalby waiting to be called upon. It ain't easy to resurrect a band this far down the road, but fortunately they did.

Rating: 2/10


Release date: 1980

Trevor Bolder Bass, Guitar (Bass), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Karl Bosley Design, Cover Design
Mick Box Guitar
Lorraine Bromley Project Coordinator
Gerry Bron Timbales, Tympani [Timpani], Executive Producer
Mike Brown Remastering
Mick Carpenter Project Coordinator
Julian Cooper Assistant
Robert M. Corich Liner Notes, Coordination, Remastering, Research, Research Coordination
Linda Curry Design, Cover Design
Albert de Gouveia Reissue Design
John Gallen Producer, Engineer
Ken Hensley Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Multi Instruments, Vocoder, Oberheim
Neil Jeffries Liner Notes
Dave Kemp Assistant Engineer, Assistant
Martin Poole Design, Photography, Cover Design, Cover Photo
Nick Rogers Assistant Engineer, Assistant
Richard Roy Assistant, Remastering Assistant
Chris Slade Percussion, Drums
John Sloman Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Red Steel Revised Notes
Uriah Heep Group, Producer

1. No Return / Uriah Heep
2. Imagination / Uriah Heep
3. Feelings / Uriah Heep
4. Fools / Uriah Heep
5. Carry On / Uriah Heep
6. Won't Have To Wait Too Long / Uriah Heep
7. Out On The Street / Uriah Heep
8. It Ain't Easy / Uriah Heep
9. Love Stealer (Single A Side) / Uriah Heep *
10. Been Hurt (Single B Side) / Uriah Heep *
11. Think It Over (Single A Side) / Uriah Heep *
12. Lying (Outtake) / Uriah Heep *
13. Feelings (Live) / Uriah Heep *

Feelings (live)
 

This is the "Who let the dogs out" album. Could not get worse. As with David Byron where his last album with Heep was his worst - this was Ken hensley's last album and also his worst.


 

 

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