CLACD 208 Conquest
Produced by Uriah Heep and John Gallen
Released on February 1980
no chart information
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CLACD 208 cover
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A return to nothing but rather another minor reinvention. In fact the band’s history is a tweaking of something that never quite felt right. This time, vocalist John Sloman (Lone Star) enters the picture, puts his signature (complete with middle eastern affectation) on the material and slips back into the night. Judged on its material, Conquest is a good album, much as High And Mighty was. It charted lower than Fallen Angel, but it didn’t have a naked boobie on the cover either and that’s gotta be worth, I dunno, thirty imaginary points on the charts. I would tell you that Abominog and Conquest contain some of the most consistent material in middle Heepdom, but then again getting to middle Heepdom is problematic and probably not worth the trouble to most of you. You’d have to cross the valleys of a Wonderworld, the swamps of the late Seventies, get lost in the Eighties and cross back. Only after such a journey would the crackling synthesizers of “Carry On” or the experimental approach of an “Imagination” intrigue you. Sadly, because Sloman’s voice is the least Heeplike of the lot, Conquest is often seen as a lost cause. It’s not a lost cause or a lost treasure, simply the product of a band who knew something was broken and figured they had the talent to fix it. Maybe they overcompensated for Fallen’s failings with Conquest, or maybe too many things were changing at once: Hensley’s interest in synthesizers, Trevor Bolder’s emergence as a songwriter and Sloman’s voice. I like Conquest for the very reason that it doesn’t sound like their earlier work. And the songs, while not prog rock proper, are ambitious: “Out on the Streets,” “Won’t Have To Wait Too Long,” “No Return.” Bolder’s two tracks (“It Ain’t Easy,” “Fools”) are merely alright and Hensley’s “Feelings” lacks heart, but it wouldn’t be a Heep album if I didn’t have something to gripe about. There’s also a review of this at All Music Guide.

CLACD 208 picture sleeve
CLACD 208 picture sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. NO RETURN    (Trevor Bolder/Mick Box/Ken Hensley)
  2. IMAGINATION    (Ken Hensley)
  3. FEELINGS    (Ken Hensley)
  4. FOOLS    (Trevor Bolder)
  5. CARRY ON    (Ken Hensley)
  6. WON'T HAVE TO WAIT TOO LONG    (Trevor Bolder/Mick Box/Ken Hensley)
  7. OUT ON THE STREET    (Ken Hensley)
  8. IT AIN'T EASY    (Trevor Bolder)

    1998 CD reissue bonus tracks
  9. BEEN HURT
  10. LOVE STEALER
  11. THINK IT OVER
  12. MY JOANNA NEEDS TUNING
  13. LYING

    2004 CD reissue bonus tracks
  14. LOVE STEALER
  15. BEEN HURT
  16. THINK IT OVER
  17. LYING
  18. FEELINGS (LIVE)

CREDITS

TREVOR BOLDER -- bass guitar, lead vocal (8), backing vocals
MICK BOX -- guitars
KEN HENSLEY -- OBX, Vocoder, organ, piano, guitars, backing vocals
CHRIS SLADE -- staccato drums, percussion
JOHN SLOMAN -- lead vocals, backing vocals, piano, percussion
Gerry Bron -- executive producer, timpani (7)
John Gallen -- engineer
Martin Poole -- photo

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK February 1980 Bronze LP BRONX 524 lyric sleeve
ARG 1980 Bronze LP 2479  
GER 1980 Bronze LP 201 655 320 inner sleeve
JPN 1980 Bronze LP WBS-81308 lyric insert
MEX   Ariola LP LAE215 insert
RUS   SNC Records LP ME 2017  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSBRO73114  
UK 1990 Castle Classics CD CLACD 208  
EUR June 30, 1998 Essential CDX ESMCD 570 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
UK September 13, 2004 Sanctuary CDX SMRCD 112 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2004 Sanctuary CDX BVCM-37739 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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