CLACD 191 High And Mighty
Produced and Arranged by Uriah Heep
Released on May 1976
UK CHART POSITION #55 . . . US CHART POSITION #161
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CLACD 191 cover
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J ohn Wetton’s arrival did bring some turbulence, only an album later than expected. Return To Fantasy wasn’t a demonstrably different record than its predecessors. High And Mighty was. The band seemed to have split into two camps: Byron, Box and Kerslake (who all appeared on Byron’s solo elpee from 1975) on one side, Hensley and Wetton on the other. Hensley took the opportunity to shape the band in his own image by writing all of the material (including two tracks with Wetton). Tellingly, the opening track was sung not by Byron but Wetton himself. “One Way Or Another” is one of the best songs on the album, even though it sounds more like the work of UK than Uriah Heep. And yet change, especially in the case of Heep, isn’t always a bad thing. High and Mighty is one of my favorites from them. “Midnight,” “Footprints in the Snow,” “Weep In Silence” and “Can’t Stop Singing” prove that you can’t keep a good band down. The album didn’t chart well, unfortunately, but since there was no explaining the band’s popularity in the first place, why bother explaining the waning of it. The damage was already done anyway; Byron left after the album, Wetton too, and by 1977 the band bore little resemblance to the lean and muscular, mildly progressive minstrels of High And Mighty. While the album may contain fewer flights of fantasy, it does feature a very solid collection of songs. This remains an intriguing experiment that should be unlocked and let out of the Heep Keep more often.

TRACK LISTING

  1. ONE WAY OR ANOTHER
  2. WEEP IN SILENCE    (Ken Hensley/John Wetton)
  3. MISTY EYES
  4. MIDNIGHT
  5. CAN'T KEEP A GOOD BAND DOWN
  6. WOMAN OF THE WORLD
  7. FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW    (Ken Hensley/John Wetton)
  8. CAN'T STOP SINGING
  9. MAKE A LITTLE LOVE
  10. CONFESSION

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  11. NAME OF THE GAME
  12. SUNDOWN

    2004 CD reissue bonus, bonus tracks
  13. WEEP IN SILENCE (VERSION)
  14. NAME OF THE GAME (DEMO)
  15. DOES ANYTHING MATTER
  16. I CLOSE MY EYES
  17. TAKE CARE
  18. CAN'T KEEP A GOOD BAND DOWN (EDIT)

    All songs written by Ken Hensley unless noted

CREDITS

MICK BOX -- lead guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar
DAVID BYRON -- vocals
KEN HENSLEY -- organ, piano, Moog synthesizer, tubular bells, electric piano, guitar, slide guitar, acoustic guitar, electric 12 string guitar, pedal steel guitar, vocals
LEE KERSLAKE -- drums, percussion, vocals
JOHN WETTON -- bass, guitar, Mellotron, electric piano, vocals
Ashley Howe -- engineer
Peter Gallen -- engineer (1,7)

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK May 1976 Bronze LP ILPS 9384 lyric sleeve
US May 1976 Warner Bros. LP BS 2949 lyric insert
BRA 1976 Bronze LP 2409 307  
FRA 1976 Bronze LP BRO-2017Y  
GER 1976 Bronze LP 28 715 XOT lyric sleeve
JPN 1976 Bronze LP P-10196B  
NET 1976 Bronze LP 27438XOT  
RUS   SNC LP ME-2021  
YUG   Jugoton LP LSBR73045 inner sleeve
UK 1990 Castle Classics LP/CD CLALP/CLACD 191  
EUR 1996 Essential CDX ESMCD 468 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
US October 26, 1999 Castle Music America CDX CMACD 530 digital remaster w. bonus tracks
  September 11, 2001 Sanctuary CDX 81105 w. bonus tracks
UK July 6, 2004 Sanctuary CDX SMRCD-101 remaster w. extra bonus tracks
US Augyst 25, 2004 Castle Music America CDX 72373 remaster w. extra bonus tracks

 

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