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Sanctuary (2005)
Uriah Heep

In the 80s, Uriah Heep were still going, guitarist Mick Box still flying the flag. By this time, however, Uriah Heep were a completely different beast from their 70s heyday, back from the dead almost, and a completely new line-up too.

Issued in 1982, Abominog Sanctuary SMRCD185 (67:09) featured vocalist Pete Goalby, keyboard player John Sinclair, returning mainstay drummer Lee Kerslake and former Rainbow/Ozzy bassist Bob Daisley replacing the since returned Trevor Bolder.

The album had a strong modern 80s sound, if a little poppy and less operatic, but tracks like On The Rebound and the cover of Thatís The Way That It Is are still great. Screams and crunching guitars, with a nod of AOR. ****

With some consistency, 1983ís Head First Sanctuary SMRCD186 (63:43) kept the same line-up, the sound really gelling too. Opener The Other Side Of Midnight is a strong number, with strong guitars, and Weekend Warriors is as heavy and fast a song as Heep would ever record.

Sadly this album would close a chapter, ending their relationship with Bronze records. ****

Modern and less reliant on the organ grinding Hensley influence, both these albums are a breath of fresh air, and come with a plethora of extra tracks and packed booklets.

Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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