a great album by a great band.Music like this has been lost to time but classic rock fans know that time brings all great things back to the present day
By the Dawn of the 80’s, Uriah Heep were Considered to Be a Relic in the Hard Rock World and No was Surprised When They Disbanded after their Previous Poorly Received ”Conquest” Album. However, Everyone Listening Received an Unexpected Surprise When the Band Returned with a New Line-up and a Sleek Revamped Sound on 1982’s ”Abominog”. The Tone is Set by Opening Track, ”Too Scared to Run”, a Dynamic Rocker that Contrasts Its Furious Guitarladen Veses with a Harmony-drenched Chorus Worthy of Queen. Other Sharp Rockers in this Vein Include, ”Running all Night (With the Lion)” and ”Hot Persuasion”, a Lusty Metal Opus with Traces of USA Aor Giants, Foreigner. This Re-issue is Complemented with a Previously Unreleased Video Soundtrack of the Song,”Think it Over”, Tracks from the EP, ”Abominog Junior” and also Three Alternative Live Versions.
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I bought this cd in 83′ when it first came out on vinyl.Great album and brings back many memories.
I couldn’t find my album of the same CD, lost it some where. Although, the cover picture is absolutely hidious, the music is excellent and captivating. I especially love the added extra songs. Most places I looked for it on-line called it a japanesse import and wanted over $45., for the same thing I purchased for $10.. Thanks That was a great relief. My favorite song I guess “That’s the way that it is ” and you won’t ever change it…. Real classic hard rock from around 1985, 80’s nostagia at it’s best.
Nowadays, it is quite common for a band can take a hiatus from recording/touring for a couple of years. Back in the day, a year away from the studio or off the road was a recipe for disaster. But guitarist Mick Box went against the norm in 1982 and Uriah Heep roared back onto the scene.
The band had spent several years trying to reinvent itself while keeping an ambitious recording/touring schedule before calling it quits in 1980. But Box used the time off to plot a sustainable course for the band, which included the return of drummer Lee Kerslake – who brought bassist Bob Daisley from their stint with Ozzy – along with vocalist Peter Goalby and keyboardist John Sinclair.
Five of the 10 original tracks are covers, but the unbridled “take no prisoners” approach to the sound brings back fond memories to the gothic metal from earlier albums, but with the drive that was looking to the future. Box shines on the top cut – Too Scared to Run – while Sinclair takes the reigns on Chasing Shadows and Hot Persuasion fits neatly in the harder-edge AOR sound that was finding airplay on FM radio. The best cover is Prisoner (lyrics by D.B. Cooper/performed by Sue Saad and the Next), with That’s the Way That It Is (Paul Bliss/The Bliss Band) very close behind.
The album cover may be chilling for some, but the music inside – bolstered by six bonus tracks – sizzles. This was a tremendous comeback by a band that had imploded in 1980.
THIS ALBUM HAS TO HAVE THE SCARIEST ALBUM COVER I HAVE EVER SEEN; HOWEVER, THE MUSIC ON THIS ALBUM WILL KICK YOUR BUTT. ON THE REBOUND AND PRISONER ARE SONGS THAT YOU WILL FIND YOURSELF PLAYING OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THOSE TWO TRACKS ALONE ARE ENOUGH MAKE THIS ONE A CLASSIC.