JUST AS GOOD AS MOST FROM THE BYRON ERA ALTHOUGH WETTON IS NO MATCH FOR GARY THAIN ON BASS. MY FAVORITE TRACKS ARE PRIMADONNA & YOUR TURN TO REMEMBER.
Along with Motley Crue, Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister, Ratt was one of the main players of the ’80s glam metal movement. Although many of their songs lacked diversity and emotional poignancy, their guitarist Warren De Martini possessed the flash and technical ability to escalate the group above most of its peers. Out of the Cellar is by far the band’s best record, but between the blazing solos and call-and-response choruses are many lackluster moments. What saves it from the bargain bin, however, is the quintessential metal anthem ”Round and Round,” one of the greatest three-or-so minutes in ’80s rock. –Jon Wiederhorn
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I have to agree with reviwere Bridges above, this is probably my favorite Heep album, too. But to whoever the other reviwer, that said that “Wetton wasn’t as good as Thain?” Well…go back and check some of your album covers and see how many John Wetton’s been on (or in the case of “Asia,” inflicted on) Anyway, “Fantasy” is almost literally that. The band sounds like they’re finally coming into their own as a “prog” band instead of the braindead/headbanger mentality that finally ended with “Sweet Freedom.” But the best track on the album? No question: #2, “Shady Lady.” Any song, stupid as the lyrics are, that features a Ken Hensley slide guitar and a Mick Box “lead” guitar has to be great. Oh yeah, another plus: “Fantasy” doen’t have any hobbity Ken Hensley liner notes either. Sorry if he don’t like the album.
This album has always been one of my all-time favourite albums by the mighty Heep, and I really don’t see why everyone bashes it, sure, it isn’t their greatest accomplishment, but it’s still a damn good album. Even Ken Hensley himself hates it according to the linear notes. I just don’t see why.
The album opens with the roaring title track, which is simply one of the classic tracks that was ever recoded by the band, starting with a midtempo keyboard-led intro, it soon explodes into a high-speed, gothic masterpiece. Another under-rated track from this album is Shady Lady, a kind of laid back boogie rocker that still has classic Heep qualities. Devil’s Daughter comes out as one of the best songs on the album and Beautiful Dream comes out as one of the best songs of the era. Side 2, I will admit is a little sketchy at times, but it still has it’s killer moments, Showdown and Why Did You Go to be more specific. But my personal favourite of the album is the mini-epic closer, A Year or a Day, a song about how man has tortured the environment ever since the beginning. As far as bonus tracks go, there are some really good songs such as the stomping Shout It Out.
To any true fan of music, this album needs to be in your collection, especially if you like Uriah Heeps slightly more expirimental side.