Wonderworld [2004 Bonus Tracks]

Wonderworld [2004 Bonus Tracks]

by Uriah HeepUriah Heep

CD(Expanded / Remastered / Bonus Tracks / Special Edition)

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Wonderworld continues in the vein of Sweet Freedom, trying to bring Uriah Heep's appeal to a wider level while still retaining the grandiose trademark elements (the organ-guitar attack, David Byron's operatic shriek) that got them noticed. The result is an album that is solid but not as inspired as Look at Yourself or Demons and Wizards. The hard rock quotient is a little stronger on this album than it was on Sweet Freedom: "Something or Nothing" is a galloping stomp-rocker in the vein of past classics like "Love Machine," and "Suicidal Man" is an organ-fortified speed-rocker that is one of the band's finest hard rock tunes. On other tracks, the group continues in the experimental vein of Sweet Freedom: "The Shadows and the Wind" tacks a Queen-style round of a cappella harmonies on to its tag, and "We Got We" marries one of the band's gothic melodies to a funky rhythm track that features some tasty clavinet jamming from Ken Hensley. However, the most successful experiment is "The Easy Road," an orchestrated romantic ballad that features a lovely, understated vocal performance from David Byron. Despite these highlights, the remainder of Wonderworld has trouble sustaining a similar level of inspiration: The title track is powerfully performed but feels like the band is going through the motions, and "Dreams" lacks the strong melody necessary to prop up the song's interesting riffs. Ultimately, Wonderworld lacks the consistency and the high number of standout tunes that would help it win over new listeners but contains enough highlights to please the Uriah Heep fan base. [Not to be confused with its 2001 Bonus Tracks edition, Sanctuary's 2004 Bonus Tracks edition of Wonderworld included an extended mix of "Dreams," live versions of "I Won't Mind" and "So Tired," and previously unreleased takes on "Love, Hate and Fear" and "Stones Throw."]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/04/2004
Label: Universal I.S.
UPC: 5050749201225
catalogNumber: 4920122
Rank: 29334

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uriah Heep   Primary Artist
David Byron   Vocals
Ken Hensley   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mick Box   Guitar
Lee Kerslake   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Gary Thain   Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Uriah Heep   Arranger,Composer
David Byron   Composer
Ken Hensley   Composer,Liner Notes
Mick Box   Composer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Peter Gallen   Engineer
Mike Gibbs   Orchestral Arrangements
Lee Kerslake   Composer
Del Roll   Equipment Technician
Gary Thain   Composer
Rachel Gutek   Reissue Art
Robert M. Corich   Producer,Tape Research
Graham Hughes   Concept
Hans Menzel   Engineer
Dave Ling   Liner Notes,Sleeve Notes
Patrick Anthony   Equipment Technician

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