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Uriah Heep


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Easy Livin
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2 stars "Last one left keeps the band going"

With a cover even worse than "Innocent victim" in terms of its repellent properties, "Abominog" does not make a particularly good first impression. The hideous creature which faces you is a far cry from the Roger Dean sleeves which adorned some of Heep's classic albums. If a sleeve is intended to paint a picture of what to expect within, the message here is not encouraging!

This was the band's first album without their main songwriter Ken Hensley , who left after the disappointing "Conquest" album. His keyboards duties were taken on by John Sinclair (ex Heavy Metal Kids), while the songwriting became, credit wise at least, a team effort. One song written by the departed Sloman and Boulder appears, plus several covers including "On the rebound" by Russ Ballard. With Lee Kerslake returning to drums, Peter Goalby (ex Trapeze) taking on vocals, and Bob Daisley (ex Widowmaker) bass, only Mick Box remained from the band which recorded their previous album!

The good news was that Goalby was a much more suitable vocalist. The bad new was that the tracks all sounded the same, being straight forward basic rock songs, and the songwriting only proved that Hensley was going to be sorely missed. The performance is unexciting and uninspired, with none of the tracks being developed beyond the simple verse chorus solo structure.

An "Abominog Junior" EP was also released which included 2 non-album tracks. These have since been added to the remastered version of the CD. Of these, "Tin soldier" is a reasonably successful cover of the Small Faces song.

All credit to Mick Box for keeping the band going, in the longer term everything would work out for the best, but this album should be seen as part of the period when the band lost its way. Best avoided.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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