"I first heard the song Salisbury on an old "underground" FM station back in the early 70s. That song got a lot of playtime back then; it was one of the first "epic" songs that involved a symphony orchestra along with lots of great guitar work and vocals. I liked it so well, I went out and bought the vinyl. It took awhile, but finally it's out on CD. Lady in Black and High Priestess are also great "flash back" songs. I saw this group live at Kent State Univ.; they were touring w/Ten Years After. At the time, I much preferred TYA, but now, after all these years I can finally listen to different bands and not feel the need to compare them....They all had their unique sound, song selections, and strengths. This CD gets plenty of play time at my house! And, I can listen to the Salisbury cut over and over. Good stuff from a group that wasn't around that long, wasn't all that popular at the time, but now, can fairly be considered to be one of the better innovators and heavies from that era. I gave it 5 stars for the Salisbury cut alone, it's worth buying the album for that one song...the other songs are just added enjoyment!"
Frank L. Melgeorge | Gilbert, MN USA | 07/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes the first is the best. Lady in Black is one of the best rock songs of all times. Uriah Heep has it's own unique slot in rock history. I got the LP shortly after it's release and a copy of it has been a staple in my collection ever since. Buy this CD!!"
One of my all time favorites
Charles E. Smith | Great Falls MT | 01/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album from beginning to end. You can really sit back and get lost in it. My favorite cut is "Time to Live". What a finely written song and you know what it is about. Byron sings clearly and with great diction on all cuts but I love "Time to live" best......great wah wah guitar as well. Every cut here is clean and you can hear all instruments clearly. What else can I say. I am also a Hensley fan, especially "Proud words on a dusty shelf"...."From time to time" being my favorite on that one.
Do yourself a favor and buy this. In fact, I recommend the first five studio albums from these guys. Really ahead of their time and taking their name from a Dickens novel like Jethro Tull did, gives them mystique. Great band, then anyway."
EXCITED TO HEAR SALISBURY AGAIN
D. McMahon | Vero Beach, Fl. | 10/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased the original Salisbury Vinyl Album at a PX in Korea; while in the military. I held on to the album for years until losing my home to a fire. I am a HUGE Uriah Heep fan and saw them live 7 times. Over the years I had replaced some of my Heep albums with CDs; but never really searched out Salisbury. For some reason, the album popped into my head and I just went nuts craving it. The title song "Salisbury" is a masterpiece, showing the individual talents of each member in the group. I will cherrish this CD forever. I thoroughly enjoy listening to it every time I drive somewhere in my car. If you are a HEEP fan; I highly recommend this one. It is one of their best."
Stunning improvement in sound quality
R. Wagner | Worthington, Ohio United States | 05/16/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This title never ever really sounded good. I have a first edition vinyl LP I bought back in the day and the title track is unlistenable due to a very muddy mix. I thought the first LP was recorded and mixed much better. When the first CD version of this title was released I was happy that the mix seemed more open and the album was improved but it still had a thin trebly feel to it. This deluxe version fixes all the previous problems. While it does contain the original mixes, the remastering allows each instrument (including all that brass) to really shine. The sound is full and resonant and has some real "butt" to it. Adding a slew of unreleased or alternate tracks and a wonderful booklet full of the story behind the recording makes this a must have for the Heep head."