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Reissue of the British hard rocker's 1985 album. 10 tracks,all digitally remastered using Super Bit Mapping technology. 10 tracks. 1999 release.
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In this case it was 1984-1985 and Uriah Heep had just come off two pretty successful albums ("Abominog" and "Head First") that breathed new life into a then uncertain future. "Equator" may not have been the most logical step for the band, as it takes a big step away from their traditionally guitar driven sound fans came to expect and introduced heavy pop keyboards and some fairly cheesy lyrics. In all honesty, it's not all that bad of an album. Yes, they do occasionally stumble on this album ("Party Time" and "Skool's Burnin'"), but there's some really good material here ("Night of the Wolf" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" comes to mind).
Should you rush out and buy "Equator"? Only if you're looking for some good mid-80's pop or you want to round out your Uriah Heep Collection. I really don't think it's representative of Uriah Heep, but then again, I think the band has put out albums of similar quality ("Raging Silence" and "Different World") that many fans rank above this album.
So does "Equator" deserve its bad reputation? In my opinion, no. While it's by no means definitive Uriah Heep music, it is a good three star album.
In"Equator" gets four stars from me. It's no waste of time and is tremendous fun to listen to, but it's still not up to the standards Heep set earlier with 1974's "Demons and Wizards", 1977's "Firefly", or later with 1998's "Sonic Origami". If you're new to Heep, try those... if you've already been initiated, you won't lose with "Equator". Besides, if you're already initiated, "Equator" is likely the only one you don't already have in your collection anyway.
Carry on carry on,
After saying that, I WILL mention that it's great to hear the fantastic Trevor Bolder back as the band's bass player... he was certainly missed (no offense to Bob Daisley, who was great himself on the two albums he did as a member of Heep... I've just had a special fondness for Trevor, after hearing him do his stuff on "Who Needs Me" from Uriah Heep's 1977 album, "Firefly". There, his bass has to be heard to be believed!)
All in all, this is the one Uriah Heep CD that you can afford to miss... especially now that they've raised the price to a whopping [item price](which they did RIGHT after I received my own copy...There are better CDs to spend that much money on, believe me, unless of course you have every Heep album in existance except for this one.
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It came at a time when Heep needed a change to increase awareness. Lots of hooks and style from other bands such as Yes, Asia, Journey .... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2009 by Donald Francis Sweete
I have to start off by saying that I'm a *huge* Heep fan; I have pretty much everything they've done from 1970 to the present (and I think the current line-up is the best since the... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2002 by psychedelephant