is the 13th album by British rock
band Uriah Heep
. It was released in 1980.
1979-80 was a period of change for Heep, with John Sloman
taking over lead vocal duties, Lee Kerslake
bowing out from behind the drumstool, and main songwriter Ken Hensley
ultimately leaving the band. Taken together with the commercial rock sound of the album, this is the most contentious era of Uriah Heep's history, with many fans believing Conquest
is the group's worst record. Despite this era being regarded in hindsight as something of a disaster by Hensley as well as Mick Box
, the album did receive some positive reviews at the time, namely a five-star rating from Record Mirror
and three-and-a-half stars from Geoff Barton
. It also sold well enough to crack the Top 40 of the UK album charts, whereas all three of the band's previous records with John Lawton
had failed to chart in the UK at all.
The original UK release came in a single, matte LP sleeve, stickered with 'Special 10th Anniversary Price £3.99', with the liner being heavy-stock card, complete with lyrics. It credits Trevor Bolder with vocals on "It Ain't Easy" but it is, in fact, Sloman. The album was never issued in North America and was difficult to find there even as an import.
The cover photograph, taken by Martin Poole, is based on the famous image of the raising of......