is the tenth album released by British rock
band Uriah Heep
. It was first album without David Byron
, lead vocalist and a founder-member of the band, and the first of three albums with John Lawton
Bassist Trevor Bolder
made his Uriah Heep debut on this album and has been (almost) ever-present since, bar a break of about 18 months in 1981-82.
The single from the album was "Wise Man". "Sympathy" also became a hit, which was crucial for fans to accept the new lineup.
"Who Needs Me" was written by drummer Lee Kerslake
and is about his unhappiness of manager and label boss Gerry Bron's rejection of most material not written by Ken Hensley
. This is ultimately somewhat ironic, given the song's acceptance for recording.
Kerslake was credited as Lee "The Bear" Kerslake on this album only, due to his strong physical build and then newly-acquired beard growth.
The original vinyl album was a gatefold sleeve, with a cardboard lyric-liner.
All songs written by Ken Hensley
, except where noted
- "The Hanging Tree" (Hensley, Jack Williams) – 3:40
- "Been Away Too Long" – 5:03
- "Who Needs Me" (Kerslake) – 3:39
- "Wise Man" – 4:40
- "Do You Know" – 3:12
- "Rollin' On" – 6:21
- "Sympathy" – 4:44
- "Firefly" – 6:21
was remastered and reissued in 1997 with several bonus tracks:
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