If any album is worth waiting 10 years for
then this is it. From beginning to end it is a catalogue of Heep
masterpieces, a number of which will soon rank alongside the Heep
classics of old.
There is nothing that I could really add to the many complimentary
comments that have been said already about WTS but I have to get the
following off my chest. After listening to the excerpts for weeks
and having listened to WTS umpteen times every day since its release
I can confirm that it is simply, sensational. Heep have clearly got
the bit between their teeth with this one. 10 years of
`frustration?` has resulted in possibly their best all round album
ever. Having followed the band since first hearing them in 1972 and
being a classic Heep fan of that era then it is saying something to
admit it although both Sea of Light and Sonic Origami, in my
opinion, both pushed Demons and Wizards to the limits as the all
time Heep classic album ever.
It would appear to me that everything good about each individual in
this incarnation of Heep has come together to create WTS and we
should all be extremely thankful. The world would clearly be a
poorer place without it and with it, it has certainly made my own
world a far better place.
In my humble opinion, I believe that Russell has added a new
dimension with his powerful drumming and has perhaps helped give the
rest of the band a new direction and purpose. Phil appears to have
become more prominent with his organ work. Trevor has some great
bass lines and proves without doubt that he is a truly great bass
player. Mick once again is superlative and exceeds all expectations
with some classic wah wah and many memorable guitar licks although
it should not be unexpected. As for Bernie, all I can say is that
WTS is, without doubt, his best vocals yet. Mick and Phils
songwriting partnership goes from strength to strength and Trevors
contributions to WTS are both exceptional.
In writing this review and listening to WTS at the same time I have
to conclude that if I had to listen to one Heep album only before I
was to meet my maker then it would have to be WTS.