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Uriah Heep


Heavy Prog

3.36 | 462 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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4 stars This is an album I bought when I started collecting records, but neglected for many years ; now I've decided to give the album a whirl once more and I'm pleasantly surprised, this is a great album, especially within the heavy-prog sub-genre. Opening Track 'Gypsy' is BRILLIANT - it reminds me of Atomic Rooster - I have listened to at least 10 Uriah Heep LP's and none of them have the same quality as this debut release - the Hammond organ playing really hits a special spot that only certain bands can achieve, and the only 'standard' compositions of the album are : 'Dreammare' and 'Real Turned On'..... but the rest is really enjoyable - 'Gypsy' features a sensational Hammond Organ solo that would make Vincent Crane or Jon Lord blush, and is a manic blow-out, Organist Ken Hensley is totally wild - I wish that Hensley and crew would've continued in this, more 'underground' orientation - maybe they would be worse-off financially, but more satisfying.. 'Lucy Blues' is a slow-paced Blues tune (obviously) with tasteful Hammond, 'Walking in your Shadow' is a groovy, straight forward track, but quite enjoyable. 'Come Away Melinda', with its lovely Mellotron arrangement and guest keyboarder, Colin Wood playing Harmonium, is a softer, ballad-styled track that is very pleasant - singer David Byron actually has a GREAT VOICE - shame that hard drugs deprived us of such talent - this is a truly sensational album - disappointing that subsequent albums never struck a chord in me.
Tom Ozric | 4/5 |


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