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Uriah Heep


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4.19 | 824 ratings

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4 stars My dad owns the US LP-version of Salisbury which he is very proud of and it was my introduction to Uriah Heep and their music!

The album kicks off with High Priestess which in my opinion, after hearing the UK-version, is actually a much better album opener than Bird Of Prey. The rest of the material is basically the same as on the original version except for Simon The Bullet Freak which was originally an album b-side. Ultimately these few changes between the two releases don't take away from the album's real masterpieces.

The highlights here are the two ballads The Park and Lady In Black with some great vocal harmony sections and overall melodic hooks. The second half of the album consists of the lengthy Salisbury-suite which can be considered Uriah Heep's stab at the popular progressive music genre of the time and, in my opinion, they managed it quite well!

Too bad that Uriah Heep didn't follow up their progressive tendencies with their later releases because there was definitely some potential featured on this album!

***** star songs: The Park (5:38) Lady In Black (4:33)

**** star songs: High Priestess (3:43) Salisbury (16:02)

*** star songs: Time To Live (4:02) Simon The Bullet Freak (3:27)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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