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Uriah Heep


Heavy Prog

4.12 | 654 ratings

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4 stars My first Uriah Heep disc. I bought this in the late 80's when I mostly listened to heavy classic rock (Deep P. Led Z. and Black S.) and this album fitted right in. At the time I didn't regarded it progressive rock, and I still don't regard this album to be progressive rock really (though some elements that make up progressive rock are present. mosty notable in July Morning, Shadows Of Grief and I Wanna Be Free).

Look At Yourself Right from the start Heep kicks in with fast riffs, great singing and fabulous drumming. High energy classic rock, with beautifull fast organ play from Ken Hensley ending with a drum solo, with organ and guitar backing that seem to go on for ages, really thrilling. I Wanna Be Free again a heavy rock song, but a little slower than the previous song, beautifull vocals and after the first slow minute, the pace quickens and heavy rock, with some fabulous screams make up the song. Great and heavy.

July Morning wraps up the first side of the album, a 10 minute balad, with beautifull organ play and Byron's voice is powerfull and sweet at the same time."I was looking for love in the strangest places, there wasn't a stone that I left unturned" A great song and one of the classics Uriah Heep produced. Brilliant rock song.

Side two of the album starts with the fast and heavy rock of Tears In My Eyes. Heavy guitar riffs, with a great rhythmic nanananana middle section, which after an accoustic rhythmic moment explodes into a good guitar solo and returns to the initial song format. Great.

Shadows Of Grief Very frenetic song, with great guitar and organ riffs complementing each other. really heavy rock with great moments throughout. halfway the song gets more spacy, with fabulous screams and organ work building up to a great final. FABULOUS.

What Should Be Done A ballad, with great vocals and some nice piano play, but not really brilliant. The closing Love Machine ends the album in style, great typical Heep rock, fast rhythmics, deep grooves and fabulous singing, with a great guitar solo. GREAT.

Basicaly "Look At yourself"is a fabulous heavy classic rock album, in line with the better Deep Purple albums, some progressive elements interwoven through the song structures, but not all that much. An enjoyable album and a taster for what's next in their catalogue. recommended for all who like classic metal.

tuxon | 4/5 |


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