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Founded in 1969 in London, England - Still active as of 2018

URIAH HEEP came into being in 1970, the band evolving from SPICE. The multi talented Ken HENSLEY, who had previously been a member of CLIFF BENNETT'S TOE FAT, and THE GODS (who also featured GREG LAKE in their line up) was brought in, initially to add an organ to the band's sound. In the early years, Hensley, together with Mick Box (guitar) and David Byron (vocals) formed the nucleus of the band. The rhythm section was somewhat transient with both bass and drums being played by a succession of band members. Of these, Paul Newton was probably the most influential member, particularly as early on his father was involved in managing the band.

It wasn't until their fourth album "Demons and Wizards" that the rhythm section was finally sorted out. Lee Kerslake (who had previously played with Hensley in The GODS) took over on drums, and Gary Thain (ex KEEF HARTLEY BAND) on bass. The difference was immediately obvious, and the "classic" line up was born. Sadly, Thain died in 1975 and Byron in the 1980's, both having been previously sacked by the band at different times due to drug and drink related problems respectively.

Line up changes have been a feature of the band throughout their career, with John Wetton, John Lawton, and Trevor Bolder being among the lengthy list of names to feature in the line up. These changes have not always proved to be for the better, and have at times resulted in disappointing albums, the most notorious of these being generally regarded as "Conquest". The band has on a number of occasions been on the brink of extinction, or at least a change of name. Guitarist Mick Box has however carried the torch and ensured that even today, the songs which made URIAH HEEP one of the top acts in the world, are still performed live.

The line up of Bolder, Kerslake, Box, Lanzon, Shaw holds the distinction of having been together for the longest period of any line up in the band's entire career. They still tour regularly, and released their latest album, "Wake the sleeper" in 2008. On that album, Russell Gilbrook plays drums, Kersalake having been forced into retirement for health reasons.

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URIAH HEEP discography


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URIAH HEEP top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.35 | 421 ratings
Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble
1970
3.54 | 201 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.16 | 735 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.12 | 650 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
4.07 | 716 ratings
Demons And Wizards
1972
3.85 | 556 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.45 | 331 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.09 | 281 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.13 | 277 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
3.21 | 230 ratings
High And Mighty
1976
3.57 | 247 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.85 | 194 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.42 | 183 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.61 | 155 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.81 | 171 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.39 | 134 ratings
Head First
1983
2.03 | 122 ratings
Equator
1985
2.58 | 116 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.08 | 106 ratings
Different World
1991
3.66 | 171 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.27 | 119 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.40 | 169 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.78 | 73 ratings
Celebration - Forty Years Of Rock
2009
3.39 | 146 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
3.27 | 86 ratings
Outsider
2014
3.95 | 94 ratings
Living The Dream
2018

URIAH HEEP Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.97 | 171 ratings
Uriah Heep - Live
1973
2.70 | 29 ratings
Live At Shepperton '74
1986
2.74 | 31 ratings
Live in Europe 1979
1986
3.14 | 37 ratings
Live in Moscow
1988
3.04 | 28 ratings
Spellbinder Live
1996
2.89 | 15 ratings
Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997
3.63 | 16 ratings
Future Echoes Of The Past
2000
4.25 | 46 ratings
Acoustically Driven
2001
3.90 | 22 ratings
Electrically Driven
2001
4.13 | 44 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party
2002
3.30 | 10 ratings
Live in the USA
2003
3.09 | 16 ratings
Magic Night
2004
3.17 | 10 ratings
Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009 (Official Bootleg)
2010
2.16 | 9 ratings
Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II)
2010
4.04 | 7 ratings
Live in Kawasaki, Japan 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume III)
2011
4.14 | 14 ratings
Live In Armenia
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live In Brisbane Australia 2011 (Official Bootleg Volume IV)
2011
3.40 | 5 ratings
Live In Athens, Greece 2011 (Official Bootleg Vol. V)
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live at the Rock of Ages Festival Germany 2008 (Official Bootleg Volume VI)
2013
3.93 | 9 ratings
Live at Koko London 2014
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Raging Through the Silence - - The 20th Anniversary Concert - Live At The London Astoria 18th May 1989
2017

URIAH HEEP Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.98 | 8 ratings
Easy Livin' - A history of Uriah Heep
1985
3.65 | 12 ratings
Gypsy (DVD)
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
Raging Through The Silence
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Legend Continues... A Celebration of 30 Years in Rock
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
4.64 | 26 ratings
Acoustically Driven (DVD)
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sailing The Sea Of Light
2001
3.86 | 12 ratings
Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
2002
4.16 | 20 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party (DVD)
2002
3.43 | 7 ratings
Live In The USA (DVD)
2003
3.93 | 8 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1976
2004
3.89 | 8 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1976-1980
2004
3.55 | 11 ratings
Magic Night (The Magicians Birthday Party 2003) (DVD)
2004
4.47 | 9 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1980
2004
4.25 | 30 ratings
Classic Heep - Live from the Byron era
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ultimate Anthology
2004
3.07 | 8 ratings
Between Two Worlds (Live In London 2004) (DVD)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Live Broadcasts
2005
3.00 | 2 ratings
Access All Areas (Live in Moscow)
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Access All Areas (20th Anniversary Concert)
2015
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Koko - London 2014
2015

URIAH HEEP Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
Downunda..
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep Vol. 2
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Uriah Heep
1975
3.20 | 11 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goldener Lwe
1978
3.52 | 8 ratings
The Best Of (1985)
1985
5.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology Volume One
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Two Decades In Rock
1990
2.22 | 4 ratings
Still 'eavy, Still Proud
1990
3.54 | 10 ratings
Rarities From The Bronze Age
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
July Morning / Rain
1991
3.39 | 12 ratings
The Lansdowne tapes
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballads
1994
3.79 | 10 ratings
A Time Of Revelation - 25 years on
1996
2.96 | 4 ratings
Remasters - The Official Anthology (AKA Uriah Heep Gold - Looking Back 1970-2001)
2001
3.08 | 5 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: the Best of Uriah Heep
2001
3.05 | 3 ratings
Come Away Melinda: The Ballads
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Empty the Vaults: The Rarities
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can't Keep A Good Band Down
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Golden Palace
2002
3.00 | 3 ratings
Revelations - The Uriah Heep Anthology
2004
4.60 | 5 ratings
Gold from the Byron Era
2004
4.00 | 6 ratings
Travellers In Time Anthology Volume 1
2005
4.04 | 8 ratings
Chapter And Verse
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wake Up - The Singles Collection
2006
3.50 | 4 ratings
Easy Livin' - The Singles A's & B's
2006
3.33 | 3 ratings
Platinum Collection
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of
2009
4.00 | 8 ratings
On The Rebound (A Very 'Eavy 40th Anniversary Collection)
2010
3.86 | 5 ratings
Wizards - The Best Of Uriah Heep
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
2012
4.33 | 6 ratings
Totally Driven
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Rock Years
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Your Turn To Remember - The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990
2016

URIAH HEEP Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 5 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
3.09 | 4 ratings
Lady In Black
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
July Morning
1971
3.00 | 2 ratings
Gypsy
1971
2.95 | 2 ratings
Spider Woman
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Special DJ Copy of Uriah Heep
1972
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Wizard
1972
3.83 | 7 ratings
Easy Livin'
1972
2.00 | 1 ratings
Seven Stars
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Something Or Nothing
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Uriah Heep Live
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Prima Donna
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Make a Little Love
1976
2.00 | 1 ratings
Wise Man
1977
3.00 | 12 ratings
Free Me
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
One More Night (remix)
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Come Back To Me
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Or Nothing
1978
2.50 | 6 ratings
Carry On
1980
3.00 | 5 ratings
Love Stealer
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Feelings
1980
2.20 | 6 ratings
Think It Over
1981
3.00 | 10 ratings
Abominog Junior EP
1982
2.80 | 5 ratings
That's The Way That It Is
1982
2.50 | 4 ratings
Lonely Nights
1983
3.40 | 5 ratings
Stay On Top
1983
4.00 | 4 ratings
Poor Little Rich Girl
1985
2.50 | 6 ratings
Rockarama
1985
2.67 | 3 ratings
Easy Livin' (live)
1988
3.00 | 3 ratings
Lady In Black
1988
2.50 | 2 ratings
Hold Your Head Up
1989
2.75 | 4 ratings
Blood Red Roses
1989
3.33 | 3 ratings
Dream On
1995
3.00 | 2 ratings
Come Away Melinda
2001
3.50 | 4 ratings
Lady In Black
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Official Bootleg Bad Rappenau 2009
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Official Bootleg Krefeld 2009
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Official Bootleg Salzburg 2009
2009
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wolverhampton Official Bootleg 2011
2011
3.33 | 3 ratings
One Minute
2014

URIAH HEEP Reviews


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 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 94 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Solid, rocking Heep. Living The Dream is an excellent collection of songs that range from heavy rock to almost metal on tracks like "Goodbye To Innocence." But the heaviness is tasteful, and Uriah Heep always has some prog in their formula. However, this is light on the prog in favor of a harder hitting release. You will still hear the classic, proggier Heep prominently on tracks like the keyboard-driven "It's All Been Said." This is a fantastic release that merges the past and present while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. The best track could be Take Away My Soul, which features some excellent guitar solos. Living The Dream remains an accessible release that many people with different tastes can enjoy. The longest epic for the proggiest ears is Rocks in the Road, and there is enough variety to satisfy everyone. I picked this up at the same time as the 2017 release of Demons and Wizards, and the sound quality on that blew me away. Living The Dream is competing with that and the other remasters at the moment, but the stellar musicianship and songwriting continues to amaze.
 Uriah Heep by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.54 | 201 ratings

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Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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3 stars Released in 1970, this is the debut album by Uriah Heep. Formed from members from a band called "Spice", this band has been around ever since, and is still performing after all these years, but has also changed its line up several times through the years with Mick Box being the only person that has been with the band since the beginning and is on every album ever released from the band. This album was named "Very 'eavy, Very 'umble" in the UK and simply titled "Uriah Heep" in the US and had different cover art in both countries.

David Byron was the original lead singer, and would be the lead singer through 10 studio albums. It was while he was the lead singer that the band was at it's most popular and also released its best albums, including "Demon and Wizards" and "The Magician's Birthday". Is voice is a little operatic, and sometimes could be over the top, but he usually used restraint (not all the time, but usually). Ken Hensley was the keyboardist but also did some of the special guitar work for about the same length of time. Mick Box was mentioned previously and is the only member still with the band. He is the lead guitarist and also does vocals. Paul Newton was bassist and played on the Heep's first 3 albums. The original drummer was Alex Napier and performed on most of the tracks here, but he was replaced with Nigel Olsen during the recording of this album. Nigel has been in and out of the band ever since, but he has also been Elton John's main drummer.

Uriah Heep's sound has been mostly inspired or similar to that of Deep Purple and that sound is very apparent on this first album. "Gypsy" is probably the best track on the album and most progressive, It features a long organ solo and is wholly driven by the organ backed up by a guitar riff. "Come Away Melinda" is a mellotron-drenched ballad.

In the US, the track "Bird of Prey" replaced the track "Lucy Blues" on the UK version (track number 4). The "Birds of Prey" track is quite awful with high pitched background singing and is quite over the top with tackiness, where "Lucy Blues" is much better and, as the title hints, very bluesy and much more tasteful.

The other tracks not mentioned above are pretty much standard hard rock that sounds pretty standard for that time, a lot of organ and guitar, slightly dark, and heavy with some mellow sections, but quite blues oriented. If you are familiar with the sound of Deep Purple from the same era, then you will know what this album sounds like, except more amateur-ish. You can't really blame them since it was their first album, but, other than a few good albums, the band never really got past that amateur feel before the original line up started getting played around with. Through the years, UH has been more of a hard rock band which leaned heavily towards pop music and ventured into the hair metal arena and now rests in a lite Hard Progressive sound. They have never really done anything groundbreaking, but some of their albums are definitely enjoyable, they are just too few and far between considering how long they have been around and how many albums they have released.

 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 94 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by The Jester

4 stars Review # 93. Uriah Heep is a legendary band, that need no introductions or recommendations. They have been around since forever, and they wrote their name with gold in the history of Rock (or Hard Rock if you like) music. I have been listening to them since my teenage years, and I have in my collection no less than 17 albums; studio and live ones.

This year they have returned with their 25th (or 26th? I lost count) studio album, named as Living the Dream. I still can't believe how good this album is! I was expecting a very mediocre album, like their previous ones, but this time I must admit that they did a really good job!

I don't think that there is anybody who believes that after a 50-years-old career, they will release another The Magician's Birthday or Demons and Wizards, correct? But you know what? Living the Dream is a high-quality album, that can be compared directly with some of their old releases. The sound is modern Hard-Rock, with many guitar riffs and solos, lots of classic-sounding keyboards and very good compositions. Bernie Shaw's voice is in very good condition, without having to add 'for his age''... Mike Box recorded some very nice and 'catchy' guitar riffs, that are accompanied by the keyboards of Phil Lanzon and the result is very good, to say the least. The album includes some classic Hard Rock songs, some ballads and even a couple of "proggy" tunes..

In a nutshell, Living the Dream is a very 'decent' album that totally worth its money. I bought it, and I never regret it. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed! Favorite Tracks (so far): Living the Dream, Knocking at my Door, It's all Been Said, Dreams of Yesteryear. 4 stars from me.

 Wake The Sleeper by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.40 | 169 ratings

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Wake The Sleeper
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
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2 stars Uriah Heep is one of those bands that I have not followed that closely through the many years they have been together. Sure I appreciated their classic albums "Demons and Wizards" and "The Magicians Birthday", but other than those albums, I have only snuck into their history here and there with a few albums, hoping that they come back to that near perfection they had in those days, hoping that they had improved on their sound, but only finding out that they seem to go backwards most of the times that I have checked them out. I purchased albums like "Fallen Angel" and "Abominog" only to be mostly disappointed. I even went backwards in time and tried out "Very 'Eavy, Very 'Umble", and, except for a few tracks, didn't really hear anything that interested me.

"Wake the Sleeper" interested me because it was their return after a 10 year hiatus and the cover was nice. I figured it was time to try them out again. Well, they did update their sound some, and after hearing the first two tracks, it sounded like they still retained the heavy organ sound along with the heavy rocking tracks. But they still reminded me of a poor-man's "Deep Purple". "Tears of the World" has some impressive guitar solos, but other than that, there's not a lot of change from the first 2 tracks.

By the time you get to "Light of a Thousand Stars", you are hoping that you might get some variety, but instead you get a mediocre song that sounds like an attempt at a single. This same mediocrity continues through "Heaven's Rain" and "Book of Lies". The songs just get more and more lackluster and emotionless. "What Kind of God" is a slower song with a good point to make, but the emotion that should be there for the lyrics and the subject is sorely lacking. The best part is the instrumental that starts at the 4:50 mark and continues to the end. Not a bad song, and at least it's a little different from the sameness that precedes it, but it still doesn't really justify buying the album.

After that, the music returns to more mediocrity with "Ghost of the Ocean" and continues to the end. Overall, this album just doesn't have the spirit of the band at it's peak, even if Uriah Heep was never the amazing band they hoped to be, they came really close to it early on, but then they tried too hard and then fell victim to the corporate machine. You get a bunch of songs on this album that have no progressive value to them at all, and the songs just sound too much the same and they also lack emotion. To me, it's just another run of the mill album. Oh well, I'll keep hoping that they come up with something interesting someday. Who knows? Maybe their newest album?

 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 94 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Einwahn

5 stars There is a very old English folk tradition called Morris Dancing, and proponents of this melodeon-based genre say it's not enough to churn out the notes - your music needs something special called "lift". Probably very few people would connect Uriah Heep with Morris Dancing, but "lift" is exactly the term I would use to describe the music in this album. Whether or not you happen to like the songs, the almost overpowering energy of the delivery is undeniable.

And the extraordinary thing is that in 2019 this band will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The surviving original member Mick Box is no less than 71. I remember seeing him perform at an outdoor pop festival in 1972 - that is 46 years ago. Unbelievable. Maybe it is his birthplace of Walthamstow in East London - scene of a much-loved song on this site - "Along the Forest Road there's hundreds of cars - luxury cars...".

And the music is great, I love these songs where the band seem to be trying to out-do themselves in heaviness while always keeping a melody underneath. Bernie Shaw (aged 62) is one of the best operatic rock vocalists ever.

I am shocked that just one week ago I uploaded a review for Phideaux's brilliant new 'Infernal' and said that if a better album came along in 2018 I would be very pleasantly surprised. I am in two minds now.

Verdict: talk about the 'endless river'...

 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 94 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Kingsnake

5 stars This must be one of the strongest Uriah Heep in theier entire catologue. Produced by Jay Ruston, this album sounds really fresh but extremely heavy. And heavy it is; this is almost heavy metal, but with good taste.

The songrwiting is strong with progressive rock-overtones in the longer songs. Mick Box has a lot of solos and really stong riffs (he is 71!!! years old, and sounds really hungry and versatile). Phil Lanzon plays lots of organ. Het experimented with lots of keyboard-sounds in the past 30 years, but his organ-sound is really great and off course fits the sound of Uriah Heep.

Bernie Shaw sounds more raw than before. One of the greatest hardrock/heavy metal singer I can think off. And the backing vocals give the chorusses of the songs real catchiness....

The bassplaying of Davey Rimmer is less heavy than Trevor Bolder, but is okay. Russell Gilbrook is very different drummer than Lee Kerslake. They both play loud and have great chops. Russell plays more double bass, wich give the sound more a heavy-metal-flavour.

The first song "Grazed by Heaven" is also the single of the album and has a great tempo and some heavy organ and wahwah guitarsolos. Uriah Heep Always had the most heavy songs as openers to their albums, and I guess this one will make it into their liveset.

Almost any songs on this album is a killer, so I won't get into all of them. The prog-epic Rocks in the Road is worth mentioning because of its various tempo-changes and themes.

A lot of reviews say that Uriah Heep haven't released anything good between the 70's and "Wake the Sleeper", but this album combines the best of "Sea of Light", "Sonic Origami", the newer albums and the seventies.

I Always thought "Sea of Light" was their heaviest album, until "Wake the Sleeper", and now this album. This is a must-have album for all Uriah Heep and progressive hardrock/heavy metal fans world wide. At least every rock-enthousiast should listen this album, because of the great hooks, solos, huge chorusses and organsound.

Hell Yeah!

 Raging Through the Silence - - The 20th Anniversary Concert - Live At The London Astoria 18th May 1989 by URIAH HEEP album cover Live, 2017
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Raging Through the Silence - - The 20th Anniversary Concert - Live At The London Astoria 18th May 1989
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Kingsnake

3 stars Originally released on VHS only in 1989, this is a real treat.

In fact this one is superior to the Live in Moscow-album. You can hear Heep run through mostly hardrocksongs of the 80's and their new album Raging Silence. Of course there are some older songs like Look at Yourself, Wizard and July Morning, but mostly this is a hardrocking affair.

Bernie Shaw is not at his best, mostly he is screaming his way through the songs. But he is still young and I guess the band plays really loud (most band around 1989 played way too loud).

The energy of Mick Box, Trevor Bolder and Lee Kerslake is apparent. Finally they have a real band again. This line-up will prove to be the longest line-up of Heep, relentlessly touring throughout the 90's and 00's and occasionally releasing an album.

The soundquality is alright, but as said; the band plays loud, so there's not much dynamic, just a hardrocking band playing hard rock. But at they do it really well. Except that Bernie Shaw sometimes is just screaming instead of singing. But it doesn't really matter to me,

This album is not really important for progrock-fanatics, it's just plain hardrock, but Heep-fans worldwide would really enjoy this one, especially because it's much better than Live in Moscow.

Now all I want is a full live-album with Pete Goalby on vocals.

 Look At Yourself by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.12 | 650 ratings

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Look At Yourself
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars From the late Sixties the powerful and distinctive Hammond organ emerged in the world of rock and prog, because it turned out to be the perfect counterpart for the loud electric guitar. Unfortunately HELP (Hendrix + ELP) remained a captivating musical idea, but we could enjoy great interplay between the Hammond organ and electric guitar in the pivotal bands Vanilla Fudge, Atomic Rooster, Deep Purple and, my personal favorite, Uriah Heep. For me their third release Look At Yourself is a Heavy Prog masterpiece, so pivotal and without one weak composition. At the start of the Look At Yourself studio sessions, Uriah Heep decided that they wanted no longer be a 'pseudo prog band' but really rock. Well, they did, with Ken Hensley and Davids Byron as the excellent tunesmiths. This review is based upon my Look At Yourself BMG 2-CD version, from 2017.

Disc 1: Original LP remastered.

1. Look At Yourself (5.10) : Building on the compelling Gypsy sound from their first album, Ken and David invented their improved Heavy-Prog-Formula, the opener Look At Yourself epitomizes that new Uriah Heep trademark sound: floods of Hammond organ, often wah-wah drenched electric guitar and the distinctive David Byron vocals, in an up-tempo beat with a propulsive rhythm section. In the second part Uriah Heep delivers a brilliant musical surprise: members of the Afrobeat band Osibisa with their exotic percussion sound, gradually the electric instruments take it over, culminating in a bombastic and very exiting atmosphere, what a start!

2. I Wanna Be Free (4.02) : In this piece Uriah Heep rocks again, with great tension between the mellow and heavy parts, topped by the distinctive David Byron vocals (high pitched and slightly theatrical), powerful slide guitar and thunderous drums.

3. July Morning (10.35) : This is Uriah Heep their most progressive and captivating composition, soon it also became a stage favorite. The Hammond organ intro is legendary, like in Child In Time, A Whiter Shade Of Pale and With A Little Bit Help From My Friends. Then a compelling changing of climates, between bombastic and mellow, Hensley his Hammond work is awesome and colours the music wonderfully. Halfway a churchy Hammond solo and then a mindblowing build-up, featuring great vocals and wah-wah guitar. The final part includes a long and spectcular Minimoog solo (by Manfred Mann), goose bumps, this is classic Heavy Prog!

4. Tears In My Eyes (5.01) : A more guitar-oriented track: an up-tempo beat, strong vocals and howling slide guitar runs and powerful due-guitarplay. In the second part we hear some propulsive acoustic rhythm guitar, another captivating musical idea that adds an extra dimension.

5. Shadows Of Grief (8.41) : A long composition with a dark and bombastic atmosphere featuring powerful Hammond layers and fiery wah-wah guitar, accompanied by a furious rhythm-section. The final part sounds like walking on a graveyard, pretty ominous with powerful vocals and slightly psychedelic overtones.

6. What Should Be Done (4.14) : Uriah Heep wanted to slow down and delivered this beautiful ballad, with tender piano and warm vocals, gradually subtle guitar joins. A lovely mellow song, the other side of Uriah Heep tastes very good.

7. Love Machine (3.38) : The final track is another Uriah Heep trademark song: up-tempo rock, loaded with powerful Hammond and wah-wah guitar, the interplay is exciting and Byron shines with his typical vocals, what a very strong way to finish the album!

Disc 2: An alternate Look At Yourself (all tracks previously unreleased).

This bonus CD contains all studio tracks, with the socalled 'alternative mixing'. This means slightly different versions, nice but not really worth mentioning, except the acoustic guitar and piano in July Morning. Also included is the Look At Yourself single (edit version), even without the long percussion break very strong. More interesting are the two compositions that were found on the Lansdowne Tapes (released in 1993, including 1969-1971 Uriah Heep material). First the romantic ballad What's Within My Heart (5.34) with twanging acoustic guitar and beautiful vocals, the other side of David Byron his distinctive powerful and high pitched vocals, and I like it! Then second Why Fourteen Minutes (hilarious title) that sounds like a pleasant extended (very extended!) jam session: first dreamy mellow Hammond and hypnotizing volume pedal and wah wah guitar, then gradually a catchy, mellow mid-tempo beat with soli on Hammond, guitar and drums. The vocals in this long but entertaining track are with a bluesy undertone. The most interesting bonus track is a 1971 live version of July Morning, average bootleg quality but nice to listen how it sounded, almost embryonal, without Minimoog but still very compelling with the omnipresent Hammond organ and biting guitarplay in the second part. The 20-page booklet includes extensive liner notes, interviews with the band and nice pictures.

On a July evening 2017 I witnessed the Look At Yourself Anniversary tour in The Netherlands, the gig in Alkmaar was completely sold out. The crowd went euphoric, especially when Uriah Heep played all seven tracks from Look At Yourself. We were in the realm of Heavy Prog and Uriah Heep ruled!

P.s.: This one is for you Louis, you made a dream come true, thanks!

 Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II) by URIAH HEEP album cover Live, 2010
2.16 | 9 ratings

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Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II)
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by tvtennis

2 stars I hate to be the barer of bad news, but I really wanted to like this release. I am a longtime UH fan, ever since my early childhood, discovering rock bands, they were always on the top of my list, and to some degree, they still are. Another reason is that I originate from that part of the world, so there is the sentimental part of the connection w/this live recording. Now the disappointment; the sound quality! I am fully aware of the title "... Official Bootleg Vol....", I was expecting a decent soundboard recording quality, as an "official" release that is authorized by the band management. I would say it is somewhere about 4-5 / 10! Even some of my unofficial live, (truly bootleg) recordings of UH are far superior to this one. It sounds like a spectator recording by simply holding up a small recording device in the middle of the crowd. Occasionally you can clearly hear people talking amongst themselves. On top of it, it is in mono. This release most likely has some value to someone that was present that evening, and would like to have a document of that performance. It is a shame, since it seems to include the entire show (2 CD's). Having said this, I must mention that in the UH "Bootleg series" there are some releases with much better results that would qualify for 7-8 /10, which I feel is acceptable for an official bootleg (raw) recording. None the less, this one is a disappointment.
 Downunda.. by URIAH HEEP album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1974
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Downunda..
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Per Kohler

— First review of this album —
5 stars I went to London in -81 and entered HMV record store and as I approached this band's compartment I said to myself the first LP I will grab is a collection I've never seen before. I was right. For the first and only time I've seen it. Don't really remember the price tag but probably it was too high for a poor student from Brighton. Of course I would've liked to own it today, sadly I didn't buy it. A double LP issued downunder that is Australia/New Zeeland in harmony with Heep's first tour in this territory. Also bass players Gary Thain's home area.

A lavish and thorough release, both visually and sonically. As far as you can come from a supermarket nice-price best of. Both heart and brain are used in the track choice and running order. One can feel the band's will to pride itself upon Gary Thain's compatriots. 'Stealin' was a huge hit in New Zeeland. All six studio albums are represented. Generous band photos, fruitful layout and comments from keyboardist Ken Hensley. One of the more successful collections of the seventies, partly due to the fact that it doesn't feel like a collection. Rather an additional sound source and imagery to yearn for. Never released on CD and there's little reason for it.

Thanks to Easy Livin for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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