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URIAH HEEP

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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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Demons And Wizards (EXTRA BONUS TRACKS)Demons And Wizards (EXTRA BONUS TRACKS)
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The Magician's Birthday (2-CD Set)The Magician's Birthday (2-CD Set)
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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 | 414 ratings
Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble
1970
3.57 | 196 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.17 | 723 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.12 | 640 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
4.06 | 706 ratings
Demons And Wizards
1972
3.84 | 548 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.45 | 326 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.09 | 277 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.13 | 273 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
3.21 | 228 ratings
High And Mighty
1976
3.58 | 243 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.84 | 193 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.43 | 181 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.61 | 152 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.82 | 169 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.39 | 133 ratings
Head First
1983
2.03 | 121 ratings
Equator
1985
2.58 | 116 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.08 | 105 ratings
Different World
1991
3.66 | 169 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.27 | 117 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.46 | 165 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.76 | 71 ratings
Celebration - Forty Years Of Rock
2009
3.39 | 145 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
3.27 | 85 ratings
Outsider
2014
4.43 | 26 ratings
Living the Dream
2018

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

3.97 | 169 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
3.67 | 11 ratings
Gypsy (DVD)
1985
4.00 | 1 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
3.88 | 7 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1976
2004
3.85 | 7 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1976-1980
2004
3.55 | 11 ratings
Magic Night (The Magicians Birthday Party 2003) (DVD)
2004
4.46 | 8 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1980
2004
4.23 | 28 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 Löwe
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
3.50 | 2 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
4.43 | 26 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
4.43 | 26 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 | 640 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.

 A Time Of Revelation - 25 years on by URIAH HEEP album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1996
3.79 | 10 ratings

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A Time Of Revelation - 25 years on
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by tvtennis

5 stars Heep is close to my heart, have just about every official studio & live recording. That is why I was debating to fork out some extra $ on this release. Thinking initially for more-less the tracks that I already own. But at a closer look there are plenty of unreleased tracks in here, and if you are a John Lawton fan, of if you just "don't mind" the era of UH w/Lawton, you're in for a pleasant surprise! There are quite a few unreleased tracks, that are very good, perhaps the unreleased album in the works prior to Lawton's departure. The remastered sound is very good, the separation is noticeable on a majority of the tracks. One other pleasant surprise were the liner notes. Very informative, easy to read, all in all, a few great listening hours of music while reading the notes to put you in the moment. Highly recommended release.
 Abominog by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.82 | 169 ratings

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Abominog
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Modrigue
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The best Uriah Heep album of the 80's

3.5 stars

After a half-decade of more or less convincing art rock wandering, plus the explosion of punk and the new generation of metalheads, URIAH HEEP could difficulty survive in its current form. Therefore what should logically happen happens: Ken Hensley - one of the two original members responsible of several hit titles - left the band, resulting in the split of the quintet. After multiple hesitations, the other original member, Mick Box, finally decided to reform the HEEP by calling Lee Kerslake back, the band's main drummer during the seventies, and recruited ex-TRAPEZE singer Peter Goalby, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob Daisley and future OZZY OSBOURNE keyboardist John Sinclair. So what could we expect from a recomposed dated art-prog-rock band from the 70's, without its brain, already searching for renewal since several albums, for the turn of the 80's? Well, in fact... a pretty good surprise, really.

"Abominog" is a nice and punchy mixture of direct AOR, hard rock but also of a slice of NWOBHM and a touch of fantasy. After a mediocre try, URIAH HEEP starts the eighties again with a new youth! A transformed quintet for a strengthened approach: rarely before played the band this ferocious! However, don't be mistaken: despite its cover art, somehow demonic title and release date, don't expect pre-thrash / black metal on this album. Even if we're surely not in prog-land any more, fans will still recognize some HEEP's markers here: typical keyboards, powerful choruses and cool melodies, this time coupled good riffs and a harder sound. There is one last particularity to mention about this disc though: half of the songs are covers from 1979-1980 rock titles.

First the new compositions. From the very beginning of "Too Scared To Run", you can hear the reconstructed URIAH HEEP wanting to catch up with the young generation. This dynamic opener is definitely a little NWOBHM bomb! Wow! "Chasing Shadows" is a synth FM rock with a light fantasy ambiance. Simply the best song of the record. On the opposite, "Hot Persuasion" is rather average and flat. Same goes for "Sell Your Soul", which darker and slower passages are the only interest. Concluding the disc, "Think It Over"'s creation dates back to the recording sessions of 1980's "Conquest", the band's previous album. With its short spacey intro, keyboards and chorus, this epic track is the one that resembles the most the band in their 70's.

Let's now talk about the covers. Mainly located in the middle of the disc, they're often pretty nice and match the overall quality of the new compositions. The rearranged version of RUSS BALLARD's "On The Rebound" is a cool "hard new-wave" song, while "Hot Night In A Cold Town" is softer. Another effective title is "Running All Night", in the pure tradition of 80's big rock. The two last covers are unfortunately less convincing. "That's The Way That It Is" is enjoyable but not very remarkable, whereas "Prisoner" aims at calming the pace down but this ballad is a bit soapy and lengthy.

Concerning the 2 bonus studio tracks, "Tin Soldier" starts well in an epic ambiance in the style of MAGNUM, but fails at really lifting off. Contrarily to "Son Of A Bitch", a muscular and direct AOR title, with a slight touch of fantasy. Simply rocks!

Let's go straight to the point: if you're allergic to 80's synthesizers and guitars or expecting 70's fantasy progressive epics, this new HEEP won't fulfil your desires. Furthermore, the music sounds quite dated and has some weaker moments. Apart from these points, "Abominog" is a fun and lively record, offering simple, direct and punchy hard/heavy FM rock, kinda "Adult Oriented Metal".

A lesser-known but underrated album, URIAH HEEP's best in the eighties! Raging at times but never really violent, kind but not too much, the music is finally in par with the creature depicted on the cover: A gentle little demon...

 Live at Koko London 2014 by URIAH HEEP album cover Live, 2015
3.93 | 9 ratings

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Live at Koko London 2014
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars UK band URIAH HEEP are among the living legends of the rock universe, with a history going back almost 50 years in time and with a vast array of classic songs in their repertoire. While the current line-up only features one original member, Mick Box, it is in fact the most stable line-up the band has ever had, and a fairly long lasting when it comes to that. The core of the current band has been there since 1986, for 30 years, and the two line-up alterations that did come in these three decades were due to health and terminal health issues than than any band instability. So while the earlier, more volatile versions of the band will always be the one best remembered, it is the band in it's current guise that has made them into living legends. "Live at Koko" is one of more than 20 live albums by the band, and was released through Italian label Frontiers Music in 2015.

If I was asked by someone if they need this album, my answer would be that it depends. If asked if this is the one live album to get by the band, I'd say probably not. If asked if it's a bad album, the answer would be that it isn't. Then again, it all depends.

What is covered on this double album, accompanied by a DVD in the commercial version, is a veteran band playing material from the entire span of their career, and with a liberal outing of more recent material. So rather than a live performance of the greatest hits you have a band celebrating their current state but also including parts of their massive heritage into the mix. As such it's not a definitive live album by just about any standards, but the inclusion of the newer material makes it an interesting production for fans for that very reason. That is, the fans interested in what the band has been doing after 1980 just as much as what they did in the 1970's.

The concert itself opens a bit wobbly, where Shaw's vocals appears a bit weak and haphazard. Possibly a case of monitors not fine tuned, or well used vocal chords needing a couple of songs to warm up, or a combination of both. Anyhow, the opening tracks are just a tad off the pace and sound, and unless I'm much mistaken there's a bit of fine tuning going on until vocals and instruments appear better in sync and shape after the initial few tracks.

From then and on we're treated to a veteran band using a wealth of experience to pull off what I'd have to describe as a satisfying concert. There's no magic in the air or stardust sprinkling over the performances, perhaps apart from the surprisingly effective Between Two Worlds that to my ears is an invigorating highlight on this double album, but sheer experience and professionalism by a band that have done this hundreds of times before ensures that the entertainment value is very much present. Not all the songs comes across as great, and my impression is that Shaw perhaps didn't have his most magical day at work here, but this is a band that have been out on cold and warm days for a few decades by now and know the drill. I'd hazard a guess that this crew possibly could pull off a decent concert even when asleep.

There is passion here too, amazingly enough. The impression I get is that this is a band that does have a jolly good time when playing live, that these are if not good mates and personal friends then at minimum colleagues appreciating each others skills and talents and making sure that everyone gets what they need to perform. If the former, the latter or both apply I don't know, but the impression I get is that there's a generally positive vibe within the band.

If anyone have managed to miss out on this band and their music, the short story is that Uriah Heep is among the bands that defined what hard prog and hard rock should sound like when electric guitars and organ are the dominant instruments. They were generally regarded as a bit more loose in their take on the style than a band like Deep Purple, although it probably takes fans of both bands or music nerds to see them as radically different from one another. Not that they are all that similar, but the differences are more nuanced rather than dramatic. Some of the more recent Uriah Heep songs covered on this live production showcase that aspect fairly well, quite a few of them would have been a very good match for Deep Purple as well.

All in all I suspect that "Live at Koko" is one of those albums that will have it's solid buyer base among dedicated fans of Uriah Heep, and then those with an interest and passion for the entire career of the band. For those who aren't in that category, there are other live albums by the band that one should consider before this one, unless you have a strong desire to see what the guys look like and hear what they sound like currently. That the core commercial editions of this production also comes with a DVD or Blue Ray documenting the concert in video as well probably a point to consider in that context.

 Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.35 | 414 ratings

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Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars If I may 'umbly say, the debut album by Uriah Heep is, whilst certainly 'eavy, not as unrelentingly 'eavy as the spooky cover art or bold title might make you think. On here the group play a broadly hard rock style with a mixture of bluesy and psychedelic elements which lay the foundations for the more prog-inclined path they would take on Salisbury. It's an entertaining sound which is a bit of an artifact of its times; although it doesn't quite give you an idea of the classic Uriah Heep sound the way the next three studio albums would, it does show them being quite a capable unit early on able to turn their hand to a range of different styles.
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