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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.

URIAH HEEP's music covers a multitude of styles. In prog terms, they lean towards heavy rock with symphonic overtones while always retaining a strong focus on melody. Their early influences include VANILLA FUDGE, while the strong vocal harmonies of THREE DOG NIGHT are also mirrored on many tracks. URIAH HEEP have in turn had a strong infl...
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Demons & WizardsDemons & Wizards
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Live 73Live 73
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URIAH HEEP discography


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

3.32 | 329 ratings
Very 'eavy...Very 'umble
1970
3.53 | 147 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.16 | 590 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.10 | 509 ratings
Look at Yourself
1971
4.04 | 568 ratings
Demons and Wizards
1972
3.82 | 448 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.42 | 261 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.04 | 215 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.04 | 211 ratings
Return to Fantasy
1975
3.16 | 178 ratings
High and Mighty
1976
3.54 | 183 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.80 | 146 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.36 | 131 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.59 | 118 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.79 | 129 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.33 | 99 ratings
Head First
1983
1.94 | 89 ratings
Equator
1985
2.57 | 88 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.05 | 77 ratings
Different World
1991
3.64 | 131 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.26 | 84 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.44 | 128 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.72 | 53 ratings
Celebration: Forty Years of Rock
2009
3.52 | 112 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
3.23 | 47 ratings
Outsider
2014

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

3.94 | 132 ratings
Uriah Heep - Live
1973
2.63 | 26 ratings
Live At Shepperton '74
1986
2.68 | 27 ratings
Live in Europe 1979
1986
3.10 | 30 ratings
Live in Moscow
1988
3.02 | 19 ratings
Spellbinder Live
1996
2.89 | 15 ratings
Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997
3.61 | 15 ratings
Future Echoes Of The Past
2000
4.27 | 36 ratings
Acoustically Driven
2001
3.88 | 18 ratings
Electrically Driven
2001
4.15 | 34 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party
2002
3.22 | 9 ratings
Live in the USA
2003
3.00 | 13 ratings
Magic Night
2004
3.17 | 10 ratings
Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009 (Official Bootleg)
2010
2.23 | 7 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
4.09 | 11 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
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live at the Rock of Ages Festival Germany 2008 (Official Bootleg Volume VI)
2013
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live at Koko London 2014
2015

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

4.00 | 5 ratings
Easy Livin' - A history of Uriah Heep
1985
3.72 | 6 ratings
Gypsy (DVD)
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Legend Continues... A Celebration of 30 Years in Rock
2000
3.00 | 1 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
4.67 | 21 ratings
Acoustically Driven (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 6 ratings
Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
2002
4.15 | 14 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party (DVD)
2002
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live In The USA (DVD)
2003
3.96 | 5 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1976
2004
3.92 | 5 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1976-1980
2004
3.50 | 8 ratings
Magic Night (The Magicians Birthday Party 2003) (DVD)
2004
4.48 | 4 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1980
2004
4.23 | 20 ratings
Classic Heep - Live from the Byron era
2004
3.00 | 5 ratings
Between Two Worlds (Live In London 2004) (DVD)
2005

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

0.00 | 0 ratings
Downunda..
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Uriah Heep
1975
3.10 | 10 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goldener Löwe
1978
3.50 | 8 ratings
The Best Of (1985)
1985
0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology Volume One
1986
2.09 | 3 ratings
Still 'eavy, Still Proud
1990
3.53 | 11 ratings
Rarities From The Bronze Age
1991
3.39 | 12 ratings
The Lansdowne tapes
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballads
1994
3.33 | 8 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
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Golden Palace
2002
3.00 | 2 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
4.00 | 8 ratings
Chapter And Verse
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wake Up - The Singles Collection
2006
3.33 | 3 ratings
Easy Livin' - The Singles A's & B's
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Platinum Collection
2007
4.00 | 7 ratings
On The Rebound (A Very 'Eavy 40th Anniversary Collection)
2010
3.93 | 5 ratings
Wizards - The Best Of Uriah Heep
2011

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

4.00 | 5 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
3.00 | 3 ratings
Lady In Black
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
July Morning
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Gypsy
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Spider Woman
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Special DJ Copy of Uriah Heep
1972
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Wizard
1972
4.00 | 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 | 10 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 | 4 ratings
Love Stealer
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Feelings
1980
2.20 | 6 ratings
Think It Over
1981
2.88 | 8 ratings
Abominog Junior EP
1982
2.75 | 4 ratings
That's The Way That It Is
1982
2.50 | 4 ratings
Lonely Nights
1983
3.25 | 4 ratings
Stay On Top
1983
4.00 | 4 ratings
Poor Little Rich Girl
1985
2.40 | 5 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
2.67 | 3 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
2.00 | 1 ratings
One Minute
2014

URIAH HEEP Reviews


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 Salisbury by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.16 | 590 ratings

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Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Cactus Choir

5 stars This is one of those records that could only have been made in the late 60s/early 70s when experiments with epic concept pieces and orchestras were de rigueur. Everyone from The Nice, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Yes, Colosseum and, perhaps more surprisingly, Uriah Heep was getting in on the act. Salisbury is one of the more successful examples in the genre and a real curio/standout in their discography.

The album opens with the menacing Bird of Prey which features some impressively spooky backing vocals (Heep were known as the Beach Boys of heavy metal), banshee wails from lead singer David Byron plus a mellotron all adding to the drama. The sudden shift to a light-hearted coda complete Hammond organ and "ooh-aah" backing vocals does seem a bit out of sync with the first part, however. The bucolic The Park drifts along very pleasingly with jazzy organ and guitar interludes, while the Time To Live packs a grungy and blues-oriented punch. Lady in Black is a catchy folk singalong that conjures up visions of the mist-covered aftermath of a battlefield, while High Priestess is an upbeat pop-metal song that sounds a bit like 10cc from the Sheet Music era (probably the dual guitars).

The highpoint and centrepiece of the album is the 17-minute title track. The thought of a band like Heep attempting a lengthy, orchestrated concept piece might produce sniggers from some of a more cynical nature, but this is a triumph and certainly a cut above Pink Floyd's similar experiment on Atom Heart Mother from the same year. Mick Box excels with some great extended wah-wah guitar soloing and the whole band get the chance to show their instrumental dexterity, with the brass and woodwind arrangements complementing them perfectly. Despite the length there are enough musical ideas to maintain interest throughout the piece. The album as a whole deserves five stars because there is really not a poor track, and it's just a shame that they never attempted anything this varied or ambitious again.

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 Into The Wild by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.52 | 112 ratings

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Into The Wild
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars For the most part, this recent Uriah Heep release is a hard rock album first and a prog album second. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, though. "Nail On The Head" opens the album with some AC/DC-esque riffing. The song is actually very similar to "Back In Black" now that I think about it. The album then carries on to more hard rock songs in the vein of Deep Purple or Rainbow. Some highlights included the drumming in "Money Talks" and the song "Into The Wild", which is one of the album's finest tracks. In fact, "Into The Wild", an uptempo rocker about a desperado on the lam, is probably one of the best rock tracks I've heard released this decade. There are two more progressive songs on the album, "Trail of Diamonds" and "Kiss of Freedom", which are both excellent, featuring fantasy vocals and incredible vocal performances from Bernie Shaw.

"Into The Wild" isn't a masterpiece by any means but it's certainly a strong album and the best Uriah Heep material I've heard since the 70's. 3 stars.

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 The Magician's Birthday by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.82 | 448 ratings

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The Magician's Birthday
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Magnum Vaeltaja

3 stars If anyone ever wanted to know what a typical classic Uriah Heep album sounded like, this would be a fine candidate for that title. It contains all of the elements that the band is best known for: heavy-hitting hard rock from guitarist Mick Box, romantic fantasy-themed lyrics delivered beautifully by David Byron, a couple of ballads here and there and some fairly standard keyboard performances interwoven between Mick Box's guitar licks. If you love everything I've just described, then you will find it all delivered well on this album. The reason why I only give this album 3 stars is because aside from these facets, there's little that's memorable about the album. The only truly magnificent track is the epic "The Magician's Birthday", which undoubtedly features Mick Box's strongest guitar work, with a nearly 4 minute guitar solo, as well as some of the band's best fantasy storytelling. So unless you're a Uriah Heep mega fan, you certainly won't be making this release one of your desert island discs.

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 Sweet Freedom by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.42 | 261 ratings

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Sweet Freedom
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by CHOM_97_7_Av_105_9

4 stars A blend of softer Heavy Prog (than on LOOK AT YOURSELF) and of still cosmic flavoured, but more mainstream rock`n`roll, SWEET FREEDOM is a half-decent effort from a progressive rock point of view, but an excellent addition to any (eclectic) music lover collection, period...

The two opening tracks of side A, especially Dreamer, find David Byron in horrible shape, a tiny bit drunk... He would later, toward the end of his short life, be replaced by someone better. THE REST OF SIDE A as well as ALL OF SIDE B, including the title track "SWEET FREEDOM", the spacey hard-rocker IF I HAD THE TIME, the epic PILGRIM or CIRCUS or even the third track on side A, ONE DAY are top notch masterpieces ! Because most of the Heepist prefer their prog heavy, no one ever mentions CIRCUS as a HEEP classic... Well, this nice very short folk-rock oriented psychedelic ballad reminds me in many ways of ARE YOU REALING IN THE YEARS by STEELY DAN, but much better, subtle and, unfortunatly, simpler...not quite progressive (especially considering the length and relative structure) but we are getting closer...

3 stars (good but non-essential) for progressive rock lover / 5 stars for eclectic music lovers broadly AVERAGE: 4,00 STARS FINAL RATING: 4 STARS

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 The Magician's Birthday by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.82 | 448 ratings

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The Magician's Birthday
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars When I was younger, I was a bit dismissive of Uriah Heep, but now I own a few of their albums (Look at Yourself, Demons and Wizards, and this one) I come to the conclusion that they can do some absolutely brilliant material, and material I can do without. I know I'll still be looking for more Uriah Heep albums as they come my way. The Magician's Birthday seems to be my very favorite Uriah Heep albums, of the ones I heard. Since the band was riding high with Demons & Wizards (an album I personally find a tad overrated), with "Easy Living" receiving tons of FM radio airplay, they quickly followed it with The Magician's Birthday. "Sunrise", "Spider Woman", and "Tales" are some great songs found here. "Rain" is the one song I can do with out, a rather generic, piano-dominated ballad that I know Ken Hensley can do much better, such as "What Should Be Done" (off Look At Yourself"). That song has that charming quality that "Rain" lacks. "Sweet Lorraine" is a rocking piece but I really dig that synth. The title track is the epic track, one of Uriah Heep's best. It seemed they cut back a bit on the swords and sorcery of Demons & Wizards. I realize after their next album, Sweet Freedom, their input had became more erratic, but The Magician's Birthday really exceeded my expectations. Despite "Rain", it's simply Uriah Heep at their best.

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 Easy Livin' - A history of Uriah Heep by URIAH HEEP album cover DVD/Video, 1985
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Easy Livin' - A history of Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Guillermo
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This video has a very abridged history of the band from their beginnings until 1985, showing interviews done with Ken Hensley, who was the main composer of the band between 1970 and 1980, the year that Hensley left the band. The history of the band in this video is divided more by the periods determined by their lead singers until 1985 (David Byron, John Lawton, John Sloman, Peter Goalby) and most of the other members and former members of the band are mentioned very briefly or are not mentioned at all, with the exception of some early members (Alex Napier, Paul Newton, Nigel Olsson) and the members of their "classic" line-up (David Byron, Mick Box, Ken Hensley, Lee Kerslake, Gary Thain). Hensley talks briefly about some facts about each lead singer`s era, but the main portions of this video are dedicated to showing some songs played live and also some promotional videos:

- Lve at Shepperton Film Studios, London UK 1974: showing the "classic" line-up of the band playing live for a previously unreleased TV special. These performances are good but not as good as their performances from their very good "Live January 1973" album. Anyway, the camera angles are good.

- Studio promos 1978: they show the band doing playbacks to some songs from their "Fallen Angel" album, with John Lawton as lead singer and Trevor Bolder as bassist. They show that despite still being a good band their musical style was tending more to commercial music. Lawton has a very good voice and Bolder was a very good bassist.

- Studio promo 1980 for their "Feelings" song from their "Conquest" album from 1980, with John Sloman as lead singer and Chris Slade on drums. Sloman is also a very good singer and Slade a very good drummer, but by 1980 their music became even more commercial, and Sloman`s style of singing was more far than Lawton`s from Byron`s style of singing. Sloman`s singing even made the band sound very different.

- Live in Auckland, NZ 1984: Mick Box reformed the band in 1981 with lead singer Peter Goalby, which also is a very good singer but whose voice is more close to Byron`s , So, in my opinion, he was one of the best singers the band has had. The band in 1984 sounded really very well, with Box being by then (and until the present) the only remaining original member of the band. Box was also joined in the line-up by Lee Kerslake, Trevor Bolder and John Sinclair. A very energetic and good live performance by this line-up.

As a whole, this is an interesting video which is more focused in live performances and promo videos of full songs than in a more detailed history of the band with interviews with other members and former members of the band. Anyway, it is a good video.

By the way: David Byron died in 28-February-1985...thirty years ago.

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 Outsider by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.23 | 47 ratings

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Outsider
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars It's been a while since I've actually given any of the post '70s Uriah Heep releases more than one spin and I blame the band for that. Most of the albums released by this ever-changing lineup of a collective have been decent but they never get enough attention from the audiences. I have no problem with Bernie Shaw as a vocalist but David Byron he is not. The never-ending tours where Shaw tries to fit in as a Byron imitator hasn't exactly been too flattering for him but still he does a decent job. Unlike the live shows, that mostly features the old classics, the later Uriah Heep releases have actually managed to sound relatively interesting but generally fail at gaining attention from anyone who is not already a fan. Having said that, it was quite surprising to hear that Outsider actually sounded like one of their better albums since their golden era records from the early '70s!

The album sounds like a record that could have been released by Uriah Heep back in their early days. The songwriting is generally based in the heavy rock genre that the band have been known for with a few minor nods at progressive rock. The opening track Speed Of Sound is easily my favorite track out of the bunch, featuring up-tempo heavy rock sound while maintaining a strong melodic hook to it. The album's single One Minute is actually a really solid rock tune even though I enjoy the opening piano section much more that the rest of the track.

There are a few bumps along the way like the corny chorus of Rock The Foundation and the pretty average track Is Anybody Gonna Help Me?. Uriah Heep sounds best whenever they return to the up-tempo numbers like the album's title track, Looking At You, Can't Take That Away and Kiss The Rainbow. The concluding track Say Goodbye is another performance that starts off like a classic Led Zeppelin track until Shaw comes in on vocals. Just like most of the other tracks, this final number has a strong up-tempo rock sound with a solid chorus line and a lovely organ sound from Phil Lanzon.

For me it's clear that Uriah Heep are a better band than what they give themselves credit for on tour. Why fill your repertoire with old tunes from the '70s when you've actually got a decent new album? I guess they're just a victim of their own image and I doubt that Mick Box and the rest of the lineup have any plans on changing that.

***** star songs: Speed Of Sound (4:55)

**** star songs: One Minute (4:54) The Outsider (3:22) Looking At You (3:35) Can't Take That Away (4:54) Kiss The Rainbow (5:12) Say Goodbye (3:34)

*** star songs: The Law (5:24) Rock The Foundation (4:07) Is Anybody Gonna Help Me? (5:07) Jessie (3:59)

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 Sea Of Light by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.64 | 131 ratings

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Sea Of Light
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I was sitting in a small deli in Copenhagen, having lunch with a much older cousin I hadn't seen for 19 years, and we discovered that we both liked Uriah Heep. I told him I loved their first five albums but even though I had several of their albums from the late seventies and early eighties, the music just wasn't as exciting. It was then he asked me if I had heard their latest releases "Sea of Light" and "Sonic Origami". I had not, I replied. He recommended both albums, saying they were very good. I filed that away in my brain.

Thirteen years later, I had become a new member of the Prog Archives and I was checking out Uriah Heep albums and their reviews and ratings and I read many words of praise for "Sea of Light". With its captivating Roger Dean cover, I decided the time had at last come to get this album home. I ordered it and loaded it into my music library and onto my iPhone and was set to prog and roll as I headed out the door to work one morning. The first song was a blast. The rest of the album disappointed me terribly.

I tried to get into it. I listened to it again and tried to give many songs a special listen. Nope. This was a rock album. A hard rock album. I could have named a couple of Whitesnake albums that feature as much prog.

I put off reviewing the album for almost two years because I really didn't want to waste my time listening to it from start to finish again, seeking out the missed highlight. But at last I gave in, let it run through its songs while I checked Facebook and thought about what I needed to do at work. Nothing. Two stars for this.

I went back to read the reviews. "The best album outside of the seventies!" "Slightly less good than 'Demons and Wizards'!" "Uriah Heep is back!" What was I missing? I read what people had to say about the songs. I went back and listened to parts of many of the songs again. Hmm. Perhaps there was something worthy of further inspection. I selected the songs most often praised and listened to them while on the commute home. And at last I felt the album was not quite so bad, even rather good at times, with a few (albeit insufficient) moments that could be associated with progressive rock.

My first impression had been that this was nothing more than a straightforward hard rock album. After the fist- pumping "Against the Odds", I felt most of the album was just cliché after cliché of hard rock. "Mistress of All Time" revolted me with all the overused phrases and descriptions, lyrically a cut and paste song with a beer hall vocalist attempting to sound passionate: "Dances across the o-SHUN!" Pul-leeeze! I totally missed the pretty synthesizer piano solo and fluty keyboards. And hard rock, yes, but actually with a lot of very exciting guitar riffs and some sweet solos courtesy of Mr. Box. Rousing vocal choruses that almost reminded me of mid to late eighties Bon Jovi until I found myself singing along to "Spirit of Freedom". And how about the very eighties- sounding "Logical Progression"? Actually not bad, but not nearly a good as the music in "Love in Silence". Ahoy! We have arrived in prog country!

Well, truth be told, the prog factor is still pretty low to my ears. I have awarded 2 stars to albums I love just because the prog detector needle failed to raise up very high. I try to consider what the experts are looking for. But the number of cliché or uninspiring rock songs is actually few. As it turns out, the rockers are rather enjoyable. Listening to the album became a pleasure as opposed to a chore. As a rock album, I would consider giving it nearly four and a half stars. However, as a prog album and an album by the band who gave us "Salisbury", "July Morning", and "The Spell" I can resolutely say that there is very little trace of that kind of music composition on "Sea of Light". So, having moved past my initial disappointment, I give this album three stars and recommend it to fans of the band and anyone who can enjoy a great hard rock album without too much in the way of adventurous music.

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 Outsider by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.23 | 47 ratings

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Outsider
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars Uriah Heep is a British hard rock band which has been playing since 1970. Their music has had a lot of progressive elements even if they mainly are a hard rock gang. They recorded their first record 1970: "Very' eavy... Very 'umble" and this year came their twentyfifth album "Outsider" 2014. Thirteen records in the seventies, five in the eighties, three in the nineties, two in the 00- decade and two in the tenth decade.

Outsider was for me a very positive surprise. It's grey cover is surrealistic with a grey circle which is filled with an umbrella man, a winter tree and birds. I liked what I heard imediately here. Bernie Shaw's voice is strong and it's a classical hard rock voice. The music is heavy but not too loud and the organ virtuosity makes the music interesting. You get a strong feeling of older rock when you hear this. I would say it is really enjoyable music. Uriah Heep hasn't done what Yes have done, becoming more nice, this is hard beating rock from minute one to fifty.

The album has many especially good songs such as "Is anybody gonna help me?", "Looking at you", "Jessie" and "Kiss the rainbow" but I like them all. Perhaps the most fair voting should be 7/10 but I feel that the album is as strong as four stars. On this album Bernie Shaw sings, Mick Box plays guitar, Phil Lanzon plays keyboards, Davey Rimmer plays bass and Russell Gilbrook drums. The former bass player Trevor Bolder died unfortunately last year. This is, I most say it, not a prog rock album but it is a great rock album of 2014.

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 Demons and Wizards by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.04 | 568 ratings

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Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars It's easy to talk about this album. It's easy to say that this is the ultimate UH album. A word is enough to the wise expert of heavy prog.

The songs are all memorable and very melodic: "The Wizard" (with the famous acoustic guitar intro), and "Easy Livin'" (one of their best rockers ever with that typical fast paced tempo that the band used also in the late seventies for "Free 'n' Easy", from the Innocent Victim album), "Circle of Hands" (an epic ballad sharing a common mood with "July Morning"), "Rainbow Demon", "Traveller in Time" and "Poet's Justice" (pure heep sound). But the absolute best and most satisfactory number for a prog lover is the mini epic closer "Paradise/The Spell": wonderful choruses, melody and solos for a perfect conclusion. To be mentioned the amazing Roger Dean's cover art (please note that the butterfly wings on the wizard are real butterfly wings).

If you wonder where hard rock / heavy metal's fascination with fantasy world came from, please look at this record. This is not heavy metal but heavy and intense music and it surely had a strong influence on later bands from that genre. An underrated classic.

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