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URIAH HEEP

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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
Island / Mercury 1990
Audio CD$2.17
$0.99 (used)
Look at YourselfLook at Yourself
Mca Special Products 2006
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Magician's BirthdayMagician's Birthday
Island / Mercury 1990
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20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Uriah Heep20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Uriah Heep
Island Def Jam 2011
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LiveLive
Island / Mercury 1989
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$2.14 (used)
Sweet FreedomSweet Freedom
Extra tracks · Import
Universal I.S. 2004
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$12.25 (used)
Very Eavy Very UmbleVery Eavy Very Umble
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Universal I.S. 2004
Audio CD$5.31
$11.03 (used)
SalisburySalisbury
Import
Universal I.S. 2004
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$11.36 (used)
Into the WildInto the Wild
Frontiers Records 2011
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Demons & WizardsDemons & Wizards
Import · Remastered
Sanctuary UK 2004
Audio CD$5.31
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URIAH HEEP shows & tickets


  • Thanks Jimi Festival on 1 May 2014
  • Uriah Heep at Teatro do Bourbon Country, Porto Alegre on 20 May 2014
  • Uriah Heep + Voltax + Cthulhu + more at Foro Insurgentes, Ciudad de México on 27 May 2014
  • Sweden Rock Festival on 4 Jun 2014
  • Kivenlahti Rock 2014 on 6 Jun 2014
  • Jokerfest on 14 Jun 2014
  • American Beauty Car Show on 18 Jul 2014
  • Rock Batuje on 25 Jul 2014
  • See Rock Festival on 1 Aug 2014

URIAH HEEP discography


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

3.30 | 273 ratings
Very 'eavy...Very 'umble
1970
3.49 | 116 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.14 | 493 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.06 | 418 ratings
Look at Yourself
1971
4.01 | 476 ratings
Demons and Wizards
1972
3.82 | 376 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.40 | 216 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.02 | 183 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.01 | 177 ratings
Return to Fantasy
1975
3.16 | 148 ratings
High and Mighty
1976
3.54 | 157 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.76 | 120 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.30 | 108 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.68 | 92 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.70 | 103 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.25 | 74 ratings
Head First
1983
1.92 | 68 ratings
Equator
1985
2.51 | 66 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.05 | 63 ratings
Different World
1991
3.70 | 102 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.27 | 67 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.48 | 111 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.84 | 42 ratings
Celebration: Forty Years of Rock
2009
3.56 | 92 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Outsider
2014

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

3.90 | 105 ratings
Uriah Heep - Live
1973
2.55 | 17 ratings
Live At Shepperton '74
1986
2.67 | 20 ratings
Live in Europe 1979
1986
3.12 | 24 ratings
Live in Moscow
1988
3.02 | 18 ratings
Spellbinder Live
1996
2.84 | 11 ratings
Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997
3.63 | 12 ratings
Future Echoes Of The Past
2000
4.28 | 32 ratings
Acoustically Driven
2001
3.88 | 14 ratings
Electrically Driven
2001
4.20 | 27 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party
2002
3.14 | 7 ratings
Live in the USA
2003
3.00 | 12 ratings
Magic Night
2004
3.11 | 8 ratings
Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009 (Official Bootleg)
2010
2.09 | 4 ratings
Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II)
2010
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live in Kawasaki, Japan 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume III)
2011
4.00 | 8 ratings
Live In Armenia
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Brisbane Australia 2011 (Official Bootleg Volume IV)
2011
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Athens, Greece 2011 (Official Bootleg Vol. V)
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the Rock of Ages Festival Germany 2008 (Official Bootleg Volume VI)
2013

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

4.05 | 3 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 | 19 ratings
Acoustically Driven (DVD)
2001
3.98 | 5 ratings
Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
2002
4.17 | 12 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party (DVD)
2002
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live In The USA (DVD)
2003
4.25 | 9 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1976
2004
4.17 | 10 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1976-1980
2004
3.50 | 8 ratings
Magic Night (The Magicians Birthday Party 2003) (DVD)
2004
4.53 | 9 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1980
2004
4.23 | 18 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)

3.06 | 9 ratings
The Best Of (1976)
1976
3.48 | 6 ratings
The Best Of (1985)
1985
2.09 | 3 ratings
Still 'eavy, Still Proud
1990
3.54 | 10 ratings
Rarities From The Bronze Age
1991
3.35 | 9 ratings
The Lansdowne tapes
1993
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
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Golden Palace
2002
3.00 | 2 ratings
Revelations - The Uriah Heep Anthology
2004
4.67 | 3 ratings
Gold from the Byron Era
2004
3.41 | 6 ratings
Travellers In Time Anthology Volume 1
2005
4.00 | 7 ratings
Chapter And Verse
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wake Up - The Singles Collection
2006
2.00 | 1 ratings
Easy Livin' - The Singles A's & B's
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Uriah Heep (Platinum Collection)
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
On The Rebound (A Very 'Eavy 40th Anniversary Collection)
2010
3.92 | 3 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lady In Black
1971
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Wizard
1972
3.83 | 6 ratings
Easy Livin'
1972
2.00 | 1 ratings
Something Or Nothing
1974
2.00 | 1 ratings
Make a Little Love
1976
3.17 | 6 ratings
Free Me
1977
2.50 | 6 ratings
Carry On
1980
3.00 | 4 ratings
Love Stealer
1980
3.33 | 3 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

URIAH HEEP Reviews


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 Salisbury by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.14 | 493 ratings

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Salisbury
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

4 stars True rock survivors, Uriah Heep's seemingly neverending career has now spanned five decades and a jaw- dropping forty-four years, not bad for a group often cast by snotty music journalists as one of the un- coolest ever. It all began way back in 1970, with the release of debut album '...Very 'eavy...Very 'umble'(titled 'Uriah Heep' in North America) and, despite numerous line-up shuffles, changing musical trends, financial mismanagement and the relentless onslaught of age and time, the Heep are still going strong, still touring, still issuing albums to their hardcore band of loyal followers, the vast majority of whom are now situated in either North America, Germany or the Balkans. Of course, the group are now - and have been for some time - completely ignored in their homeland, but that doesn't seem to bother them.The one constant throughout their chequered history has been guitarist Mick Box, and it is probably down to the diminutive axeman that the group are still a going concern. Issued in 1971, 'Salisbury' was the first truely progressive Heep record, the group exuding a tougher sound than found on their debut, but also backed up by a full orchestra, thus giving the album an impressively- rich sound. For many prog-rock fans, the first five Heep albums showcase the group at their peak, and they're not wrong. 'Salisbury' would be followed by the almost-as-good 'Look At Yourself', but the group would realy hit paydirt with 1972's 'Demond & Wizards', the ultimate classic Heep record. One more progressive-styled album would follow, 1973's 'The Magicians Birthday'(which, like 'Demons & Wizards', featured a striking Roger Dean cover) before the group started to inch towards a more melodic, FM-friendly sound. Subsequently, the group endured a series of line-up changes, a surprise hit album with 1977's 'Firefly', a drastic downturn in fortunes thanks to the onslaught of Punk Rock, and then come the 1980s, a surprisingly commercial-and-critical rebirth as a heavy metal act. However, for the proper Uriah Heep sound, look no further than the quintet of studio records that kick-started their career. Of them, 'Salisbury' is probably the most cohesive, featuring such golden nuggets as the barnstorming 'Lady In Black' and the epic, sixteen-minute title-track which closes the album on a suitably grandiose note. Heavy prog doesn't get any better. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014

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 Conquest by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.68 | 92 ratings

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Conquest
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by GruvanDahlman
Prog Reviewer

2 stars It has to be said, Uriah Heep is one of the most inconsistent bands around. I have always embraced them, loved them and found them to be both interesting and dull. When Uriah Heep reaches their highs there are few bands to rival their greatness. But when they hit rock bottom (as they more than occasionally do) they do hit it hard. Throughout their career, at least up to Raging Silence in 1989 where I sort of left them by the roadside, their albums was an equal mix of highs and pretty darn lows. Still, they made a few albums really solid (like Demons and Wizards) and quite a few 50/50 records (like Sweet freedom or Innocent victim). But no matter how low some of the material turned out, the remaining tracks were and still are fantastically progressive rock, able to outweigh these dips in quality. For every boogie and boring hard rock-ish song there was these amazing pillars of prog. That was true, anyway, up to a point. When the band entered the 1980's they headed for the more mainstream arenas, moving away (sadly) from prog. The albums remained sort of interesting anyway but Conquest proved to be the least interesting of them all. Apart from the opener "No return" the album was a bland collection of songs really saying nothing. I find myself baffled by the lack of any memorable songs. I like the opener a lot, thinking it showed some promise, but the remainder of songs really does not affect me in any way. I can't say they're bad, since I can't seem to remember any of them. I can't even judge them when hearing them. They are that bland. It's like getting a bowl of air after a decent starter. Conquest. It is sort of an irony in the title. All they conquered was a hilltop of nothingness in a landscape called Bland. Too bad.

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 Wonderworld  by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.02 | 183 ratings

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Wonderworld
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Only four months after the release of 'Sweet Freedom' and the band were back in the studio for 'Wonderworld'. The problems that had been apparent during the recording of the last album grew as some of the band turned to drugs of one type or another to cope with the burnout. Given the workload that they were being placed under it really isn't surprising. They started work on their seventh studio album in January 1974, less than four years since the release of their debut and when not in the studio they had been on the road. Try explaining that schedule to bands today.

Due to all of these factors coming into play it is probably of little surprise that the album suffered somewhat. However, not nearly to the extent that one might think. Although there probably isn't any song here that could remotely be given the 'classic' moniker, the album itself is consistent. The band themselves felt at the top that they could do no wrong and this confidence does come through. David Byron was a great singer and frontman, and in Ken Hensley they had a great keyboard player and songwriter while guitarist Mick Box, drummer Lee Kerslake and bassist Gary Thain were no slouches either. In "The Easy Road" they showed that they were more than just a hard rock band as piano and extremely lush orchestration showed another side of the band, while "Something Or Nothing" showed that they could still blast away when they wanted to. Yet again this has been remastered by Rob Corich with more bonus cuts.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Sweet Freedom by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.40 | 216 ratings

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Sweet Freedom
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Even though their live double album was doing well in the charts it wasn't long before taskmaster Gerry Bron had the boys back in the studio for their sixth studio album, their third with the same line-up. This was the first to be recorded away from Lansdowne Road, at the infamous 'Chateau Disaster' where Jethro Tull had attempted and then abandoned recording 'A Passion Play'. But even though the three weeks in the studio were fraught, in no small part due to David Byron's alcoholism, Ken Hensley's cocaine addiction and Gary Thain's heroin problems, the band again produced an album containing some fine songs. This seems to be one of theirs that is overlooked, but an album that starts with a song as powerful as "Dreamer" needs a second look. A gentle introduction from drummer Lee Kerslake, and Ken and Mick rip into it. The melodic vocals (and great falsettos) seem almost at odds with the way that Mick is throwing in the guitar lines. For all those who think that The Darkness are the saviours of modern rock (and admittedly they have done a lot to make long hair more fashionable), then put this one and turn it up and you will hear where they have taken much of their inspiration from.

But even though this is a great opener it isn't the most well-known song on the album, which belongs to the next cut, "Stealin'". Ken opens this by almost coaxing the gentle chords out to be laid against the strummed bass. Just a little gentle reverb on David's vocals, along with sweet harmonies the stage is set. Lee strokes the hi-hat, and then when the line "nothing left to save but my life" ends the guys join in and the song swaggers along. It is of no surprise that thirty years later it is still in the set list. But this album has more to offer than just two songs, and in "One Day" they have a song in their overbearing wonderful over eth top style with great vocals and the impression that here is a class act. The album originally closed with "Pilgrim" where falsetto vocal harmonies vie with piano for attention until Mick takes up the gauntlet. Yet again this reissue has been remastered by Rob Corich and has six extra cuts.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Live in Moscow by URIAH HEEP album cover Live, 1988
3.12 | 24 ratings

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Live in Moscow
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Misters majestic in Moscow

This live album was released in 1988 and was the first ever release by the Bolder-Box-Kerslake-Lanzon-Shaw line-up. It was recorded at the historic Moscow concerts in December 1987 when Uriah Heep became the first Rock band from the West to perform there. The event was also filmed (and released on DVD many years later). There are here a few songs that did not appear on the video. These are Bird Of Prey and That's The Way That It Is as well as Rockarama and Heartache City, the latter two only appearing as bonus tracks on the CD version (and hearing them now one understands why they were not chosen for the original album release and omitted from the video). Gypsy appears on the video and on some versions of this album, but apparently not on all versions (so make sure you get the version that holds it because this rendition is excellent). Look At Yourself was included on the video but not on any version of the album.

The most interesting songs, however, are the three songs that are not included on any of the band's studio albums. These are Pacific Highway, Corina, and Mister Majestic. The latter is particularly interesting as it features lead vocals by Phil Lanzon (the band's new keyboard player at the time and who wrote the song). Lanzon is not a great singer, and it is by no means an excellent song, but it is rather interesting to hear it as this keyboard-driven song stands quite apart from the band's regular repertoire. Pacific Highway and Corina, by contrast, are rather typical 80's Uriah Heep numbers and would have fitted well on Raging Silence (the first studio release by this line-up of the band).

I enjoy this live album, though I think the video version is better. And of course you have to be a pretty major fan to invest in both, so I would say get the DVD.

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 Moscow And Beyond (DVD) by URIAH HEEP album cover DVD/Video, 2002
3.98 | 5 ratings

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Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars This was how the east was won

Uriah Heep is a band whose live concerts are amply captured on video. I myself have quite a few of the band's live concert videos on DVD, but until now I've never had the pleasure to see the present concert film capturing the band live in Moscow in the late 80's. Apparently, Uriah Heep became the first Rock band from the West to break through the Iron curtain and perform on the other side. As such, this video is of historic importance regardless of what you think about Uriah Heep's music. But for those of us who do like their music, it is exciting to consider that it (and Rock music in general) was one of the forces that helped to bring an end to Communism in Eastern Europe. It is undoubtedly true that music can empower people (which was probably why the authorities wanted to suppress it).

This film is however noteworthy not just for reasons of political history. It also marked the beginning of a new line-up of the band--a line-up that would go on to be the longest lasting and most stable line-up in the band's history. Moreover, the set list contains three songs that are not included on any of the band's studio albums. These are Pacific Highway, Corina, and Mr. Majestic. The latter is particularly interesting as it features lead vocals by Phil Lanzon (the band's new keyboard player at the time and who wrote the song). Lanzon is not a great singer, and it is by no means a great song, but it is rather interesting to hear it as it stands apart from the band's regular repertoire. Pacific Highway and Corina are, by contrast, rather typical Uriah Heep numbers of this era and would have fitted well on Raging Silence.

The band are energetic and very much in their element throughout. The new members of the band fit right in; Lanzon is on fire on the keyboards and Bernie Shaw is a fantastic vocalist and showman. The classic songs performed include Look At Yourself, Easy Livin', Gypsy, July Morning, and The Wizard, and the 80's are represented by Too Scared To Run. All of these are really good songs and this rendition of Gypsy is particularly interesting due to the symphonic keyboard interlude it contains. As far as I understand this film doesn't feature the complete set list that was performed at these concerts. The live album from the same concerts contains a few songs that are not present here (and vice versa). As such, neither release seems to be complete. But this doesn't detract from my enjoyment of this film.

This is definitely a very good addition to any Uriah Heep collection and essential for fans, but it is not their best live concert video (my two favourites are Magic Night and Acoustically Driven) and certainly not the only one you need to have. Still, it is worthy of four stars.

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 Demons and Wizards by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.01 | 476 ratings

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Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Memo_anathemo

4 stars Uriah Heep keeps an excellent heavy sound in the album Demons and Wizards, I like the mixture of the voices alongside with acoustic guitars, and the Hammond sound, and the heavy riffs. Easy Livin' is not particularly a prog song, but definitely is one of the best heavy tracks in this album. The Wizard and Rainbow Demon are excellent songs, and in fact, all the album has the same level of quality. This is definitely an excellent addition to any prog collection but to any music collection you may have because Uriah Heep is one of those bands which had a major influence on many others.

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 Live in Moscow by URIAH HEEP album cover Live, 1988
3.12 | 24 ratings

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Live in Moscow
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Really great Live album from the masters Uriah Heep recorded live in Moscow in 1987 and released a year after in summer of 1988. Some classic tunes here that made them famous over the years, played with balls, every member shines, good sound and great musicianship. Here appear for the first time Bernie Shaw as UH vocalist, he integraded really well in their sound and since then he is teh front man. Mick Box guitar sounds great, crunchy with nice catchy solos specially on pieces like Bird of prey, Too Scared to Run, Pacific Highway and on 3 bonus tracks on CD version, one of them is Heartache City - what a killer piece, simply smokes this tune. Very good druming, bass lines, all is damn fine , the sound is crystal clear. Quite under rated live album, is not talked very much about UH live albums, but hey I'm a fan for more then 20 years, saw them twice live and are among my fav bands ever, love them. 3.5 stars for this live album, lots of great moments here that any UH fan can enjoy.

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 Very 'eavy...Very 'umble by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.30 | 273 ratings

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Very 'eavy...Very 'umble
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 3.5 really

...Very 'eavy...Very 'umble is the start of this legendary band. Released in 1970 this is a quite good debute an organ driven heavy prog offer with memorable pieces, good vocal parts and all the ingredients to be a decent towards great album. There are also fine balance between bluesy guitar passages, organ, some psychedelic moments appear here and there, with more progressive lements, the result is quite enjoyble for sure. Not a masterpiece or something as majestic as their next 3-4 albums, but still a great legendary almost classic little album that worth to be investigated.3.5 stars for sure. Gypsy, Come away Melinda or I'll Keep on Trying are pieces that definetly sets Uriah Heep among the front line of the genre. Not to mention that David Byron is one hell of a vocalist, among the most influencial voices in rock, with this debute he shows right from the beggining that he mean bussines with his ability in singing, really great voice

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 Wonderworld  by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.02 | 183 ratings

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Wonderworld
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by cavallo

5 stars The master piece from the masters!

Probably the most sentimental, the most introverted and the most touching Heep album and certainly the most underrated one ..

The album starts with the title track Wonderworld which I always wished it lasted throughout the whole "side A "of the LP :)

The Shadows And The Wind and The Easy Road are my all time favorite tracks. SUicidal Man is a catchy track too.

Side B is an absolute winner with four awesome tracks specially the Dreams! The keyboard tracks are to tastefully blended and sound so classy. Great playing and composing from Mr. Hensley. Also Thain is awesome in this last album of his career.

Without the Wonderworld, the Uriah Heep would be half as much as they are to me now. Lovely grooves, delicate nuance, fine recording and great composing. No only one of the best Heep albums but one of the best rock albums of all times

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