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

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

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

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

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

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URIAH HEEP discography


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

3.36 | 429 ratings
Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble
1970
3.57 | 204 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.18 | 749 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.12 | 660 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
4.07 | 725 ratings
Demons And Wizards
1972
3.86 | 563 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.45 | 334 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.10 | 283 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.13 | 280 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
3.21 | 232 ratings
High And Mighty
1976
3.58 | 248 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.85 | 196 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.43 | 184 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.61 | 156 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.82 | 173 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.39 | 135 ratings
Head First
1983
2.03 | 125 ratings
Equator
1985
2.58 | 118 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.08 | 107 ratings
Different World
1991
3.67 | 174 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.28 | 120 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.40 | 170 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.77 | 74 ratings
Celebration - Forty Years Of Rock
2009
3.39 | 148 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
3.27 | 88 ratings
Outsider
2014
3.88 | 115 ratings
Living The Dream
2018

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

3.97 | 174 ratings
Uriah Heep - Live
1973
2.69 | 30 ratings
Live At Shepperton '74
1986
2.75 | 33 ratings
Live in Europe 1979
1986
3.14 | 37 ratings
Live in Moscow
1988
3.04 | 28 ratings
Spellbinder Live
1996
2.89 | 15 ratings
Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997
3.63 | 16 ratings
Future Echoes Of The Past
2000
4.25 | 46 ratings
Acoustically Driven
2001
3.90 | 22 ratings
Electrically Driven
2001
4.13 | 44 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party
2002
3.30 | 10 ratings
Live in the USA
2003
3.09 | 16 ratings
Magic Night
2004
3.17 | 10 ratings
Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009 (Official Bootleg)
2010
2.16 | 9 ratings
Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II)
2010
4.04 | 7 ratings
Live in Kawasaki, Japan 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume III)
2011
4.14 | 14 ratings
Live In Armenia
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Live In Brisbane Australia 2011 (Official Bootleg Volume IV)
2011
3.40 | 5 ratings
Live In Athens, Greece 2011 (Official Bootleg Vol. V)
2012
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live at the Rock of Ages Festival Germany 2008 (Official Bootleg Volume VI)
2013
3.93 | 9 ratings
Live at Koko London 2014
2015
3.00 | 2 ratings
Raging Through the Silence - - The 20th Anniversary Concert - Live At The London Astoria 18th May 1989
2017

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

3.98 | 8 ratings
Easy Livin' - A history of Uriah Heep
1985
3.65 | 12 ratings
Gypsy (DVD)
1985
4.00 | 2 ratings
Raging Through The Silence
1989
4.00 | 2 ratings
The Legend Continues... A Celebration of 30 Years in Rock
2000
4.00 | 2 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
4.65 | 27 ratings
Acoustically Driven (DVD)
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
Sailing The Sea Of Light
2001
3.86 | 12 ratings
Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
2002
4.17 | 21 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party (DVD)
2002
3.43 | 7 ratings
Live In The USA (DVD)
2003
3.93 | 8 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1976
2004
3.89 | 8 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1976-1980
2004
3.55 | 11 ratings
Magic Night (The Magicians Birthday Party 2003) (DVD)
2004
4.47 | 9 ratings
Inside Uriah Heep - The Hensley Years 1970-1980
2004
4.24 | 31 ratings
Classic Heep - Live from the Byron era
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ultimate Anthology
2004
3.07 | 8 ratings
Between Two Worlds (Live In London 2004) (DVD)
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Live Broadcasts
2005
3.00 | 2 ratings
Access All Areas (Live in Moscow)
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Access All Areas (20th Anniversary Concert)
2015
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live At Koko - London 2014
2015

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

5.00 | 1 ratings
Downunda..
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep Vol. 2
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Very Best Of Uriah Heep
1974
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of Uriah Heep
1975
3.20 | 11 ratings
The Best Of Uriah Heep
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goldener Lwe
1978
3.51 | 9 ratings
The Best Of (1985)
1985
5.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology Volume One
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Two Decades In Rock
1990
2.22 | 4 ratings
Still 'eavy, Still Proud
1990
3.54 | 10 ratings
Rarities From The Bronze Age
1991
0.00 | 0 ratings
July Morning / Rain
1991
3.39 | 12 ratings
The Lansdowne tapes
1993
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ballads
1994
3.79 | 10 ratings
A Time Of Revelation - 25 years on
1996
2.96 | 4 ratings
Remasters - The Official Anthology (AKA Uriah Heep Gold - Looking Back 1970-2001)
2001
3.08 | 5 ratings
20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: the Best of Uriah Heep
2001
3.05 | 3 ratings
Come Away Melinda: The Ballads
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
Empty the Vaults: The Rarities
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
You Can't Keep A Good Band Down
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Golden Palace
2002
3.00 | 3 ratings
Revelations - The Uriah Heep Anthology
2004
4.60 | 5 ratings
Gold from the Byron Era
2004
4.00 | 6 ratings
Travellers In Time Anthology Volume 1
2005
4.04 | 8 ratings
Chapter And Verse
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wake Up - The Singles Collection
2006
3.50 | 4 ratings
Easy Livin' - The Singles A's & B's
2006
3.33 | 3 ratings
Platinum Collection
2007
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of
2009
4.00 | 8 ratings
On The Rebound (A Very 'Eavy 40th Anniversary Collection)
2010
3.86 | 5 ratings
Wizards - The Best Of Uriah Heep
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Icon
2012
4.33 | 6 ratings
Totally Driven
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Classic Rock Years
2016
4.00 | 3 ratings
Your Turn To Remember - The Definitive Anthology 1970-1990
2016

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

4.00 | 5 ratings
Look At Yourself
1971
3.09 | 4 ratings
Lady In Black
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
July Morning
1971
3.00 | 2 ratings
Gypsy
1971
2.95 | 2 ratings
Spider Woman
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Special DJ Copy of Uriah Heep
1972
3.33 | 6 ratings
The Wizard
1972
3.83 | 7 ratings
Easy Livin'
1972
2.00 | 1 ratings
Seven Stars
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Something Or Nothing
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Uriah Heep Live
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Prima Donna
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Make a Little Love
1976
2.00 | 1 ratings
Wise Man
1977
3.00 | 12 ratings
Free Me
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
One More Night (remix)
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Come Back To Me
1978
2.00 | 1 ratings
Love Or Nothing
1978
2.50 | 6 ratings
Carry On
1980
3.00 | 5 ratings
Love Stealer
1980
2.00 | 1 ratings
Feelings
1980
2.20 | 6 ratings
Think It Over
1981
3.18 | 11 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Grazed by Heaven
2018

URIAH HEEP Reviews


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 Demons And Wizards by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.07 | 725 ratings

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Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars By 1972 the rock music universe began to settle into distinct marketing packages as the free for all 60s experimentation that trickled into the early 70s began to dissipate. Bands that mixed various styles of music were suddenly finding it more prudent to settle on one side of the fence or the other. While some progressively infused heavy rock bands jumped the fence to pure prog (T2, Atomic Rooster, High Tide), many of those bands ceased to exist after an album or two as the prog universe became more sophisticated however as that scenario unfolded the world of hard rock was becoming more popular and as a result more financially viable. While URIAH HEEP straddled both worlds equally on its 1971 bouts with excellence on the albums 'Salisbury' and 'Look At Yourself,' it wasn't hard to see which way the wind was blowing with bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin tearing up the charts and laughing all the way to the bank.

And so it was decided that URIAH HEEP would follow their initial inclinations as demonstrated on their debut album ''Very 'Eavy ' Very 'Umble' that they would hone their musical constructs into the world of hard rock and as the band became more confident of their abilities the band finally found the success that eluded them during the experimental phase with their breakthrough album DEMONS AND WIZARDS in 1972. The band joined the ranks of many of the fringe prog related bands of the era that implemented a more direct heavy rock approach but augmented with a few proggy features which usually included an epic track that delved into greater complexities without what many deemed overweening prog excesses. So in the year 1972 when rock could exist as the bubblegum glam rock of Sweet, T. Rex or Roxy Music, or the over-zealous art rock of prog's bigwigs such as Yes, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant and Genesis,

URIAH HEEP found the perfect middle ground and in the process found their greatest success as well as their only American top 40 single in the form of the 60s garage band meets heavy psyche single 'Easy Livin.' The album eschewed the excesses of the past and crafted nice neatly packaged smaller chunks of melodic hard rock mixed with softer acoustic guitar and shifted the emphasis off of Ken Hensley's virtuosic organ driven antics to the vocal prowess of lead singer David Byron. His vocal style was exactly what the doctor ordered for not only breaking the band into the mainstream but also as a major inspiration for the heavy metal bands of the late 70s and 80s. DEMONS AND WIZARDS found a new bassist in the New Zealand born Gary Thain who had played with the Keef Hartley Band after the departure of Paul Newton who seems to have dropped out of the music industry. Additionally Lee Kerslake replaced drummer Iain Clark. Ironically despite finding more in common with Blue Oyster Cult or the less progressive Mark II lineup of Deep Purple, DEMONS AND WIZARDS displayed the fantasy artwork of Roger Dean on the album cover, who had made his name more synonymous with the prog world with bands like Yes and despite the connotations of a fantasy album by the album cover art, the tracks were really just a collection of feel good songs that had nothing in common with each other. Concentrated and to the point, DEMONS AND WIZARDS cast the perfect hard rock spell that mesmerized the public's appetite for short no nonsense hard rockers and as the track 'Easy Livin' hit #39 on the Billboard charts and the album became one of the year's best sellers and has sold well over six million copies ever since as well as hitting #23 on Billboard's album charts.

While there is no doubt that the progressive rock tendencies on the previous albums took URIAH HEEP to a whole new level and that this demoted hard rock style does seem a little lackluster in comparison, DEMONS AND WIZARDS nonetheless emerged as a brilliant slice of early 70s hard rock that still managed to throw in a few proggy touches such as the organ sequences on 'Circle of Hands' or the pseudo-prog combo pack of the final two tracks 'Paradise' and 'The Spell' that appear as a single track on some CD editions. While straight forward hard rock rules the roost on this one, this closing duality found an atmospheric acoustic guitar progression that sounded more like Pink Floyd than Deep Purple but found resolution as things morphed into a honky tonk blue rock based upbeat sequence.

Personally i would've preferred that URIAH HEEP had stuck to their heavy prog compositions that they crafted in 1971 as i find them much more interesting than the rather watered down albums that follow but i have to admit that DEMONS AND WIZARDS stands out as the best of the hard rock years that continued throughout the 70s into the modern era. The album not only displayed a band that crafted some of the tightest tracks of their career but also showcases how their melodic hooks are utterly irresistible excellent guitar performances made all the better by David Byron's phenomenal vocals. This was the first step into a highly successful stream of albums that stacked up in the 70s and although the band's popularity started to diminish in the 80s the band has remained a popular arena rock act with some of the classic tracks on DEMONS AND WIZARD remaining steadfast crowd pleasers. A step down in the world of prog complexities but the first step in a highly lucrative career. Can't say i blame them for their decision.

 Look At Yourself by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.12 | 660 ratings

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Look At Yourself
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars After diving first into the possibilities of progressive rock mixed with the heavy blues rock of the 60s on the band's first album of 1971 on the utterly unique "Salisbury," URIAH HEEP crafted yet another album the same year. On LOOK AT YOURSELF, the band stepped back from the progressive rock influences a bit and went back down the road of hard rock with prog elements. The result was an album that would steer the course of the band's sound of permanently settling into the hard rock style that would cement the band's success beginning with the following "Demons and Wizards." In between the two albums of 1971, drummer Keith Baker left the band not because of any dramatic altercations with the band or the musical direction but because he didn't want to endure the extensive tour schedules. He was replaced by Ian Clarke of Cressida who turned out to have the extra drumming fiery passion that was conducive to the harder rocking style the band was settling upon.

While prog lovers salivated over "Salisbury," the rock world wasn't so keen upon this bizarre musical statement so early on and has to be relegated to classic status over time rather than having achieved instant success for URIAH HEEP. Seeing the writing on the wall, the band opted to pursue the more commercial approach of honing their chops into the less progressive arena rock which proved to be the right move financially speaking however on LOOK AT YOURSELF there are still plenty of progressive rock moments churning about despite no 16-minute closer with orchestral effects in sight. While the feisty guitar driven title track bursts onto the scene and sets the tone for the album as an organ driven heavy rock band that was in many ways similar to Deep Purple, the album's two most progressive moments shine on the two tracks over eight minutes in length, the sublime "July In Morning" and "the heavier "Shadows of Grief" which exercised lengthy excursions into psychedelic space rock.

The album is dominated by heavy guitar driven blues rock with organ bombast. The title track starts things off whereas the following "I Wanna Be Free" displays the bands hard rock dynamics of mixing heavier rock with softer passages. The other major heavy rocker is the arena rock friendly "Tears In My Eyes" which breaks out the slide guitar effects and purveyor of massive walls of wah-wah which is perhaps the most Led Zeppelin sounding track of the album. Once again the dynamics alternate between the heavy and intermissions of space rock with interesting vocal changes. Although Mick Box' guitar antics along with Hensley's organ prowess dominate the URIAH HEEP sound, David Byron's multi-octave vocal style also takes the music to higher levels than it could've achieved otherwise. The other heavy rocker is the closer "Love Machine" which pretty much portended the direction the band would continue for the rest of its career. The only track that doesn't do it for me is the piano ballad "What Should Be Done," which signifies the more commercial direction the band would settle upon.

For prog lovers, it doesn't get any better than the third track "July Morning" which found a cameo appearance of Manfred Mann creating bizarre calliope riffs on a Minimoog synthesizer. The track starts out slow and seductive with Byron's lyrics tenderly ratcheting up the tension as the track alternates between verses and chorus before erupting into a frenzy of virtuosic organ and guitar tradeoffs that make up the last four minutes of the track which continuously build up the tension until the track fades out. While it is absolutely phenomenal i find it odd that some of the lyrical content suddenly drops out in mid-verse only to be replaced by a series of la-la-la's. For true URIAH HEEP fans, this one has been deemed the equivalent to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" or Deep Purple's "Child in Time." The track was even the inspiration for a Bulgarian event called Julaya where participants gather on the Black Sea coast on the 1st of July to watch the sun rise over the waters.

While the other prog standout is the almost 9 minute long "What Should Be Done" it is primarily based on an organ driven heavy rock standard but deviates into the realms of psychedelia which ultimately find their way back to the main rock theme. Lots of interesting musical interaction on this one with strong riffing, call and response instrumental prowess and interesting dynamic shifts. LOOK AT YOURSELF is easily one of the best albums in the entire URIAH HEEP canon. While i find "Salisbury" to be just a wee bit more interesting, there is no doubt that LOOK AT YOURSELF is an outstandingly crafted example of early 70s hard rock with prog influences and most likely the album of choice for those who didn't appreciate the meandering nature of its predecessor. For my money, it plays it too safe at times but still offers an excellent tightrope act of progressive and hard rock with this album on the hard rock side of the fence. One thing is for sure. The year 1971 was when the band's musical mojo was at fully fueled. Two excellent albums in one year is no small task and this band dished them out in near perfection.

4.5 but rounded down

 Salisbury by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.18 | 749 ratings

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Salisbury
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars URIAH HEEP didn't waste any time after releasing their debut ''Very 'Eavy'Very 'Umble' in mid-1970 to little fanfare. The band found that the musicians' chemistry allowed them to progress quickly which allowed them to release not only one but two albums the following year in 1971 of which this album SALISBURY was the first to be released in February. After a debut album more geared towards hard rock with subtle progressive elements, on the second album the songwriting duties were much more in the hands of keyboardist Ken Hensley whereas the debut was more democratic with guitarist Mick Box and lead singer David Byron contributing a substantial amount of the material. The result of this is that SALISBURY was much more of a progressive rock album than a straight forward hard rock album per se. While the tracks and title would remain the same, this album had two different album covers for the UK and North America. The UK version dons the famous army tank shrouded in an orange mist whereas the American counterpart displayed a demonic corpse of some kind with a dark red backdrop.

While the opening track 'Bird of Prey' launched the now standard heavy rock guitar driven formula of the debut (and was even chosen to replace the UK version's 'Lucy Blues' on the fourth track on that album), this album quickly drifts off into more keyboard driven rock that culminates in the grande finale 16-minute title track that featured a 24-piece orchestra filled complete with brass and woodwind sections. But make no mistake, SALISBURY contains hefty doses of heavy power chord guitar bombast, sizzling solos, dynamic bass and drum rhythm sections and the soaring operatic vocals of David Byron which made the band stand out from the pack immediately. While the rock elements hadn't disappeared, they had been infiltrated by many other musical styles. Perhaps none so blatantly apparent than the folk-styled 'Lady In Black' which narrates the story of a man encountering a goddess who consoles him after the turmoil of a major war. The single became a huge hit in Germany upon its re-release in 1977.

SALISBURY was a major step-up in every way from the debut without jettisoning the bluesy hard rock which provided the canvas to paint upon. While considered progressive rock, the easily accessible heavy rock melodic approach remains intact and the prog complexities don't result from jarring inconsistencies with the melodic flow but rather stem from complimentary constructs which allow greater dynamics, more sophisticated songwriting and greater space to improvise clever technical aspects around. The album is also perfectly paced as it allows the hard rock to provide the main emphasis but is punctuated by the softer acoustic guitar and spaced out psychedelic moments to break the monotony. The heavy rock and softer approaches alternate up to the progressive behemoth highlight that closes the album, namely the 16 minute title track that took URIAH HEEP into a whole other level of heavy rock sophistication that no other of the day had even come close to approaching.

This period in the band's history proved to be the most experimental and nothing showcases this ambition than the title track which swallowed up more than half of the album's running time. While based in the same melodic hard rock of the rest of the album, the track turned into an extended progressive jam session that was complimented by John Fiddy's outlandish arrangements for a 22- piece brass and woodwind section which allowed flutes and choirs to augment Byron's vocals into a major production. Add to that some extraordinary organ and guitar solos and the track easily goes down as URIAH HEEP's most ambitious piece of their half century career, a feat they would never tackle again as they settled into the more streamlined hard rock sounds that would launch their success on the album 'Demons and Wizards.' Unfortunately for the band at this point this album was a little too far ahead of its time for hard rock listeners but has resonated strongly for the prog crowds ever since.

Of the two albums released in 1971, this one and the following 'Look At Yourself,' this one has the upper edge for its bold statements that are utterly unique in not only the band's canon but for the era in which it was produced. To me this is the type of sound that the early Mark I version of Deep Purple was trying to capture but didn't quite have the chemistry to pull it off. With URIAH HEEP, all the band members were in sync with the direction of the band's musical development and crafted one of the most demanding albums of their career with an utterly unique hybridization of heavier blues rock fused with the more sophisticated approaches of progressive rock. For many this was deemed unfocused and while it's true that many disciplines of music are required to understand this, i personally find this to be a rather flawless album. The diverse elements that are strewn out are by far its strength not its weakness. If you only care for the simpler hard rock approach, there are countless other albums to explore however if you crave something existing in its own world and is the perfect embodiment of hard rock, blues, classical and prog then look no further. This is an excellent example of that little corner of unbridled experimentation.

 Uriah Heep by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.57 | 204 ratings

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Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars

THIS IS THE NORTH AMERICAN VERSION OF THE DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED IN AUGUST 1970 - It contains the track "Bird of Prey" instead of "Lucy Blues."

While Black Sabbath usually gets credit for launching the world of heavy metal music, it was actually Led Zeppelin's debut in 1969 that emerged a year earlier that really hinted at the possibilities of taking 60s blues rock and making it louder, faster, dirtier and darker. Several acts quickly took that to heart and developed some of the first hard rock bands that were the proto-metal blueprints for the future. Black Sabbath made the biggest impression in the dark occult and doom metal fronts but bands like Deep Purple and URIAH HEEP took the 60s blues rock of Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge to the next level.

URIAH HEEP had its origins with guitarist Mick Box who formed the band Spice that stemmed from an earlier band called Hogwash. The Spice band sort of evolved into URIAH HEEP as new members kept joining and eventually led to the earliest formation that would continue to tour under the space moniker but after recording half of the debut album?VERY 'EAVY?VERY 'UMBLE the name was changed to URIAH HEEP. The band's unusual name was chosen from the well known character in the Charles Dickens classic novel "David Copperfield" and likewise the equally bizarre album title to comes from a phrase used by the Dickens character that provided the band name.

This debut album was released as ?VERY 'EAVY?VERY 'UMBLE in the band's native UK however in Canada and the US it was released simply as URIAH HEEP with a completely different album cover and one different track. The UK release which has become the standard featured lead singer David Byron covered by cobwebs whereas the US version had some sort of Chinese dragon looking monstrous centipede or perhaps it was a monster from a Godzilla flick. Not sure. Likewise, the UK version featured the fourth track as "Lucy Blues" and the US version inserted the track "Bird of Prey" which would also be the opening track on the band's second album "Salisbury." Sounds like the Americans got screwed out of a track, huh?

While not as progressive as the following two albums, ?VERY 'EAVY?VERY 'UMBLE joins the early pack of harder edged rock that would provide a blueprint for the heavier rock and metal to come. Lock in step with Deep Purple, URIAH HEEP set themselves apart from Led Zeppelin, Lucifer's Friend and Black Sabbath by including a talented keyboardist whose sound was a key ingredient to the band's overall sound. The album is notorious for the review in Rolling Stone magazine where Melissa Mills stated she would have to commit suicide if this band ever made it. Harsh words but the albums wasn't received too well at the time but then again Deep Purple's "In Rock" which is now considered a classic was also panned by the critics. The reason they are critics and not musicians! Burn!!!

The opening track "Gypsy" debuts URIAH HEEP's classic sound already in tact. A powerful combo pack of heavy bombastic guitar stomps fortified by guitar distortion that took hard rock to the next level. Since this was still on the cusp of the 60s, the overall sound contains a number of influences including acid psychedelic rock, blues and folk. While the guitar, bass and drums provide the dominant rhythmic heft, the true star belongs to Ken Hensley's massive organ presence that features extremely innovative and aggressive improvisations around the main melodic drive and of course i'd be remiss not to mention the operatic vocal style of lead singer David Byron whose style was emulated in the future heavy metal scenes that then evolved into the more sophisticated forms of metal such as power metal, symphonic metal and other styles that focused on high pitched melodic vocal styles.

While Deep Purple started out as a progressive rock band that mixed psychedelic 60s rock with classical music, that band morphed into a straight forward hard rock band with classical influences. URIAH HEEP's debut showed the band more as a hard rock band with a few progressive influences that would lead to the more complex albums that followed before settling into a standard hard rock band of the 70s. While the tracks mostly cruise on standard 4/4 time signatures, there are some off-kilter insertions of prog sophistication but most of that would be put on hold until the powerhouse prog classic "Salisbury," the band's second album, however ?VERY 'EAVY?VERY 'UMBLE was still a more difficult listen than many other rock albums of 1970 since it changed styles and required a more active listening approach.

URIAH HEEP's debut album, whichever title you happen to experience with the one differing track is an excellent music experience even by today's standards. Unlike Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, this band still had its hooks into heavy blues rock much like Wishbone Ash and some of the tracks like "Real Turned On" sound like much of the boogie rock of bands like Foghat, Little Feat and countless others would crank out throughout the 70s but URIAH HEEP displayed a more virtuosic approach with Mick Box's excellent guitar work, Hensley's manic keyboards and Byron's excellent vocal range. Sorry Melissa Mills from Rolling Stone. Maybe instead of killing yourself because of URIAH HEEP's success, you should open your mind to the new possibilities of how music evolves. The rest of the world has and even though this didn't blow many away at the time of release, it has now gone down as a classic albeit overshadowed by the better works that followed. Excellent debut!

 Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.36 | 429 ratings

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

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

4 stars

THIS IS THE UK VERSION OF THE DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED ON 13 JUNE 1970 - This one contains the track "Lucy Blues" in lieu of "Bird of Prey"

While Black Sabbath usually gets credit for launching the world of heavy metal music, it was actually Led Zeppelin's debut in 1969 that emerged a year earlier that really hinted at the possibilities of taking 60s blues rock and making it louder, faster, dirtier and darker. Several acts quickly took that to heart and developed some of the first hard rock bands that were the proto-metal blueprints for the future. Black Sabbath made the biggest impression in the dark occult and doom metal fronts but bands like Deep Purple and URIAH HEEP took the 60s blues rock of Blue Cheer and Vanilla Fudge to the next level.

URIAH HEEP had its origins with guitarist Mick Box who formed the band Spice that stemmed from an earlier band called Hogwash. The Spice band sort of evolved into URIAH HEEP as new members kept joining and eventually led to the earliest formation that would continue to tour under the space moniker but after recording half of the debut album'VERY 'EAVY'VERY 'UMBLE the name was changed to URIAH HEEP. The band's unusual name was chosen from the well known character in the Charles Dickens classic novel 'David Copperfield' and likewise the equally bizarre album title to comes from a phrase used by the Dickens character that provided the band name.

This debut album was released as 'VERY 'EAVY'VERY 'UMBLE in the band's native UK however in Canada and the US it was released simply as URIAH HEEP with a completely different album cover and one different track. The UK release which has become the standard featured lead singer David Byron covered by cobwebs whereas the US version had some sort of Chinese dragon looking monstrous centipede or perhaps it was a monster from a Godzilla flick. Not sure. Likewise, the UK version featured the fourth track as 'Lucy Blues' and the US version inserted the track 'Bird of Prey' which would also be the opening track on the band's second album 'Salisbury.' Sounds like the Americans got screwed out of a track, huh?

While not as progressive as the following two albums, 'VERY 'EAVY'VERY 'UMBLE joins the early pack of harder edged rock that would provide a blueprint for the heavier rock and metal to come. Lock in step with Deep Purple, URIAH HEEP set themselves apart from Led Zeppelin, Lucifer's Friend and Black Sabbath by including a talented keyboardist whose sound was a key ingredient to the band's overall sound. The album is notorious for the review in Rolling Stone magazine where Melissa Mills stated she would have to commit suicide if this band ever made it. Harsh words but the albums wasn't received too well at the time but then again Deep Purple's 'In Rock' which is now considered a classic was also panned by the critics. The reason they are critics and not musicians! Burn!!!

The opening track 'Gypsy' debuts URIAH HEEP's classic sound already in tact. A powerful combo pack of heavy bombastic guitar stomps fortified by guitar distortion that took hard rock to the next level. Since this was still on the cusp of the 60s, the overall sound contains a number of influences including acid psychedelic rock, blues and folk. While the guitar, bass and drums provide the dominant rhythmic heft, the true star belongs to Ken Hensley's massive organ presence that features extremely innovative and aggressive improvisations around the main melodic drive and of course i'd be remiss not to mention the operatic vocal style of lead singer David Byron whose style was emulated in the future heavy metal scenes that then evolved into the more sophisticated forms of metal such as power metal, symphonic metal and other styles that focused on high pitched melodic vocal styles.

While Deep Purple started out as a progressive rock band that mixed psychedelic 60s rock with classical music, that band morphed into a straight forward hard rock band with classical influences. URIAH HEEP's debut showed the band more as a hard rock band with a few progressive influences that would lead to the more complex albums that followed before settling into a standard hard rock band of the 70s. While the tracks mostly cruise on standard 4/4 time signatures, there are some off-kilter insertions of prog sophistication but most of that would be put on hold until the powerhouse prog classic 'Salisbury,' the band's second album, however 'VERY 'EAVY'VERY 'UMBLE was still a more difficult listen than many other rock albums of 1970 since it changed styles and required a more active listening approach.

URIAH HEEP's debut album, whichever title you happen to experience with the one differing track is an excellent music experience even by today's standards. Unlike Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, this band still had its hooks into heavy blues rock much like Wishbone Ash and some of the tracks like 'Real Turned On' sound like much of the boogie rock of bands like Foghat, Little Feat and countless others would crank out throughout the 70s but URIAH HEEP displayed a more virtuosic approach with Mick Box's excellent guitar work, Hensley's manic keyboards and Byron's excellent vocal range. Sorry Melissa Mills from Rolling Stone. Maybe instead of killing yourself because of URIAH HEEP's success, you should open your mind to the new possibilities of how music evolves. The rest of the world has and even though this didn't blow many away at the time of release, it has now gone down as a classic albeit overshadowed by the better works that followed. Excellent debut!

 The Magician's Birthday by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1972
3.86 | 563 ratings

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The Magician's Birthday
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Trevere

5 stars "The Magician's Birthday" is the fifth release of the very talented and very underrated band Uriah Heep. This was the follow-up to their breakthrough album "Demons and Wizards." The opener of the album is "Sunrise." It's the perfect opener for this album since the song pretty much sums up the mood of the whole album: very dark and spooky. This is definitely one of Heep's best songs. It starts very softly with Ken Hensley's organ which chromatically builds up. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, you are bombarded with Mick Box's very heavy yet very simple guitar riff (very Tony Iommi-esque) accompanied by singer David Byron's signature shrieks. When I first heard the intro of this song it just blew away. The relationship between Byron's shrieks and Box's riff sounds awesome. Then it eventually leads into a very anthemic section and ends one a very strong note from Byron. "Spider Woman" is one of the two songs, the other being "Sweet Lorraine," on the album that don't have that dark vibe. Right off the bat Mick Box starts the song with one of his many great slide guitar riffs and his slide playing pretty much carries the song all the way through to the end. Good song, but it looses it's steam after a while and gets kind of old.

The third track on the album, "Blind Eye," starts off with a great bass line from Gary Thain and goes off into a harmonized, very uplifting sounding guitar riff. It's a decent song but it's not as good as "Sunrise" or "Sweet Lorraine." The lyrics in this song are very interesting, the thing is, it is hard to decipher what they are about. For example: "Stranger than the sunrise, darker than the night, fiercer than a rainstorm, blinder than the blind eye." Also: "I ran to a place in the open sea where I pledged my whole life to the sun, it was good for a while, I could laugh, I could smile, but when I woke up one day the sun had gone." They sound really cool, especially when you hear it on the recording, but like I said, what do they mean" I guess it's one of those songs where the listener determines the meaning. Great song nonetheless. "Echoes In The Dark" is easily the darkest song on the album. Just hearing the piano alone makes me think of a haunted house. In fact, my interpretation of the lyrics in this song seem to be about someone having an encounter with a ghost, so the song could actually be set in an abandoned/haunted house. I guess it all depends on the listener. Anyways, great stuff, definitely one of my favorites on the album. This next song, "Rain," is very different from the rest. It is one of the prettiest piano songs I have ever head. There is not much to describe about it because it's just Hensley playing piano with Byron singing along, but is an absolute must-listen-to. Sorry my description of that song was very bland, but I just can't put how this song sounds into words, as it it a very moving song and I feel that the emotions people would get from a song like this would be different for everyone.

Now for the second half of the album. "Sweet Lorraine" is a straight-up rocker and, as I mentioned before, is the second of the two "happier" sounding songs on this album. A moog synthesizer leads the guitar and rhythm section for the intro of this song. Then the chorus comes in, which really makes this song a lot of fun to hear. Great sing along song. Other than the driving chorus, it's Hensley's synthesizer that really carries this song along. The next song, "Tales," is not one of my favorite songs on the album. This song has potential, but the song is very linear and maintains the same tone throughout the entire song. Bottom line, it's pretty boring. But I enjoy listening to it once in a while if I'm in the mood. Definitely a filler.

And now next and final song on the album is he title track, "The Magician's Birthday." It starts with a great intro riff. The first minute and a half of the song flat out rocks, but at 1:45, this song gets a bit weird. Out of the blue, a kazoo comes in along with backing vocals singing "happy birthday to you" (not the traditional "happy birthday" song, just the words "happy birthday to you." Just thought I should clear that up) over and over again. At 3:00 it goes back to how the beginning sounded. Then the song changes completely and goes off with this weird, kind of annoying keyboard jingle mixed in with a heavy guitar playing two power chords with along with a piano. At 4:15 through most of the song Mick Box explodes with some crazy wah guitar solos which is very uncommon for Box, since his solos are very short simple (but also really good). But what is very interesting and what I really like about this song and what makes it unique is the drums during the guitar solos. I could be wrong, but it sounds as if they doubled the speed of the drum track, which is something that I have never heard in a song before. Surprisingly, it sounds really cool with the fast paced guitar solos. For an epic by Uriah Heep, it's not their best work compared to their other epics like "July Morning" or "Paradise/The Spell," but still a good song and worth listening to despite that one annoying part.

One thing that I would like to mention about this album which I particularly like that I forgot to mention earlier, is the arrangement of the tracks. The way the tracks are put in order on an album is something that I think is greatly overlooked by most bands. If you listen to the album all the way through, you will notice that no two like songs are next to each other, which makes the flow of the album very smooth and much more enjoyable to listen to. Another way in which Heep were a very talented, but very overlooked band.

Bottom Line: The Magician's Birthday shows how well the members of the band work together, especially David Byron's voice, which truly shows it's full potential. This is a Uriah Heep classic, probably the darkest album they ever released. So if you are a fan but don't have a copy of it, it's a must-have. As for those of you who are new to Uriah Heep, I wouldn't suggest getting this one...yet. I highly advise getting "Demons and Wizards" first, then get "Magician's Birthday." This concludes my review, thank you for reading.

 Sea Of Light by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.67 | 174 ratings

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Sea Of Light
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Trevere

4 stars With the exception of the loyal Heepster fans, Uriah Heep had been dismissed a long time ago as far back as the year 1976 for some. But after the word of mouth about their resurgence it appeared that revisiting an old favorite was worth the risk courtesy of their 1995 release Sea Of Light. One listen and you will be hooked as this album began the revival of Heep who found the uncanny ability to blend the old with the new, pleasing both the old Heepsters and the newer fans without dismissing them as a nostalgic trip.

Clearly the albums from Look At Yourself thru Sweet Freedom in the early seventies were their highly productive days. Their success stemmed from the ability to play heavy and loud yet melodic and diverse. By the 1980's they had become a product of FM radio, attempting a poor man's version of Foreigner via their minor hit 'That's The Way That It Is.' The later selections on their retrospective 3-CD box set Two Decades In Rock supported this theory. Pleasant but not inspiring but it appeared that Heep had become a heap of something to dispose of, but Sea Of Light prevented such a tragedy and represents Heep back in fine form effectively pleasing both Heep camps combining the best of both worlds and molding it together to present something for everyone.

The disc opens in overdrive with 'Against The Odds' and shows Mick Box in fine form on guitar. Frankly his guitar work with the exception of his wah-wah pedal was never the main attraction to Heep. Clearly the years have brought greater depth both to his playing and songwriting ability as he teams up very effectively with keyboard player Phil Lanzon. In fact, Lanzon's keyboards are innovative and fresh on track two 'Sweet Sugar' as well as throughout the CD. This track is written by bass player Trevor Bolder and just chugs along in grand Heep style. And it does not stop there as we roll right into 'Time Of Revelation' featuring again the songwriting skills of Box and Lanzon who are clearly two peas in a pod with their composition skills.

It is not until we get to track 4 that the group slows things down courtesy of 'Mistress Of All Time'. Written by Lanzon, his keyboards are delicate and bounce softly over your ears. Assisted by Box's wonderful acoustic guitar touches, it takes you back to the days of Demons & Wizards. We then return to some wonderful grand piano work by Lanzon while the vocals and harmonies of Bernie Shaw brings the mid-tempo ballad all together. 'Universal Wheels' opens with some spacey keyboards and proceeds to put us back into rocking mode. Assisted with some narrative bits and pieces from the media, the lyrics discuss the adverse effects of man on earth. A simple Hammond organ solo from Lanzon is contrasted effectively with some great Box wah-wah effects on the guitar. A siren closes the song jumping right into the aggressive track 'Fear Of Falling' penned by Bolder. Is that Bolder on vocals because it does not sound like Shaw?

We are then brought to the absolutely outstanding 'Spirit Of Freedom' which is as good as anything Heep has done to date. Box is in top notch form and Shaw's lead vocals along with the band's harmonies are upfront and really catchy. You will be singing this song on its first listen courtesy of the uplifting chorus and lyrics. Unfortunately 'Logical Progressions' pales in comparison but not a bad mid-tempo rocker to introduce us to the moody and pensive ballad 'Love In Silence'. This again features some hauntingly beautiful ivory work from Lanzon, ornamented by some mighty string arrangements from Peter Becket, making it grand and epic in size. The mood alters and we rock thanks to 'Words In The Distance' with some fine frying fret work from Box, although too brief. This tone is continued via 'Fires Of Hell' with Box's continued frenzy fret work along with Lee Kerslake's rolling rock steady drum work, borrowing a little from Bonham. Heep gives us room to breathe and closes the disc with the very reflective acoustic ballad 'Dream On'. It leaves us wanting more, and its follow-up disc Sonic Origami fulfills that appetite too.

While Uriah Heep are not as prolific as they once were and have only released three studio efforts in over fifteen years, including the impressive 2008 Wake The Sleeper, Heep continue their striking return to form that began with the outstanding Sea Of Light. Clearly the tides have turned making Sea Of Light not just a flash in the pan but a pivotal album that has once again made Uriah Heep relevant, credible and even inspiring. With their latest release Into The Wild about to hit the stores, early reports are that the healthy trend that began with Sea Of Light continues to make this album not only an ageless favorite but a cornerstone addition to one of many epic albums that Heep have managed to create.

 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 115 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars Solid, rocking Heep. Living The Dream is an excellent collection of songs that range from heavy rock to almost metal on tracks like "Goodbye To Innocence." But the heaviness is tasteful, and Uriah Heep always has some prog in their formula. However, this is light on the prog in favor of a harder hitting release. You will still hear the classic, proggier Heep prominently on tracks like the keyboard-driven "It's All Been Said." This is a fantastic release that merges the past and present while maintaining the highest level of musicianship. The best track could be Take Away My Soul, which features some excellent guitar solos. Living The Dream remains an accessible release that many people with different tastes can enjoy. The longest epic for the proggiest ears is Rocks in the Road, and there is enough variety to satisfy everyone. I picked this up at the same time as the 2017 release of Demons and Wizards, and the sound quality on that blew me away. Living The Dream is competing with that and the other remasters at the moment, but the stellar musicianship and songwriting continues to amaze.
 Uriah Heep by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.57 | 204 ratings

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Uriah Heep
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

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

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

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

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

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

 Living The Dream by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.88 | 115 ratings

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Living The Dream
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by The Jester

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

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

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

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

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