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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
Mercury 1990
Audio CD$1.49
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SalisburySalisbury
Import
Universal I.S. 2004
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$3.23 (used)
OutsiderOutsider
Frontiers Records (Universal) 2014
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$14.01 (used)
Sweet FreedomSweet Freedom
Extra tracks · Import
Universal I.S. 2004
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LiveLive
Mercury 1989
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The Ultimate CollectionThe Ultimate Collection
Remastered · Import
Sanctuary Records 2003
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Sea of LightSea of Light
Cleopatra 2013
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Very Eavy Very UmbleVery Eavy Very Umble
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Magician's BirthdayMagician's Birthday
Mercury 1990
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Sanctuary UK 2004
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URIAH HEEP shows & tickets


  • Uriah Heep at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 17 Nov 2014
  • Classic Rock Night on 19 Nov 2014
  • Outsider Tour 2014 on 21 Nov 2014
  • Outsider Tour 2014 on 22 Nov 2014
  • Uriah Heep - "Nail On The Head" Tour 2013 on 23 Nov 2014
  • Uriah Heep + Voodoo Circle + 21 Octayne at Alte Seilerei, Mannheim on 23 Nov 2014
  • Uriah Heep on 28 Nov 2014
  • Uriah Heep + Voodoo Circle + 21 Octayne at Live Music Hall, Köln on 29 Nov 2014
  • Uriah Heep at Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg on 2 Dec 2014
  • Uriah Heep at Frankenhalle, Sennfeld on 5 Dec 2014
  • Uriah Heep at Stadthalle - Becksteiner Strasse 60, Lauda-Königshofen on 6 Dec 2014
  • Uriah Heep + 21 Octayne at Batschkapp, Frankfurt-Seckbach on 10 Dec 2014
  • Rockin' Christmas on 12 Dec 2014
  • Uriah Heep at Crocus City Hall on 4 Feb 2015
  • Uriah Heep at ??????????????? ???????? «???? ???», «???????», Ufa on 7 Feb 2015
  • Rock Legends Cruise III on 19 Feb 2015
  • Baltic Open Air 2015 on 28 Aug 2015

URIAH HEEP discography


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

3.31 | 305 ratings
Very 'eavy...Very 'umble
1970
3.51 | 130 ratings
Uriah Heep
1970
4.16 | 535 ratings
Salisbury
1971
4.09 | 465 ratings
Look at Yourself
1971
4.03 | 519 ratings
Demons and Wizards
1972
3.81 | 404 ratings
The Magician's Birthday
1972
3.40 | 232 ratings
Sweet Freedom
1973
3.03 | 195 ratings
Wonderworld
1974
3.02 | 190 ratings
Return to Fantasy
1975
3.14 | 160 ratings
High and Mighty
1976
3.53 | 172 ratings
Firefly
1977
2.76 | 132 ratings
Innocent Victim
1977
2.30 | 118 ratings
Fallen Angel
1978
2.61 | 104 ratings
Conquest
1980
2.78 | 116 ratings
Abominog
1982
2.33 | 88 ratings
Head First
1983
1.94 | 79 ratings
Equator
1985
2.54 | 75 ratings
Raging Silence
1989
2.06 | 70 ratings
Different World
1991
3.66 | 118 ratings
Sea Of Light
1995
3.26 | 78 ratings
Sonic Origami
1998
3.45 | 118 ratings
Wake The Sleeper
2008
2.66 | 46 ratings
Celebration: Forty Years of Rock
2009
3.58 | 101 ratings
Into The Wild
2011
3.32 | 38 ratings
Outsider
2014

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

3.91 | 117 ratings
Uriah Heep - Live
1973
2.55 | 22 ratings
Live At Shepperton '74
1986
2.67 | 23 ratings
Live in Europe 1979
1986
3.10 | 27 ratings
Live in Moscow
1988
3.02 | 19 ratings
Spellbinder Live
1996
2.85 | 12 ratings
Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour
1997
3.63 | 12 ratings
Future Echoes Of The Past
2000
4.19 | 40 ratings
Acoustically Driven
2001
3.87 | 15 ratings
Electrically Driven
2001
4.15 | 36 ratings
The Magician's Birthday Party
2002
3.13 | 8 ratings
Live in the USA
2003
3.00 | 13 ratings
Magic Night
2004
3.11 | 9 ratings
Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009 (Official Bootleg)
2010
2.27 | 7 ratings
Live in Budapest Hungary 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume II)
2010
3.93 | 8 ratings
Live in Kawasaki, Japan 2010 (Official Bootleg Volume III)
2011
3.73 | 11 ratings
Live In Armenia
2011
3.40 | 5 ratings
Live In Brisbane Australia 2011 (Official Bootleg Volume IV)
2011
3.25 | 4 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
4.66 | 21 ratings
Acoustically Driven (DVD)
2001
3.95 | 6 ratings
Moscow And Beyond (DVD)
2002
4.18 | 13 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)

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
3.10 | 10 ratings
The Best Of (1976)
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Goldener Löwe
1978
3.50 | 8 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
4.00 | 6 ratings
Travellers In Time Anthology Volume 1
2005
3.94 | 12 ratings
Chapter And Verse
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Wake Up - The Singles Collection
2006
2.50 | 2 ratings
Easy Livin' - The Singles A's & B's
2006
3.50 | 2 ratings
Uriah Heep (Platinum Collection)
2007
4.00 | 6 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
July Morning
1971
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gypsy
1971
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
Seven Stars
1973
2.00 | 1 ratings
Something Or Nothing
1974
0.00 | 0 ratings
Uriah Heep Live
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Prima Donna
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Return To Fantasy
1975
2.00 | 1 ratings
Make a Little Love
1976
0.00 | 0 ratings
Wise Man
1977
3.00 | 10 ratings
Free Me
1977
0.00 | 0 ratings
One More Night (remix)
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Come Back To Me
1978
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Or Nothing
1978
2.50 | 6 ratings
Carry On
1980
3.00 | 4 ratings
Love Stealer
1980
0.00 | 0 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
0.00 | 0 ratings
One Minute
2014

URIAH HEEP Reviews


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 Sea Of Light by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1995
3.66 | 118 ratings

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Review by FragileKings

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
3.32 | 38 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
4.03 | 519 ratings

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Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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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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 Look at Yourself by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.09 | 465 ratings

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Look at Yourself
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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5 stars This is heavy prog at its best and where the heep's signature sound was forged. Certainly one of the band's best and most powerful albums, intense and having a rushing hammond organ thrust.

No filler tracks and two highlights: the rapid pace title track with the guest appearance of the percussionist of OSIBISA and the immortal "July Morning" (UH's ultimate and melodic epic), with a memorable moog solo by MANFRED MANN and the unforgettable operatic vocals of David Byron.

Riffs, screams, keys, superb rhythm session, anger and sweetness. No negative remark except for the fact that it stands between two giant albums ("Salisbury" and "Demons and Wizards") so it may appear smaller in comparison. I was going to rate it with 4 stars but it would be unfair. It deserves at least a half star more, so I will give it the maximum scores.

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 Raging Silence by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1989
2.54 | 75 ratings

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Raging Silence
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars This is the first studio album of the Shaw/Lanzon era. The overall sound, songwriting and production are somewhat of an improvement over the previous "Equator" but without true highlights. In fact, none of the 10 songs is on a par with "Poor Little Rich Girl" and "The Night of the Wolf".

Notwithstanding, there are many enjoyable tracks, (still) with the recognizable heep sound. Mick Box takes on a more prominent role (electric guitar). Keyboards are generally more restrained than in the previous record: Phil Lanzon still plays bland snyth but without letting the 80s tones stand above the arrangements. Choruses are strengthened and never annoying, the rhythm session is dynamic.

On a high note: "Voice on My TV", the cover "Hold Your Head Up" (Argent) that sounds very good in the Heep' style and the soft rock ballad "When the War Is Over", with orchestration directed by Phil Lanzon (the second cover). Slightly superior is "Lifeline", the better song of the album.

Could have been a great album.

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 Salisbury by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.16 | 535 ratings

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Salisbury
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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5 stars "Salisbury" is the first peak in the huge Uriah Heep's discography. From a prog point of view it is also the most consistent album they ever recorded.

The backbone is made by three memorable tracks: the heavy opener "Bird of Prey", the perfect archetype of the UH's aggressive rock song (with their multi part choruses trademark), "Lady in Black", the anthem everyone in the world knows, and the closer selft/titled epic, 16 mns of lush orchestration and large scale composing (very brass and woodwind oriented).

The remaining three songs are less known but at the very same level of quality: "The Park" is an introvert and melancholic number with sparse jazzy tinges and "Time To Live" is the heaviest song on the album, based on Mick Box's wah wah guitar. Last but not least "High Priestess" that is probably the most catchy tune, starting off very laid-back, then moving into a breezy fast tempo rocker.

This is one of the band's most diverse recordings, a highlight and one of the most overshadowed of the rock/orchestral crossovers that were fashionable at the time. Furthermore, the typical Hensley's hammond organ-led sound began to take shape.

Easily a five stars rating.

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 Equator by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1985
1.94 | 79 ratings

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Equator
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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2 stars 2,5 stars, really.

This is the third and final album of the Goalby-era. Third after the "perfect pair" that was the previous combo "Abominog"-"Head First".

On a positive note, it marked the studio return of Trevor Bolder on bass guitar but, unfortunately, it's regarded by many as the worst and most controversial album by Uriah Heep.

I quite disagree. In fact it is actually surprisingly good. I can't deny that the overall pop mood of the record is very 80s sounding but still, even though made of "plastic", the sound and choruses are quite recognizable as UH's and there are a bunch of tracks that always captured my attention and should better not be overlooked: first of all "Poor Little Rich Girl", an extended number (over 6 mns) with melancholic acoustic guitar intro that leads into multi-part choruses and pure symphonic break (reminding me of THE ENID). Then the terrific closer "The Night of the Wolf" with its dramatic vibe and organ section. This is definitely one of the greatest Heep songs ever, that alone makes the album worth buying. Another good track is "Lost One Love", a nice power ballad with great keys from John Sinclair and a convincing heavy section. True letdowns are only "Skools Burning" and "Party Time".

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 Very 'eavy...Very 'umble by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.31 | 305 ratings

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

Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars The legend begins.

With the release of their debut Uriah Heep had to face hard criticism and even open hostility by the then experts of rock (or such they were supposed to be). Years to come (rectius decades) would show how much wrong they were and unjust.

This is not my personal favourite album from the band but no one can deny that we're in front of two classics: the opener "Gypsy" with its inceasing Hammond organ and guitar duet, features all the elements that forged the Heep peculiar sound. "Come Away Melinda", a cover penned by Hellerman/Minkoff, with such beautiful words (really evocative) whispered by David Byron. It's not very representative of the typical style of the group and I never heard him singing this way in other UH's albums. A gem, IMO. I prefer by far the Heep's version over the UFO's one. I've never fallen in love with the other tracks of this record and I usually skip the most part of it after the predictable "Dreammare". Yes, for me the best has yet to come but one couldn't think seriously of spittin on a band like this. They immediately made it clear that they had a lot of potential that would've been fully realized in the following releases.

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 Head First by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.33 | 88 ratings

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Head First
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars The second album of the Goalby-era is made of the same ingredients of the previous "Abominog". It is also moulded by the same hands. Despite the low ratings it's a solid effort, a hard rock number with hints of that new wave of heavy metal hailing at that time from the UK: a lot of energy and good vibes.

The overall impression is an unstoppable flow of refined music which is difficult to resist and it's hard to tell whether is gleaming AOR or pure heavy rock. There are four highlights IMHO: the opener "The Other Side of Midnight", another kick ass hard rock number in the very same way of "Too Scared to Run". But the most interesting part (for a prog lover) is side 2 with the combo "Roll-Overture" and "Red Lights": the former is a real symphonic break, too short and not far from THE ENID, that leads to the metallic up-tempo "Red Lights" featuring typical Heep's dramatic choruses (awesome!). The title and the general mood of the latter reminds me of UFO and their memorable exciting hard rock attitude. The closer "Weekend Warriors" is in a similar way.

The other tracks are more radio-friendly cuts, arranged here and there with heavy metal grit and passion thanks to Peter Goalby his wonderful set of pipes. Well, I know that for many reviewers this is not Uriah Heep anymore; in particular, its bad fame is in part due to the BRYAN ADAMS cover "Lonely Nights". However, I find the song pretty decent and the whole disc more surprising than that I would expect from such poor ratings and negative reviews. At that time the band dreamed that they could conquer the US charts. They did not but still released an appreciable work.

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 Abominog by URIAH HEEP album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.78 | 116 ratings

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Abominog
Uriah Heep Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars This is the resurrection of Uriah Heep. Yes, the band was really dead after the "Conquest" album. Not that the record was bad (actually it is very good and criminally underrated by many fans) but it comes that after its release the band was in the grip of a big turmoil: Ken Hensley, John Sloman, Chris Slade and Trevor Bolder they all left.

The mighty Heep came back into life only thanks to the perseverance and determination of Mick Box and his fellow Lee Kerslake who decided to return to the fold and take on the drums' duties after the brief experience with Ozzy Osbourne. The iron will of these two high class musicians (and men) made possible for the Uriah Heep spirit to get a new body, as three-fifths of the line- up were new-entries: first of all, Pete Goalby as vocalist and frontman (from Trapeze), John Sinclair on keys and Bob Daisley on bass (formerly with Ozzy Osbourne).

I think that the sound of "Abominog" is superb, clearly updated with that new wave of heavy metal hailing then from Britain. The opener "Too Scared to Run" is one of the best and more aggressive tunes I ever heard in the band's huge catalogue. An instant classic. Even in its (few) quietest moments this album sounds fresh as never before. It features no less than 5 covers ("On the Rebound", "Running All Night", "That's the Way That It Is", "Hot Night in a Cold Town" and "Prisoner") but you wouldn't tell given that the band manages very well to create a convincing sound. I mean that each and every one of the 10 tracks stands upright on its own merit. So this is a record that is best not to avoid.

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