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    Posted: May 26 2011 at 13:42
Originally posted by Lozlan

 I'm a huge fan of all the Byron albums but really shake my head at their subsequent direction. Ermm
It could be shock for you but behind the Iron Curtain, in Russia, back in the 70s-early 80s Uriah Heep was one of the most popular Western bands and Led Zeppelin could only dream of this kind of popularity here (It was like that: BEATLES, DEEP PURPLE, URIAH HEEP, SMOKIE, Led Zeppelin LOL. I think the secret is simple - their music was melodic and heartful, ballads sounding close to Russian romances.
"Salisbury", "Look at Yourself", "The Magican's Birthday", "Demons and Wizards". Each album is a fantasy world.
Voice, lyrics, keyboards, guitar... It's all sounds very distinctive. 
It's obvious that classic peroid of the band ended with David Byron firing.
You could find interesting tracks even on weak albums - as example "Poor Little Rich Girl" from "Equator" sounding real impressive for me, Peter Goalby was good singer in that time, but in general... only name remaining of UH now.
 


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I can confirm, people in Russia LOVE Heep, often even more than LZ, BS or DP. There is something in their music that touches so-called Russian (and, by the way, German) soul.

In my opinion those who call Heep poor men's Deep Purple don't understand the essence of both bands' music. Most DP songs are riff-based, while Heep are kings of melody.

Personally I like all UH line-ups, even the Goalby period. Though those albums were not great they served well to keep the flame burning. "Sea of Light" and "Sonic Origami" would not be possible without "Head First" or "Equator", "today is ... yesterday's tomorrow".


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I also like Return to Fantasy. Two great tracks - title track and "Beautiful Dream" - really magic. With John Wetton on bass.
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I agree these two are standouts, though "Your Turn to Remember" and "Why Did You Go" (ok, cheesy, but who cares) are damn good too.
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Elves & sh*t. Ya gotta love it.
                
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Originally posted by NotAProghead

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I agree these two are standouts, though "Your Turn to Remember" and "Why Did You Go" (ok, cheesy, but who cares) are damn good too.
Byron does a great song similar to those on his solo album "Baby faced Killer" called "I remember". In it, he reflects on his time with the band, talking affectionately of "(going) around the world with a whole bunch of clowns". An unnamed guitarist (Ken Hensey I think) adds some great guitar to the song.
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An unnamed guitarist on "I Remember" is Mick Box. Smile
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Wizards and sh*t. You gotta love that as well too. One thing Heep always had was a good vocalist.
                
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Originally posted by NotAProghead

An unnamed guitarist on "I Remember" is Mick Box. Smile
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