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Topic: Uriah Heep
Posted By: SergiUriah
Subject: Uriah Heep
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 08:35
I´d wish to share a spanish prog rock article. In parts. Winner of an important prize in Basque press...number 1.

Could I have your attention, please? Thanx.Smile


Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 09:05
I wrote that 2 years ago, with the Help of your inspiration and the wiseman....Ivan Melgar, Thanks to all for the smile and permission to.Embarrassed


Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 09:16
I had a personal message and a visit to my home in Bilbao, Spain. The messenger was the master of the WAH WAH:


Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 09:17


Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 10:28
SmileApproveOK, HERE WE GO:

Uriah Heep (chapter 1)

".....has justly become one of the most respected and admirable bands in rock history. All through its long-lived path they’ve experienced countless changes in their formation, including several musical styles in their more than twenty studio albums. They remain active, showing they are in excellent form with the release of “Wake The Sleeper” in 2008. Figures are overwhelming: they’ve sold more than forty million records in the four decade career there is behind them. However success refused to arrive more than usual in their beginning, when they had to appeal to all their talent and even to magic to gain a place among the sacred rock sorcerers of the seventies.

In 1968, some place in London a band formed by ambitious and dreamy young men were giving form to their first songs trying to find a place in the growing scene of the early Hard Rock. Their name was Spice, a project directed through the remains of a previous group called The Stalkers. Mick Box and David Byron, who were the embryonic team for the future process of development of one of the most exciting and productive bands in the rock history, were between them. None of them knew it but Uriah Heep was beginning to write the prologue of their own legend. The last group of Spice was completed with Paul Newton as the bassist and Alex Napier as the drummer, who would also be in the initial Heep band, although Napier would soon be in the first one in a dance of future substitutions with percussion. They only released one single together with the title “What’s About The Music”, although they also have other good themes, such as “Astranaza”, “Magin Lantern” or “Born In A Trunk”, full of progressive sounds or brief jazz music movements.

These recordings, together with the firsts Uriah Heep songs never released before, would be rescued and released in 1994 in a compilation called “The Lansdowne Tapes” under the hallmark of Red Steel coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the band and they form a good sample to know about Uriah Heep’s prehistory.

Spice tried to make their way giving numerous concerts and they enjoyed certain popularity in that period, playing several nights in a row as residents in the mythical London Marquee during the first three months of 1969, in the same stage where bands like Yes, Jeff Beck Group, Free, Taste or Led Zeppelin themselves would play a few days later.

Gerry Bron, a young manager and producer, who would work in later years with  bands like Colosseum, Mötorhead or Manfred Mann between others, saw them playing live and he inmediately saw there was something interesting there, offering them a bit later the recording of an album.

1969-71. Experimenting

With the contract of Vertigo record company under their arms, they soon started writing and rehearsing to shape the tracks of what it was going to be the first Spice album at first.
A lot of those tracks were bred in the rehearsal places of the public centre of Hamwell, where curiously there was a band called Deep Purple, who were only a few days away to win the market worldwide with “In Rock”.

Box, Byron and the rest were impressed when they listened to the contrast of that swift hard rock fused with the great Jon Lord’s Hammond and they soon decided that was the best option to exalt the progressive character of their music to the detriment of their blues, emphasizing its sound.
Gerry Bron also agreed that they should look for a keyboarder and at Christmas of 1969 Ken Hensley entered Uriah Heep’s orbit. He would reveal himself in little time as a decisive piece for the band’s gears, due to the fact that everything was going to change with his incorporation.

hope you like it. You can comment....


Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 05 2011 at 14:25
Stern SmileHug


Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: May 06 2011 at 13:23
I haven't been listening to the Heep for a few years but still love the band, in fact i only own the six first albums , i don't know about further releases but Mick Box ( what a name ) is a good guitar player unhappily i wish Ken still were in the band

Posted By: Hoipolloi
Date Posted: May 06 2011 at 18:01
Uriah Heep is pretty awesome.  Favourite album is probably Demons and Wizards.

Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: May 06 2011 at 18:26
Originally posted by Hoipolloi Hoipolloi wrote:

Uriah Heep is pretty awesome.  Favourite album is probably Demons and Wizards.
  Sure and Magician Bitrthday , Heavy , Swett freedom , and look at yourself Smile

Posted By: SergiUriah
Date Posted: May 07 2011 at 16:42
THANKS 4 tell your opinion.


Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: May 07 2011 at 18:56
Does anybody know why Ken Hensley left the Heep ? What a pity ! Disapprove

Posted By: Green Shield Stamp
Date Posted: May 08 2011 at 15:28
This is such a coincidence....I just got home from walking my dog and had my 120gb Classic ipod on shuffle play (I've got 80gb filled up with prog albums). And the last track I listened to was the mighty 'Salisbury'.  A great band, and this, I think, is their greatest song.


Writing a poem
With seventeen syllables
Is very diffic....

Posted By: MFP
Date Posted: May 14 2011 at 10:47
I strongly recommend Acoustically Driven. It's a beautiful live album with an orchestra, choir and special guests.

Posted By: esky
Date Posted: May 17 2011 at 10:25
I can't give them much credance outside of their two albums utilizing a post-Crimso John Wetton. He poured his heart and soul into them, and I love him for it.

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