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Uriah Heep


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3.37 | 455 ratings

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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.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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