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THE BEST OF (1985)

Uriah Heep


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Easy Livin
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4 stars A landmark

This was an essential purchase at the time of its release, as it was the first time a complete album of Uriah Heep music had appeared on CD. The tracks are of course excellent, the selection leaning towards there more accessible pieces, and those released as singles. It does however include. "Gypsy" and "Sweet Freedom".

The songs are almost entirely from the Byron era with only the title track from "Firefly" to represent John Lawton's time with the band. The period covered thus only ranges from "Very 'eavy, very 'umble" to "Firefly".

This particular compilation has fond memories for me. While I had had all the band's albums on vinyl for many years, at the time of its release, compact discs were very much in their infancy. There were at the time several digital formats being trialled (such as digital compact cassettes, anyone remember them), and surprising as it may now seem, it was by no means certain that CD's would succeed in becoming the format of choice. Record labels were therefore reluctant to release anything other than mainstream albums on CD, as there was a significant risk that other releases would not sell in viable quantities. To find Uriah Heep on CD (even if it was in relatively expensive import format, this compilation being a German release) at that time was therefore a massive vote of confidence in the band's appeal. It also of course meant that I was able to hear their music devoid of the clicks and scratches my albums had incurred through many years of overuse!

There have since been many compilations of the band's work released on CD, and indeed, the original albums have been re-packaged a number of times. I suspect this particular compilation is now deleted, but it does make for a good if rather superficial introduction to the band's early output.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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