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VERY 'EAVY...VERY 'UMBLE

Uriah Heep

 

Heavy Prog

3.37 | 455 ratings

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snobb
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4 stars Debut album of Uriah Heep has plenty of different reviews. Interesting, that yhis in fact quite simple album has as many negative opinions, as positive.

To be honest ,it's not easy for me to understand, why many people don't like it. I think it's very strong debut with some songs which are band visit card till now.

OK, band's sound is too straight and too heavy in moments, with heavyweight Hammond domination. If you don't like Hammond sound, you will never accept this album. I like it, and think there is one of good example of Hammond leaded hard rock of that tiime ( another one is sound of Jon Lord's early Deep Purple).

Songs are very melodic, with high energy, multi layers of vocal. I have 2003 Castle CD version with perfectly mixed clear sound ( and plenty of bonuses as well). Ok, I think many listeners just don't like a bit simplistic musical technique there. I 'm agree, but the music is very good and without simplicities.

"Gypsy "is absolute masterpiece for years, "Come Away Melinda "ballade - as well. Some songs are bluesy, you can feel strong roots of early hard rock ( a-la Led Zeppelin). Alternative version of "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"has interesting jazzy arrangements. Vocal is open and strong in all songs.

I think this album is interesting not only for UH fans and collectors, but for wide circle of listeners, starting from melodic hard rock fans. Only prog purists will be disappointed with simplistic neavy bluesy rock sound.

snobb | 4/5 |

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