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Uriah Heep


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3.37 | 454 ratings

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2 stars Too 'umble.

The first song from this first album might make you think that Uriah Heep have already hit their stride and will continue to make a classic album. ''Gypsy'' is one of the greatest Uriah Heep tracks cluttered with that thick, heavy Hensley organ tone that made them well- known. ''Walking In Your Shadow'' is a nice, rocking follow-up and ''Come Away Melinda'' is a poignant ballad with mellotron (?) layers. It's downhill from there.

The inclusion of the bluesier tune ''Lucy Blues'' sinks the album with a rather ''through-the- motions'' kind of song. American version apparently nix this track in favour of the better ''Birds of Prey'' in spite of Byron's annoying high pitched screams. The rest of the album just falls flat, hardly mustering any memorable tune. I can only remember ''Dreammare'' because of the stupid title, not the music.

The Uriah Heep debut is more interesting for those seeking the early traces of heavy metal and hard rock. Other than ''Come Away Melinda'' and ''Gypsy'', there's not much to tie to progressive rock here. I want to go easy on Uriah Heep because this is a debut album, but the record sounds too complacent.

Sinusoid | 2/5 |


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