Uriah Heep – Firefly (1977) – Review

Last updated on 20 February 2021

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Towards the end of the ’70s, Uriah Heep lost their compass somewhat after their fulminant successes during the earlier years. Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday, or again Salisbury, all of them great records, were already behind them.

In between the band produced a bunch of somewhat unfocused and seemingly hastily assembled records that frankly pulled the overall quality of the offering down. And this tendency accelerated as the first decade of their career slowly came to an end.

Uriah Heep also had that knack to produce one or two hits [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards (1972) – Review

Last updated on 20 February 2021

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If you are looking to pick up some Uriah Heep records, there is no way around their 1972 piece Demons and Wizards. This one is probably one of the best, if not THE best album they made at that time. Or ever since for that matter, alongside The Magician’s Birthday, released surprisingly that same year.

And let’s not forget: The ’70s were the most productive set of years in the history of the band. On three occasions – 1971, 1972, and 1977 – Uriah Heep produced two albums. For each one of those years. And this is [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble (1970) – Review

Last updated on 20 February 2021

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…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble just takes off like a rocket with Gypsy straight into Uriah Heep‘s debut album back in 1970. And what a debut! Starting a first-ever album with a hit straight away is a feat not easily repeated. Stellar!

Of course with David Byron‘s pipes, Ken Hensley handling the keyboard madness and other things. Okay, he did some of the vocals too. Plus you got Mick Box doing the usual stellar things with his guitar. So, all should be good. Right? Well, not quite.

Because shortly after Gypsy ends, you kind of go

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Uriah Heep – Salisbury (1971) – Review

Last updated on 5 March 2021

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Well, I have dabbled in Progressive Rock and Metal for a while. But often we cover modern artists and sometimes forget the old masters. Because far into the past, there already were jewels that nobody really knows anymore.

Salisbury, the 2nd studio album of early Uriah Heep is one of them. The band’s name derives from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, by the way. Actually the antagonist hero in the story, no less. 

Starting with ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble’ a year earlier, Uriah Heep went on full progressive mode with Salisbury. Actually, this record … [...] Click to raid more!