Uriah Heep – Demons and Wizards (1972) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards - Album CoverIf 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. At three occasions – 1971, 1972 and 1977 – Uriah Heep produced two albums. For each one of those years. And this is only for the studio albums, not counting the live productions and compilations. Got hooked? Raid this some more...

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

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble - Album Cover…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble just takes off like a rocket with Gypsy straight into Uriah Heep‘s début album back in 1970. And what a début! 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 – ok, some of the vocals too – plus Mick Box doing the usual stellar things with his guitar, all should be good. Right?? Well, not quite.

Because shortly after Gypsy ends, you kind of go ‘Now What’?

‘Tis a mixed bag you are getting. Not surprisingly the album was not too well received (or not at all well received) at first back in time.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Uriah Heep – Salisbury (1971) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Uriah Heep - Salisbury - Album CoverWell, I have dabbled in Progressive Rock and Metal for a while and more in the modern theme of things, if we can call it that. But far into the past, there already were jewels that we tend to forget. Salisbury, the 2nd studio album of the olden times Uriah Heep is one of them. The band’s name derives from the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield. Actually the antagonist hero in the story, no less. 

Starting with ‘Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble’ – the band’s first record ever – Uriah Heep went on full progressive mode with Salisbury. Actually, this piece of work – I am tempted to call it a masterpiece – was way ahead of its time.Got hooked? Raid this some more...