Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Black Sabbath - Paranoid - Album CoverA new installment of the Old’n’Tasty series beckons. So, what better record to spiff this list up some than Paranoid from good ‘ol Black Sabbath. Even if its slow start did not really bode well in 1970. The album did however finally make it to quadruple platinum. But only in 1995, some 25 years later.

This is one of these records that improves with age like good red wine. And that many experts now consider a classic. But in the harsh light of reality, is it really that good? And what on earth [...] Click to raid more!

Dio – Holy Diver (1983) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Dio - Holy Diver - Album CoverWhen – in 1982 – Ronnie James Dio defected from Black Sabbath and got his own band in a tearing hurry, we were all kind of scratching our heads. Not knowing where this was all going to end. Of course also counting the fact that Vinnie Appice took off with him on this flight from the witches. The vapors surrounding their somewhat abrupt departure were pregnant with disconsolate news. About infights at Black Sabbath, all about power and who should be calling the shots. And am I not surprised: The alpha-males assembled were probably incapable [...] Click to raid 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 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 [...] Click to raid 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 [...] Click to raid more!