5-21-08 Uriah Heep
After discussing Black Sabbath yesterday, I thought I would write about Uriah Heep today…
LP DEMONS AND WIZARDS MERCURY
1972 8 TRKS
CD LANSDOWNE TAPES, THE VICEROY
1994 14 TRKS (60's recordings)
LP MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY, THE MERCURY
1972 8 TRKS insert
1970 6 TRKS
1970 6 TRKS
LP VERY 'EAVY...VERY 'UMBLE VERTIGO
1970 8 TRKS
CD VERY 'EAVY...VERY 'UMBLE kami JVC JPN VICP-61828
1970 11 TRKS ('02 issue) kami sleeve (3 x bonus tracks)
7" WAKE UP (SET YOUR SIGHTS) (Mono) / (Stereo) promo MERCURY US DJ-294
1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
No, I’m not a huge fan – but I encountered them at roughly the time that their debut LP came out. I likely heard them towards the end of 1970 – and the
13 years old is a tad young to be a label snob – but I was trying my best to hear all of the records on the British Vertigo label, circa ’70 – ’72. I really liked May Blitz and Black Sabbath – so, naturally I asked about the first Uriah Heep LP as soon as I saw it in the hippie record store. As I recall, they were happy to play it to me – a direct hit! Gypsy!
Many moons later, I got the illuminating “Lansdowne Tapes” CD – to hear the ‘progression’ from Spice to Heep – great liner notes, too!
Odd, but the next time I heard anything about Uriah Heep, they were already being regarded as ‘figures of fun’ – a band to be made fun of. Tales and drugs and death, unnecessary heaviness – and assorted Spinal Tap-like antics.
Of course, the debut Heep LP is straight-forward hard rock of 1970 – not bad at all. They changed the cover and track listing for the US release, so I’m not surprised at all that it took a lot longer for the US market to awake to them.
I couldn’t resist getting a little paper album cover (kami sleeve) CD of the debut in
So, Uriah Heep = guilty pleasure?