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Uriah Heep - ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Uriah Heep - ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble (1970/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Uriah Heep
Title: …Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Hard Rock, British Metal
Label: © Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.
Release Date: 1970/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit; Bonus tracks 44,1kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 01:45:03
Recorded: July 1969 – April 1970, Lansdowne Studios, London

This album was the debut of Uriah Heep, an English band that would become one of the Titans of the '70s heavy metal sound. Despite their eventual hard-rocking reputation, Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble finds the band trying on different stylistic hats as they work towards finding their own sound. At this juncture, their music falls halfway between the crunch of heavy metal and the dramatic arrangements of prog rock. When this style jells, the results are quite powerful: "Dreammare" blends psychedelic lyrics and a complex vocal arrangement with a stomping beat from the rhythm section to create an effective slice of prog metal fusion while "I'll Keep on Trying" presents a head-spinning, complex tune with enough riffs, hooks, and tempo changes to fill three or four songs. However, the album's finest achievement is "Gypsy": this heavy metal gem nails the blend of swirling organ riffs, power chords, and leather-lunged vocal harmonies that would define the group's classic tunes and remains a staple of the band's live performances today. Unfortunately, the focus of the album is diluted by some unsuccessful experiments: "Lucy Blues" is a dull, unmemorable stab at a Led Zeppelin-style heavy blues tune and "Come Away Melinda" is an overproduced, melodramatic cover that tries to marry the band's full-throttle musical style to a message song. Despite these occasional moments of stylistic schizophrenia, Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble is a likable album that shows the promise that Uriah Heep would soon realize. Those unfamiliar with Uriah Heep may want to try out Demons and Wizards or a compilation first, but anyone with a serious interest in Uriah Heep or the roots of heavy metal will find plenty to like on Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble. The American edition of this album was retitled Uriah Heep and omits "Lucy Blues" in favor of the track "Bird of Prey" from Salisbury. --AllMusic Review by Donald A. Guarisco

1 Gypsy 06:39
2 Walking in Your Shadow 04:32
3 Come Away Melinda 03:48
4 Lucy Blues 05:10
5 Dreammare 04:40
6 Real Turned On 03:31
7 I'll Keep On Trying 06:39
8 Wake Up (Set Your Sights) 06:22
Bonus tracks: An Alternative …Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble (Previously Unreleased)
9 Gypsy 06:56
10 Real Turned On 03:47
11 Dreammare 05:10
12 Come Away Melinda 03:47
13 Born in a Trunk 04:53
14 Wake Up (Set Your Sights) 06:56
15 I'll Keep On Trying 05:33
16 Walking in Your Shadow 05:11
17 Lucy Blues 05:20
18 Born in a Trunk (Instrumental) 04:47
19 Magic Lantern 03:13
20 Bird of Prey (U.S. Alternate Mix) 04:05

David Byron – Lead vocals
Ken Hensley – Piano, organ, mellotron, slide guitar, vocals (except ("Come Away Melinda", "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"))
Mick Box – Lead and acoustic guitars, vocals
Paul Newton – Bass guitar, vocals
Nigel Olsson – Drums, percussion (tracks 4 & 5)
Alex Napier - Drums (tracks 1–3, 6–8)
Keith Baker - Drums ("Bird of Prey" (US Release))
Colin Wood - Keyboards ("Come Away Melinda", "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)")

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