Uriah Heep

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Easy Livin' (1972)

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Tesla covered Heep's "Stealin" on a collection of cover tunes. This is the first instance of anyone covering a UH song. Jimmy Page must have spent some time listening to Heep's "Lady In Black" when he wrote "Radioactive for The Firm because the acoustic guitar strumming sounds similar in both songs.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 02:42am


Always liked this group. "Lady In Black" is one of the greatest underrated songs of all time. Uriah Heep needs more yes votes!!

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 22:42pm


"Easy Livin" is right up there with "Highway Star", "Radar Love" and "Born To Be Wild" as one of the great driving songs of all time.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Tuesday, 10.14.08 @ 06:32am


Aaron:
The covers of "Stealin" you mentioned aren't the only covers of Uriah Heep's music. "Lady In Black" for example has been very significant in Europe and was covered by all the following bands: Mago de Oz, Gregorian, Ensiferum, Lemon, Iris, and Kraljevski Apartman

Posted by Fano on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 09:49am


Now I am going to discuss one of the greatest prog rock acts of all time. Uriah Heep. If ever a band is described as “underrated” well, Uriah Heep is most deserving for the title of “Most Underrated Rock Band of All Time.”

Uriah Heep was sometimes referred to as "The Beach Boys of heavy metal" for their melodic songs, and trademark multi-part harmony backing vocals, although their music draws on diverse influences including: progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, jazz, and even country on occasion. As one of the first bands to fuse progressive with metal, they are a precursor to the progressive metal genre. Their debut album, Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble (which was self-titled in the United States), introduced a heavy organ and guitar-driven sound, with David Byron's theatrical, dynamic vocals soaring above thunderous sonic backgrounds, although acoustic and jazz elements also featured in the mix. The album's title references the signature phrase of the Dickens character Uriah Heep ("very 'umble") from the novel David Copperfield from which the band took its name. Their second album, Salisbury, was more squarely in the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra; it also included “Lady in Black.” Their third album, Look at Yourself, released at the end of 1971, included the single "July Morning". Subsequent releases would find frequently exploring fantasy-oriented lyrical themes, often in lengthy, multi-part compositions.

Greatest Songs:

“Lady In Black”
“Stealin“
“Easy Living”
“Look At Yourself”
“The Wizard”
“Sweet Lorraine”
“The Magician’s Birthday”
“July Morning”
“Free Me”


Posted by Rolf on Saturday, 10.18.08 @ 19:55pm


Of course HEEP should be in the Hall, as should numerous other classic HR bands. Heep had their won sound - with the hammond, guitar and harmonies, and influenced a ton of bands and singers [yes David Byron was a big influence on the likes of Rob Halford, Freddie Mercury...]
Great band, still going today and just released a new album!

Posted by Kevin on Sunday, 11.23.08 @ 08:02am


YESYESYESYES!!!!!!YEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!! THEY MUST BE IN! And if u f###ers in america do not know what real classic rock is, scew u! keep on prayin to your freakin zeppelin and hendrix...But there are still MILLIONS OF PEOPLE in the World who appreciate great music!! LOMG LIVE URIAH HEEP!

Posted by Uriah Heepy on Monday, 12.15.08 @ 03:08am


One of my favorite bands! So many good albums! Ken Hensley is the best keyborad player outhere(maybe together with Jon Lord)! YES for sure!

Posted by Quiet Riot on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 19:49pm


"Lady In Black" is the best song I've ever heard. And I heard a lot of good songs.

Posted by Dunnell on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 20:16pm


Uriah Heep must be inducted! So many awesome songs like Sympathy, Lady in Black, Easy Livin, July Morning, Free Me, Come Back To Me, Stealin!

Posted by Wizard1980 on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 02:40am


Uriah Heep is considered the proginators of the intire subset of metal known as PROG-Metal, the first metal band invited to perform in the then Soviet Union and (in one incarnation or another) out-lasted any of the other "original" metal bands. The simple fact that they paved the wya for so many is enough to demand their inclusion... not to mention the many other bands that the members were such a part of.

Posted by Lance on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 18:34pm


Uriah Heep is far too good and legendary a band for an bogus institution that honors the likes of Madonna and also admits rap "artists."

Posted by Todd on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 17:29pm


Mick Box still rocks and is the backbone of Uriah Heep. I hope to see them this summer in the USA. They will be in the Hall of Fame soon.

Posted by Mickey Guerrero on Monday, 03.23.09 @ 20:38pm


Uriah Heep, in my opinion, are another really overlooked band. They basically created the progressive-metal genre before bands like Queensryche and Dream Theater popularized the style(I'm very surpised All Music Guide did not include them on the page of the genre). They are definately earning of the title, "The Beach Boys of Heavy Metal" for thier great harmonies and melody. Some of my favorite Heep songs are "Sweet Lorraine", "Sunrise", "Gypsy", "Eay Livin'" and "The Wizard". In Heep's case, like in many, I feel that they have kind of been screwed out of classic rock radio airplay because all they really get is a yearly playing of "Easy Livin'"( Blondie might have ripped-off this song by the way. Just listen to this and then "Call Me" and you might see the similarities) they are not appreciated for all thier other good music. Also, other bands than Tesla have honored Heep. Iced Earth and Blind Guardian formed a side project named after a Heep album(Demons and Wizards). Uriah Heep are a really underrated band and will most likely never be inducted by the elitist hall, but they should.

Posted by Dude Man on Tuesday, 05.5.09 @ 21:32pm


Dude Man,

Funny you should mention Uriah Heep. In doing a lot of research and rediscovering for a project I'm working on (stayed tuned). I dusted off Demons and Wizards only to remember what a masterpiece it is. From the very first song "The Wizard" to "The Spell" this is a must listen. Superb mix, incredible song writing and arranging, and all great musicians. This is a hidden gem that needs to be listened to by all!

Of coarse the morons at the hall will never consider them but these guys were true legends of rock.

"All my words and wisdom fails. The poets justice leads me to my goal"
Uriah Heep

SpaceTrucker

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Thursday, 05.7.09 @ 20:31pm


SpaceTrucker, I completely agree about the commitee and rest assured I'll stay tune.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 05.10.09 @ 17:00pm


The Smashing Pumpkins and W.A.S.P. are two more bands that have covered Uriah Heep.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 13:41pm


uriah's july morning is sure one of the greatest heavy metal love song its my theme song to my ladylove Jenny

Posted by alex r. on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 22:39pm


They aer very influential. They started prog metal and melodic metal! MUST BE IN THE HALL!

Posted by RustinPeace on Monday, 08.10.09 @ 21:11pm


Just took my 15-yeqr old son to a Dream Theater concert and thought 'these guys remind me of Uriah Heep' my favourite band back in the '70s. Listening to Uriah Heep Live (1973) now has confirmed all the previous comments - Uriah Heep has been THE BIG INFLUENCE on all the recent prog metal bands like Dream Theater! I would love to see them inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Posted by RichardS on Wednesday, 12.2.09 @ 22:56pm


Just took my 15-yeqr old son to a Dream Theater concert and thought 'these guys remind me of Uriah Heep' my favourite band back in the '70s. Listening to Uriah Heep Live (1973) now has confirmed all the previous comments - Uriah Heep has been THE BIG INFLUENCE on all the recent prog metal bands like Dream Theater! I would love to see them inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Posted by RichardS on Wednesday, 12.2.09 @ 22:56pm



Sounds like a great show!!! enjoy!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 12.3.09 @ 03:29am


Uriah Heep is probably one of the most underated groups. They've been around for forty years. Not many gruops can even come close. In fact most groups are lucky to get 4 years of being a group let alone surviving 40 years. They just released a new album that really Rocks. If a tenth of any of the newer artists had a tenth of the talent these guys have we'd have some really good music out there. Ozzy should be more open to who actually laid down the Drum & Bass tracks to Blizzard of Oz. Lee Kerslake ( Drums from Uriah Heep) & Bob Daisley (Bass from Uriah Heep). Sharron had a lot to do with that crap. David Coverdale thought about joining Uriah Heep after David Byron's departure. They've had a lot of rough times and unfortrunate circumstances. They're big in Europe, Japan and Russia. Mick Box's guitars (the only original member) still screams on his guitar. You should be so lucky to play anything close. They know everyone ask any group from that era or from this that's worth anything. John Wetton ( Asia, King Crimson, Uriah Heep). Ken Hensley wrote the book on how to play keyboards, moog synthesizers for heavy metal and wrote most of the stuff the first ten years along with Mick Box and Gary Thain. Ken is playing his own thing now and has helped out several other artists over the years. Remember Matthew Sweet from Styper? Just because those on the Rock & Roll submitting commitee don't know s--t the rest of us & especially Uriah Heep should not suffer the omition of true Rock legends that deservably should be inducted. Lots of groups sound good on albums but the true artistry lies in playing it live. If youv'e never seen Uriah Heep in concert your'e missing one great show. One of the best live bands ever. They are so tight they play making it look easy. Can't wait to see them again. They don't make it in the US very often but if you ever get the chance you really should see them. Ken Hensley also played with Blackfoot for awhile after leaving Uriah Heep. Their sound and styles and sound are also very similar. Yeah! They shouild be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They should make a movie on them as well.

Posted by MattB on Wednesday, 02.10.10 @ 22:56pm


MattB,

Good stuff, Uriah Heep is one of my favorite groups and highly underrated. I read an old Rolling Stone Magazine review of their 1970 debut album 'Very umble...Very eavy' by Melissa Mills and she said,

"If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more."

I wonder how she offed herself, because Uriah Heep did make it, they are a legendary Hard Rock/Heavy Metal band, which is right up my alley, because that's the music I love.

They will never get a sniff of a Rock and Roll Hall of Lame nomination because Rolling Stone Magazine degenerate Jann Wenner runs the place, he wouldn't know good Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music if it bit him in his tired old burned out ass.

But they are truly Hall of Famers in my book.

Keep Rockin'

SpaceTrucker
RockChoice.com

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Wednesday, 02.10.10 @ 23:22pm


Love the song 'Easy Livin'. Even if they never get in, they did that song, so they should feel very proud of their accomplishments.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 06:35am


Paul,

Dig a little deeper if you can and listen to the album 'Demons and Wizards' by Uriah Heep (if you haven't already) this is a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Masterpiece. Turn it up!

SpaceTrucker
RockChoice.com

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 09:21am


I know this response is just a bit late, but I thought it relevant.

Tesla covered Heep's "Stealin" on a collection of cover tunes. This is the first instance of anyone covering a UH song. Jimmy Page must have spent some time listening to Heep's "Lady In Black" when he wrote "Radioactive for The Firm because the acoustic guitar strumming sounds similar in both songs.

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.2.08 @ 02:42am

Actually Aaron, a German Metal band called 'Gamma Ray' (they are really good) covered the song 'Look at yourself' on their debut album 'Heading for Tomorrow' back in 1990. Just thought I would let you know. If you like Uriah Heep you might want to check out Gamma Ray, Wolf, Dream Evil and Amoral, all current European metal bands that ROCK!

SpaceTrucker
RockChioce.com

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Thursday, 02.11.10 @ 09:38am


Spacetrucker, I'll check out that album. Thank's for telling me about it.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 02.12.10 @ 07:14am


The most sickeningly underrated prog/hard rock band in history.
Their 70s albums are just pure gold and other albums are decent as well(even
'Conquest').

The reason why they never got big in the UK and US is because they always
had a fantasy occultish METAL side to them and the press in those places is filled
with bitter loser pieces of sh*t who've always shunned that great genre.

As as rule of thumb,any band that gets ingnored in these countries is bound to be
musically great!!

I would place Heep higher than several well-known and worshipped bands
such as the beatles, the who, led zeppelin, deep purple,queen
and even on par with the great pink floyd.

They difinitely are far superior to AC/DC who are
massive in America(country of idiots), right?

Also, I hope the f**king RnR hall of SHAME burns to the ground as
its mere presence is an insult to Rock music.

RIP David Byron(fantastic singer) and Gary Thain(what a great bassist)

Posted by HeepWorshipper on Wednesday, 04.7.10 @ 14:28pm


I love Uriah Heep, I really do. As pioneers of progressive metal, they're certainly made their mark in music history as being both innovative and influential, don't know if they'll ever get into the RRHOF with prog bands like Yes, King Crimson, The Moody Blues, Rush, Jethro Tull, ELP, etc or metal bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest or Motorhead still on the outside looking in, especially considering how long it took Black Sabbath to get in and how long it took them to get a second prog act in but Uriah Heep certainly made some fine music which many people connected to (and continue to connect with). And if one really thinks about it, that's probably more important than being in some arbitrary museum anyway. As Paul in KY said, this band should feel proud of their accomplishments.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 08.20.10 @ 12:40pm


I got to see Uriah Heep with the classic line up in 1972 at the Palladium in Hollywood, California. They were great. A lot of Americans I know love them. I also got to see them in the late 70's. My first album was Salisbury and I really dug the period from that to Sweet Freedom. The rock and roll hall of fame is a joke. They picked Abba over Jethro Tull, so it doesn't matter if they get in. Uriah Heep covered a spectrum of styles. My favorite songs are July Morning, Salisbury, Look at Yourself, Wizard, Easy living, Paradise/The Spell. Actually, all those albums are great.

Posted by Heepalot on Thursday, 09.2.10 @ 13:03pm


The poor man's Deep Purple?

Posted by interviewer on Thursday, 09.2.10 @ 14:22pm


Heep should be in the Hall of Fame without question. They paved the way for many such as Queen, UFO, Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Winger, Queensryche, Dream Theater and even King Diamond. Some of their best songs never got the airplay due to their length or theme. Some of these are 'Walking in Your Shadow', 'Shadows of Grief', 'Poet's Justice', 'Circus', 'I Won't Mind', 'Hanging Tree', 'I'm Alive', 'Heartache City', 'In the Moment', Logical Progression', and so many others.
I doubt they will be inducted due to many of the reasons already stated. However, that should not keep us from enjoying their music. Those of us who know, don't need the endorsement of the Hall to wake up; we're already there.
You know they will keep on Heepin' as always. I hope they come close enough in '11 for me to see them again. I'll be sure to be there.

Posted by Harry Bendtsen on Wednesday, 10.27.10 @ 11:24am


I think Uriah Heep was before their time. They are the ultimate ROCK BAND EVER. Some call it noise but I say it is the best organized noise ever composed. The lyrics are insitefull and philisophical(thanks Ken. They sound as good today as ever. My favorite of all time and I'm in the United States.

Posted by Dan Anna on Sunday, 10.31.10 @ 18:27pm


Uriah Heep is considered the proginators of the intire subset of metal known as PROG-Metal, the first metal band invited to perform in the then Soviet Union and (in one incarnation or another) out-lasted any of the other "original" metal bands. The simple fact that they paved the wya for so many is enough to demand their inclusion... not to mention the many other bands that the members were such a part of.

Posted by Lance on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 12:14pm


Uriah Heep is above any hall of fame. They are absolutely awesome. My son a theen ager loves them, and today he and his friends all are between 14 and 16 listen to Uriah Heep, my son also loves all the project Ken Hensley did. WE all miss David and Gary.

I got a new DVD live I think its 2010 , its a CD/DVD set they do new and old songs , what a great band.

Like Wine that gets only better with years, I'm yet to see any one from these days of late 60's early 70's that can play today like Mick Box, not even Ritchi can play today like Mick.

Posted by Mikki on Monday, 01.10.11 @ 18:25pm


Did you ever listen closely to Boston's "Foreplay/Long Time?" I think Ken Hensley's keyboard playing had a very strong influence on Tom Scholz, particularly in the instrumental section ("Foreplay") Tom Scholz has cited LZ and the James Gang as influences in interviews, but UH's Ken Hensley's fast keyboard playing in songs like "LOok At Yourself" to me sound like the precursor to Scholz' iconic keyboard solo in "Foreplay/Long Time"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 04.16.11 @ 05:55am


Good observation, Aaron. I've never noticed that before but I think you're onto something.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 04.16.11 @ 06:05am


The Heep is the most underrated band of all time. I never understood why they did not get the recognition they deserved. Lady in Black is perhaps the most underrated song of all time, but nobody (unless I missed it) mentioned 'The Park'. I just love the melody in that song.

Posted by John Grenci on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 08:41am


Manfred Mann played additional keyboards on Uriah Heep's 10-1/2 minute epic "July Morning" from the album "Look at Yourself"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 07.5.11 @ 00:58am


They never consider the pioneers of why we love the music. Heep was and will always be the most gifted band ever. Ken Hensley is the most exciting keyboardist. My vote is for Heep.

Posted by charmedjannie on Saturday, 05.5.12 @ 10:41am


RIP, Trevor Bolder

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 05.21.13 @ 19:28pm


UriaH HeeP, has and will always be my favorite band...Should they be in the Hall?...Are you F'ing kidden me!!....Should have been...LONG AGO!!!...When I here names like LL-cool, and others rappers even mentioned...Please!...It's the R&Rhof not the who ever grabs a microphone and burps...Get'em in!!!

Favorite songs.
1. July Morning
2. Stealin
3. The Wizard
4. Paradise-the Spell
5. Tales
6. Gypsy (Live 73)
7. Wonder World
8. Magicians Birthday
9. Foot prints in the Snow
10. Rain

Posted by Otto on Friday, 10.6.17 @ 17:07pm


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