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Best of Uriah Heep [Mercury]
     

The Best of Uriah Heep [Mercury]

by Uriah Heep
 
Ah, perhaps there's truth in advertising after all, since The Best of Uriah Heep really is a "best of." Nothing less than a musical Juggernaut, this compilation delivers wave after wave of heavy molten rock that will either forge your fealty or send you fleeing. At their most menacing ("Gypsy," "Bird of Prey"), Heep rides relentlessly alongside the horsemen of

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Ah, perhaps there's truth in advertising after all, since The Best of Uriah Heep really is a "best of." Nothing less than a musical Juggernaut, this compilation delivers wave after wave of heavy molten rock that will either forge your fealty or send you fleeing. At their most menacing ("Gypsy," "Bird of Prey"), Heep rides relentlessly alongside the horsemen of the apocalypse, Black Sabbath and Van Der Graaf Generator. What the band lacks in artful studio execution they make up for in sheer force, from Ken Hensley's towering organ to Mick Box's distortion-drenched guitar. Perhaps because of frequent personnel changes (chronicled in a multicolored chart on the disc sleeve that would give Ross Perot a headache), Uriah Heep never developed the consistent sound of other heavy metal acts. Instead, it's tempting to compare them to other bands in search of a description: e.g., a heavy metal version of Barclay James Harvest ("Lady in Black"), E.L.P. by way of Nektar ("July Morning"). While The Best of Uriah Heep paints the portrait of a single eye unblinking at the coming maelstrom, the truth is that by this time (1976), the band was already partially indoors and just as likely to be writing comfortable rock songs. In contrast to a Peter Hammill, it's unlikely that anyone in Uriah Heep was driven by their own demons as much as playing to the tastes of the time. And The Best of Uriah Heep is certainly a product of its time, albeit a very good product. In fact, if you're interested in the band's "classic" incarnation(s), this is the place to start. Note that each country seems to have its own "best of..." album, including a U.K. version with a different cover and a slightly different track selection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1989
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0042282247629
catalogNumber:
822476

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Performance Credits

Uriah Heep   Primary Artist
Manfred Mann   Moog Synthesizer
David Byron   Vocals
Ken Hensley   Organ,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron
Loughty Amao   Percussion
Keith Baker   Drums
Mick Box   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Ian Clarke   Drums
Lee Kerslake   Drums
Napier   Drums
Paul Newton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Teddy Osei   Percussion
Gary Thain   Bass Guitar
Mac Tontoh   Percussion

Technical Credits

David Byron   Composer
Ken Hensley   Composer
Mick Box   Composer
Gerry Bron   Producer
Mark Clarke   Composer
Peter Gallen   Engineer
Paul Newton   Composer
Jim Schubert   Art Direction
Toby B. Mamis   Liner Notes

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