My first exposure to uriah heep was soon after I obtained my drivers license
in 1987. I was driving around in the family station wagon, wasting time and
smoking up the interior, when I heard a sound I have never heard before,
hard rock and harmonies that ticked my brain. It was stealin'. Over the next
several years, while driving around Chicagoland, I would hear stealin' and
easy livin', not realizing it was the same band. Lokking back I don't
remember if I even knew the bands name.
Then in the early 1990's, listening to a local radio program called acid
rock flashback, I heard High Priestess and I liked it. Then the DJ said that
was UH. I put it all together and realized that this band really fits my
musical tastes. I decided to buy the cd that contained stealin' since I knew
there was at least one tune I liked. I was very happy when I found that I
liked the entire album. From that point I was hooked. I think the next cd I
bought was Demons. It rocked too.
I decided to go back and get all the old albums beginning with the first,
might as well follow the progression of the band, since I had the
opportunity. I wasn't able to get all the albums in order but I tried. I
started to see some holes in the armor starting with high and mighty, then
it got better with the next two cd's. I learned to lije fallen angel, then
it all crashed with conquest. I bought the next album. It was o.k.
I don't have any of their studio albums after that. Still am a huge fan,
listening several times a week. Any recomendations on the best studio album
since 1981? lets hear your story now.
jeff (from the
It was at the beginning of
the eighties and I was very much into Deep Purple
at that time. I was 15 years old and I was searching in my uncle records
when I found that strange cover with a dead head man with an open mouth
under a spider web. I listened to that album and from the beginning of the
first track I sayed "wow that's as good as Deep Purple". It was "Gypsy" with
its progressive intro (it's a shame they didn't play it anymore today) and
its mad organ solo. I decided to tape that record with the small recorder I
got at that time: the result was strange because I only got a guitar version
without organ at all!! It was because the funny stereo effect!! During the 2
minutes solo, I only have the guitar riff again and again!!!
I had to get this vinyl right now and I asked it to the father christmas
(with "Tokyo tapes" from the Scorpions). I was quite disappointed when on my
shoes I discovered "The magician's birthday" instead... The cover was
beautiful and the music much softer and more progressive. It wasn't my style
at that time: I was found of hard-rock and heavy metal!! But after a few
listening I began to love that album very much which stays as one of my
favourite ever today. I began to listen other progressive stuffs like Yes or
Jethro Tull, because of "Magician's birthday".
I bought the "Lonely nights" pictured CD single but I didn't like it very
much. I prefered the B side "weekend warrior". Then I bought "Raging
silence" and I was really disapointed. That was sounding too much american
AOR to me and I sold it promptly: I decided just to keep "V'EV'U" and
In 1995, I was into progressive rock very much and Roger's Dean cover of
"Sea of light" brang my attention. I listened to that album and... I really
loved it!!! When all the discography has been remastered with bonus tracks I
decided to get everything. I was a teenager again!!! Every Hensley's solo
albums, every David Byron's, all the Lucifer's Friend's ones, Grand Prix...
I had to get everything. I went to the acousticaly driven show... And that's
it: I'm a 38 yers old Heepster and we are not a lot in France where U.H. is
Hubert ALLUSSON (Bordeaux, FRANCE)
I am sure that this has
gone around somewhere but if it has not; then I will gladly share it again.
I was 14 years old in 1972 & living in Astoria New York. All of my friends
had their favorite bands that they were influencing me into liking. One day
I was watching a tv program & they were showing different bands doing
different songs of theirs. SUDDENLY: this band came on by the name of URIAH
HEEP. I had never heard of them & was curious just by looking at them. Their
Bass player (Gary Thain) was wearing these cool boots that were white &
furry & the keyboard player was REALLY getting IN to what he was playing.
The first song was "The Wizard".
The singer was hitting notes that I never heard before & his voice echoed
which was cool. After the commercial they played "Easy Livin" & I was HOOKED
FOR LIFE. Now it was MY turn to influence my friends & get them converted.
Well now it's 32 years later & I STILL enjoy Uriah Heep Old; New & anything
in between. Funny thing is that of all the bands that were on tv that day;
Uriah Heep is the ONLY band that I remember.
So I might begin with my story of how I became an UH fan.
I was in the age of 8 or 9 I think, when my parents put their LP collection
in order. That was 1987 or 1988. Well, I found a LP with a great cover and
pictures of cool smoking people. That was "The Magician┤s Birthday". It was
so great! Someday after that I bought "Demons and Wizards" and "Return To
Fantasy" and I just listened to Heep┤s music and sometimes Status Quo. But
then, as I grew older, interest faded and I became a Heavy Metal freak,
listening to harder stuff like Manowar, Sodom etc.
When "Sea Of Light" was released I gave it a try and bought it. "Against The
Odds" was great but I thought that this album was not hard enough for my
taste then. After 2 or 3 years when my musical taste opened, I began
listening to all my old and new Heep records fell in love with their sound
again. Since then they are my No.1 band, though Emperor (norwegian Black
Metal) are very close behind.
So that┤s my story.
I've always been a fan of bands with really great
vocalist, more so than any guitarist. 1972 I was in the army stationed in
Savannah, Georgia. Driving in my car one day I heard "Easy Livin'" on the
radio, at the time my favorite bands were Deep Purple and Grand Funk and
this new song had a unique singer. I got their name and went to the store
and bought "Demons & Wizards", the following year I picked up "Live 1973"
and I've been a fan ever since. In 1974 I saw Heep at the Bayfront Center in
St. Petersburg, Florida on the Wonderworld tour.
By accident I am saddened to say. I liked T Rex, Mott
the Hoople etc and then my elder brother played D and W to me that was it I
was off. I then saw them at Fairfield Hall Croydon in 1973. I do remember
though that Mick spent a lot of the night kicking a microphone stand over.
I bought a Demons and Wizards on tape in 1973. It was
an Ad in a magazine and I liked the cover. I was only 15 years old then, and
it got me hooked! In 1974 I was at the gig in Oslo and it is still the
greatest musical moment in my life. David, Gary, Lee, Mick and Ken. I met
them first time in 1975 (now Wetton played bass) as I was in the leadership
og the Norwegian Fan Club. Since then I have met them many times. Now, in
2003, I met UH at the Sweden Rock in June, and at MBParty in November.
In 88/89, my final year of highschool, I saw a Don
Kershner rock concert featuring Heep(Live at Shepperton, I think). Soon
thereafter, I borrowed a mixed tape off of a friend and was hooked for life.
So many happy memories later.... The beautiful thing about Heep is that
their old stuff keeps getting remastered and rare material keeps being
unearthed. This has really kept my interest in the band fresh. Anyone know
whether they are putting out deluxe lp's for all their stuff? Anyway, I am
even managing to move beyond the Byron years and am enjoying the Lawton and
Shaw eras. Who would have thunk that a Byronophile could have opened his
ears to alternate Heep vocalists? Is anything possible?
I'm only 21, and only have been listening to Heep for
about 2 years. My favorite artist of all time, King Diamond, was heavily
influenced by David Byron (and it is very evident by the high pitch
wailing). I'd been meaning to look into some Uriah Heep for a while, but
never felt motivated...I was still getting into lots of other music at the
time. Finally, my friend got a Uriah Heep album from his mom. He wanted me
to listen to it, but I told him I wasnt in the mood. He insisted, so we
drove around listening to The Magician's Birthday. Wow...it seemed so
surreal, and by the end of the album, during the almighty title track, I was
hooked. It was so heavy, yet so eerie in some parts and melodic in
others....so I ran out and bought Anthology, and it tided me over for a
while. Now I have slowly but surely started getting the whole collection,
although I must admit, I'm really only interested in the David Byron and
Bernie Shaw eras. I've got Abominog and was not really impressed....But
Bernie Shaw sounds strangely like Byron sometimes which is great, and which
is what drove me into Heep in the first place. I can't wait to get the
rest...I only need about 5 more CDs.
Germany 1972, went to see Uriah-Heep with a mate in
Dusseldorf, both our dads where in the forces there, in the band Box, Byron,
Hensley, Kerslake,Thain, we was both hooked 1973 Leicester's Demontfort hall
England same members as Germany,a laps of a lot of years being in the
wildeness devestated when thain died loved Lawton music and Goalby not bad(
why never seen now atM/G yet)still had a interest over the years devestated
when Byron died, found Uriah-Heep where still a band in 2ooo due to going on
the internet heard they was doing Magicians Birthday London went to that wih
my husband who was not a fan and I was hooked all over again loved the new
(too me) lineup found my mate Andrea 2001 on the internet (again) Andrea her
partner Ian all went M/G 2001 this year went to see them M/G2002 with 2
other friends so all together Uriah-Heep now are getting more interest here
in England at last... by word of mouth by older fans bringing in new fans
looking forward to the next gig URIAH-HEEEP FOREVER XXX
Wow! It's such a great feeling reminiscing on the good
old days. I had my first taste of the addictive music of Uriah Heep during
my high school days. Twas in the 80's already, and there was this store near
our school which sells US released second hand cassette tapes. I first heard
"very 'umble, very 'eavy" WOW it was very great!! The version of Gypsy in
that album was extended with great guitar riffs. I practically liked all the
songs in that album. From then on, i bought brand new albums already, THE
BEST OF 1 and 2 and it was like HEAVEN guys. Uriah Heep's music is
different, not just the tunes, but the lyrics as well...they bring you to
another place and time...more like a fantasy, a different kind of high. Then
i bough abominog and equator, which were not really that outstanding album,
except some tracks...but then...my last buy, was sonic origami. I kinda
missed the classic heep though, the keyboard riffs, the synth...and David
Byron's vocal prowess..but hey...the current band now is PERFECT just the
I just hope UH's label here in the Philippines would be able to release more
albums, so HEEPSTERS here could BUY!!! them... ROCK ON!!