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Uriah Heep are delighted to announce that the band has signed a new, exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records.

Uriah Heep are delighted to announce that the band has signed a new,
exclusive worldwide recording deal with Sanctuary Records. Heep will commence recording their first new album for nine years since 1998’s ‘Sonic Origami’, during March/April and going into pre production rehearsals in February.

The as yet untitled album - which will be Heep’s 21st official studio album - is
scheduled for release during late summer and will feature at least ten new tracks, produced by
Mike Paxman


Mike Paxman played guitar, wrote and recorded with singer and
'Judie Tzuke' from the late seventies, co-writing many of
her early successes including the single 'Stay With Me 'Till Dawn',
and the album 'Welcome To The Cruise'. Mike went on to tour with
Judie's band until the mid-eighties, producing, writing and playing
on a further 12 albums.

Having developed a preference for the studio over the stage, Mike
and Judie's partner Paul Muggleton established Big Ocean Studios in
Surrey. Throughout the eighties they worked developing and making
albums with a series of artists of varying styles, including three
albums with Nick Kamen including the single 'I Promise Myself' which
achieved #1 in six territories worldwide, the album 'Under a
Southern Sky' and the single 'I Got You' with Australia's Paul
Norton, 'Independent Love Song' and the album 'Naked' with UK girl
group 'Scarlet', albums and tracks with UK jazz band 'First Light',
singers 'Francis Rufelle', 'Jimmy Nail' and Germany's 'Thomas
Anders' and many others, as well as writing and producing music for
film and TV.

Since 1997 Mike has made five albums with UK rock band Status Quo,
including 2002's Heavy Traffic, widely acclaimed as putting the
'rock' back into Quo's studio output. He has most recently produced
the audio for their recent Live DVD 'Just Doin' It', released in November 2006.

Mike says he saw Uriah Heep at the very first gig they played under
the name Uriah Heep at Salisbury Tech College on March 20th 1970, so
he was there at the beginning! He says he is honored to be asked to
work on the new studio album and he promises to make it a stormer.

Comments Uriah Heep manager Simon Porter
'We thought very carefully about the new deal before deciding that Sanctuary is the natural home for the band at this moment in time.
They know the band well and have done an extremely good on marketing the back catalogue.
More importantly, they are extremely enthusiastic about the band and
can't wait to get their teeth into a new album. I also believe that
Mike Paxman will add a 'back to basics with a 21st century twist'
approach to the recording process which will result in a welcome
return to the classic Heep sound from which the success of the band
was originally built'.

Comments Mick Box
'We are very pleased to be able to make this
announcement as we have been waiting for this as much as the fans.
There is much excitement in the Heep camp and we hope to put an 18
month world tour planner around the new album. We are pleased to
have Mike Paxman wear the producer's hat as he has a varied
producer's record which we think will benefit our music. He has
already spent some time with Phil and I going over the songs
already written and there is a good buzz with what we have thus far
and we have been exchanging ideas to get the best out of each song.

Trevor is presently finishing off the building of his home studio
and will bring his songs to the table too. I am presently in
Australia and then will be moving on to New Zealand on a much needed
holiday with my family. I return mid January and Mike and I have
arranged to meet up and make the important choice of studios we want
to use. He has investigated this already and we have had discussions
about this but we just have to find the right studio we feel will
help us get the results we are looking for and then book it. So you
can see there are exciting times ahead and I want to thank each and
every one of you reading this for your continued support and faith
that in the end we will have a new CD.

Onwards and upwards 'Appy Days! Mick'.

Comments Jonathan Richards - Sanctuary Records
Sanctuary Records are delighted to continue their association with Uriah Heep and are very much looking forward to releasing their brand new album in 2007. It has been both an honour and privilege to work with the band and their rich recorded legacy over the years and we're eager to continue our partnership into the new millennium with new music from one of the UK's greatest hard rock bands.


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