Uriah Heep – Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble (1970) {Deluxe Edition 2016} [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Uriah Heep – Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble (1970) {Deluxe Edition 2016} 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 1:45:03 minutes | 1,53 GB | Genre: Rock
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The first ‘Uriah Heep’ album ‘…Very ‘eavy …Very ‘umble’ was originally released in 1970 and is now once again re-released in a deluxe 2-CD edition. While the first disc contains the album in a remastered version by Andy Pearce, the second CD contains twelve previously unreleased versions of the tracks (alternative versions and alternative mixes).

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

01 – Gypsy
02 – Walking in Your Shadow
03 – Come Away Melinda
04 – Lucy Blues
05 – Dreammare
06 – Real Turned On
07 – I’ll Keep On Trying
08 – Wake Up (Set Your Sights)
09 – Gypsy
10 – Real Turned On
11 – Dreammare
12 – Come Away Melinda
13 – Born in a Trunk
14 – Wake Up (Set Your Sights)
15 – I’ll Keep On Trying
16 – Walking in Your Shadow [Alternative Version]
17 – Lucy Blues
18 – Born in a Trunk
19 – Magic Lantern
20 – Bird of Prey [U.S. Alternate Mix]

NOTE: Tracks “9-20” are bonus tracks, presented in 24-bit/44kHz.