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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:43 AM
I listened to Demons and Wizards last night and it was a solid album. Any other Heep fans and does anybody have there new one.

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 10:57 AM
For most of my high school years (72-75), I was into Heep, Black Sabbath, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Uriah Heep was my favorite of the three.
I wore out the Live '74 record.

I always thought Mick Box was a heck of a slide player.
Haven't cared for the music as much after Ken Hensley left the band. He was the main
writer and arranger when he was in the band.

My favorite record is Sweet Freedom followed by the 2 records with John Wetton on Bass.

Don't have the new one. Last thing I got was the acoustic DVD they put out a few years ago.

Mick Box is the only original member left, But they now have Trevor Bolder (from Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars) on Bass.

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 11:01 AM
VERY into Uriah Heep back around high school and even had a dog in 1974 whose name was Uriah. (a sweetheart, unlike David Copperfields Mr. Heep)

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:14 PM


I have the new one and every commercial CD they have put out.

I like the new one, best Bernie Shaw has did with the band.

Been a Heep fan a long time.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:40 PM
Love the ''HEEP'', Mick Box is one of the most underrated guitarist alive. The new disc 'Wake the Sleeper' is a nod to the Heep of old and is probably the best disc of the Bernie Shaw era. Got tickets to see them in Manchester on the 18th November.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:41 PM
They were a good band!!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 12:56 PM
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They were a good band!!!!!!!!!


They still are.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 01:22 PM
Easy Livin is among the first songs I learned to play.
 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 01:53 PM
I have seen them three times over the years and it always seems like a brand new band each time. But each show was real good. I prefer the original but some of the albums along the way have been great.

Sadly many people only know Easy Living which is a great song but they have many others also. Radio either never played others or dropped them long ago.

I can remember their first greatest hits album playing over and over at a party I was at once. It just kept restarting and everybody was either too stoned or too lazy to care. It was like a Cheech and Chong skit.

Some interesting covers of Heep songs also. Here is one for Kenny.

Easy Living - - - W.A.S.P.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPTBaQNaR48


This is actually a pretty good cover. Forgot about it till now.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 02:01 PM
Uriah Heep - Wizard

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0iuaxvkXv4

Uriah Heep - Gypsy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wgOz8iweLc

Stealin' Uriah Heep Live

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iikY_nJrmNo

Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq7mPR8hh8k

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 02:28 PM
I loved them when I was in college and still do for that matter. Demons & Wizards and The Magicians Birthday were great studio albums and I really loved the Live '74 album.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 02:35 PM
Awesome band and they were even better live,i saw them at least 4 times,all the original members except i think they switched bass players,Ken Hensley was great live as well as david Byron and mic Box... loved them live..

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 03:54 PM
I was very much into Heep and Wishbone Ash in the early '70s when I was in college (along with a certain band from Macon, Ga.). Lolasdeb mentioned she had a dog named Heep. My roommates and I had a dachshund we named "Wizard.'' I still give those bands a listen on occasion and they still sound good. I'd love to see them live again...
 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 05:18 PM
Love the Live 73 album and Sweet Freedom. Saw the Heep open for Kiss back in 1976. 'Firefly' had just come out. If I remember correctly Mick Box had a cast on his arm. Lee is an awsome drummer. Youtube has some great videos of the band.

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 06:33 PM
My favorites in order :
Demons & Wizards
Sweet Freedom
The Magician's Birthday
Look At Yourself
High And Mighty

Long live David Byron & Gary Thain

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 07:24 PM
Saw the original band while in HS.

Great show.

No idea who opened.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 08:02 PM
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Here is one for Kenny.

Easy Living - - - W.A.S.P.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPTBaQNaR48


This is actually a pretty good cover. Forgot about it till now.




W.A.S.P. has done some good covers, I will have to post some of them soon. I have always liked W.A.S.P.

Bernie Shaw has sang longer with Heep than anyone else. But he's not as good as Byron was.

David Byron :

Despite his vocal range (paired with a sense of dynamics), and a charismatic stage presence, Byron was dismissed from Uriah Heep in 1976, at the demand of keyboardist Ken Hensley (the band's primary songwriter), who gave the ultimatum "it's him or me" to band manager Gerry Bron, citing Byron's increasingly erratic behaviour due to alcohol abuse. (Sounds familiar !!!)

He unsuccessfully attempted to revive his career with Rough Diamond (a band also featuring former members of Humble Pie and Wings), a second solo album (Baby Faced Killer), and The Byron Band. Mick Box and Trevor Bolder of Uriah Heep invited Byron to re-join the band in 1980, but Byron refused. He died of alcohol related complications in 1985.



He was broke and on the verge of being homeless.


This is a good Byron anthology :



 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 08:49 PM
Spinal Tap.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:04 PM
I was big fan of the Heep back in the day. Some buddies and I went to see them at the "Tech Dome" in Atl in 70' something. They were the headliners but the opening band was Earth Wind and Fire.

Most of the folks there came to see EW&F.
My high school pals and I got there early. It was general admission. We were right in front. After EW&F played a scorching set Uriah Heep really struggled to match it.

A frustrated Mick Box at one point shouted ..."clap youre f'ing hands !! "

My bud shouted back.....you suck !!! Mick Box made a threatining motion by swinging his guitar at him. Then the Tech cops came and kicked us out of the arena. At the time we thought we were so coool ! LOL

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:19 PM
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I have the new one and every commercial CD they have put out.




Is that a fact? Do you have the two different versions of each of the first two albums?


Doom shall rise.


If you mean these, yes I do.

The British/American version of "Uriah Heep" with both original covers and bonus tracks.


The British/American version of "Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble'with both original covers and bonus tracks.



You can now get the first 8 or 9 CD's with Bonus Tracks, they may have added even more to the list.

 

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I was big fan of the Heep back in the day. Some buddies and I went to see them at the "Tech Dome" in Atl in 70' something. They were the headliners but the opening band was Earth Wind and Fire.




I was there to my friend.........

To me Heep was awesome that night, so was Earth, Wind and Fire. It was before Earth, Wind and Fire had any hits....they had not made it big yet.

The show was :

Uriah Heep
Earth. Wind and Fire
Tuckey Buzzard

Somewhere in that building we were lurking around, getting High.

[Edited on 9/19/2008 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:26 PM
I wonder why Ken Hensley, and Lee Kerslake are not with them. The first time I saw them was on the Sweet Freedom tour. The opening bands were Manfred Manns Earth Band, and some unknown guys from Canada called Rush. We thought Geddy Lee sounded like one of the Chipmonks! About 10 yrs. later at the same place we saw Rush, Judas Priest, and a new Uriah Heep minus David Byron (RIP) and Gary Thain (RIP). That chipmonk became one of my favorite musicians !

 

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I wonder why Ken Hensley, and Lee Kerslake are not with them. The first time I saw them was on the Sweet Freedom tour. The opening bands were Manfred Manns Earth Band, and some unknown guys from Canada called Rush. We thought Geddy Lee sounded like one of the Chipmonks! About 10 yrs. later at the same place we saw Rush, Judas Priest, and a new Uriah Heep minus David Byron (RIP) and Gary Thain (RIP). That chipmonk became one of my favorite musicians !


Ken has played a couple of reunions with them. Kerslake is sick, he has been with them up until this year.

I think Hensley left for creative differences, the band was in shambles. He left when vocalist John Lawton did, then John Sloman was on vocals for one CD.

I like The Earth Band also ! I have a lot of their stuff.



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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:31 PM
What I like about this site is u can throw out a band like Uriah Heep that gets no respect from classic rock here and learn about them. Uriah Heep and Rush on the same bill that would be cool
 

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  posted on 9/18/2008 at 09:34 PM
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I was there to my friend.........




Somewhere in that building we were lurking around, getting High.

[Edited on 9/19/2008 by OldDirtRoad]




How cool is that ODR ? I bet we went to alot of shows 'together" didn't we ?

Incidentally, that was the first time I was ever 'dosed". One of my pals did it to me. I didn't realize it until I got in the car to drive home. We didn't didn't have far to drive and thank God we made it ok.

I did alot of dumb things back then.

 
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