Look at Yourself

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Look at Yourself
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released September 1971 (US)
October 1971 (UK)
Recorded July 1971 at Lansdowne Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 41:14
Label Bronze (UK)
Mercury (USA)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Salisbury
(1971)
Look at Yourself
(1971)
Demons and Wizards
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Look at Yourself is the third album released by British rock band Uriah Heep.

It is Uriah Heep's most straight-ahead hard rock album, with one notable foray into progressive territory on "July Morning". The album has come to be viewed as a highpoint in the band's career, and is today regarded by many fans and critics as Uriah Heep's finest album along with Demons and Wizards, released the following year. The title track and "July Morning" were released as singles in the UK and North America in 1971 and 1973, respectively.

The original cover art (not pictured opposite) on the LP featured a single sleeve with a die-cut opening on the front through which a reflective foil "mirror" was seen, conveying a distorted image of the person viewing it. The idea, by guitarist Mick Box, was for the cover to directly reflect the album title, and this theme is carried through the band photos on the rear of the LP sleeve, which have also been distorted.

The LP itself was housed in a heavy-duty card inner, complete with lyrics.

The song "July Morning" become the inspiration for a Bulgarian hippie tradition, known eponymously as July Morning.

The album was mentioned in the David Sedaris book Barrel Fever, in "Don's Story".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

Side 1

  1. "Look at Yourself" – 5:09
  2. "I Wanna Be Free" – 4:00
  3. "July Morning" (David Byron, Hensley) – 10:32

Side 2

  1. "Tears in My Eyes" – 5:01
  2. "Shadows of Grief" (Byron, Hensley) – 8:39
  3. "What Should Be Done" – 4:15
  4. "Love Machine" (Mick Box, Byron, Hensley) – 3:37

Look at Yourself was remastered and reissued in 1996 with two bonus tracks:

  1. "Look At Yourself (Single Edit)" – 3:07
  2. "What's Within My Heart (Out-take)" – 5:23
    • An out-take from the Look at Yourself sessions. First released in 1993 on The Lansdowne Tapes.

An expanded deluxe CD was released in 2003 with seven bonus tracks:

  1. "What's Within My Heart (Out-take)" – 5:23
  2. "Why (Early Version)" (Box, Byron) – 11:18
  3. "Look at Yourself (Single Edit)" – 03:19
  4. "Tears in My Eyes (Extended Mix)" – 05:38
  5. "What Should Be Done (Alternate Version)" – 04:26
  6. "Look at Yourself (Live at the BBC)" - 04:32
  7. "What Should Be Done (Live at the BBC)" – 03:26

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