Sweet Freedom

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Sweet Freedom
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released September 1973
Recorded June–July 1973 at The Chateau D'Herouville, France
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 37:13
Label Bronze (UK)
Warner Bros. (original US release)
Chrysalis (1978 US reissue)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
The Magician's Birthday
(1972)
Sweet Freedom
(1973)
Wonderworld
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Sweet Freedom is the sixth studio album released by British rock band Uriah Heep.

The original vinyl release was as a gatefold-sleeve, reproducing the lyrics within. There was also a central page with a photograph of each band member. The album's sound is similar to that utilized on The Magician's Birthday, which preceded it.

It was the first album of Uriah Heep's to be released by Warner Bros. Records in the USA.

Arguably the best-known song from Sweet Freedom is "Stealin'". On the Billboard charts, Sweet Freedom was received #33 in the U.S., and #18 in the UK.

Sweet Freedom was certified Gold by the RIAA on 5 March 1974.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ken Hensley except where noted.

  1. "Dreamer" (Mick Box, Gary Thain) – 3:41
  2. "Stealin'" – 4:49
  3. "One Day" (Hensley, Thain) – 2:47
  4. "Sweet Freedom" – 6:37
  5. "If I Had the Time" – 5:43
  6. "Seven Stars" – 3:52
  7. "Circus" (Box, Lee Kerslake, Thain) – 2:44
  8. "Pilgrim" (David Byron, Hensley) – 7:10

The 2004 Remastered version on Sanctuary UK, adds 6 unreleased tracks:

  1. "Sunshine (Outtake)" (Thain, Box)– 4:48
  2. "Seven Stars (Extended Version)" – 7:03
  3. "Pilgrim (Full Version)" (Byron, Hensley) – 8:29
  4. "If I Had the Time (Demo)" – 6:02
  5. "Sweet Freedom (Live)" – 6:48
  6. "Stealin' (Live)" – 5:41

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[2] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[3] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide sales: 4,000,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  1. "Stealin'"/"Dreamer"(U.S. only)
  2. "Sweet Freedom (single version)"/"Seven Stars"(U.S. only)

Charts[edit]

  • Norway #02
  • AT #09
  • UK #18
  • AU #33
  • US #33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "British album certifications – Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sweet Freedom in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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