...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble

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...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released 13 June 1970
Recorded July 1969 – April 1970 (Lansdowne Studios, London)
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 40:07
Label Vertigo (United Kingdom) (original release)
Bronze (United Kingdom) (1971 reissue)
Mercury (United States)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
(1970)
Salisbury
(1971)
Alternative covers
Uriah Heep US issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble is the debut album of British rock band Uriah Heep.

It was released in the United States as Uriah Heep with different sleeve artwork, and with "Bird of Prey" in place of "Lucy Blues." The album is notable for being rooted more in raunchy blues rock than the band's subsequent albums, a sound that would evolve into straighter hard rock on later releases.

The album was generally panned by the mainstream critical press upon its release, although it has since been acknowledged as an early classic of the heavy metal genre. The harshest critic was Rolling Stone magazine reviewer, Melissa Mills, who began her review, "If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more."[2]

The original vinyl release was a gatefold-sleeve, featuring David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognisable beneath the cobwebs.

The album was first released on the Vertigo label in the UK, as was the follow-up Salisbury, but both were quickly reissued by Bronze when the band signed to that label.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Mick Box, David Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Paul Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Fred Hellerman, Fran Minkoff 3:46
4. "Lucy Blues"   Box, Byron 5:08
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep On Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

US Release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Box, Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Hellerman, Minkoff 3:46
4. "Bird of Prey"   Box, Byron, Ken Hensley, Newton 4:05
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep On Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

1996 remastered CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Box, Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Hellerman, Minkoff 3:46
4. "Lucy Blues"   Box, Byron 5:08
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep On Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

This remastered CD added three bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Gypsy" (Single Edit) Box, Byron 2:57
10. "Come Away Melinda" ("Spice" version) Hellerman, Minkoff 3:42
11. "Born in a Trunk" ("Spice" version) Box, Byron 3:45
  • The bonus track "Gypsy" was released for the "Best of Uriah Heep" (1991 CD) and then remastered for "Rarities from the Bronze Age" (1995 CD).
  • The two other bonus tracks were originally recorded in 1969 by SPICE just prior to Ken Hensley's entry to the band.

2003 expanded deluxe CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Box, Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Hellerman, Minkoff 3:46
4. "Lucy Blues"   Box, Byron 5:08
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep On Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

This expanded deluxe CD added eight bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Bird of Prey"   Box, Byron, Hensley, Newton 4:05
10. "Born in a Trunk" (Alternate Version) Box, Byron 4:31
11. "Come Away Melinda" (Alternate Version) Hellerman, Minkoff 4:15
12. "Gypsy" (Extended Mix) Box, Byron 7:07
13. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)" (Alternate Version) Box, Byron 6:32
14. "Born in a Trunk" (Instrumental) Box, Byron 4:31
15. "Dreammare" (Live at the BBC) Newton 3:08
16. "Gypsy" (Live at the BBC) Box, Byron 5:15

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Colin Wood - Keyboards ("Come Away Melinda", "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)")

References[edit]

  1. ^ ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Mills, Melissa (1970-10-01). "Uriah Heep: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2006-12-06.