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

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...Very 'Eavy Very 'Umble...
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Studio album by
Released13 June 1970 (UK)
August 1970 (US)
RecordedJuly 1969 – April 1970
StudioLansdowne Studios, London
Genre
Length40:07
Label
ProducerGerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
...Very 'Eavy Very 'Umble...
(1970)
Salisbury
(1971)
Alternative cover
US issue
US issue
Singles from ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
  1. "Gypsy" / "Bird of Prey"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)" / "Come Away Melinda"
    Released: 1970 (US only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal9/10[2]

...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble is the debut studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released on 13 June 1970 by Vertigo Records in the UK. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, featuring frontman David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognisable beneath cobwebs.

It was issued in August 1970 by Mercury Records in the United States as just Uriah Heep with different sleeve artwork (a centipede type monster), and with the track "Bird of Prey" in place of "Lucy Blues". The album was reissued by Bronze Records later in 1970 after the band signed to that label.[3]

The album shows the band trying out various genres – a mix of heavy metal and progressive rock – rather than the hard rock that they would become known for on later albums.[1] Tracks 3 and 8 were recorded as Spice songs prior to the band's renaming as Uriah Heep, and featured session player Colin Wood on keyboards.[4] When Ken Hensley joined Spice in early 1970, the tracks were not re-recorded.

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.[2] Rolling Stone magazine's Melissa Mills began her review by saying, "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."[5]

Track listings[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gypsy"Mick Box, David Byron6:37
2."Walking in Your Shadow"Byron, Paul Newton4:31
3."Come Away Melinda"Fred Hellerman, Fran Minkoff3:46
4."Lucy Blues"Box, Byron5:08
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Dreammare"Newton4:39
6."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
7."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
8."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

US release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gypsy"Box, Byron6:37
2."Walking in Your Shadow"Byron, Newton4:31
3."Come Away Melinda"Hellerman, Minkoff3:46
4."Bird of Prey"Box, Byron, Ken Hensley, Newton4:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Dreammare"Newton4:39
6."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
7."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
8."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

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

  • The bonus single edit of "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 the band Spice, just prior to Ken Hensley joining the band.

Personnel[edit]

Uriah Heep
Production
  • Gerry Bron – producer
  • Peter Gallen – engineer, mixing
  • Peter Olliff – mixing

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald A. "Uriah Heep - Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. pp. 300–301. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  3. ^ Blows, Kirk. "Uriah Heep The Story: October 1970 - November 1971". Uriah Heep Official Website. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ Blows, Kirk. "Uriah Heep The Story". Uriah Heep Official Website. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  5. ^ Mills, Melissa (1 October 1970). "Uriah Heep: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2006.
  6. ^ "Album – Uriah Heep, ...Very 'eavy Very 'umble..." Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 14, No. 14, November 21, 1970". Library and Archives Canada. 21 November 1970. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Uriah Heep Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1971" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.it. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961: U > Uriah Heep". Sisältää hitin / Timo Pennanen. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 5 June 1971". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  12. ^ AA.VV. (25 April 2006). Album Chart-Book Complete Edition 1970~2005. Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. ISBN 978-487-1-31077-2.
  13. ^ "Tutti i successi del 1971" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.it. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Single - Uriah Heep, Gipsy". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 6 November 2018.