Look at Yourself (Uriah Heep album)

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Look at Yourself
Look At Yourself (Uriah Heep album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released October 1971 (1971-10)
Recorded July 1971
Studio Lansdowne Studios, London
Genre
Length 41:14
Label
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Salisbury
(1971)Salisbury1971
Look at Yourself
(1971)
Demons and Wizards
(1972)Demons and Wizards1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (positive)[2]

Look at Yourself is the third album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1971 by Bronze Records in the UK and Mercury Records in the US.

Characterized as heavy metal and progressive rock,[1] the album has come to be viewed as a high point 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.

"Look at Yourself" was the last album to feature founding bassist Paul Newton.

The original cover art 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 inner card, complete with lyrics.

The song "July Morning" was the inspiration for a Bulgarian tradition, known eponymously as July Morning or "Julaya", of gathering on the beach on the Black Sea coast on the morning of July 1 to watch the sunrise.[3]

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 one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Look at Yourself"   5:09
2. "I Wanna Be Free"   4:00
3. "July Morning" David Byron, Ken Hensley 10:32
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Tears in My Eyes"   5:01
5. "Shadows of Grief" Byron, Hensley 8:39
6. "What Should Be Done"   4:15
7. "Love Machine" Mick Box, Byron, Hensley 3:37
1996 remastered CD
No. Title Length
8. "Look at Yourself" (single edit) 3:07
9. "What's Within My Heart" (outtake) 5:23
2003 expanded deluxe CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "What's Within My Heart" (outtake)   5:23
9. "Why" (early version) Box, Byron  
10. "Look At Yourself" (single edit)   3:19
11. "Tears in My Eyes" (extended mix)   5:38
12. "What Should Be Done" (alternate version)   4:26
13. "Look at Yourself" (live at the BBC)   4:32
14. "What Should Be Done" (live at the BBC)   3:26

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Manfred Mann – Moog synthesizer (on "July Morning")
  • Ted Osei, Mac Tontoh and Loughty Amao from Osibisa – Percussion (on "Look at Yourself")

Covers[edit]

References[edit]