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, progressive rock, heavy metal
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
Sweet Freedom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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

The original vinyl release was a gatefold, reproducing the lyrics within. There was also a central page with a photograph of each band member.

It was the first Uriah Heep album to be released by Warner Bros. Records in the U.S. Sweet Freedom reached No. 91 in the U.S. The Billboard 200.[2] It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 5 March 1974.

AllMusic's retrospective review noted that Heep "began to explore new styles to flesh out their combination of prog complexity and heavy metal muscle",[3] while Sputnikmusic said, "Sonically, Sweet Freedom expands upon the sound of its predecessors, maintaining its general style for the most part but toying around in the studio a bit more".[4]

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
2004 Bonus 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


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[5] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide sales: 4,000,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone



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


  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Awards by Sweet Freedom". allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/sweet-freedom-mw0000199879
  4. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/67906/Uriah-Heep-Sweet-Freedom/
  5. ^ "British album certifications – Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Sweet Freedom in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  6. ^ "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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