Sweet Freedom

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Sweet Freedom
SweetFreedom.jpg
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released September 1973 (1973-09)
Recorded June–July 1973
Studio Château d'Hérouville, France
Genre
Length 37:23
Label
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 by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1973 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US.

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. in the U.S. Sweet Freedom reached No. 91 in the U.S. 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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
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

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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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