The Lansdowne Tapes
|The Lansdowne Tapes|
|Compilation album by|
|Studio||Lansdowne Recording Studios, London, UK|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock|
Viceroy Music (US)
|Producer||Gerry Bron, Robert M. Corich|
|Uriah Heep compilation chronology|
|US edition cover|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||3/10|
About half of the recordings belong to a band called Spice, which featured Mick Box, David Garrick — who later changed his name to David Byron — Paul Newton and Alex Napier; they were signed to Gerry Bron's company Hit Record Productions on 1 August 1969. These early recordings feature tracks laid down by Spice at the Lansdowne Recording studios from July to December 1969, many of which formed part of Spice's live set at the time. Originally intended for an album release, these songs were shelved when Ken Hensley became a member of the band in February 1970. His influence gave them a distinctive sound which was marked with a name change to Uriah Heep, in time for their first album ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble scheduled for May 1970 release.
The rest of the album features material taped by the embryonic Uriah Heep line-ups. It includes several takes of old favourites and previously unreleased tracks that were recorded for the first three albums, all taped during 1969-1971.
Much of the material required extensive recovery work and all has been newly mixed down from the original 8-track tapes at Lansdowne Studios. Box, Newton and Hensley have co-operated in the production, reportedly fascinated to hear this old material once again. The collector's edition is complemented by an inlay of rare photos from the period, together with cuttings, a full history of the transition from Spice to Uriah Heep, and details of each individual track.
|1.||"Born in a Trunk"||Mick Box, David Byron||Spice||3:47|
|2.||"Simon the Bullet Freak"||Ken Hensley||Uriah Heep 2||3:29|
|3.||"Here Am I"||Hensley||Uriah Heep 2||8:14|
|4.||"Magic Lantern"||Box, Byron||Spice||8:33|
|5.||"Why" (extended version)||Box, Byron, Hensley, Paul Newton||Uriah Heep 3||11:18|
|7.||"What's Within My Heart"||Hensley||Uriah Heep 2||5:26|
|8.||"What Should Be Done"||Hensley||Uriah Heep 3||4:28|
|9.||"Lucy Blues"||Box, Byron||Uriah Heep 1||5:11|
|10.||"I Want You Babe (Behind the Green Shed Blues)"||Box, Byron||Spice||5:43|
|11.||"Celebrate" (Three Dog Night cover)||Gary Bonner, Alan Gordon)||Spice||4:26|
|13.||"Born in a Trunk" (instrumental version)||Box, Byron||Spice||4:02|
|14.||"Look at Yourself"||Hensley||Uriah Heep 3||3:21|
|15.||"Dreammare"||Newton||Uriah Heep 1||1:11|
- SPICE : Mick Box (guitars), David Byron (vocals), Paul Newton (bass), Alex Napier (drums), Colin Wood (keyboards)
- URIAH HEEP 1: Mick Box (guitars), David Byron (vocals), Paul Newton (bass), Nigel Olsson (drums), Ken Hensley (keyboards)
- URIAH HEEP 2: Mick Box (guitars), David Byron (vocals), Paul Newton (bass), Keith Baker (drums), Ken Hensley (keyboards)
- URIAH HEEP 3: Mick Box (guitars), David Byron (vocals), Paul Newton (bass), Iain Clarke (drums), Ken Hensley (keyboards)
- Gerry Bron – original recordings producer
- Peter Gallen – engineer
- Robert M. Corich – compilation producer
- Thomas, Fred. "Uriah Heep - The Lansdowne Tapes (Mercury) review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- Popoff, Martin (1 August 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 471. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.