…Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble

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…Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble
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Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released 13 June 1970
Recorded July 1969 – April 1970 (Lansdowne Studios, London)
Genre Heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 40:07
Label Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (US)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
…Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble
(1970)
Salisbury
(1970/1971)
Alternative covers
Uriah Heep US issue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

…Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble is the debut album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in 1970.

It was issued in the United States as Uriah Heep with different sleeve artwork, and with the track "Bird of Prey" in place of "Lucy Blues". 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]

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. 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."[2]

The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, featuring David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognisable beneath cobwebs.

The album was first released on the Vertigo label in the UK, as was the follow-up Salisbury, but both were quickly reissued by Bronze when the band signed to that label.

Tracks 3 and 8 were recorded as Spice songs, with Colin Wood on keyboards. When Ken Hensley joined Spice in late 1969, the tracks were not re-recorded.

Track listing[edit]

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

US release[edit]

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

1996 remastered CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Box, Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Hellerman, Minkoff 3:46
4. "Lucy Blues"   Box, Byron 5:08
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep on Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Gypsy" (Single Edit) Box, Byron 2:57
10. "Come Away Melinda" ("Spice" version) Hellerman, Minkoff 3:42
11. "Born in a Trunk" ("Spice" version) Box, Byron 3:45
  • 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's entry to the band.

2003 expanded deluxe CD[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gypsy"   Box, Byron 6:37
2. "Walking in Your Shadow"   Byron, Newton 4:31
3. "Come Away Melinda"   Hellerman, Minkoff 3:46
4. "Lucy Blues"   Box, Byron 5:08
5. "Dreammare"   Newton 4:39
6. "Real Turned On"   Box, Byron, Newton 3:37
7. "I'll Keep on Trying"   Box, Byron 5:24
8. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"   Box, Byron 6:22

This expanded deluxe CD added eight bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:

No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Bird of Prey"   Box, Byron, Hensley, Newton 4:05
10. "Born in a Trunk" (Alternate Version) Box, Byron 4:31
11. "Come Away Melinda" (Alternate Version) Hellerman, Minkoff 4:15
12. "Gypsy" (Extended Mix) Box, Byron 7:07
13. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)" (Alternate Version) Box, Byron 6:32
14. "Born in a Trunk" (Instrumental) Box, Byron 4:31
15. "Dreammare" (Live at the BBC) Newton 3:08
16. "Gypsy" (Live at the BBC) Box, Byron 5:15

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Colin Wood - Keyboards ("Come Away Melinda", "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)")

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b …Very 'Eavy …Very 'Umble at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ Mills, Melissa (1970-10-01). "Uriah Heep: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2006-12-06.