URIAH HEEP LEGACY

 
 
One of the most legendary bands which still don’t rest on their laurels, band members who have such big smiles on stage as if they have only just started, that band is Uriah Heep. The band that have performed in 47 different countries, a band that have built up a network of fans around the world, a band that are faithfully invited by the fan club to Holland each and every year. A technically brilliant heavy rock band who were not very successful on the commercial radio market, they may be most noted for staying in existence, despite over 40 personnel changes and two deaths along the way.
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SPICE Line Up:
Mick Box, David Byron, Barry Green, Paul Newton, Nigel Pegrum, Alex Napier (Colin Wood)
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Uriah Heep began searching for that elusive blend of power and brashness way back in March 1970. A band called Spice was recording an album when a new organist, a friend of the bassist, was asked to join. Hensley remembers, “It was collectively agreed that the group changed substantially and should therefore be launched as a totally new thing.” A different name was taken from a character in Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield, and studio sessions were arranged in order to start working on the album almost from scratch. “Actually, some of the songs that Spice had recorded later formed the nucleus of that first Uriah Heep album, Very ‘Eavy…Very ‘Umble.” The five musicians in the first incarnation of Heep were no rosy-cheeked amateurs. They had all done time in an interesting series of musical ventures.
The group went through an astonishing number of members over the next two decades — nearly 30 different musicians passed through the band over the years. Byron and Box were members of the mid-’60s rock band called the Stalkers; once that band broke up, the duo formed another group called Spice. Former Spice drummer Alex Napier was the band’s drummer for a brief time; he was quickly replaced by Nigel Olsson.
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Mick Box, Ken Hensley, David Byron, Paul Newton, Alex Napier
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Ken Hensley, Iain Clarke, Mick Box, Paul Newton, David Byron
Image from Uriah Heep Holland Pic’s 

Mick Box, Ken Hensley, David Byron, Gary Thain, Lee Kerslake
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Most feel that if were not the writing of Ken Hensley, nobody would have noticed Uriah Heep initially, but the opposite side of the coin must be flipped here. The voice in our ears and the messenger of the words were David Byron’s.
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David Byron
1973 Japan Tour Program
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David Byron
Image from Charlie Gibb’s Picturebook 1974 

David Byron
Image by Bill Parsons 1975

David Byron
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He could bring a tear to your eyes with Sweet Freedom, make you laugh with comments in between tracks on Live ’73 or just mystify you with his voice in Paradise. Few peers exist in the history of rock with his stage presence, his attitude, his charisma.
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John Lawton
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John Lawton
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The Uriah Heep rhythm section, so important to their overall sound, has consisted of quite a few people: Nigel Olsson, Keith Baker, and Ian Clarke all did a stretch in the drummer’s throne before Lee Kerslake (an old friend of Ken’s from The Gods and Toe Fat) dropped out of a struggling group known as the National Head Band to accept an offer to join Heep in December, 1971.
The line of bassists is only a little less imposing: Mark Clarke replaced Paul Newton, and stayed for the next two albums, Salisbury and Look At Yourself before he was dismissed in favor of Gary Thain whose job with the Keef Hartley band conveniently ended at the same time. After his arrival in January of 1972, the group recorded five albums, including a killer double collection, Uriah Heep Live, before Gary’s departure this past winter.
John Lawton was finally confirmed as the new vocalist. De! Roll the bands Tour Manager and Lighting Engineer for many years had passed on a tape of John Lawton singing, to Lee and Mick. John had also been recommended by Roger Glover of Deep Purple with whom Lawton had worked the year before on the Butterfly Bail project. Lawton was formerly the vocalist for German band, Lucifers Friend. While the other members of Lucifers Friend supplemented their income playing with The James Last Orchestra, Lawton had kept his bank balance healthy by singing with The Les Humphries Singers. Tagged as a Eurovision Song Contest – singalong type group, some of the press had a field day in bringing to the fore this non-rock aspect of Lawton’s career and predicted some pleasant singalong type numbers for future Uriah Heep releases.
Lawton was a powerful vocalist and was to prove himself a worthy addition to the band. Indeed the introduction of Bolder and Lawton in 1976 was to revive enthusiasm in Uriah Heep, the Byron years had ended with the band at a low ebb but this second phase of their history was, in many ways, to be just as successful. Stability reigned for a while with this line up which recorded three albums and was destined to almost last the decade out
Lawton’s voice proved that a more than adequate replacement for Byron had been found, although to some fans he could not match Byron’s stage charisma. Despite all the positive signs on the release of Firefly, it was the first Uriah Heep album that failed to chart in the UK for 5 years. The much publicized new direction was not that evident on the album, the sound was polished and some of the songs told stories with a hint of fantasy, a hallmark of Uriah Heep’s great past. The melodic, heavy rock of Uriah Heep seemed to still be alive and keen with the band to keep the interest of the fans and the media, Uriah Heep returned to the studio to record an new album for release that same year.
The reason for all these changes has to do with the close feelings between the original three members. As Hensley describes it, “There developed a sort of relationship between David, Mick and myself. It never really gelled with the other members that came along. Lee was the first one who really fit in with our way of thinking, musically.” The next person to really fit, according to Ken, is John Wetton who “thinks like us in many ways.”
In the meantime, many of the dedicated fans from Uriah Heep’s glory years drifted away from the band, disillusioned with the new pop sound, they were never to return to the fold. Other fans stayed loyal hoping for a return to albums full of the power and passion that they knew was still within the capabilities of the band. This was displayed on innocent Victim in songs like Free n Easy which could have come from any of the early Uriah Heep releases, it captured their ability to rock perfectly, and Choices, although penned by Jack Williams, a friend of Hensley’s, it encased traditional Uriah Heep values. Other than these few tracks, there was little for the old fan, devoted to the classic Uriah Heep sound to get excited about. The monster, as it was called had dealt the band a double hand.
Perhaps with this in mind, Heep could have felt torn between two camps. On the one hand, they may have wanted to stay true to their old values, although they clearly stated in radio interviews at the time that they were all 100% behind the new direction, but, they must have also felt the pull of the prospect of more hit singles along the lines of free Me. There was no doubt of the influence the Bronze Organisation had in this new direction.
(Source: Robert Corich, from “Time of Revelation” booklet)

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Uriah Heep – Firefly lyrics

My love lives at the end of a rainbow
One day I’m gonna fly there on a firefly
High above white angry water
With a love song in my heart

Someday, somehow I know I’m gonna get there
I’ve been patient for so long
All my daydreams seem so much nearer now
And I beg you hear my song

Firefly on your glowing wings I’ll ride
Till I sit beside this dream of mine
Firefly, high on a risin’ tide
Only wanna touch the things I’ve seen

Steppin’ lightly from star to star
Cross a wilderness of blue
Wonderin’ how much in love with me you are
‘Cause I’m so much in love with you

Firefly, can you take me
I ain’t had no lovin’ lately
Firefly bring me love
To my new horizon
The one that I’ve still got my eyes on
my my firefly, Firefly, firefly, firefly

In my dreams you come to me
The answer to my prayer
As I begin to feel you warm my heart
I awake and you’re not there

Now and then I see your eye
As the stars begin to shine
No rain to cool my passion
No! Not now!
No, now you’re mine!

URIAH HEEP DISCOGRAPHY:
STUDIO ALBUMS
LIVE ALBUMS
COMPILATIONS
SPECIAL RELEASES
Remastered CD’s
Expanded De-Luxe CD’s
SINGLES
VIDEOS
(Copyright 2000 – 2008 Tapio Minkkinen):

Uriah Heep Lyrics and Guitar Tabs:
Between Two Worlds
Bird Of Prey
Blind Eye
Come Back To Me
Circle Of Hands
Crime Of Passion
Easy Livin’
Echoes In The Dark
Fallen Angel
Feels Like
Fools
Footprints In The Snow
Free Me
Gypsy
Heartless Land
I Hear Voices
I’ll Keep On Trying
It Ain’t Easy
July Morning
Lady In Black
Look At Yourself
Love Machine
Love Or Nothing
Mistress Of All Time
Paradise/The Spell
Question NEW!
Rainbow Demon
Shelter From The Rain
Simon The Bullet Freak
Something Or Nothing
Stealin’
Sunrise
Sympathy
Sweet Lorraine
The Dance
The Magician’s Birthday
The Park
The Shadows And The Wind
The Wizard
Time Of Revelation
Time To Live
Traveller In Time
Universal Wheels
We Got We
What Can I Do
Who Needs Me
Wise Man
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Uriah Heep Albums:


Easy Livin’ The Ultimate Collection
Track List
Return to Fantasy Come Away Melinda Bird of Prey Lady in Black Look at Yourself July Morning The Wizard Easy Livin’ Sunrise Too Scared to Run Sweet Lorraine Stealin’ Sweet Freedom Wonderworld Something or Nothing That’s The Way It Is Gypsy Magician’s Birthday Prima Donna One Way or Another Wise Man Free Me Free ‘n’ Easy Come Back to Me Fallen Angel Feelings Think It Over On the Rebound Stay on Top The Other Side of Midnight Hold Your Head Up Blood Red Roses Blood on Stone Different World


Demons and Wizards
Release Date: January 23, 1989
Track List
The Wizard Traveller in Time Easy Livin’ Poet’s Justice Circle of Hands Rainbow Demon All My Life Paradise / The Spell


Salisbury
Release Date: September 18, 2001
Track List
Bird of Prey The Park Time to Live Lady in Black High Priestess Salisbury


Look at Yourself
Release Date: May 23, 2006
Track List
Look at Yourself I Wanna Be Free July Morning Tears in My Eyes Shadows of Grief What Should Be Done Love Machine


The Magician’s Birthday
Release Date: January 23, 1989
Track List
Sunrise Spider Woman Blind Eye Echoes in the Dark Rain Sweet Lorraine Tales The Magician’s Birthday


Wake The Sleeper
Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Track List
Wake The Sleeper Overload Tears Of The World Light Of A Thousand Stars Heaven’s Rain Book Of Lies What Kind Of God Ghost Of The Ocean Angels Walk With You Shadow War Child


Wonderworld
Release Date: January 02, 2006
Track List
 Wonderworld Suicidal Man The Shadows and the Wind So Tired The Easy Road Something or Nothing I Won’t Mind We Got We Dreams What Can I Do


The Best of Uriah Heep
Release Date: July 25, 1989
Track List
Look at Yourself Sunrise Seven Stars The Wizard Gypsy Why (single b-side) Easy Livin’ Bird of Prey Come Away Melinda Traveller in Time Sunshine (single b-side) July Morning


Electrically Driven
Release Date: November 30, 2000
Track List
Return to Fantasy Universal Wheels Bird of Prey Stealin’ Between Two Worlds I Hear Voices Come Away Melinda Circus Blind Eye Sunrise Gypsy July Morning Easy Livin’


…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble
Release Date: November 30, 1995
Track List
Gypsy Walking in Your Shadow Come Away Melinda Lucy Blues Dreammare Real Turned On I’ll Keep on Trying Wake Up (Set Your Sights) Gypsy (single version) Come Away Melinda (alternate version) Born in a Trunk (alternate version)


Live January 1973
Release Date: July 25, 1989
Track List
Introduction (live) Sunrise (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Sweet Lorraine (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Traveller In Time (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Easy Livin’ (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) July Morning (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Tears In My Eyes (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Gypsy (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Circle Of Hands (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Look At Yourself (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) The Magician’s Birthday (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)) Love Machine (Live (1973/Birmingham, England)


Firefly
Release Date: September 25, 2001
Track List
Been Away Too Long Sympathy Who Needs Me Wise Man The Hanging Tree Rollin’On Do You Know Firefly


Equator
Release Date: January 01, 1991
Track List
 Rockarama Bad Blood Lost One Love Angel Holding On Party Time Poor Little Rich Girl Skools Burning Heartache City Night of the Wolf


Magic Night
Release Date: December 31, 2003
Track List
 Easy Livin’ Shadows of Grief Cry Freedom Pilgrim Bad Bad Man Devil’s Daughter Wise Man Firefly Heartless Land Free Me The Wizard Love in Silence Been Away Too Long Stealin’ Too Scared to Run The Other Side of Midnight


Return to Fantasy
Release Date: July 06, 2004
Track List
Return to Fantasy Shady Lady Devil’s Daughter Beautiful Dream Prima Donna Your Turn to Remember Showdown Why Did You Go A Year or A Day Shout It Out (single b-side) The Time Will Come (single b-side) Prima Donna (demo version) Why Did You Go (demo version) Showdown (demo version) Beautiful Dream (demo version) Return to Fantasy (extended version)


The Ballads
Release Date: November 30, 1993
Track List
Lady in Black Free Me What Should Be Done Come Back to Me Why Did You Go Come Away Melinda July Morning The Wizard Wonderworld If I Had the Time Circle of Hands The Park Wise Man From Time to Time A King Without a Throne Rain The Last Time


Innocent Victim
Release Date: June 30, 1992
Track List
 Keep on Ridin’ Flyin’ High Roller Free ‘n’ Easy Illusion Free Me Cheat ‘n’ Lie The Dance Choices Illusion (full unedited version) / Masquerade (single b-side) The River (out-take) Put Your Music Where Your Mouth Is (out-take) Cheat ‘n’ Lie (live version) Free Me (live version) Free ‘n’ Easy (live version)


Rock History: The Best of Uriah Heep (disc 1)
Release Date: November 30, 1994
Track List
 Stealin’ Gypsy Easy Livin’ Spider Woman Sweet Lorraine Firefly Love Machine Running All Night (with the Lion) Return to Fantasy Love or Nothing Echoes in the Dark Look at Yourself Shadows of Grief Shady Lady Dreamer


High and Mighty
Release Date: September 11, 2001
Track List
One Way or Another Weep in Silence Misty Eyes Midnight Can’t Keep a Good Band Down Woman of the World Footprints in the Snow Cant Stop Singing Make a Little Love Confession Name of the Game (out-take) Sundown (out-take)


Sonic Origami
Release Date: July 06, 1999
Track List
Between Two Worlds I Hear Voices Perfect Little Heart Heartless Land Only the Young In the Moment Question Change Shelter from the Rain Everything in Life Across the Miles Feels Like The Golden Palace Sweet Pretender

Members of Uriah Heep:

1969-2007 1969-1970
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Paul Newton bass guitar
Alex Napier drums

1970
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Paul Newton bass guitar
Nigel Olsson drums

1970
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Paul Newton bass guitar
Keith Baker drums

1970-1971
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Paul Newton bass guitar
Iain Clarke drums

1971-1972
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Mark Clarke bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

1972-1975
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Gary Thain bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

1975-1976
David Byron vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
John Wetton bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

1976-1979
John Lawton vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

Mick Box, Ken Hensley, John Sloman, Trevor Bolder, Chris Slade
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1979-1980
John Sloman vocals
Mick Box guitar
Ken Hensley keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Chris Slade drums

1980-1981
John Sloman vocals
Mick Box guitar
Gregg Dechert keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Chris Slade drums

1981-1982 Disbanded 1982-1983
Peter Goalby vocals
Mick Box guitar
John Sinclair keyboards
Bob Daisley bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

1983-1985
Peter Goalby vocals
Mick Box guitar
John Sinclair keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

Mick Box, John Sinclair, Peter Goalby, Bob Daisley, Lee Kerslake
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1986
Steff Fontaine vocals
Mick Box guitar
Phil Lanzon keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

1986-2007
Bernie Shaw vocals
Mick Box guitar
Phil Lanzon keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Lee Kerslake drums

2007
Bernie Shaw vocals
Mick Box guitar
Phil Lanzon keyboards
Trevor Bolder bass guitar
Russell Gilbrook drums

Current Members:
Mick Box : Lead guitar/vocals 1969-present
Lee Kerslake : Drums/vocals 1972-1979 and 1982-present
Bernie Shaw : Lead vocals 1986-present
Trevor Bolder : Bass guitar/vocals 1976-1981 and 1983-present
Phil Lanzon : Keyboards/vocals 1986-present

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck wrote: ‘Mick Box is always smiling and the core leader as he always has been. I think if it were not for his steadfast influence and attitude this band would have never survived all the lineup changes over the years. The man has good reason to smile, after all these years his is still able to do what he loves, be paid, and absorb the adulation of his fans.”

Mick Box
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Mike Box
Picture made by Bill Parsons 1975

Mike Box
Image made by Bill Parsons 1975

“The key to this band’s success besides their longevity is the fact that all the members sing and play, that is a huge asset and one that makes them as diverse and strong as a unit. That kind of continuity is difficult to find with equally talented people in the same group, and to maintain it is another challenge. His was a magic night and now one immortalized forever for us all to enjoy repeatedly. Ain’t life grand? It is in my world because I can still enjoy listening to one the best bands in the world and one of my all time favorites, and I don’t have to feel middle aged doing it, now that’s one of the sweet things of life to treasure”. And Blackie Lawless of W.A.S.P wrote, “Ken Hensley wrote the rulebook for heavy metal keyboards….”

Ken Hensley
1973 Japan Tour Program
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Ken Hensley
Image by Charlie Gibb Picturebook 1974

Ken Hensley
Image by Charlie Gibb Picturebook 1974

Ken Hensley 1975
Image by heepfiles.com

“And Uriah Heep is still touring and playing music. The only original member left is Mick Box, and he assembled a merry band of musicians who do the Uriah Heep legacy proud.”

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