...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble

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...Very 'Eavy Very 'Umble...
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Studio album by
Released13 June 1970 (UK)
August 1970 (US)
RecordedJuly 1969 – April 1970
StudioLansdowne Studios, London
Genre
Length40:07
Label
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
...Very 'Eavy Very 'Umble...
(1970)
Salisbury
(1971)
Alternative cover
UriahHeepAlbum.jpg
US issue
Singles from ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
  1. "Gypsy" / "Bird of Prey"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)" / "Come Away Melinda"
    Released: 1970 (US only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10 [2]

...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble is the debut studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released on 13 June 1970 by Vertigo Records in the UK. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, featuring frontman David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognisable beneath cobwebs.

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Uriah Heep (band) English rock band

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Its current lineup since 2013 has been lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, lead vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook, and bassist Davey Rimmer. Of this lineup, Box is the only remaining original member. Throughout many lineup changes, the band has included many notable musicians, such as vocalists David Byron, John Lawton, John Sloman, Peter Goalby and Steff Fontaine, bassists Gary Thain, Trevor Bolder, John Wetton, Bob Daisley and John Jowitt, drummers Nigel Olsson, Lee Kerslake and Chris Slade, and keyboardists Ken Hensley and John Sinclair.

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Contents

It was issued in August 1970 by Mercury Records in the United States as just Uriah Heep with different sleeve artwork (a centipede type monster), and with the track "Bird of Prey" in place of "Lucy Blues". The album was reissued by Bronze Records later in 1970 after the band signed to that label. [3]

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"Bird of Prey" is a song by British rock band Uriah Heep, from the group's US version of their 1970 debut album Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble and 1971's album Salisbury. A different version of the song would also appear on the 2003 remaster of Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble. Although not released as a single, the song is regarded by many fans as one of the band's most popular songs. The song is the B-side of the band's first ever worldwide single "Gypsy".

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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] Tracks 3 and 8 were recorded as Spice songs prior to the band's renaming as Uriah Heep, and featured session player Colin Wood on keyboards. [4] When Ken Hensley joined Spice in early 1970, the tracks were not re-recorded.

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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. [2] 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." [5]

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Track listings

Side one
No.TitleWriter(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, Byron5:08
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Dreammare"Newton4:39
6."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
7."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
8."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

US release

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gypsy"Box, Byron6:37
2."Walking in Your Shadow"Byron, Newton4:31
3."Come Away Melinda"Hellerman, Minkoff3:46
4."Bird of Prey"Box, Byron, Ken Hensley, Newton4:05
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Dreammare"Newton4:39
6."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
7."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
8."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

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

Ken Hensley British musician

Kenneth William David Hensley is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known for his work with Uriah Heep during the 1970s.

Personnel

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David Byron British singer

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