Progrography

Uriah Heep
Much maligned purveyors of hard rock with a penchant for progressive rock's excess, Uriah Heep is the musical boxer who wouldn't go down. In the first half of the '70s (or what could be called the band's "classic" period), Heep could be counted on to pummel its way through pomp rock for good and bad (oftentimes as though oblivious of the distinction). Their first six albums contained some great songs: "Gypsy," "Bird of Prey," "July Morning," "The Wizard," etc. Although the band had weathered myriad lineup changes on a minor scale throughout their career, the departure of David Byron following High and Mighty was an unrecoverable loss. John Lawton (of Lucifer's Friend) was brought in, resulting in three albums of declining merit: Firefly, Innocent Victim and Fallen Angel. After Conquest, which featured yet another vocalist (John Sloman), Ken Hensley left the group. Uriah Heep's future seemed uncertain (when hadn't it?), but guitarist Mick Box and drummer Lee Kerslake revived the band's commercial fortunes with the heavy metal hit, Abominog. New releases followed infrequently in the '80s and '90s, with the usual assortment of lineup changes, aimed primarily at a core cult audience of international devotees.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1970 June ...VERY 'EAVY ...VERY 'UMBLE (a.k.a. URIAH HEEP)
1970 July Gypsy
1970 November Wake Up (Set Your Sights)
1971 January High Priestess
1971 January SALISBURY
1971 March Lady In Black
1971 September LOOK AT YOURSELF
1971 December Look At Yourself
1972 February I Wanna Be Free
1972 May DEMONS AND WIZARDS
1972 June The Wizard
1972 July Easy Livin'
1972 November THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY
1972 Sunrise
1973 January Sweet Lorraine
1973 May URIAH HEEP LIVE
1973 May July Morning (Live)
1973 September SWEET FREEDOM
1973 October Stealin'
1974 June WONDERWORLD
1974 August Something or Nothing
1974 THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP (Canadian version)
1974 THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP VOLUME 2 (Canadian release)
1975 May RETURN TO FANTASY
1975 June Prima Donna
1975 Return To Fantasy
1975 November THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP (UK version) a.k.a. THE BEST OF... PART 1
1976 THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP (US version)
1976 May HIGH AND MIGHTY
1976 June One Way Or Another
1977 February FIREFLY
1977 April Wise Man
1977 September INNOCENT VICTIM
1977 October Free Me
1978 September FALLEN ANGEL
1978 October Come Back To Me
1978 Love Or Nothing
1980 January Carry On
1980 February CONQUEST
1980 June Love Stealer
1981 January Think It Over
1982 February The Abominator Junior EP
1982 March ABOMINOG
1982 May That's The Way That It Is
1983 May HEAD FIRST
1983 June Lonely Nights
1983 August Stay On Top
1985 March Rockarama
1985 March EQUATOR
1985 May Poor Little Rich Girl
1985 ANTHOLOGY (Raw Power label)
1986 April ANTHOLOGY VOLUME ONE (Legacy label)
1987 March LIVE IN EUROPE 1979
1988 July LIVE IN MOSCOW
1988 September Easy Livin' (live)
1988 December Lady In Black (from Anthology)
1988 POWER TO THE ROCKERS
1988 THE COLLECTION (Canadian version)
1988 COLLECTION (Legacy label)
1989 February RAGING SILENCE
1989 April Hold Your Head Up
1989 July Blood Red Roses
1989 August THE COLLECTION (UK version)
1990 April STILL 'EAVY, STILL PROUD: TWO DECADES OF URIAH HEEP
1990 June TWO DECADES IN ROCK
1991 February DIFFERENT WORLD
1991 Different World
1991 October ECHOES IN THE DARK
1991 November EXCAVATIONS FROM THE BRONZE AGE
1992 January RARITIES FROM THE BRONZE AGE
1994 July LIVE
1994 July THE LANSDOWNE TAPES
1995 January LADY IN BLACK
1995 May SEA OF LIGHT
1995 May FREE ME
1995 Dream On
1996 August A TIME OF REVELATION
1996 October THE BEST OF... PART 1
1997 May KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR
1997 November THE BEST OF... PART 2
1998 September CLASSIC HEEP: AN ANTHOLOGY
1998 SONIC ORIGAMI
1999 Across The Miles
1999 July 20 SPELLBINDER
1999 LIVE AT SHEPPERTON '74
1999 "TRAVELLERS IN TIME" ANTHOLOGY VOL. 1
2001 March 19 ANTHOLOGY VOLUME II: BLOOD ON STONE
2001 April 17 FUTURE ECHOES OF THE PAST
2001 Come Away Melinda
2001 August 14 EMPTY THE VAULTS: THE RARITIES
2001 August 14 COME AWAY MELINDA: A COLLECTION OF CLASSIC URIAH HEEP BALLADS
2001 August THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP: THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
2001 September ELECTRICALLY DRIVEN (a.k.a. SAILING THE SEA OF LIGHT)
2001 Lady In Black (from Electrically Driven)
2002 July 15 YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD BAND DOWN
2003 February 24 THE VERY BEST OF URIAH HEEP
2003 June 30 THE GOLDEN PALACE
2003 July 7 THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
2004 March 30 MAGIC NIGHT
2004 November 16 GOLD FROM THE BYRON ERA
2005 April 19 INSIDE URIAH HEEP: THE HENSLEY YEARS 1970-1976
2005 May 31 INSIDE URIAH HEEP: THE HENSLEY YEARS 1976-1980
2005 October 3 CHAPTER & VERSE
2006 May 15 BIRD OF PREY - BEST OF URIAH HEEP
2006 WAKE UP: THE SINGLES COLLECTION
2006 October 24 EASY LIVIN' - THE SINGLES A'S & B'S
2007 February 8 THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
2007 June 11 LOUD, PROUD & HEAVY - THE BEST OF URIAH HEEP
2008 WAKE THE SLEEPER
2008 STAR CLUB PRÄSENTIERT URIAH HEEP

SEE ALSO...
THE GODS discography
KEN HENSLEY discography
OZZY OSBOURNE discography
SPICE discography
TOE FAT discography
JOHN WETTON discography

 

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