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Released 2 september 1973


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Post by The ripper on Mon 18 Sep - 14:51

This 1973 album was one of the band's more commercially successful releases, due in part to the hit single Stealing.
The lineup was the band's best-known:
David Byron (vocals), Ken Hensley (keyboards), Mick Box (guitar), Gary Thain (bass) and Lee Kerslake (drums).
At this point, the band had perfected its basic approach: melodic rock with extensive use of organ backgrounds.

The songwriting was a bit uneven, but more consistent on some of the band's other releases.
The best songs are the title track, the nearly-metallic Sunshine, which was not on the vinyl album, and the epic Pilgrim;
the longer version is superior to the original edit.

There has been a continuous debate if this album was the best or the `Demons and Wizards' album from the Byron era.
Clearly musical tastes differ and my view was then and still is today that the Demons and Wizards album
slightly edges this on overall on song quality consistency. No doubt others will disagree.

`Stealin' is still the stand out track for me on this album and it remains my favourite Uriah Heep song from the 70s.
The organ/bass and vocals at the start then the heavy sequence gives the song a great structure and shows
the immense talent David Byron had on vocals.
The whole band plays extremely well together on this album and as it the third studio album with this line-up
you can hear the high confidence level.

The bass on this release is particularly detailed and highlights even more what a great asset Gary Thain was to the band.
Ken Hensley's song writing continues to be a major positive factor in the quality of the album.

The other highlights for me on this album are `Pilgrim' (driving guitar/organ and powerful vocal harmonies),
`Seven Stars' (very catchy tune again with excellent vocal harmonies) and `Sweet Freedom'
(Great musical intro build-up and strong vocal performance).
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