Uriah Heep

Uriah Heep
establishment: 1970
Category: Skirt
Website: http://www.uriah-heep.com/
initial members
singing : David Byron (until 1976)
Leadgitarre / singing : Mick box
bass / singing : Paul Newton (until 1971)
Schlagzeug: Alex Napier (until 1970)
key board / guitar : Ken Hensley (until 1980)
further one former members
Schlagzeug: Nigel Olsson (1970)
Schlagzeug: Keith Baker (1970 - 1971)
Schlagzeug: Ian Clarke (1971 - 1972)
bass / singing : Mark of Clark (1972)
bass / singing : Gary Thain (1972 - 1975)
bass / singing : JohnWetton (1975 - 1976)
singing : John Lawton (1977 - 1979)
Schlagzeug: Chris Slade (1979 - 1981)
singing : John Sloman (1979 - 1981)
key board / singing : Gregg DEK heart (1980 - 1981)
key board / singing : John Sinclair (1982 - 1985)
bass / Singing : Bob Daisley (1982 - 1983)
singing : Peter Goalby (1982 - 1985)
singing : Steff Fontaine (1986)
current occupation
Leadgitarre / singing : Mick box
Schlagzeug / singing: Lee Kerslake: (1972 - 1979 & since 1982)
singing : Bernie Shaw (since 1986)
Bass / singing : Trevor Bolder (1976 - 1981 & since 1983)
key board / singing : Phil Lanzon (since 1986)

Uriah Heep is designated British skirt volume, after the novel figure of the same name of Charles of thickening in its David Copperfield. Together with Black Sabbath, Deep PUR-polarizes and LED Zeppelin is considered to Uriah Heep as establishment fathers hard skirt. In contrast to Black Sabbath (dark and heavy), Deep PUR-polarize (rockig) and Uriah Heep often stressed LED Zeppelin (intellectually, progressively) the melodische, romantic and fantastische side hard skirt. The sophisticated mehrstimmige singingmain header Uriah Heep of many other hard skirt volume off.

volume history

from the volumes Spice David Byron, Paul Newton and Mick box came out 1969. Around the sound to perfect the manager at that time Gerry Bron got itself the multi-instrument valleyists Ken Hensley of “THEGODS ". Before Hensley had already published and the Drummer Lee Kerslake which was added later with The Gods two albums and some Singles.

Already the first Uriah Heep - album Very 'eavy, very 'umble threw a Top-30 off hit in Germany with Gypsy. As one the bestFor albums for that volume applies Salisbury of 1971, which apart from the hit lady in Black, which by the way not David Byron, but Ken Hensley sings, which contains long and fastidious piece of title brought in with a classical orchestra. Both albums appeared on the legendary Vertigo - label.

After some confusions around occupation in the start time 1972 were formed the classical LINE UP, existing:Mick box (guitar), Lee Kerslake (Schlagzeug), David Byron (singing), Gary Thain (ex Keef Hartley volume; Bass) and Ken Hensley (key board, guitar and singing). The albums Demons and Wizards, The Magician's Birthday, Uriah Heep live one 1973, Sweet Freedom and Wonderworld with the pertinent Singles The Wizard, Easy Livin and Stealin ′ sold themselves in Europe very well. Particularly in the German-speaking countries and in south and Eastern Europe were and Uriah Heep are very popular. The partially violent tears of many journalists could not wear anything to the group.

In the USA Uriah Heep the large break-through however never succeeded.

Gary Thain, the bassist, suffered a current impact during a concert in Dallas and was thereafterto play no more in the situation. Thain became to 8. December 1975 27jährig dead in its dwelling found. Since its current accident he suffered from heartbeat disturbances, which could have led primarily to his early death. Since Thain was also with difficulty heroin dependent, the cause of death could nevercompletely to be clarified.

Its successor with Uriah Heep had flown John Wetton (ex King Crimson , Roxy music

) in September 1976 David Byron due to his alcohol problems from that volume and had created unsuccessfully Rough dia. moon. It died 1985 at the consequences of its alcohol crazeIt was replaced by John Lawton (ex Les Humphries Singers, Lucifer´s Friend among other things). With Lawton as singers Uriah Heep succeeded 1977 with Free ME in Germany a Top-10 hit. The largest hit lady into Black, came by republications equivalent several times again into those Hit parades.

Ken Hensley, which Keyboarder and composer of many pieces, has itself 1980 of that volume discharged since that time and has several solo albums produced. Several years was it also member the US volumes Blackfoot. It stepped 2001 again with his earlier Uriah Heep colleague John Lawtonup.

After many changes in September 1986 a formation was, which plays until today so together. There is this Mick box (guitar), Lee Kerslake (Schlagzeug), Trevor Bolder (bass) (ex “Spiders From Mars “the Begleitband of David Bowie), Phil Lanzon (key board) andBernie Shaw (singing).

Uriah Heep was the first western volume, those in large framework in the Soviet Union to arise was allowed (Moscow Olympia-resounded to 10 x, 1987).

Uriah Heep remained active. As only remaining initial member Mick box to today the fate that leads volume, whichstill gladly seen guest on the concert stages of the world is.

The 6-CD-Box appeared current “Chapter & verses”, which look back on 35 years volume history and on the first CD also title the forerunner volume contain. (Review: musikansich.de, edition December 2005)


Studio albums

  • Very 'eavy… Very 'umble (1970)
  • Salisbury (1971)
  • Look RK Yourself (1971)
  • Demons and Wizards (1972)
  • The Magician's Birthday (1972)
  • Sweet Freedom (1973)
  • Wonderworld (1974)
  • Return ton of Fantasy (1975)
  • High and Mighty (1976)
  • Firefly (1977)
  • Innocent Victim (1977)
  • traps fishing rod (1978)
  • Conquest (1980)
  • Abominog (1982)
  • Head roofridge(1983)
  • Equator (1985)
  • Raging Silence (1989)
  • difference world (1991)
  • Sea OF Light (1995)
  • Sonic Origami (1998)


  • Uriah Heep live one (1973)
  • live on The King Biscuit Flower Hour (1974)
  • live RK Shepperton (1974)
  • live one in Europe (1979)
  • live one in Moscow (1988)
  • Spellbinder (1996)
  • FutureEchoes OF The Past (2000)
  • Acoustically Driven (2001)
  • Electrically Driven (2001)
  • The Magician's Birthday party (2002)
  • live one into the the USA (2003)
  • Magic Night (2004)

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