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© Roadrunner Records
Year of Release: 1973
If I Had The Time
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Uriah Heep -- the name may not be common to some, but to FM Rock Radio,
a small handful of their tunes are easily recognized... "Easy Livin'"
Demons And Dragons,
and another popular song from this week's review, "Stealin'" from
"Dreamer" captures the hard rock of the '70s, and it's possible
this song could easily be handled by the likes of The Black Crowes.
"One Day" has a more theatrical/progressive sound, as heard from
previous releases (Demons And Wizards, Salisbury). The title track
is very progressive, having a somewhat Grand Funk Railroad mellower sound,
and comparing to a psychedelic band from the '60s, Vanilla Fudge. Yet,
Uriah Heep's own rock sound is easily determined, for those who are familar
with their music.
Another good progressive song is "If I Had The Time," a song that
features great vocals (by the late David Byron); the harmonies also stand out.
Energizing vocals with a powerful band orchestration, this song will be
enjoyable for each repeated listen. "Seven Stars" has a more hard rock
sound, and reading the liner notes from this release, another band they compare
UH to, (and it's easily heard with this particular song), is the band Deep
The "unplugged" accoustic guitar and vocals of "Circus" is very
pleasant; the progressive/Deep Purplish "Pilgrim" is another good
standout song. This song could be determined as their "rock opera" song from
this release, it showcases how great the band can be at Progressive Hard/Rock.
The closing tune, "Sunshine" is a bonus track, as it is a hard rocker,
once again showing how Uriah Heep can achieve itself successfully, as a Classic
Rock/FM Rock band.
For the Hard Rock/Classic Rock/Progressive Rock fan, Uriah Heep is a band
that is meant to be experienced. Their music is great, as it achieves great
status as being a good Progressive/Hard Rock band. The liner notes have compared
them to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple. Of those
3 bands mentioned, Sweet Freedom's music would compare more to Deep
Purple. Yet, having their name ranked to those classic bands is a great
achievement, and if those who aren't familiar with Uriah Heep, albums such
as Sweet Freedom and Demons And Dragons are great introductions.
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