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

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...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
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Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released 13 June 1970 (UK) ; August 1970 (US)
Recorded July 1969 – April 1970
Studio Lansdowne Studios, London
Genre
Length 40:07
Label
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble
(1970)
Salisbury
(1971)
Alternative cover
US issue
US issue
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

...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.

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.[2]

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.[3] When Ken Hensley joined Spice in late 1969, the tracks were not re-recorded.

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. 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."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Gypsy"Mick Box, David Byron6:37
2."Walking in Your Shadow"Byron, Paul Newton4:31
3."Come Away Melinda"Fred Hellerman, Fran Minkoff3:46
4."Lucy Blues"Box, Byron5:08
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dreammare"Newton4:39
2."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
3."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
4."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

US release[edit]

Side 1
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 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dreammare"Newton4:39
2."Real Turned On"Box, Byron, Newton3:37
3."I'll Keep on Trying"Box, Byron5:24
4."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"Box, Byron6:22

1996 remastered CD[edit]

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."Lucy Blues"Box, Byron5:08
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:

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Gypsy (Single Edit)"Box, Byron2:57
10."Come Away Melinda" ("Spice" version)Hellerman, Minkoff3:42
11."Born in a Trunk" ("Spice" version)Box, Byron3:45
  • The bonus single edit of "Gypsy" was released for the Best of Uriah Heep (1991 CD) and then remastered for Rarities from the Bronze Age (1995 CD).
  • The two other bonus tracks were originally recorded in 1969 by the band Spice, just prior to Ken Hensley joining the band.

2003 expanded deluxe CD[edit]

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."Lucy Blues"Box, Byron5:08
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 expanded deluxe CD added eight bonus tracks and extensive liner notes:

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Bird of Prey"Box, Byron, Hensley, Newton4:05
10."Born in a Trunk (Alternate Version)"Box, Byron4:31
11."Come Away Melinda (Alternate Version)"Hellerman, Minkoff4:15
12."Gypsy (Extended Mix)"Box, Byron7:07
13."Wake Up (Set Your Sights) (Alternate Version)"Box, Byron6:32
14."Born in a Trunk (Instrumental)"Box, Byron4:31
15."Dreammare (Live at the BBC)"Newton3:08
16."Gypsy (Live at the BBC)"Box, Byron5:15

2016 Sanctuary expanded deluxe edition disc 2: An Alternate ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble (all tracks previously unreleased)[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Gypsy"6.57
2."Real Turned On"3:47
3."Dreammare"5:10
4."Come Away Melinda"4:01
5."Born in a Trunk"4:53
6."Wake Up (Set Your Sights)"6:56
7."I'll Keep on Trying"5:33
8."Walking in Your Shadow"5:11
9."Lucy Blues"5:20
10."Born in a Trunk"4:47
11."Magic Lantern"7:57
12."Bird of Prey (Alternate U.S. Version)"4:06

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/heepstory4.php
  3. ^ http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/heepstory1.php
  4. ^ Mills, Melissa (1970-10-01). "Uriah Heep: Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 30 April 2009. Retrieved 2006-12-06.