Uriah Heep first appeared in 1970 with their ‘Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble’ album featuring the classic ‘Gypsy’. I was hooked, and am still a fan today. They are still going strong, though guitarist Mick Box is the only original member.
2008’s ‘Wake The Sleeper’ is one of my albums of the last decade, and Uriah Heep recently released ‘Celebration’. This album features only two new recordings, the rest are newly recorded covers of their greatest hits. Not always a recipe for success, but these new recordings breathe new life into many of my old favourites, except for ‘The Wizard’, which just doesn’t seem to work.
Favourite tracks: July Morning (2009 recording), Look At Yourself (2009 recording)
As a teenager in the 70’s, the album was the ultimate thing. I would spend long hours listening to Dark Side Of The Moon, Made In Japan, Tales From Topographic Oceans, Tommy, etc in their entirety and without interruption … except for turning over the vinyl, of course.
Over the last while albums have become less important to me, and the quick access to any tune in my iTunes library has changed the way I listen and enjoy my music. I also embrace the randomness of Smart Playlists.
However some great rock albums have managed to catch my ear this past decade, so here they are.
- Jack Hammer – The Pilgrim
- The Gaslight Anthem – The ‘59 Sound
- Black Mountain – Black Mountain
- Tokyo Dragons – Give Me The Fear
- Operatika – The Calling
- Deep Purple – Rapture Of The Deep (Special Edition)
- Wolfmother – Wolfmother
- Uriah Heep – Wake The Sleeper
- Bigelf – Cheat The Gallows
- Alter Bridge – Blackbird
Disclaimer: I have decided to limit myself to only ten albums, so of course some of my other favourites have been omitted.