Uriah Heep
Look At Yourself


5.0
classic

Review

by TheStarclassicTreatment USER (12 Reviews)
October 29th, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hard Rock genius from one of the world's most underrated bands.

URIAH HEEP

LOOK AT YOURSELF

For a band to avoid considerable mainstream success for almost 40 years in the US and UK, yet remain one of the most successful progressive rock bands of all time, makes the mind boggle. Uriah Heep is that band. Though they are still featured on just about every classic rock compilation CD in the world, Heep have barely been in the public eye since the 70s, when singles such as ‘The Wizard’. ‘Stealin’ and ‘Easy Livin’ scored massive hits yet failed to secure the band a place at the top. Perhaps it was the unfortunate timing that the band was releasing such singles; as the seminal band Deep Purple were also playing a similar, yet more accessible style of music at the same time. In any case, 1971 saw Heep release a gem of an album, often considered as their best and a forerunner for the progressive metal genre.

Heep’s vocalist at the time, and easily their most respected, was David Byron; a vocalist who would remain insanely underrated until his untimely death in 1985. Often compared to Ian Gillan (the members of Heep often were compared to their Deep Purple counterparts due to their similar music style), July Morning is often seen as his finest moment, showcasing an outstanding vocal range from quiet, relatively low singing to high pitch over the top wails and screams. His vocals shine throughout the album, with his astonishing range and sense of dynamics the focal point of his ability. Songs such as ‘I Wanna Be Free’ even show Byron singing in a Bowie-esque style, albeit with a much larger range.

Mick Box is sometimes seen as the front man of Uriah Heep, despite being the guitarist. He remains the only founding member of the group today and is without doubt one of the most naturally gifted guitarists never to achieve global success. His impeccable guitar fills and solos are not only mind blowing, but also perfectly placed in each song, and his acoustic guitar playing, though rare on this album, is beautiful.

The keyboardist of the band at the time was Ken Hensley. Hensley’s talents, however, were not just limited to the keys. He also played organ and guitars, as well as singing lead vocals on the album’s title track. Hensley’s skill was undisputed on all his instruments, and his vocals were also rather impressive, though no match to Byron, of course. What is perhaps more impressive, however, is that Hensley wrote, or at least co-wrote, every song on the album. (and how many people can say that they written a song that influenced a Bulgarian tradition, namely July Morning?...)

The rhythm section for the album was comprised of Paul Newton on bass guitar and Ian Clarke on drums. Though Look At Yourself would be the only album both men featured on together, with Clarke leaving early the following year, the two showcase a great partnership, similar to that of Scott Rockenfield and Eddie Jackson of Queensryche. There are many examples on the album of Clarke following Newton’s galloping bass lines, an idea that undoubtedly influenced such bands as Iron Maiden. This strong collaboration sets a firm backbone for the album.

In all this album is certainly a landmark album of the 70’s (though that could be said for any of Heep’s first four studio albums). Look At Yourself certainly influenced progressive and experimental music for the future (yes, I know both of those terms are frowned upon here, so what, bite me) and set the standard for non-mainstream, uncommercialised rock and metal for the remainder of the 70’s. And for a band to still be playing in stadium sized venues across Central Europe in their late 50’s, they must have done something right, right?

RECOMMENDED TRACKS:
Look At Yourself
July Morning
What Should Be Done



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TheStarclassicTreatment
October 29th 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

My first, I hope its OK.

I did more of a member by member review as opposed to track by track, though I tried to put as much info about the tracks in as possible, as well as band info seeing as not many people know this band around here for some reason.

Neoteric
October 29th 2007


3243 Comments


Your writing was good but it doesn't tell me much about the album, only the members.

freudianslipknot
October 29th 2007


803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice to see a review of this. It certainly has some really cool rockers on here (Look at yourself and Love Machine), and of course July Morning is Uriah Heep's answer to Child in Time.



I bought this back in 1981 to cheer myself up after I got rejected by a girl. But after listening to July Morning, followed by Tears in My Eyes, I wanted to shoot myself

TheStarclassicTreatment
October 29th 2007


2910 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Your writing was good but it doesn't tell me much about the album, only the members.


Thanks dude, I'm gunna add another 1 or 2 paragraphs anyway, I definitely submitted this too early.

derekkp
September 23rd 2010


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I liked the review. I think its cause i love Uriah Heep

gumballthechewy
August 7th 2011


19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definetly my favorite Heep album, this and Demons and Wizards.



To freudianslipknot: How could this album NOT cheer you up? Besides she's just a girl, there's millions of 'em out there.

JamieTwort
September 18th 2011


26988 Comments


This rules. Might actually be my favourite UH album.

Jethro42
September 18th 2011


15958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't listened to UH in ages. July Morning rules if memory serves well

Try that one sonic, to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sejmOZVxusY

JamieTwort
September 18th 2011


26988 Comments


Yeah July Morning is awesome.

I'm surprised you haven't given this a higher rating Jethro.

Jethro42
September 18th 2011


15958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I tardily discovered Uriah Heep 4 or 5 years ago while I used to randomly download couple of their songs via Limewire. A long story short, I didn't care too much about them at first, preferring Deep Purple or Rainbow in the genre. To be honest, I did myself kinda perso greatest hits and I never really sinked in the band. Listening to Shadows of Grief atm, fantastic song (had that one already in my comp).

Jethro42
September 18th 2011


15958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I might revisifed them to see if I can see it to a different angle, 4 or 5 years later. (I doubt my rate could drastically change. They have scattered great songs from an album to another, for sure)

JamieTwort
September 18th 2011


26988 Comments


For me this is one of thier more consistent albums, so I highly recomend listening to it in it's entirety if you haven't already. I also think that musically it's one of thier progiest sounding albums.

Jethro42
September 18th 2011


15958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aight it's noted. And yes, I've heard a great majority of their stuff, skimming all their highly rated (as seen on ProgArchives at that time) albums in order to extract the very best songs of each albums, and overlook all he balance (a behaviour I had 4 or 5 years ago when I've used Limewire). And so my perso UH ''greatest hits'' was born.

KILL
September 3rd 2012


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin rocks

Antonius
December 16th 2012


366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ahh the familiar faces in every prog albums nice to see you here guys

Antonius
December 16th 2012


366 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I gave it a 3.5 but seeing your ratings I feel I'm missing something in this.. Anyway I may consider revising my rate sometime in the future

JamieTwort
December 16th 2012


26988 Comments


Great album, one of their best.

Jethro42
December 16th 2012


15958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I need to revisit that album

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 28th 2012


11743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is not only Heep's best album but one of the best Hard Rock (you might say progressive) albums ever.



Hugely underrated band. All band members were great technically, Ken Hensley could have been Jon Lord's replacement in Deep Purple imo even though Jon Lord cannot be replaced by anyone.

Digging: Cellar Darling - The Spell

MrSirLordGentleman
February 22nd 2013


12697 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beautiful album, July Morning is such a masterpiece but in my opinion the best UH album will always be Salisbury



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