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Uriah Heep by Uriah Heep
Released: Mar 1970
Label: Universal (Uc)
No album cover better encapsulates its sonic contents than Uriah Heep's 1970 debut. This record isn't just a beast, it's a humongous silver centipede sporting wings, fangs and a straggly goatee. This fact will bludgeon you as early as the three-minute mark of "Gypsy." Organist Ken Hensley goes off, people. Guitarist Mick Box quickly follows him, spitting out a raging litany of reverb-fried hot licks. And remember: This is just the first song! Though the Heep turns mortal on a few lower-key tracks, they maintain this form for the bulk of the record. It's gorgeous, really.
Justin Farrar