Uriah Heep

April 21, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

Uriah Heep, along with Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple, were one of the top heavy metal bands of the 1970s. Over the course of 49 years, the band has released twenty-five studio albums, eighteen live, and thirty-nine compilations. Paul McGowan sat down with this iconic band in 1972 to record their thoughts on music, guitar players, and all things Uriah Heep. Later that year the band invited Paul to bring his mobile recording studio to The Second British Rock Festival in Germersheim Germany where he recorded a live version of Gypsy Queen, a portion of which is included at the end of this podcast.


8 comments on “Uriah Heep”

  1. Hi Paul,

    I first listened to Uriah Heep in 1975-79. They performed live for the Carnival in Goa, India.

    It was nice listening to them now on your podcast.


  2. I am sure you know they were possibly the inspiration for Spinal Tap. I LOVED the album Look at Yourself. the title cut and July Morning alone were worth the whole album. still play it along with some of their other stuff.
    I do not think they were in the same league, talent wise, as Zep and Purple, but they wrote some great stuff. I think the guitarist Mick Box is the only remaining member of the original band (Byron, Box, and Hensley) and Dave Byron the singer died years ago. brings back some good memories and times. thanks Man.

    1. The English have always been the driving force and source of new , creative rock music. They also knew how to get it to the masses. When the Internet opened up the the world to me I joined a world music sharing service, quickly became an admin, and was exposed to more music than I had ever believed was possible. It was there I learned it was actually the Italian bands like, Banco , PFM, Metmorfosi and many more who were developing intricate and highly emotional music with great precision and composition but still very much rock. They were the core of progessive rock. Not to detract from the more mainstream bands of the late 60’s early 70’s, but how many of them would have reached stardom if lyrics were all in a language other than English? But Metmorfosi – Paradiso ( admittedly a later work) has held up to be in my top 20 all time favorites and all in Italian. I don’t know much more than title names translated into English but I still love it.

  3. Thanks for the Uriah Heep classic period interview. Those old 900 series Moog oscillators and filters sure have a sound never duplicated by other manufacturers. Oh and I caught that you cheated a bit on using the much later release remix of Bird of Prey. Those guys are still touring here in Kansas City just 2 weeks ago. With my health and hearing troubles I gave my tickets away. They said it was surprisingly awesome. I’m working on a custom ear plug design to maximize protection but still allow a fairly smooth frequency filter band so it’s not just muffled noise. Lot’s of different materials to play with. Crazy how different they sound. But I’m NOT going to miss the Utopia reunion tour in St. Louis in a few weeks. Only an act of God can keep me from that. BTW, do you have any Todd Rundgren interviews from that early period? Talk about a guy with wide musical styles and enormous contributions to music and the industry. Thanks again for your work Paul.

  4. You can really hear the early multi-track technique in the studio cuts.

    I found the comments on other guitarists spot on. Hearing Beck and Clapton in 1968 changed my life, and “copying for the sake of copying” makes me think of Slash. Every lick I’ve heard him play, I heard decades before.

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