Uriah Heep - Loud Proud & Heavy: The Best Of

Umpteenth heap of Heep, over three CDs

If you already know Heep’s
catalogue, then this slipcased set
is useless. As an introduction,
however, it does the job. While
there are bound to be omissions
of some favourites, these 46
tracks include many standards,
especially on the first, 14-song
disc, which covers the classic
pastoral early 70s hard rock years.
Hence, we get the flutey Come
Away Melinda, Edgar Broughtonlike
wailing of Bird Of Prey, and
trademark Deep Purple-esque
psych-boogie of Love Machine.
Lady In Black is more folk-rockin’,
while the kazoos on The
Magicians’ Birthday add a jazzrock
element.

Disc Two’s 15 tunes range
from the ploddy Return To Fantasy
and AOR of Can’t Keep A Good
Band Down, to the strident The
Hanging Tree and dreamy Wise

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

Union Square Music | METRTCD 828 (3-CD)

Reviewed by Tim Jones
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