Genuine German Release on Bronze Records
This is the original vinyl release was a gatefold-sleeve, featuring David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognisable beneath the cobwebs
"Very 'eavy... Very 'umble" is the debut album of British hard rock band Uriah Heep.
The album was generally panned by the mainstream critical press upon its release, although it has since been acknowledged as an early classic of the heavy metal genre. The harshest critic was Rolling Stone magazine reviewer, Melissa Mills, who began her review, "If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more."
Uriah Heep's debut album, "Very 'eavy... Very 'umble," stands as a significant milestone in the realm of British hard rock, leaving an indelible mark on the music scene during its release period in the early 1970s. The album, initially unleashed on vinyl in a genuine German release on Bronze Records, not only showcased the band's musical prowess but also contributed to the evolving landscape of rock music.
Recorded in 1970, the album arrived at a time when the music industry was undergoing a dynamic transformation. The late 1960s and early 1970s witnessed the emergence of diverse musical genres, with hard rock and progressive rock gaining prominence. Uriah Heep, with their distinctive sound and captivating performances, became a formidable force in this era of musical exploration.
The vinyl release of "Very 'eavy... Very 'umble" featured a gatefold-sleeve, a characteristic trait of albums from that period. The cover design, adorned with the enigmatic presence of David Byron beneath cobwebs, hinted at the band's penchant for theatrics and visual storytelling. This visual element not only complemented the music but also contributed to the overall experience for the listener.
The production, helmed by Gerry Bron for Hit Productions LTD, reflected a commitment to sonic excellence. The album's catalog number, Bronze 28 763, marked its place in the extensive discography of the band. The inclusion of an original insert with a photo of the Uriah Heep band and tour dates in 1979 added a personal touch, connecting fans with the live experiences surrounding the album's release.
The gatefold (FOC) cover design, featuring artwork and photos of Uriah Heep band members on the inside cover pages, provided fans with a visual narrative that complemented the musical journey within the vinyl grooves. Such attention to detail showcased the band's dedication to creating a holistic and immersive experience for their audience.
Moreover, the insert not only served as a keepsake for fans but also highlighted Uriah Heep's discography, featuring photos for each album. This thoughtful addition contributed to the band's narrative, allowing listeners to trace their evolution over time.
In the broader context of the early 1970s, "Very 'eavy... Very 'umble" played a role in shaping the identity of hard rock as a genre. Uriah Heep's fusion of powerful vocals, intricate instrumentation, and thematic depth resonated with a generation seeking musical expression that went beyond conventional boundaries.
Music Genre:Prog Rock, Hard Rock ,
Album Production Information:
The album: "URIAH HEEP VERY' EAVY VERY' UMBLE" was produced by: Gerry Bron for Hit Productions LTD
Label Information:Bronze 28 763
This album includes the original insert with photo of "Uriah Heep" band and tour-dates in 1979. The other side of the insert has "Uriah Heep's" album catalog with photos for each album.
Gatefold (FOC) cover design with artwork / photos of Uriah Band-members on the inside cover pages
Media Format:12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram
Year & Country:Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: URIAH HEEP VERY' EAVY VERY' UMBLE
Complete Track-listing of the album "URIAH HEEP VERY' EAVY VERY' UMBLE"
The detailed tracklist of this record "URIAH HEEP VERY' EAVY VERY' UMBLE" is:
Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).
"Very' Eavy Very' Umble" Record Label Details: Yellow Colour BRONZE 28 763 ET