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Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) To Release New Anthology CD, Rare & Timeless

Progressive music took many, many turns as the ’60s turned into the ’70s. One such band that helped shape genre shifts was Uriah Heep. Formed in 1969. By 1970, this turnstile band (boasting of several classic-era line-ups over time, had released its debut, Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble. By 1973, Uriah Heep had released Sweet Freedom as a new signing to Warner Brothers, with the release of their successful single, “Stealin'”.

Between their debut and Sweet Freedom, the band released four other classics (Salisbury – 1971, Look At Yourself – 1971, Demons & Wizards – 1972, The Magician’s Birthday – 1972). With Demons & Wizards, the band had enormous US success with the extraction of “Easy Livin'” as a single. The songwriter for both of these mentioned Uriah Heep hits was Ken Hensley.

Ken Hensley left the confines of Uriah Heep in 1980 after the release of Conquest (1980). With only Mick Box left from the classic lineups, and the changing musical climate, Hensley felt the ongoing directional changes were not in standing with his vision. But before he left, Ken Hensley had dabbled with two solo releases (the incredible Proud Words On a Dusty Shelf (1973), and Eager To Please (1975)). After his departure, he released Free Spirit (1981). From there, Hensley, in addition to his many band collaborations, released ten solo titles.

On March 30, in conjunction with PledgeMusic and BMG UK, Ken Hensley will release a personally curated compilation of fifteen songs, some previously unreleased, and three new tracks (two brand new compositions, and one a re-record of “Lady In Black”, a Uriah Heep song from Salisbury). This new anthology will be called Rare & Timeless.

01 – Free Me (rare Russian release)
02 – Send Me An Angel (previously unreleased)
03 – If I Had The Time
04 – Guilty
05 – The Last Dance (previously unreleased)
06 – Mine (newly recorded for this anthology)
07 – I Did It All
08 – I Close My Eyes (*rare release*)
09 – Take & Take
10 – The Return
11 – Beyond The Starz
12 – Fortune
13 – Lady In Black
14 – The Longest Night (newly recorded for this anthology)
15 – Epilogue (newly recorded for this anthology)



[UPDATE] Two 1972 Uriah Heep Classics To Be Re-Released On CD And LP

Uriah Heep The Magician's Birthday[I was just alerted to a late July post by the fine release news site, DMME, that there are indeed updated Uriah Heep packages destined for our anxious hands. According to the site, Ken Hensley has decided to roll out a major upgrade to all of the Uriah Heep titles with more bonus tracks. The upgrades are expected to roll out over two years. The site stated a 2016 beginning time-frame, however, we now know that November 6 of 2015 will be the start with the two mentioned classics. therefore, I’m positive that remasters are in store for us as well as greater expansions making for definitive editions!

Thanks to DMME and Demitry E for the heads up! Specific reference article here.]

Sometimes I come across brand new, right out of the box, information on titles that do not┬áprovide any real material to fully describe its entry (or re-entry for reissues). Normally, I just kind of wait it out to see what potential information might leak out. But this is Uriah Heep, we’re talking about.

I don’t claim to love EVERYTHING they did, but it sure was close to it. So anytime some little bit of news comes out with their name attached, I get focused.

Uriah Heep - Demons WizardsOn November 6, Sanctuary Records will revisit two classic Uriah Heep titles including my all-time favorite, The Magician’s Birthday (1972). The other title is Demons & Wizards, which was released the same year as The Magician’s Birthday. (Talk about a steady stream of creativity with bands back in the day. More than one would release albums just six months apart from each other.)

Demons & Wizards will be reissued on CD and vinyl LP, as will The Magician’s Birthday. I’m hoping that with the release of the two titles on vinyl LP, that there will be a new remaster OTHER than the 2003 Expanded Editions.

If this turns out to be more special than just mere vinyl LP opportunities, then I will update as more info comes out. Otherwise, hope for the best!