What does it sound like?:
Heep’s brand of hard rock mixed with prog is well illustrated by this new two cd compilation, which cherry picks from their albums between 1970 and 1990.
The seventies was of course the period for prime Heep – the albums from that era are predictably well represented – Very ‘Eavy, Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday, Look At Yourself (remember that mirrored sleeve!) to name but a few of the prime contenders. This was Heep at their most creative and experimental.
In later years, after Dave Byron and Ken Hensley had departed, the band went for a more commercial AOR sound, and although they continued to have great success in Europe, their appeal in the UK waned somewhat.
There’s already been a lot of compilations over the years, but this lives up to its claim of being the definitive anthology, covering all the bands albums and their different musical styles. Bit of a gripe that the epic July Morning only appears as a single edit rather than its full version, but maybe that’s just me.
Another great booklet accompanies this set, which has been very well put together with the help of Mick Box » Continue Reading.