The band's progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion's distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron's quasi-operatic vocals. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 the band's albums "today's mystery album" was the most successful (#23, 1972). In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the "Lady in Black" single was a big hit. Along with Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, today's band had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s - one of "The Big 4" of hard rock.
The band's audience declined by the 1980s, to the point where they became essentially a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States. However, the band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide with over 4 million sales in the U.S
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Today's mystery album is the fourth album released by British rock mystery band. The album helped the band break to fame and also gave the band its face. It has become a major success worldwide by selling 3 million copies. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean and contains a hidden erotic image of male and female genitalia. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and notes by Ken Hensley, whilst the LP itself was housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics.
New Zealander Gary Thain, at the time a member of Keef Hartley Band, joined the band as a permanent member halfway through another American tour. "Gary just had a style about him, it was incredible because every bass player in the world that I've ever known has always loved his style, with those melodic bass lines", Box commented later. Also, the addition of Lee Kerslake (a former bandmate of Hensley's in "The Gods" and "Toe Fat") on drums solidified the rhythm section into a world class powerhouse.
Thus the 'classic' Uriah Heep was formed and, "everything just clicked into place".
The songs "The Wizard" and "Easy Livin'" were released as singles in the United Kingdom and North America, as well as many other markets. "Easy Livin'" entered the US Top 40 at No. 39, making it Heep's first and only American hit. "Easy Livin'" was also a mega hit in the Netherlands and Germany, countries which were becoming a strong market for the band.
This is the album that solidified the band's reputation as a master of gothic-inflected heavy metal. From short, sharp rock songs to lengthy, musically dense epics, today's mystery album finds the group covering all the bases with style and power. The album is today regarded by many fans and critics alike as their best album, often ranked against the preceding Look at Yourself. Here today 2004 remaster with 5 bonus trax...
Goldy Rhox 180 (flac 451mb)
Goldy Rhox 180 (ogg 159mb)
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