Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself (1971) [FLAC] {2010 Japan SHM-CD}

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Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself (1971) [FLAC] {2010 Japan SHM-CD}
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) - Cue - Log | Scans Complete | Release: 2010 | 529 MB
Gerne: Progressive Rock | Catalog No. UICY-20110 | Label: Distributor Universal Music

The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums in the Heep catalog. The gauntlet is thrown down on the title track, a powerful rocker that layers its relentless hard rock attack with ornate vocal harmonies and quicksilver organ runs before climaxing with a tribal-sounding drum jam. The remainder of Look at Yourself presents an effective blend of gutsy guitar rock and organ-fueled prog excursions. In the rock arena, the gems are "Tears in My Eyes," a powerful rocker driven by an almost rockabilly-style riff that stops midway for a surprising vocal harmony break supported by smooth wah-wah guitar, and "Love Machine," a short, punchy slice of hard rock built on an infectious, stomping rhythm. However, the best track on the album is one of the more prog-oriented ones: "July Morning" starts with a pastoral organ riff, then builds into a heavy yet symphonic rock tune that divides its time between gentle acoustic verses and emotional, organ-fueled choruses before climaxing in a monstrous jam dominated by a swirling Moog synthesizer lead. Special note should also be taken of David Byron's vocal performance; his multi-octave, operatic style was no doubt an influence on later metal vocalists like Rob Halford. All in all, Look at Yourself is both one of Uriah Heep's finest, most cohesive albums and a high point of 1970s heavy metal.
Side 1
1. "Look at Yourself" – 5:09
2. "I Wanna Be Free" – 4:00
3. "July Morning" (David Byron, Hensley) – 10:32
Side 2
1. "Tears in My Eyes" – 5:01
2. "Shadows of Grief" (Byron, Hensley) – 8:39
3. "What Should Be Done" – 4:15
4. "Love Machine" (Mick Box, Byron, Hensley) – 3:37
Look at Yourself was remastered and reissued in 1996 with two bonus tracks:
8. "Look At Yourself (Single Edit)" – 3:07
9. "What's Within My Heart (Out-take)" – 5:23
* An out-take from the Look at Yourself sessions. First released in 1993 on The Lansdowne Tapes.
An expanded De-Luxe CD was released in 2003 with seven bonus tracks:
8. "What's Within My Heart (Out-take)" – 5:23
9. "Why (Early Version)" (Box, Byron) – 11:18
10. "Look at Yourself (Single Edit)" – 03:19
11. "Tears in My Eyes (Extended Mix)" – 05:38
12. "What Should Be Done (Alternate Version)" – 04:26
13. "Look at Yourself (Live at the BBC)" - 04:32
14. "What Should Be Done (Live at the BBC)" – 03:26

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