Named after an odious character in Charles Dickens classic “David Copperfield”, UK heavy rockers Uriah Heep released their first album, the novel referencing “Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble”, in 1970. The 1970s were their peak era, as the band fronted by David Byron and powered by the twin engines of Ken Hensley’s organ and the guitar of Mick Box released a string of LPs that defined early heavy rock while incorporating strong progressive influences (at least in the first half of the decade!).
Over a recording career of almost half a century, the Heep have had a massive roster of members, including King Crimson bassist John Wetton, former David Bowie sideman Trevor Bolder, and AC/DC drummer Chris Slade.
There was something of a fallow period after 1982’s potent "Abominog", yet the band re-grouped and released a number of successful and well-regarded albums in the twenty-first century. Recommended albums include 1970s classics “Demons and Wizards” or “Look At Yourself”, the aforementioned “Abominog” or the “Definitive Anthology”.