Uriah Heep includes: David Byron (vocals); Ken Hensley (guitar, keyboards,
Mellotron, synthesizer, background vocals); Mick Box (guitar, background vocals); Colin Wood (keyboards); Gary Thain (bass, background vocals);
Paul Newton (bass); Lee Kerslake, Alex Napier, Nigel Ollson (drums, percussion); Keith Baker, Ian Clarke (drums).
Producer: Gerry Bron.
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
Principally recorded at Lansdowne Studios, London, England between 1969
and 1973. Includes liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Ken Hensley (vocals, guitar, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer); Mick Box (vocals, guitar); Gary Thain (vocals, bass guitar); David Byron (vocals); Paul Newton (bass guitar); Alex Napier, Lee Kerslake, Nigel Olsson (drums, percussion); Ian Clarke, Keith Baker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joseph F. Laredo.
Recording information: Chateau Of Herouville, France (1969-1973); Lansdowne Studios, London, England (1969-1973).
Uriah Heep wasn't really a band made for singles-and-songles-oriented collections like 20th Century Masters, because they favored sweeping, heavy-prog epics that fit into their equally epic albums. And even in those terms, they were a bit of an acquired taste, since they melded those two excessive genres -- metal and prog -- in a particularly indulgent fashion. 20th Century Masters certainly conveys that accomplishment, and it does contain many fan favorites, which is enough to make this an effective sampler, even if it's unlikely to win many converts. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine