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4.0 out of 5 stars Improved with time
In 1976 Uriah Heep was a total mess. David Byron was just about to be sacked (again) and the year before Ken Hensley (cause of Byrons behaviour and drug abuse) had even left the band before Gerry Bron persuaded him to come back again. Upon release High And Mighty wasn't what Heep fans expected. It wasn't heavy and it didn't really conatin any big rockers.

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Published on 6 Jan 2009 by Mick B

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Mighty as the title would have us believe.!
This was the last Heep album to feature David Byron's unique vocals before he was replaced by the somewhat different singing style of John Lawton.
As a keen 16 year old Uriah Heep fan, I rember buying this record on the day of release and rushing home to play it. Hmmmm ... after 'Return to Fantasy' which was a respectable quite heavy effort, I remember being a...
Published on 5 Aug 2008 by A. J. PEPPER


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Mighty as the title would have us believe.!, 5 Aug 2008
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A. J. PEPPER "Pepper-Pot" (Bedford, UK) - See all my reviews
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This was the last Heep album to feature David Byron's unique vocals before he was replaced by the somewhat different singing style of John Lawton.
As a keen 16 year old Uriah Heep fan, I rember buying this record on the day of release and rushing home to play it. Hmmmm ... after 'Return to Fantasy' which was a respectable quite heavy effort, I remember being a little bit perplexed as to what was going on here. It opens with (what turned out to be) John Wetton and Ken Hensley singing 'One Way or Another' which is an Ok song but where was Mr Byron? Eventually though David arrives and gives a good account of his talents with 'Weep in Silence' which is probably the best track on the album.
As for the rest, it's all a bit muddled in styles - more of a compilation than an album in it's own right.. 'Can't keep a good band down' wouldn't have been out of place on RTF, 'Confession' would have more than suited a methodist Hymnal and 'Can't Stop Singing' would have been more than suited to the wheelie bin..'awful'!
'Make a little Love' ain't too bad with some nice slide guitar from Hensley but suffers from what is an overall downside of the album and that is a rather poor mix with the drums often drowning everything out. No sign of Gerry Bron on this one as apparently it was produced by the band themselves. I don't think that anything from this is included in the band's live set today which speaks volumes.
To sum up then, not the best album to come from Uriah Heep but still some good tunes here but I must admit I don't play it that often these days.. Wonderworld and RTF were much better.. and I never liked the cover art much either, what was all that about?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Improved with time, 6 Jan 2009
This review is from: High and Mighty (Audio CD)
In 1976 Uriah Heep was a total mess. David Byron was just about to be sacked (again) and the year before Ken Hensley (cause of Byrons behaviour and drug abuse) had even left the band before Gerry Bron persuaded him to come back again. Upon release High And Mighty wasn't what Heep fans expected. It wasn't heavy and it didn't really conatin any big rockers.

On the album the band (or rather Hensley who more or less considered this as a kind of solo record) tries different styles and sound more MOR than they ever did before (or after). Back in '76 I thought this was a bit disapointening, but listening to it now in it's remastered and expanded format it's really not as bad as I once thought.

Some of the reason for this is that it has perhaps aged better than say 'Return To Fantasy' as it doesn't sound that dated. And there is some really good tracks here even if the album itself is an uneven affair. The first track, One Way or Another, even has John Weetton and Ken Hensley on main vocal, but it's still pretty good and listening to it now I seem to appreciate the variations on the record a lot more than in 76. I guess age is a good thing in some ways...

As for the bonustracks, and there's quite a lot of em here, it's not that interesting as I first had hoped. Name of the Game is quite enjoyable and sounds like Heep around 73/74. But there's also 4 Ken Hensley demos mostly of the albumtracks but with other titles making you believe this is new tracks when you see the tracklisting. A bit confusing in other words. Still at a real bargain price High and Mighty is well worth checking out if you are a Heep fan. And it's still way better than some of the non Byron albums that would follow (Innocent Victim, Fallen Angel etc).

David Byron went on to form Rough Diamond who released their self titled (and only) album in 1977. If you're a fan of Heep, and Byron, around this era it's really worth picking up if you're able to find it. And it's even better than High And Mighty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat bland Uriah Heep Album, 23 Nov 2013
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Jan Patrik Sahlstrøm (Oslo, Norway) - See all my reviews
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Uriah Heep is one of those bands that would have been in the eternal rock pantheon if they had quit while the going was good (first 5 albums). This album isn't one of the first five. It's still Uriah Heep, but the song material is much worse than their iconic hits. Good album for the fans and the collectors, but if you're new to the band you're better off with a greatest hits collection
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny with some of the lyrics, 14 April 2013
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Mr. Howard J. Whitfield (devon england) - See all my reviews
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not every ones favorite byron era heep lp but i think its a classic the first side is just terrific the second side of the old vinyl is the ones that lets the album slip a little but these unusual cuts lend to lots of listening showing heep not just as out rockers but as sensitive composers aswell,
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3.0 out of 5 stars The turning point for old Heep, 26 Mar 2012
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This was the turning point for Uriah Heep, being the last album featuring the great David Byron, but not the best album they produced. Still, it has some good tracks and a pop at the music critics who never took to them (sad gits!).
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3.0 out of 5 stars almost heep heep hurray, 24 Nov 2011
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perhaps not the best heep album (the first 5 are definitely better) but decent work, even though "footprints ín the snow" remind me of "echoes in the dark (I#m always singing the wrong verse to almost the same melody)but all in all uriah heep in their (almost) best line up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album that deservers a second chance from fans !!, 22 Jun 2010
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This album, has several standout tracks such as the opener "One Way Or Another" (a duet between John Wetton and Ken Hensley ), the extraordinary "Weep In Silence" and "Footprints In The Snow, both songs co-penned by Wetton and Hensley and the beautiful ballad "Confession" similar to "The Easy Road" from the "WONDERWORLD" album. The rest of the album is full of rockers like "Can't Keep A Good Band Down" or "Make A Little Love" and "Misty Eyes" . The problem with this album, seems to be the mix and the sound. Something is wrong with the mix and the sound, with some sounding as good as ever such as the opener "One Way or Another", "Confession", "Weep in Silence" and "Footprints in the Snow"., The new expanded version contains some leftovers and demos from main songwriter Ken Hensley. This was also David Byron last album with the band.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the title says it all, 6 Dec 2008
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Mr Blackwell (scotland) - See all my reviews
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Mostly dross and a band that had clearly lost the plot,clearly unable to have any quality control this is arguably the worst heep album ever,to open an album without byron singing was incredibly stupid,no doubt ken thought he was top dog,only cant keep a good band down is worthy of a mention,sad end to a great singer,thankfully john lawton and trevor bolder would save the day 2.5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars David Byron`s Last Heep album, 20 Jun 2008
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G. G. Saunders "Rock Dr." (West Sussex .UK) - See all my reviews
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This is it the last ever Uriah Heep album he ( David ) recorded with them before drugs and booze etc, forced the group to sack their founder member, singer, and friend. This is nt a review just fact.
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