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Mick Box: Still very dedicated to music…..

Mick Box is 73 years today, and Permafrost congratulates him, and in addition we congratulate Box and also his dear Uriah Heep four days in advance with the 50 anniversary of the debut album …Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble. Definitely a milestone in progressive heavy metal/hard rock! The very good track Gupsy written by Box and Ken Hensley.

 Mick Box born as Michaler Fredrick 9 June 1947, in Walthamstow, East London, England and is the lead guitarist of the British rock group Uriah Heep, having previously been a member of The Stalkers And Spice, both with original Uriah Heep vocalist David Byron. He is the only member from the band’s founding in 1969 who is still active with the group.

Mick Box states and smiles, «Music has served me well, It’s a passion I’ve always had, which I still carry to this day. It’s what drives me to keep on doing this. When the old rock bands like Sabbath, Purple, Zeppelin and us were getting started in the early-’70s, we didn’t know we were writing the book at the time… it was more like get your heads down and go for it!».

«The greatest compliment you can ever have is when someone comes up to you and says that you’re the person that inspired them to play. That’s the ultimate accolade».

Uriah Heep current lineup includes lead and rhythm guitarist Mick Box, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, lead vocalist Bernie Shaw, drummer Russell Gilbrook, and bassist Davey Rimmer.

In fact, Trevor Bolder, known as bassist in the groups Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash and David Bowie’s The Spiders From Mars, would have been 70 years today if he had lived.

…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble is the debut studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released on 13 June 1970 by Vertigo Records in the UK. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, featuring front man David Byron on the front sleeve, almost unrecognizable beneath cobwebs.

It was issued in August 1970 by Mercury Records in the United States as just Uriah Heep with different sleeve artwork (a centipede type monster), and with the track Bird Of Prey in place of Lucy Blues. The album was reissued by Bronze Records later in 1970 after the band signed to that label. Bird Of Prey was later a part of Uriah Heep`s second album Salisbury.

The album shows the band trying out various genres – a mix of heavy metal and progressive rock – rather than the hard rock that they would become known for on later albums. Tracks 3 and 8 were recorded as Spice songs prior to the band’s renaming as Uriah Heep, and featured session player Colin Wood on keyboards. When Ken Hensley joined Spice in early 1970, the tracks were not re-recorded.

The album was generally panned by the mainstream critical press upon its release, although it has since been acknowledged as an early classic of the heavy metal genre. Rolling Stone magazine’s Melissa Mills began her review by saying, «If this group makes it I’ll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don’t want to hear any more».

The song Bird Of Prey was later a part of Uriah Heep`s second album Salisbury. The very progressive title track Salisbury was written by Box, Hensley and Byron.

Salisbury is skewed toward the progressive rock genre, with its 16-minute title track featuring a 24-piece orchestra and was also significant for Hensley’s instant rise to a position as main composer of the group’s music.

The front cover of the album depicted a British Chieftain tank, which connects to the title, as Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, is a military training area.

According to AllMusic reviewer, the album perfected Uriah Heep’s blend of heavy metal power and prog rock complexity and  «is too unfocused for the casual listener but offers enough solid songs for the Uriah Heep completists».

Canadian journalist Martin Popoff described the album as «a dark downer and a failed experiment”, imputing the cause of the slip to the prog rock nightmare of the title track and to the hatchet production job».

William Pinfold of Record Collector, reviewing the 2016 expanded re-issue, considered Salisbury «a collection notable for tightness, precision and a confident breadth of talent”, and praised the band for the album’s variety».

One of the album’s tracks, Lady In Black, described as «a stylishly arranged tune that builds from a folk-styled acoustic tune into a throbbing rocker full of ghostly harmonies and crunching guitar riffs,» became a hit in Germany upon its re-release in 1977 (earning the band the Radio Luxemburg Lion award).

The entire Uriah Heep album catalog…..

Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble – 1970

Salisbury – 1971

Look at Yourself – 1971

Demons & Wizards – 1972

The Magician’s Birthday – 1972

Live ’73 – 1973

Sweet Freedom – 1973

Wonderworld – 1974

Return to Fantasy – 1975

High and Mighty – 1976

Firefly…1977

Innocent Victim…1977

Fallen Angel – 1978

Conquest – 1980

Abominog – 1982

Head First – 1983

Equator – 1985

Raging Silence – 1989

Different World – 1991

Sea of Light – 1995

Sonic Origami – 1998

Wake the Sleeper – 2008

Celebration – Forty Years of Rock – 2009

Into the Wild – 2011

Outsider – 2014

Living the Dream – 2018

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (4480 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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