Uriah Heep are releasing their highly anticipated brand new studio album – the 25th in their storied career [after 4+ years] – which will be titled, appropriately enough, “Living The Dream”.
“We have been together for 47 years and we have seen many bands come and go, so in effect we are ‘Still Living The Dream,’ so it was the perfect title for the new album.” says Uriah Heep guitarist and founding member Mick Box.
Famed Canadian engineer, Jay Ruston has been called in to produce the album. Mick continues: “We chose Jay because we admire his work with The Winery Dogs, Stone Sour, Black Star Riders, Paul Gilbert, and Europe. Jay has either produced, mixed or both for these bands, and he brought a fresh approach to Heep. He has been marvellous to work with.”
The band is beyond excited with the material written for the new album, which will include some epic additions to the band’s huge catalog of rock staples and looks forward to sharing it with their fans around the world.
The album will be released in CD, deluxe edition including one bonus audio track and a DVD, LP and Limited Box Set Edition (including deluxe edition + T-shirt).
Uriah Heep debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock’s milestones, Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble, and have since sold in excess of 30 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour the world, playing up to 125 shows a year to 500,000+ fans. The band’s live set features the classic tracks from the ’70s and is a musical journey from the band’s beginnings to the present day.
The band has announced a full World Tour which will last until the whole first quarter of 2019. “The mighty Heep are proudly able to tour in over 61 countries and we look forward to a packed touring schedule in 2018 and 2019. Touring is in our blood and what we have a passion to do, and so 2018 is no exception,” concludes Box.
OFFICIAL TOUR DATES: http://www.uriah-heep.com/newa/livedates.php
LIVING THE DREAM available in:
CD (Jewel Box)
BOX SET (Limited Ed. CD+DVD Digipack + T-Shirt)
VINYL (180g Gatefold)
Blue VINYL (180g Gatefold) – Exclusive USA
Crystal VINYL (180g Gatefold) – Exclusive Frontiers Shop
TRACKLISTING: Grazed By Heaven / Living The Dream / Take Away My Soul / Knocking At My Door/ Rocks In The Road / Waters Flowin’ / It’s All Been Said / Goodbye To Innocence / Falling Under Your Spell / Dreams Of Yesteryear / *Take Away My Soul (Alternate Version) Bonus Track (Deluxe Edition Only)
DVD (deluxe edition only): Grazed By Heaven (Music Video) / Take Away My Soul (Music Video) / Making The Dream (Documentary)
Mick Box: Guitar, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Dave Rimmer: Bass, Vocals
Well, where do i start!? Upon first run through of this album – I couldnt believe it! While older bands are winding down, slowing the pace, packing in – Uriah Heep seems to have more energy and ideas than ever. Living The Dream might simply be the best thing the band has done since the mid 70s. Now, i liked Outsider , and Into The Wild , while Sea of Light  and Sonic Origami  were a great pair of 90s HR albums – but LTD seems to pack even more of the classic and neo-classic Heep elements into one amazing record. The lead off single “Graced By Heaven” was a fine sample of what’s within, co-written by Davey Rimmer, who’s bass playing graces this – his 2nd album with the band. But the album really just gets better, starting with the title track – a cool mid tempo progressive song, interesting vocal intro …… “Take Away My Soul” [the 2nd video upcoming] is perhaps the most impressive Heep song since “Between Two Worlds” — it’s a rocker that really let’s loose with a hammond solo from Phil Lanzon, and classic Mick Box guitar riff and solos, great chorus. “Knocking At My Door” is another cool rocker – this one kinda gallops along as Bernie sings about fear and hiding from something – a great vocal; mid and ending guitar solos! What’s so more impressive about this album to previous Heep albums is that it is MORE of everything — a bit more in the variety [ballads, acoustic guitar, piano….] – more lengthier tracks. Fans who longed for another Heep epic, more progressive songs, or a ballad and more memorable rockers will Not be disappointed thanks to more progressive tracks like “Rocks In The Road” [clocking in at over 8 minutes] – starts as an upbeat rocker before dropping in to a very quiet mid section and vocal, before the song builds back up with the Phil Lanzon’s hammond organ [reminiscent of Jon Lord here] working in to a classic extended Heep solo and that builds to the finale. The ballad “Waters Flowin'” – a very different sound for Heep – a bit southern feel, it features acoustic guitar, organ, piano, and a bit of a sing-along ‘na na na’ chorus, which gives it a bit of a 60s vibe. The hammond organ turns up, followed by a rockin instrumental before it drops off and a piano ballad comes in – “It’s All Been Said” then picks back up, a more progressive song about news headlines; includes a cool hammond solo, and a few changes in pace — this one has a lot to it, the paces and build up to the finale reminds me a bit of Iron Maiden. Next up is a sweet guitar intro, followed by Rusell Gilbrook’s drums coming in reimscent of “Radar Love” on this upbeat goodtime rocker – “Goodbye To Innocence”; one of the shortest tracks here, but it’s a memorable one. “Falling Under Your Spell” is another rocker; fast paced – perhaps this album’s “Easy Livin” [tho i liken it to more in the class of “Sweet Pretender” from Sonic Origami], an interesting solo and chorus of ‘ahs’ that are reminiscent of “Bird of Prey”. Living The Dream closes with “Dreams oif Yesteryear”, and it is a classic Heep mini-epic — love the guitar melody and Bernie Shaw’s vocal; a song of reflection and hope, this one could go on, much in the same class as “KIss Of Freedom” [from Into The Wild].
I cannot wait to get a CD of this for the car – where i can crank it up. There is a lot to this album, and Canadian producer Jay Ruston has done an amazing job of giving this a heavy feel, and getting so much new, so much classic, and so much more out of Heep, going on 49 years as a band. Heep diehards will be more than satisfied [blown away!] with the first 5 tracks, but Living The Dream has 10 standout tracks — fans won’t be disappointed.
Coming out in CD, and 3 different shades of vinyl [black, blue, crystal — yes, i’ve pre-ordered all 3!]