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Wake The Sleeper

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2008 release, Uriah Heep's first studio album in almost 10 years. Wake The Sleeper is set to herald an exciting new phase for the band, taking their classic sound right into the future. The album see's Uriah Heep back to their very best and is set to become a future classic: sure to please their dedicated worldwide fan base and fans of Progressive Rock in general. Recorded in 2007 the album was produced by Mike Paxman (Status Quo, Judie Tzuke). This is the band's first album without their long-standing and original drummer, Lee Kerslake who sadly had to leave the band due to ill health in January 2007. Filling the drum stool for the very first time is the hugely well respected Russell Gilbrook. The current band also features Mick Box, Trevor Bolder, Phil Lanzon and Bernie Shaw. 11 tracks including 'Overload', 'Tears Of The World' and 'Light Of A Thousand Stars'. Sanctuary.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wake the Sleeper
  2. Overload
  3. Tears of the World
  4. Light of a Thousand Stars
  5. Heavens Rain
  6. Book of Lies
  7. What Kind of God
  8. Ghost of the Ocean
  9. Angels Walk with You
  10. Shadow
  11. War Child

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: September 12, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Noise
  • ASIN: B0016CP21I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,441 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Chris Morgan on July 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The new Uriah Heep album is a great addition to their catalog and I am glad that I bought it. This album is very heavy rock bursting with energy. The sonic wall of classic heep sounds full of energy and is wrapped around tuneful melodies and tasteful production. The guitar is wailing, the organ is thumping, the bass is booming, the drummer is blasting, the singer is it!
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Just so you know, Uriah Heep has been my favorite band for 25 years. I may be a huge fan, but I am also a harsh critic when they release a dud (such as Equator). That said, this is their most solid album since at least Firefly, if not their glory years with Gary Thain.

The only keyboard used is a Hammond B-3, which Phil Lanzon plays far better than ever before, and with the same kind of manic energy that Ken Hensley brought in the early 70s. The new drummer, Russell Gilbrook, brings a similar energy that seems to have re-energized the entire band. All of the Heep trademarks are here, from the Hammond to Mick Box's wah-wah to the Heep choir. There is no weak track as well as some of Heep's best moments ever. Trevor Bolder is still holding down the bass end superbly (although mixed too low for my tastes for most of the album) and Bernie Shaw brings the same sort of emotion that the late great David Byron did during Heep's glory years. No, Bernie is not David, but he has been Heep's lead singer for more than 20 years now and his voice is just as amazing as David's was.

My favorite songs after a couple dozen listens are Angels Walk With You, What Kind of God (the last two minutes are possibly Heep's finest musical moment EVER!!), War Child (especially the opening verse), Overload, and the title track (what a bloody great riff!!!). On the first couple of listens, it seemed to bog down a bit on tracks 4-6, but no longer.

If you are any sort of Uriah Heep, melodic rock, or fan of classic hard rock, I can't recommend this album heartily enough!!
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Uriah Heep "Wake the Sleeper" review
by Bob Winward

Heep certainly hits the mother lode with their new offering. There are all strong and stronger tracks on this cd and it gets my "All Heep is Good Heep" seal of approval. Outstanding, start to finish, the cd is chock full of rockers with the recipe that the current lineup has perfected, also featuring some of the bands sound from the very early 70's sprinkled with some delightful surprises. My words here alone are not strong enough to convey my enthusiasm for this new studio cd by our beloved Uriah Heep. I can sum it up by saying it sounds like a sunrise on a brand new day and no one can say Heep is a "shadow" of their former selves as this cd propels them into the upper stratosphere of eliteness!

The opening/title is a speed rocker, focusing on harmonies. It is the first song I have memorized the catchy
Lyrics completely, albeit what there is of them! Heep really jams on this piece, showcasing the instrumental talents of all 4 players. The ending of the song has a lightning fast drum/guitar interplay that is in total synchronization.

Overload is an instant classic! It has all the Heep elements, starts out with a hot guitar riff than the drums come in like a charging bull. I thought the band would suffer without Lee; instead Russell has energized the band. This is the first of many songs on the cd where Phil prominently plays the B3 with passion throughout. The tight bass lines rumble with a sweet low powerful tone like dual glass pack mufflers on a 70's muscle car! Mick's guitar drives the song and Heep produces a thunderous sound!

Tears of the World
This song really kicks off the debut of the new Heep harmony sound.
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This party gets off to a rousing start. The first cut is the title cut and rocks every tastebud in these ears right down to my cheerful toes! Largely instrumental in power, there is a chorus that come in and reminds those who have slept through the first 60 seconds to wake up! My bet is they don't really have to say that, it's impossible for the energy of this song to not wake us up. Unless, of course, they are speaking of the metaphorical sleepers. I have another idea - that they are speaking of those who are sleeping through the political times and not participating in making the world a better place to exist. I make that judgment based on some of the other songs. The second song tells me that "tonight you're going to overload your mind" and then reminds us that "life moves faster than the speed of sound". The next powerhouse rocks the party with the reminder that "I have the best of everything" as the "tears of the world keep falling." Powerful writing with exciting playing, a great party is promised.

Two confessions. First, Uriah Heep was important to my early adulthood as I dealt with some issues between choosing war or sanity. As I maneuvered my way through the system to get honorably discharged from the war that I was dragged into, the music of Uriah Heep helped bring a peace that wasn't available from other sources. The second album, Look At Yourself, was played over and over as I made my arguments to my "superiors" about the immorality of the war we were engaged with at the time. It took many inner reflections as those around me were claiming I was was a coward, etc, etc.
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