Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Uriah Heap: Sweet Freedom

Uriah Heep released Sweet Freedom in 1973. I was only 11 when it came out, so I didn’t discover it right away, but when I finally did, I thought they had some amazing vocals, great lead guitar and keyboards, and most importantly, songs that were filled with infectious melodies and lyrics.

In particular, the song Stealin’ is on this album, and it has followed me through the years, being a song I have sung many times in cover bands throughout my small-time musical career. Other highlights include the high energy Dreamer, the elegant title track, and the epic Pilgrim, with a passionate vocal by Dave Byron, and a soaring lead guitar showcase by Mick Box.

I feel like the lineup that Uriah Heep had at that time was probably the strongest one they ever put together.

Other albums I almost chose were Demons And Wizards or Magician’s Birthday, but ultimately, Sweet Freedom has Stealin’, and that one just means more to me than any other song they ever recorded.

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