Inside Uriah Heep: The Hensley Years

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Arts Documentary with no narration published by Classic Rock Productions in 2004 - English language

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Uriah Heep was one of a handful of important progressive rock bands to emerge from Britain during the 1970s, alongside Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Formed in London in 1969, the band debuted in explosive fashion way back in 1970, rapidly following their heavy metal-pioneering first record "Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble" with a string of classics, including the definitive Heep album "Demons and Wizards" and "The Magician's Birthday", both from 1972, arguably two of the founding documents of the hard rock subgenres known as progressive metal and power metal. Here at last, the long awaited critical guide to Uriah Heep on record, on film and live on stage from 1970-1980, the crucial years when Ken Hensley was in the band. In his first candid interview for 25 years Ken gives a frank and revealing account which pulls no punches. We reveal the on and off stage factors which shaped the creation of the music. In addition we also hear the views or see archival film of David Byron, Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, Gary Thain, Roger Dean, John Wetton, John Lawton, Trevor Bolder, Chris Slade and a team of leading critics and reviewers. This is required viewing for every Heep fan. Produced and Directed by Bob Carruthers

[edit] 1970-1976

"Towards the end David was just getting drunk all the time. I'm not judging him -- I had my own problems -- but it was our career he was taking with him." -- KEN HENSLEY
Part One features an in depth study of the music of Uriah Heep from "Very 'Eavy" to "High and Mighty".
Featuring rare radio broadcasts and archive footage from the early days right through to the end of the Byron era including new footage from 1976 Pink pop festival.

[edit] 1976-1980

"We all decided that David would have to be replaced. Which was really sad because David was no more replaceable than Gary..." -- KEN HENSLEY
This second part is a critical review of Uriah Heep from 1976-1980 which marked the end of the Ken Hensley era.
Part Two takes up the story from the arrival of John Lawton and Trevor Bolder through to the departure of Ken Hensley following the ill-fated "Conquest" album. Rare footage featured for the first time includes the only known film of The Firefly tour and the only UK television appearances of the Lawton line up and the only known TV performance by the Sloman line up.

[edit] Classic Heep Live from the Byron Era

At last here it is, the previously unreleased footage of Uriah Heep from 1973-1976.
Disc 1 features fifteen tracks never before available on DVD and all featuring the late, great David Byron at his very best. Digitally restored and re-mastered this is the long awaited audiovisual celebration of one of the greatest front men in the history of rock.
Byron was the original voice of Uriah Heep and for many fans was irreplaceable. Also featured in this lavish edition is the only live footage of Gary Thain on bass, another much lamented casualty of the rock and roll lifestyle dearly missed by his legions of followers.
This is Heep in all their peacock pomp and glory captured at the very pinnacle of the band's career. Footage from the Byron days is incredibly rare so we are proud to be able to last to bring you this wonderful film of the world's greatest rock band.

[edit] Collectors Rarities

"Classic Heep Live From The Byron Era" disc 2 is a free limited collectors disc put together by CHA, Carolina Heepsters Association which features all of the collectable bits and pieces which due to their technical condition can't be commercially released but which are essential viewing for true Heep devotees.

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
Video Bitrate: 2 049 Kbps
Video Resolution: 716x400
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 11 min - 1 h 32 min
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 1.11 GB - 1.41 GB
Source: DVD
Encoded by: DocFreak08

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