Monday, October 12, 2009

SPICE / spice

Uriah Heep fan will love it.

fans i give you this...
I have been collecting for several years both vinyl, CD's and audio files and never seen this one. And Uriah Heep is one of my favorite bands. This is really good music and reminds me of early Uriah Heep and its pretty groovy sometimes. I dont know if this copy its some kind of bootleg from some master tapes (no worry the sound is excellent) becuse they never released any album only a couple of singles that costs a fortune to buy. How ever here is some facts about them.
SPICE was the predecessor of Uriah Heep. The band was formed in 1967 and they
released one single in 1968 and recorded several songs in 1969. In early 1970 after
Ken Hensley had joined the group the name was chandeg to URIAH HEEP. Some of the songs recorded originally as Spice appeared on the first album 'Very 'Eavy ... Very 'Umble' and some remained in the vaults until they were released on 'The Lansdowne Tapes' compilation in 1993.The roots of the Uriah Heep story extend back to the heady days of the mid-1960s, when vocalist David Byron and guitarist Mick Box performed together in an R&B, soul covers band called The Stalkers in and around London. In 1968, the two friends decided to form Spice with bassist Paul Newton, a professional live band mixing popular covers with original hard rock, jazz numbers, recording a one-off single ('What About The Music' b/w 'In Love') for United Artists. By ‘69, with an initial band line-up including keyboard wizard Ken Hensley, Spice had evolved into Uriah Heep (named after the unctuous character from Charles Dickens' novel ‘David Copperfield’). Hensley, a multi-talented guitaristkeyboardist, songwriter had served his musical apprenticeship with a variety of groups on the live circuit from Kit And The Saracens and soul group Jimmy Brown Sound to Toefat and The Gods (alongside Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor). Finding a permanent drummer for the adolescent Heep line-up was to prove a labour of love for the band. Former Spice skinsman Alex Napier was soon replaced by Nigel '”Ollie” Olsson (later to make his name with Elton John on his classic album, 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road').

Spice (band)

Spice (1967-1969, originally The Stalkers) was the immediate precursor to English rock band Uriah Heep, featuring David Byron (vocals), Mick Box (guitar), Paul Newton (bass guitar), and Alex Napier (drums) (Napier was a replacement for drummer Nigel Pegrum; Pegrum would later join folk rock stalwarts Steeleye Span). The group changed their name to Uriah Heep on the inclusion in late 1969 of organist Ken Hensley, formerly of The Gods and Toe Fat. Drummer Lee Kerslake, who had played with Hensley in both bands, would follow him into Uriah Heep in 1972.


Spice released one single entitled "What About The Music" (b/w "In Love") in 1968, eventually transforming into Uriah Heep during the recording of their first full-length album. Songs recorded under the Spice name and lineup have surfaced on:

  • The Lansdowne Tapes (compilation of recordings by Spice and outtakes from the first three Uriah Heep albums released under the Uriah Heep name) - Recorded 1968-1971, released 1994

Spice recordings on these compilations consist of "Astranaza", "Born In A Trunk" (vocal and instrumental versions), "Celebrate", "I Want You Babe", "In Love", "Magic Lantern", "Schoolgirl", and "What About The Music". Additionally, two of the songs released on the first Uriah Heep album were recorded by the Spice lineup before Hensley's inclusion, with Colin Wood appearing on Keyboards ("Come Away Melinda" and "Wake Up (Set Your Sights)").



1 comment:

Roby said...

Hello. UH are also my fav band.
I think that this bootleg come from "The landsdowne tapes" album, that i have, because apparently the song's version is the same.

Thank you