Look at Yourself (Uriah Heep album)

Look at Yourself is the third studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in September 1971 by Bronze Records in the UK and Mercury Records in the US.

Look at Yourself
Look At Yourself (Uriah Heep album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1971
RecordedJuly 1971
StudioLansdowne Studios, London
Genre
Length41:14
Label
ProducerGerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Salisbury
(1971)
Look at Yourself
(1971)
Demons and Wizards
(1972)
Singles from Look at Yourself
  1. "Look at Yourself"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Billboard(positive)[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[3]

Characterized as heavy metal and progressive rock,[1] the album came to be viewed as a high point in the band's career, and is today regarded by many fans and critics as Uriah Heep's finest album along with Demons and Wizards, released the following year. The title track and "July Morning" were released as singles in the UK and North America in 1971 and 1973, respectively. Look at Yourself was ranked at No. 97 in the 100 Heavy Metal albums of All Time list published by the magazine Kerrang!.[4]

"Look at Yourself" was the last Uriah Heep album to feature founding member and bassist Paul Newton.

The song "July Morning" was the inspiration for a Bulgarian tradition, known eponymously as July Morning or "Julaya", of gathering on the beach on the Black Sea coast on the morning of 1 July to watch the sunrise.[5]

The album was mentioned in the David Sedaris book Barrel Fever, in "Don's Story".

Look at Yourself was remastered and reissued by Castle Communications in 1996 with three bonus tracks, and again in 2003 in an expanded deluxe edition. In 2017, Sanctuary Records released a two-disc deluxe edition.

Cover artEdit

The original cover art on the LP featured a single sleeve with a die-cut opening on the front through which a reflective foil "mirror" was seen, conveying a distorted image of the person viewing it. The idea, by guitarist Mick Box, was for the cover to directly reflect the album title, and this theme is carried through the band photos on the rear of the LP sleeve, which have also been distorted. The LP itself was housed in a heavy-duty inner card, complete with lyrics.

CoversEdit

Track listingsEdit

All tracks are written by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Look at Yourself" 5:09
2."I Wanna Be Free" 4:00
3."July Morning"David Byron, Ken Hensley10:32
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
4."Tears in My Eyes" 5:01
5."Shadows of Grief"Byron, Hensley8:39
6."What Should Be Done" 4:15
7."Love Machine"Mick Box, Byron, Hensley3:37
1996 remastered CD edition bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
8."Look at Yourself" (single edit)3:07
9."What's Within My Heart" (outtake)5:23
2003 expanded deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
8."What's Within My Heart" (outtake from Look at Yourself sessions) 5:23
9."Why" (outtake from Look at Yourself sessions)Box, Byron11:18
10."Look at Yourself" (alternative single version) 3:19
11."Tears in My Eyes" (extended version, previously unreleased) 5:38
12."What Should Be Done" (outtake, original studio version) 4:26
13."Look at Yourself" (BBC session, previously unreleased) 4:32
14."What Should Be Done" (BBC session, previously unreleased) 3:26
2017 expanded deluxe edition disc 2 (all tracks previously unreleased)
No.TitleLength
1."I Wanna Be Free" (Alternate Mix)4:20
2."Tears in My Eyes" (Alternate Mix Extended)5:55
3."What Should Be Done" (Alternate Mix)4:35
4."Shadows of Grief" (Alternate Mix)9:34
5."Look at Yourself" (Alternate Mix)5:14
6."July Morning" (Alternate Mix)11:18
7."Why Fourteen Minutes" (Alternate Mix)14:16
8."Love Machine" (Alternate Mix)3:55
9."What's Within My Heart" (Alternate Mix)5:34
10."July Morning" (Alternate Mix, live)11:28
11."Look at Yourself" (Alternate Single Version)3:19

PersonnelEdit

Uriah Heep
Additional musicians
  • Manfred Mann – Moog synthesizer on "July Morning" and "Tears in My Eyes"
  • Ted Osei, Mac Tontoh and Loughty Amao (from Osibisa) – percussion on "Look at Yourself"
Production
  • Gerry Bron – producer
  • Peter Gallen – engineer, mixing

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald A. "Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 12 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. 18 September 1971. p. 14. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 301. ISBN 978-1894959025. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Kerrang the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time". List Challenges.com. Retrieved 12 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Krastev, Nikola (1 July 2010). "For Uriah Heep Fans In Former Soviet Bloc, One 'July Morning' Has Lasted 40 Years". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 12 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961: U > Uriah Heep". Sisältää hitin / Timo Pennanen. Retrieved 11 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Album – Uriah Heep, Look at Yourself". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Gli album più venduti del 1971" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia.it. Retrieved 4 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself (Album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Uriah Heep Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Uriah Heep Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 4 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ AA.VV. (25 April 2006). Album Chart-Book Complete Edition 1970~2005. Tokyo, Japan: Oricon. ISBN 978-487-1-31077-2.
  13. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts - 18 March 1972". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Uriah Heep – Look at Yourself". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Single - Uriah Heep, Look at Yourself". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 13 November 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)