Sweet Freedom (Uriah Heep album)

Sweet Freedom is the sixth studio album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in September 1973 by Bronze Records in the UK and Warner Bros. Records in the US.

Sweet Freedom
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1973 (1973-09)
RecordedJune–July 1973
StudioChâteau d'Hérouville, France
Genre
Length37:23
Label
ProducerGerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
The Magician's Birthday
(1972)
Sweet Freedom
(1973)
Wonderworld
(1974)
Singles from Sweet Freedom
  1. "Stealin'" / "Sunshine"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Seven Stars" / "Sunrise"
    Released: 1973 (Europe and Japan)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal8/10[2]

The original vinyl release was a gatefold, reproducing the lyrics within. There was also a central page with a photograph of each band member.

It was the first Uriah Heep album to be released by Warner Bros. in the U.S. Sweet Freedom reached No. 33 in the US Billboard 200 chart.[3] It was certified gold by the RIAA on 5 March 1974.[4]

AllMusic's retrospective review noted that Heep "began to explore new styles to flesh out their combination of prog complexity and heavy metal muscle."[1]

The album was remastered and reissued by Castle Communications in 1996 with two bonus tracks, and again in 2004 in an expanded deluxe edition.

Track listingEdit

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

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dreamer"Gary Thain, Mick Box3:41
2."Stealin'" 4:49
3."One Day"Hensley, Thain2:47
4."Sweet Freedom" 6:37
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."If I Had the Time" 5:43
6."Seven Stars" 3:52
7."Circus"Thain, Box, Lee Kerslake2:44
8."Pilgrim"Hensley, David Byron7:10
1996 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Silver White Man"Byron3:40
10."Crystal Ball"Thain4:08
2004 Expanded Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
9."Sunshine"Thain, Box4:48
10."Seven Stars" (extended version) 7:03
11."Pilgrim" (extended version - previously unreleased)Hensley, Byron8:29
12."If I Had the Time" (demo) 6:02
13."Sweet Freedom" (alternative live version) 6:48
14."Stealin'" (alternative live version) 5:41

PersonnelEdit

Uriah Heep

Production

  • Gerry Bron – producer
  • Peter Gallen – engineer, mixing at Lansdowne Studios, London

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

CertificationsEdit

Country Organization Year Sales
U.S. RIAA 1974 Gold (500,000)[4]
UK BPI 1973 Silver (+ 60,000)[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Guarisco, Donald A. "Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (October 2003). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 1: The Seventies. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 302. ISBN 978-1894959025.
  3. ^ a b "Uriah Heep Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Database: Search for Uriah Heep". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom (Album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Sisältää hitin: Levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1961: U > Uriah Heep". Sisältää hitin / Timo Pennanen. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 20, No. 17, December 08, 1973". Library and Archives Canada. 8 December 1973. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Uriah Heep – Sweet Freedom". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Album – Uriah Heep, Sweet Freedom". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Sweet Freedom - Uriah Heep". Danske Hitlister.dk. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Uriah Heep Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  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 – 9 February 1974". Poparchives.com.au. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Uriah Heep – Stealin' (Song)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Single - Uriah Heep, Stealin'". Charts.de (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  16. ^ "Uriah Heep Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  17. ^ "BPI Awards Database: Search for Uriah Heep". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 November 2018.

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