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Look At Yourself

September, 1971

Look At Yourself 
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  • Mick Box (G)
  • David Byron (LV)
  • Ken Hensley (K G LV on Look At Yourself)
  • Paul Newton (B)
  • Ian Clarke (D)
  • Special Guests - Manfred Mann (Moog on July Morning, Tears In My Eyes)
    Loughty Amao (of Osibisa) (P on Look At Yourself)
    Teddy Osei (of Osibisa) (P on Look At Yourself)
    Mac Tontoh (of Osibisa) (P on Look At Yourself)
Look At Yourself 
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Overview - Heep finds their direction with this album and establishes themselves as a force in rock music. This is a classic album throughout but compared with the next album, is still not quite there. Grade: A+

1. Look At Yourself - One of the best heavy rock songs ever written. As far as Heep stompers go, this is my favorite. Full of classic Heep elements with tremendous drive. The added percussion from the band Osibisa fills out the sound as the song practically drives itself over a cliff. Grade: A+
note - There are multiple single edits. None of them are worth your time.

2. I Wanna Be Free - A good rocker with excellent guitar interplay between Mick and Ken as well as a great arrangement. Only problem is that this song is too slow. It feels like the reins are being held way too tight until the end when Paul and Ian finally pick up the pace while Dave and Ken trade vocals. Grade: A-

3. July Morning - What more can be said about this song? This is the quintessential Heep song. As does Shadows of Grief, this song covers an entire spectrum of color, emotion and sound in a way few bands ever have. Great moog solo by Manfred Mann. Grade: A+

4. Tears in My Eyes - Good rocker with powerful slide work from Ken. What sets this song (and band) apart from so many other heavy songs of the era is its willingness to drop from heavy metal to soft acoustical, then build it back up to traditional metal. Most would have just kept pounding relentlessly away. Grade: A+

5. Shadows Of Grief - Very heavy, psychedelic, and progressive rock. This is far beyond what any other band was doing in 1971, save possibly Deep Purple's Fireball. Not for those who prefer their music easy to digest. Grade: A+

6. What Should Be Done - Another great laid-back blues track. I prefer the feel of The Lansdowne Tapes version but it misses the great harmonies of the album version. Both versions are quite enjoyable. Grade: A

7. Love Machine - Another great rocker with lyrics that must've inspired virtually every Kiss song ever written. Too bad Kiss couldn't be this creative with their arrangements. Mick shines. Grade: A

What's Within My Heart - (Bonus track) How did this miss getting on the original album? A gorgeous acoustic ballad that beats hands down the similar acoustic stuff on Led Zeppelin III. Grade: A+

Why - (Bonus track on The Lansdowne Tapes) As much as I love this song, the chemistry of this lineup versus the classic lineup is obvious. Their performance is very good but it pales next to the Gary Thain-driven version on Demons And Wizards. That said, however, David's vocals on this version are better. Grade: A

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