Uriah Heep will release a new box set entitled “Choices” on Friday, September 23, 2021 including six CDs each organized by the founding and current members of the group.
With 77 tracks in total, ‘Choices’ features hits and clips from Uriah Heep’s legendary 50-year career and 24 albums.
Uriah Heep guitarist and sole constant member Mick Box picked the tracklist for one record with current Heep band members Phil Lanzon (keyboards / vocals) and Bernie Shaw (vocals) also hosting one record each. .
Early Uriah Heep bassist Paul Newton also selects tracks for a record, while Lee Kerslake and Ken Hensley both picked their song picks before their untimely deaths in 2020.
This collection is complemented by six art cards which carry personal notes of each member of the group and their signature reproduced.
Mick Box comments: “Who would have guessed it, 50 years of Heep and that counts! Our music has continued to stand the test of time, and the fans are the reason we’re always here to do it.
“There is no better feeling than knowing that our music has lasted and that our live shows continue to rock people in 62 countries around the world.”
Along with ‘Choices’, Uriah Heep will also be releasing an ‘Every Day Rocks’ box set on September 24 featuring the band’s first seven albums on 12-inch vinyl record, along with seven accompanying t-shirts.
Mick Box has personally signed an authenticity card that accompanies each Every Day Rocks box set.
Scott Weiland – ’12 Bar Blues’ (1998)
The late Stone Temple Pilots frontman’s debut solo album features a blue-tinted image of Scott on the cover.
John Coltrane – “The Blue Train” (1958)
From picture to police, Scott Weiland’s “12 Bar Blues” is a tribute to jazz legend John Coltrane’s album “Blue Train” 40 years earlier.
Anthrax – ‘Kings Among Scotland’ (2018)
The thrash metallers’ 2018 live album “Kings Among Scotland”, which captures their 2017 concert at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, comes with this visually striking animated cover art.
Kiss – ‘Rock and Roll Over’ (1976)
The Anthrax cover art is an overt parody of the vibrantly aesthetic animated cover of Kiss’s fifth studio album, “Rock and Roll Over.”
The Clash – ‘London Calling’ (1979)
The flagship cover of “London Calling” by The Clash features a black and white image of bassist Paul Simonon smashing his Fender Precision Bass at the Palladium in New York. It was created by designer Ray Lowry.
Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis Presley’ (1956)
With its pink and green letters and its black and white photo, “London Calling” pays a direct tribute to the eponymous debut album by Elvis Presley, 23 years earlier.
Iron Maiden – ‘Powerslave’ (1984)
Longtime heavy metal legends artist Derek Riggs designed the ancient Egypt-themed cover of their fifth album “Powerslave”. Truly one of the best sleeves in the history of metal.
Earth, Wind and Fire – ‘All n’ All ‘(1977)
Visually, Iron Maiden’s “Powerslave” is extremely similar to Earth, Wind & The Fire ‘All n’ All ‘album from seven years earlier. Young artist Derek Riggs dismissed the idea that he had copied the funk band, saying, “Someone somewhere said he was inspired by an Earth Wind. & Fire blanket, but that’s just crap. Because of the song Bruce wrote she must have been Egyptian, so I went back to Ramses 2’s grave and copied the idea from it (just like Earth, Wind & Fire did it) but mine is better. There is also a Micky mouse hieroglyph in the lower left corner. Ha! Earth Wind and Fire does not have a Mickey Mouse. Obviously lower. Well said, Derek!
Mötley Crüe – “Too Quick for Love” (1981)
Mötley Crüe’s debut album artwork features a close-up of a rock star’s crotch area.
The Rolling Stones – ‘Sticky Fingers’ (1971)
Mötley Crüe’s “Too Fast for Love” is, of course, a tribute to the famous Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” from a decade earlier. Created by legendary artist Andy Warhol, the visible outline of the model’s manhood caused a stir when the album was released 49 years ago.
Deep Purple – ‘Deep Purple’ (1969)
The dark and macabre cover of the eponymous work “Deep Purple” from 1969 is adorned with the painting on the right of the 15th-century triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights. It depicts the horrors of hell.
Pearls Before Swine – ‘One Nation Underground’ (1967)
Deep Purple weren’t the first group to use The Garden of Earthly Delights on their album cover – psychedelic Florida folk group Pearls Before Swine used a slightly different part of the paint for their 1967 debut album. “One Nation Underground”.
Manowar – “Fighting the World” (1987)
Manowar enlisted the help of fantasy artist Ken Kelly to create the “Fighting the World” cover art.
Kiss – ‘Destroyer’ (1976)
The cover art for “Destroyer” was also designed by Ken Kelly and features Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss standing on top of rubble with destroyed buildings in the background.
Led Zeppelin – “Physical Graffiti” (1975)
Led Zeppelin’s iconic ‘Physical Graffiti’ features two side-by-side buildings located at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place in New York’s East Village. JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, astronaut Neil Armstrong, Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, King Kong, the Virgin Mary, Judy Garland and Led Zeppelin themselves are among the faces looking out the windows.
Jose Feliciano – ‘Compartments’ (1973)
The concept for the cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Physical Grafitti” was said to have been inspired by the cover of the “Compartments” album by Puerto Rican guitarist Jose Feliciano from 1973, which features different faces looking out the windows.
Genesis – “Land of Confusion” (1986)
Much like the hilarious video, Genesis’ unique ‘Land of Confusion’ features incarnations of Spitting Image by Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford.
The Beatles – “With the Beatles” (1963)
Genesis ‘”Land of Confusion” is a hilarious pastiche of artwork from The Beatles’ second studio album “With The Beatles”.
The Who – ‘The Who Sings My Generation’ (1966)
The US edition of The Who’s debut album ‘My Generation’ featured not only a different title and tracklist, but also alternate illustrations of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon standing in front of the Tower of the Big Ben clock.
The Rockin ‘Berries – “In Town” (1964)
Two years before The Who’s “The Who Sings My Generation”, Birmingham beat band The Rockin ‘Berries released their debut album “In Town”, which also featured an image of the band standing in front of the London clock tower. Big Ben against a blue sky. . A minor success, the album rocked the UK album chart at No.15.
Tom Waits ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ (1974)
The second album by deep-voiced singer Tom Waits features an illustration of a tired Waits watched by a blonde-haired woman as he walks out of a neon-lit lounge bar late at night.
Frank Sinatra ‘In the Wee Hours’ (1955)
“The Heart of Saturday Night” by Tom Waits is based on “In the Wee Small Hours” by Frank Sinatra, which portrays the singer on a strange, deserted street awash in blue street lights. Tom Waits ranked “In the Wee Small Hours” as his all-time favorite album in a 2005 interview with The Guardian.
Mothers of Invention – “We’re Only Here for the Money” (1968)
Frank Zappa’s artistic director Cal Schenkel and Jerry Schatzberg photographed a collage for the album cover “We’re Only In It for the Money” which directly parodied “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘, released a year earlier. Zappa’s good friend Jimi Hendrix appears on the sleeve of the right side where the wax sculpture of Sonny Liston appears on the sleeve of The Beatles. Much to Zappa’s dismay, Capitol Records released the album with an alternate photo and the Beatles parody has been demoted to the inside cover.
The Beatles – ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘(1967)
Here is the iconic cover of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band ‘designed by pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.
Lordi – ‘Beast Loose In Paradise’ (2008)
The monstrous Finnish metalheads, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with their song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”, released a single called “Beast Loose In Paraside” in 2008 for the soundtrack to their movie “Dark Floors”. The illustration features a very blue photograph of Lordi.
Kiss – ‘Creatures of the Night’ (1982)
The cover of Lordi’s single “Beast Loose In Paradise” pays homage to the cover of Kiss’s 10th studio album “Creatures of the Night”.
12. Uriah Heep – ‘Live at Shepperton’ 74 ‘(1986)
Released 12 years after its recording at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, “Live at Shepperton ’74” features a bootleg LP style brown paper cover with a stamp of the band name Uriah Heep and the album title.
The Who – ‘Living in Leeds’ (1970)
Uriah Heep’s “Live at Shepperton ’74” is clearly reminiscent of The Who’s flagship live album from 1970, “Live at Leeds”. You could argue that ‘Live at Leeds’ is actually a tribute to the Rolling Stones ‘bootleg LP’ Live ‘Than You’ll Ever Be’ from 1969.
David Bowie “The Next Day” (2013)
The cover of David Bowie’s 24th studio album “The Next Day” is a modified version of Bowie’s 1977 album “Heroes” and features a white square hiding the face of the music legend. It was designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, who also created the ‘Heathen’ and ‘Black Star’ sleeves, and stands for erasing the past.
David Bowie – “Hero” (1977)
Here is the cover of “Heroes” from 1977 with an iconic image of David Bowie taken by photographer Masayoshi Sukita. The pose was inspired by the 1917 painting Roquairol by German artist Erich Heckel.
Slade – ‘Till Deaf Do Us Part’ (1981)
Slade’s tenth studio album featured a beautiful image of a nail driven into an ear canal. Delicious stuff.
Earth Band by Manfred Mann – “The Roaring Silence” (1976)
Slade’s “Till Deaf Do Us Part” is strongly reminiscent of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s “The Roaring Silence” 15 years earlier, which features a huge outer ear with a mouth inside. It was created by artist Derek Goldsmith.
Thee Oh Sees / Paul Cary – ‘Thee Oh Sees / Paul Cary’ (2010)
San Francisco alternative rock band Thee Oh Sees released an eponymous 7 “single with musician Paul Cary in 2010.
Rush – “Rush” (1974)
The single from Thee Oh Sees is of course a carbon copy of Rush’s eponymous 1974 debut album.
David Byrne – “Grown Upside Down” (2004)
The Talking Heads singer’s sixth solo album features a photograph of Byrne looking out there.
Phil Collins – “… But Seriously” (1989)
Genesis drummer / singer Phil Collins also looked thoughtfully into the background of his fourth solo album.