Uriah Heep / Sweet Freedom

Active for nearly a half-century on stage and on record, prog-metal masters Uriah Heep are oft denied the heep of hosannas they so richly deserve. Among the gems in their laudable canon includes Sweet Freedom (1973) wherein the late, great bassist Gary Thain flexes his formidable rhythm & blues chops honed during his tenure in the Keef Hartley Band.  Dig Gary’s funky “Dreamer” ascending / descending upper register lines, his torrid triplet grove on “Stealin,” and his soulful disposition on the title cut.