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Wednesday, April 26, 2017




ΛΑΙΣΤΡΥΓΟΝΕΣ 

Αθεράπευτα πιστός , στο δρόμο μου κάνοντας τα ίδια λάθη
θα γκρεμοτσακιστώ γιά μια νεά ζωή ,
χρόνο δεν έχει η σιωπή , χώρο να διαβεί
κι όμως βυθίζομαι πάντα στα ίδια πάθη .

Εξω από τα "Ναι" και τα "Οχι" σας ,
Δε με ενδιαφέρουν εξάλλου
Μεσα στα "Θέλω" και τα "Μη" που έγιναν δικά μου
Θα παραμένω κάπου αλλού στο θόρυβο κάποιου άλλου .

Εχω αστείρευτη καρδιά , γεμάτη , δε πεθαίνω
Θεός και δαίμονας γεννήθηκα
μα ξέρω που πηγαίνω
το παραμύθι το έζησα και θα το ζω , Ανασαίνω .

Και εάν ακούσω μιά ευχή να 'ρθει να μ'αγκαλιάσει
του Καββαδία ο κρυφός αστερισμός ας έρθει να με σκεπάσει .
Εκεί στα άσπρα κύματα που ζούνε οι γοργόνες
εκεί που δεν έχει "Πουθενά" και ζουν οι Λαιστρυγόνες .

Κι εκεί στο μαύρο "Τίποτα" να'ρθεις να μ'αγαπήσεις
Βάψε κόκκινο το μέλλον σου γιατί θα με μισήσεις .
Πάρε μαζί σου μιά ευχή και 'ακουσε τη μπάντα
να παίζουν τα τραγούδια μου , θα σ΄"Αγαπώ" γιά Πάντα .

Οσα ταξίδια έζησα και όνειρα αν είχα
κοίταξα μόνο στις ακτές στου έρωτα την ψύχα
κάπου στο δρόμο το στενό θα βρω τι έχω χάσει
κι ας έρθουν θύμησες παλιές να πουν "Σε'χω Ξεχάσει" .

Αθεράπευτα Πιστός !!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Saints : Howling 1996

Howling is the ninth studio album released by The Saints. 1996 .
Chris Bailey is the co-founder and singer of rock band The Saints. He was born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1957 to Irish parents. Bailey grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland until the age of seven, when his family emigrated to Australia. The Saints were formed in Australia in 1974. Their first hit was in the UK with the classic punk anthem "(I'm) Stranded". The band slowly evolved toward a more sophisticated sound on their next few albums.

The album was their first release after an eight-year recording hiatus. This time Chris Bailey chose to lose the big production of the 1980s records to make an album that was more akin to the early Saints punk sound. However, instead of teaming up with the original members Bailey again employed a new line-up for the band, making this The Saints Mark III.

The album was released to mixed reviews in mid 1996 in Australia and in 1997 everywhere else in the world.
Also, unlike the 1979-1988 Saints, Bailey here eschews his old mates for an new lineup, making this Saints Mach III. The results are mixed, especially at first, but at their best are crackling and exciting. And with repeated listens, Bailey's knack for a well-developed, melodic tune is revealed, as are a couple of thunderous, paranoid, wild, and totally cracked songs that sound like Bailey has turned psychopathic. Three acoustic-based tracks are also a good touch, revisiting the sumptuous territory of Savage Entertainment and 54 Days.

Besides, any record that makes Bailey howl as of old, unlike his '90s solo work, is bound to have one revelatory moment after another, reminding one of the explosive voice that once bellowed and yowled its way through such intense heart-pounders as "(I'm) Stranded," "This Perfect Day," "Know Your Product," "Casablanca," "Ghost Ships," and "Just Like Fire Would."

TRAKS

01. Howling - 4:19
02. Shadows - 4:10
03. Something Somewhere Sometime - 3:35
04. Something Wicked - 3:25
05. Only Stone - 3:22
06. Good Friday - 4:23
07. Blown Away - 5:14
08. Last and Laughing Mile - 4:11
09. You Know I Know - 3:30
10. Only Dreaming - 3:21
11. Second Coming - 3:50
12.All for Nothing - 3:33

HOWLING LYRICS

Get the fuck out
The elements were howling
Moses on the mountain slept
he hadn't got the message yet
and I didn't want to be the one to wake him up
so fatten up the sacred cows
let's get the butchers to do their stuff
so sharpen up the forks and knives
get ready for the sacrifice.

I want the godless gift of paradise,
I want to feel you deep inside.
Wild and weirdly the black cat's moan
give me the voodoo that I want.

Me.......I want to go howling, howling at the moon
I want to go prowling where I don't belong.
Because I've got my eyes on you
and I know that you want me too
you make me feel alright
going to keep it up all night.

Cinderella in the whorehouse wept
next to the bed in which I slept
I slipped it out at quarter past twelve
she had to leave she couldn't help herself
just like me she had to go howling

SHADOWS LYRICS

The bomb has dropped, its metal touch
smashes through the senses
god appears then disappears
he's nervous and defensive
his loving cup has been fucked up
it's smashed and broken on the floor
a mongel horde crash through he door
to add to the confusion.

Today I'm lost I drift across
the fields of imagination
subject to a point of view
dark and pessimistic
from bad to worse it's like a curse
somethings gone wrong with the master plan
and looking back I can see the crack
through which I have fallen.

Oh well it doesn't matter
it's only changes
changes aren't always dangerous
they're just contagious.

I'm doing time in the shadows
and I'm feeling fine it doesn't matter
because intelligence is out of luck
I better find myself another look
you could have read me like an open book
but something tells me you won't even look.

The carnival was yesterday
I see the clowns rejected,
performing tricks out on the street
I paint my face and join the line
the riot squad is standing by
and no one is escaping
my hands are tied my mind is numb

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Στα 70΄ς - Πειρατικοί Ραδιοσταθμοί

Μέσα δεκαετίας του 70 . Λίγο πριν και λίγο μετά τη χούντα .
Δύσκολα χρόνια , δύσκολοι καιροί γιά τους Ροκάδες . Πειρατικοί ραδιοσταθμοί , μακριά μαλλιά , τα πρώτα σκουλαρίκια σε άντρες ( Μπάτσοι : Πούστηδες είστε ρε και φοράτε σκουλαρίκια ; ) , αμέτρητες ώρες στα αστυνομικά τμήματα , τσαμπουκάδες με τους καρεκλάδες , πολύ ξύλο και πειρατικοί ραδιοσταθμοί στα μεσαία κύματα .

Ώρες ολόκληρες στο δισκάδικο "Η Στροφή Μανάκου" γιά να βρούμε κάποιο ακυκλοφόρητο άλμπουμ ώστε να το παρουσιάσουμε πρώτοι στο ραδιόφωνο : Cockney Rebel , Strawbs , Manfrend Mann's Earth Band , Eloy .
Συγκροτήματα που δεν κυκλοφορούσαν από Ελληνικές εταιρείες και διψούσαμε να τα μοιραστούμε με τους ομοϊδεάτες μας .

Τρία είδη πειρατών υπήρχαν τότε .

1. Οι Ροκάδες .

Ο Παναγιώτης ο "Tsarly" από το Νέο Ηράκλειο , ο αείμνηστος Κώστας ο "Tommy" από Παπάγου , εγώ ο "Black Spider" ή "Bugs Bunny" από Χαλάνδρι , ο Νίκος ο "Trip" από το Χαλάνδρι , ο Γιώργος ο "Galagher" από Παπάγου , ο Νίκος ¨Ζ 13" από Αγία Παρασκευή , ο αείμνηστος Γιώργος "Woodstock" από Χαλάνδρι , ο Παναγιώτης "Α 1" από Αγία Παρασκευή , ο Μίμης ο "Nektar" από Παπάγου κι αυτός εάν θυμάμαι καλά και πολλοί άλλοι .

Φίλοι που ξεθώριασαν , φίλοι που χάθηκαν μέσα στη λήθη του χρόνου .

2. Οι Σκυλάδες .
"Ράδιο Ολύμπια" . Χαλάνδρι . Ένα βλαχαδερό που εξέπεμπε τρία τετράγωνα από το σπίτι μου και εκτός από τα σκυλάδικα που έπαιζε είχε και μια κασέτα με τους Olympians . Δύο - τρεις κασέτες είχε όλες κι όλες κι έπαιζε τα ίδια και τα ίδια .
Υπήρχαν και δυό τρεις που έπαιζαν σκυλάδικα δίχως να μιλούν και έβαζαν διαφημίσεις γιά οικόπεδα . Παραθαλάσσια !
Εμείς γιά να τους τη σπάσουμε λέγαμε διάφορα , όπως : ( Παραθαλάσσια οικόπεδα , 30 χλμ από τη θάλασσα δίπλα στο κύμα - Επίσκεψη με μπουλντόζα - Τρεχούμενο νερό Καματερού - Προσγείωση με αλεξίπτωτο )

3. Οι Καρεκλάδες .

Ένας ήταν ο Super Star Καρεκλάδικος σταθμός της εποχής . Ο "Jeronιmo Groovy" . Τον μισούσαμε όλοι ! Είχε κάποιο υπουργό γιά θείο , μεγάλο μηχάνημα και δεν τον πείραζε κανείς . Εμάς μας κυνηγούσαν αλύπητα . Ορισμένες ώρες της ημέρας , όλοι εμείς οι Ροκάδες δίναμε ραντεβού , πέφταμε πάνω στη συχνότητά του , του ρίχναμε τη λεγόμενη " ΤΑΠΑ ¨ και δεν ακουγόταν ούτε στο σπίτι του .

Ότι κι αν γινόταν το 70 είχε μιά αθώα επαναστατικότητα και μία ελκυστική αναζήτηση γιά κάτι το διαφορετικό , έξω από τις μάζες και τα πρότυπα ,'έξω από τους κανόνες και τα "Πρέπει" .
Αυτά τα "Πρέπει" τους δε χωρούσαν στο μυαλό μας . Τα είχαμε απορρίψει προ πολλού .
Εκείνες τις εποχές είχα πλήρη άγνοια κινδύνου .
Τώρα με τρομάζουν τα ΠΑΝΤΑ !!!
Με τρομάζει το Μέλλον .
Όχι αυτό το δικό μου .
Εκείνο των νέων παιδιών !!!
NO FUTURE .

Αναδρομή στη δεκαετία του 70 . Σπάνια Ελληνικά συγκροτήματα . ΕΔΩ

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Τι Περιμένετε ;

ΤΙ ΠΕΡΙΜΕΝΕΤΕ ;



Ανοίξτε τα βιβλία της τρέλας
Τι περιμένετε ;

Οι σάπιες ημέρες θα περάσουν
Τι περιμένετε ;

Ανοίξτε το βιβλίο των ονείρων σας
Τι περιμένετε ;

Να έρθουν οι εφιάλτες
Τι περιμένετε ;

Διαβάστε τις πρόστυχες ευχές σας
Τι περιμένετε ;

Κάψτε τα όνειρά σας , εκείνα τα δικά σας
Τι περιμένετε ;

Πότε και που θα ζήσετε
Τι περιμένετε ρε Γαμώτο ;

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Bullets : the Story So Far 2015

The Bullets were formed in the eastern side of Thessaloniki in 1988. It was a time when rockabilly was very popular all over Europe. Although the rockabilly revival movement, which started in the 70s, lasted until the late 90s, the Bullets have managed to be active up until today. During all these years the band has performed live countless times, creating wild and memorable moments for their fans.



The Bullets' music style is without any doubt… rock'n'roll. Obviously their major influences are the trash/desperate rockabilly of the 50s and the primitive surf sounds of the 60s. Other influences include doo-wop, garage and british teddy boy rock. Their philosophy is based on having fun, love for life and on being optimistic. Certainly these are the reasons why they will keep on being together for a very long time!



Today Bullet Cost is the only founding member of the band that is still part of its line up. Shockin' Steve (vocals, guitar) joined the Bullets in 1992. After a Johnny Carroll gig the same year at Mylos Club in Thessaloniki, the band was rejuvenated! In 1999 Tommy (bass), a founding member, left the group. Captain-K (Frantic Five), who was already an unofficial member, took his place, temporarily at first, but he was to stay for the next five years. In 2004 Wrongman (De Sades) replaced Captain K. In 2009 Vasilis Karkavitsas took Wrongman's place, who was the band's sound engineer until then. During the same year Haris Granis (guitar,b.vocals) was also added to the line up, founding member of the BMW Rockers 57 and the Johnny Carbonaras.
The band's first release was the 7inch surf-a-billy single “Fuzzbitten” which came out in the spring of 2003 and was released by On Stage Records with 3 songs. In the following years Bullets' songs were included in the Compilations “Enjoy The Greeks” 1 & 2 (3 in total, volume two issued by Pop+Rock magazine) and in the compilations “White Boppin' Tower” 1 & 2 (On Stage Records). In 2005 the compilation “Their Hottest Tunes 1997-2005”, which featured almost all the group's recordings up to that time, was released. In 2007, the debut album “Final Race” came out, which featured guest appearances by some of the greatest artists in the Greek rock'n'roll scene and truly lived up to the Bullets' history and quality as a band. It's worth mentioning that the album's title song has been included in the compilation of May 2008 issue of the famous German rock'n'roll magazine, “Dynamite”.


TRACKS

01.  My Bonnie
02.  Baby Baby,Bala Bala
03.  You Are My Sunshine
04.  Final Race
05.  Getting On
06.  Holiday Memories
07.  Thank You Johnny Carroll
08.  My Baby's Gone
09.  Ramblin' Gal
10.  Blue Lagoon
11.  Little Angel
12.  Black Out !
13.  Little Sister
14.  Don't Pass Me By
15.  Fuzzbitten
16.  You Treat My Baby
17.  Son Of The Beach
18.  She's Wicked
19.  I Wanna Be Alone
20.  Out Of Gaz
21.  Pulsar
22.  I'm Sorry
23.  Mexicali Baby

Friday, April 07, 2017

The White Blues Of Urban Aspirines

This is not a collection made by an industry label . It's only the passion of URBAN ASPIRINES for the blues .


TRACKS

01. Stevie Ray Vaughan : Tin Pan Alley
02. The Rolling Stones : I Got The Blues
03. The Animals : Worried Life Blues
04. Bonnie Rait : Love Like A Man
05. Eric Clapton : Double Trouble
06. Janis Joplin : Cosmic Blues
07. Eric Burdon : Home Dream
08. John Mayall : Lying In My Bed
09. Flock : Truth
10. Led Zeppelin : Since I've Been Loving You
11. Blues Bug : Stay
12. The Nightporters : Blue And Lonesome
13. Uriah Heep : Lucy Blues


1. STEPHEN "STEVIE" RAY VAUGHAN

(October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning several years, he is widely considered one of the most influential guitarists in the history of music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s. AllMusic describes him as "a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the '80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death."

2. THE ROLLING STONES


"I Got the Blues" is a song from the Rolling Stones' 1971 album Sticky Fingers.
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "I Got the Blues" is a slow-paced, bluesy song in 6/8 time. It features languid guitars with heavy influence of both blues and soul feel.
In his review, Richie Unterberger compares the Stones' take on their early influences, saying, "Musically, it's very much in the school of slow Stax ballads, by [Otis] Redding and some others, with slow reverbed guitars with a gospel feel, dignified brass, and a slow buildup of tension."[1] A notable reference point is the Otis Redding-ballad "I've Been Loving You Too Long", a song that the Stones themselves had recorded in 1965 and very similar in style and buildup.
Recorded during the months of March through May 1970, the song features Jagger on lead vocals, Richards and Mick Taylor on guitars, Bill Wyman on bass, Charlie Watts on drums, and Billy Preston on Hammond organ. Stones' recording veterans Bobby Keys and Jim Price performed on the saxophone and trumpet, respectively.

3. THE ANIMALS


The Animals are an English rhythm and blues and rock band of the 1960s, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne, during the early part of the decade. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals
were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No. 1 hit single, "The House of the Rising Sun", as well as by hits such as "We Gotta Get out of This Place", "It's My Life", "I'm Crying" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-orientated album material. They were known in the US as part of the British Invasion.

4. BONNIE RAIT

Bonnie Lynn Raitt (born November 8, 1949) is an American blues singer-songwriter, musician, and activist.
During the 1970s, Raitt released a series of roots-influenced albums which incorporated elements of blues, rock, folk and country.
In 1989, after several years of critical acclaim but little commercial success, she had a major hit with the album Nick of Time. The following two albums, Luck of the Draw (1991) and Longing in Their Hearts (1994), were also multimillion sellers, generating several hit singles, including "Something to Talk About", "Love Sneakin' Up on You", and the ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me" (with Bruce Hornsby on piano).
Raitt has received 10 Grammy Awards. She is listed as number 50 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time" and number 89 on their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

5. ERIC CLAPTON

Eric Patrick Clapton,  (born 30 March 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time. Clapton ranked second in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and fourth in Gibson's "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". He was also named number five in Time magazine's list of "The 10 Best Electric Guitar Players" in 2009.

6. JANIS JOPLIN

Janis Lyn Joplin (/?d??pl?n/; January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an influential American singer of the 1960s; her raw, powerful and uninhibited singing style, combined with her turbulent and emotional lifestyle, made her one of the biggest female stars in her lifetime. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 1970, aged 27, after releasing three albums. A fourth album, Pearl, was released a little more than three months after her death, reaching number 1 on the charts.


Joplin rose to fame in 1967 during an appearance at Monterey Pop Festival, as the lead singer of the then little-known San Francisco psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. After releasing two albums with the band, she left Big Brother to continue as a solo artist with her own backing groups, first the Kozmic Blues Band and then the Full Tilt Boogie Band. She appeared at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Five singles by Joplin went into the Billboard Top 100, including "Me and Bobby McGee", which reached number 1 in March 1971. Her most popular songs include: "Piece of My Heart"; "Cry Baby"; "Down on Me"; "Ball 'n' Chain"; "Summertime"; Maybe; and "Mercedes Benz", the final song she recorded.

7. ERIC BURDON


Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941) is an English singer-songwriter and rocker best known as a member and vocalist of the R&B/rock band The Animals and the funk band War. He is also known for his deep baritone voice and aggressive stage performance. Burdon and The Animals were a component of the British Invasion of the 1960's.

He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time .
Burdon was lead singer of the Animals, formed during 1962 in Newcastle upon Tyne. The original band was the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo, which formed in 1958; they became the Animals shortly after Burdon joined the band. The Animals combined electric blues with rock and in the USA were one of the leading bands of the British Invasion.[10] Along with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks, the group introduced British music and fashion. Burdon's powerful voice can be heard on the Animals' singles "The House of the Rising Sun", "Sky Pilot", "Monterey", "I'm Crying", "Boom Boom", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It On Home to Me", "Baby Let Me Take You Home", "It's My Life", "We Gotta Get out of This Place", "Don't Bring Me Down" and "See See Rider".

8. JOHN MAYALL

John Mayall, (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington.

Mayall spent three years in Korea for national service and, during a period of leave, he bought his first electric guitar. Back in England, he enrolled at Manchester College of Art (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and started playing with semi-professional bands. After graduation, he obtained a job as an art designer but continued to play with local musicians. In 1963, he opted for a full-time musical career and moved to London. His previous craft would be put to good use in the designing of covers for many of his coming albums.

9. THE FLOCK

The Flock was an American, Chicago-based jazz-rock band, that released two records on

Columbia records in 1969 (The Flock) and 1970 (Dinosaur Swamps). The Flock did not achieve the commercial success of other Columbia jazz-rock groups of the era such as Chicago and Blood Sweat & Tears, but were most notable for their inclusion of a prominent violin in their recordings. The violinist, Jerry Goodman, went on to become a member of Mahavishnu Orchestra and a solo artist.
The members at the time of their 1969 studio recording were Fred Glickstein (guitar, lead vocals), Jerry Goodman (violin), Jerry Smith (bass), Ron Karpman (drums), Rick Canoff (saxophone), Tom Webb (saxophone) and Frank Posa (trumpet).

10. LED ZEPPELIN

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.


After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), Led Zeppelin IV (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track "Stairway to Heaven", is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group's popularity.
Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin's music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones' keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group's catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation.

11. BLUES BUG

Inspired by artists such as James Brown, Kool & the Gang and Earth Wind and Fire, the B Bug has been the funkiest phenomenon in Greece since 1990. They have performed their original music as well as funk/soul's best-loved covers in Greece's most popular clubs and European Jazz Festivals.

Since 2012, because of the Greek financial crises, the nucleus of the band has moved its base to Berlin. This exciting, new lineup includes accredited musicians from all over the world, featuring Vernon D Hill from Detroit, Michigan on keyboards and vocals and Daniel El congo from Cuba on Trumpet. The original nucleus out of Athens, including lead vocalist Fotis "Potis" Tsirigotis, Teo Theodoridis on electric guitar & vocals and Leonidas Kotsis on drums is thrilled about this union of funky-funksters & can't wait to groove Berlin's booty into an atomic tailspin!

12. THE NIHGTPORTERS


This British band recorded their debut album in four days, mostly live in the studio. It's energetic bar-band R&B/rock crossover, a style that had been plumbed for decades prior to this effort, and will probably be around for as long as electric guitars are.

Consisting entirely of covers, the eight-song set is not as cliched in song choice as it could be, but neither is it that exotic, including the likes of "Hip Shake," "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Love in Vain," and Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy" and "Blue and Lonesome." Lead singer Ian Roberts' voice is neither that good nor colored with nuance -- qualities that are absolutely essential if you want to make your mark using both styles and material that have been around the block so often.

13. URIAH HEEP

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972).

 In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the "Lady in Black" single was a big hit. Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep had become one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s.
Uriah Heep's audience declined by the 1980s, to the point where they became essentially a cult band in the United Kingdom and United States. The band maintains a significant following and performs at arena-sized venues in the Balkans, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and Scandinavia. They have sold over 40 million albums worldwide with over 4 million sales in the U.S,[5] where their best-known songs include Easy Livin', The Wizard, Sweet Lorraine, and Stealin'.