Sweet Freedom

Label
Sanctuary
Release date
1 Aug 2013
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
76:12

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dreamer 3:42 10,466
2 Stealin' 4:48 49,438
3 One Day 2:45 9,987
4 Sweet Freedom 6:59 17,794
5 If I Had the Time 5:37 9,405
6 Seven Stars 3:49 6,793
7 Circus 2:42 11,197
8 Pilgrim 7:06 9,910
9 Sunshine 4:47 5,085
10 Seven Stars (Extended Version) 7:01 2,209
11 Pilgrim (Extended Version) 8:27 2,160
12 If I Had the Time (Ken Hensley Demo Version) 6:00 57
13 Sweet Freedom (Alternate Live Version) 6:47 42
14 Stealin' (Alternate Live Version) 5:42 49

About this album

Sweet Freedom is the sixth album by Uriah Heep, recorded and released in 1973. Two singles (both U.S. only) were released from the album, “Stealin’” and “Sweet Freedom”. The album charted high in Norway, Austria and The UK, as well as achieving respectable chart-positions in The US and Australia.

By 1973, Uriah Heep had progressed from an English band to a worldwide success. They moved on to a new label (Warner Bros. ) and began to explore new styles to flesh out their combination of prog complexity and heavy metal muscle. The band’s desire to break new ground is established with the lead-off track, “Dreamer”: while it riffs as hard as the band’s past rockers, it adds a surprising element of funkiness into the band’s sound. The gentle, acoustic guitar-dominated “Circus” is another change of pace that pushes the group’s sound in a meditative, folky direction. The group also explores new avenues in the lyrical arena. Instead of the mystical tales that dominated albums like Demons and Wizards, Sweet Freedom offers lyrics designed to appeal to the listener on a personal level: The most stirring example is “Stealin’,” a song about the regrets that come with living a self-obsessed life. These sentiments were combined with a stirring, soulful melody that helped make the song a radio favorite.

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