Uriah Heep co-founder Mick Box reveals the LPs that changed his life

By Jeb Wright

Mick Box has been the guitarist for Uriah Heep since he co-founded the band in 1969 with vocalist David Byron.

MIck Box Uriah HeepWhile the band is best known for its early 1970s masterpieces “Demons and Wizards” and “The Magician’s Birthday,” Uriah Heep continues to crank out studio albums, too, the most recent of which is “Into The Wild” (Frontiers Records).

Box and his bandmates remain road warriors, as well, rocking out onstage around the world. Without further ado, here is the “Very ’Eavy … Very ’Umble” list of 10 albums Mick Box can’t live without.

Jeff Beck TruthJeff Beck, “Truth
An amazing album and the inspiration for me to get my trademark Jim Dunlop Cry Baby Wah-Wah! Rod Stewart sings better than ever on these tracks.

Beatles_SgtPepperThe Beatles, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
They were so far ahead of the game it was amazing. Beautifully well-crafted songs that have stood the test of time.

Buddy Holly Chirping CricketsBuddy Holly & The Crickets, “The ‘Chirping’ Crickets”
“Oh Boy!,” “Not Fade Away,” “Maybe Baby,” “That’ll Be the Day” — so many great songs on their first album. Buddy Holly and The Crickets were inspirational. The songs sound just as good now as back when the album was released in 1957.

EddieCochrane_Hits_MemorialAlbumEddie Cochran, “12 Of His Biggest Hits/The Memorial Album”
This was released in 1960, and contained his biggest hits like, “C’mon Everybody,” “Three Steps to Heaven,” “Cut Across Shorty,” “Summertime Blues” and “Somethin’ Else.” Cochran was the real deal and directed his session musicians on how he wanted things to sound. He sounded like he had a fire in his belly, and everything came across with so much energy; it was fantastic.

TheShadows_TheShadowsThe Shadows, “The Shadows”
Hank Marvin and his salmon-pink Fender Stratocaster, along with his Buddy Holly-style glasses, were iconic. He was the master of the instrumental, and I do not know any guitarists who did not have the song “Sleepwalk” in their repertoire. His use of echoes and delays were amazing.

LedZeppelin_LedZeppelinILed Zeppelin, “Led Zeppelin”
This, their first album in 1969, just exploded onto the London music scene. I saw them in a very small club in London, and I sat in front of Bonham’s massive bass drum all night, and they were so exciting. Their mix of rock and blues saw them morphing into what was to be termed “heavy metal,” and this being the first album, it really set the bar.

JoeWalsh_TheSmokerYouDrinkJoe Walsh, “The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get”
Released in June 1973, the song “Rocky Mountain Way” did it for me. Joe’s laid-back style of playing was always right in the pocket — one minute rockin’ away and the next floating away into oblivion. Love it.

Neil Young HarvestNeil Young, “Harvest”
An amazing album that just lives with you forever. There is no one like Neil, and there never will be. He beats to his own drum, and I admire that in an artist. I love most everything he has recorded.

Deep Purple In RockDeep Purple, “In Rock”
An amazing band and a fantastic album cover. Ritchie Blackmore is outstanding, as is Jon Lord. Between them, they laid down some of the best rock solos ever. A great rhythm section in Ian Paice and Roger Glover, and Ian Gillan just roared and screamed over the top. Rock as it should be. “Child in Time” is a masterpiece.

Roger Waters Amused to DeathRoger Waters, “Amused To Death”
Brilliant, thought-provoking lyrics, and, of course, Jeff Beck on guitar.

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