Sea Of Light was the nineteenth album by URIAH HEEP, the album cover was created by legendary designer Roger Dean, who had previously painted the LP jackets for the classic URIAH HEEP albums Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday. The album was recorded by the line-up of founder member Mick Box on guitar, longtime drummer Lee Kerslake, Phil Lanzon on keyboards, fronted by lead vocalist Bernie Shaw and Trevor Bolder on bass. This version now features the two bonus tracks “Sail The Rivers” and “She Still Calls His Name” and a single edit of “Dream On”. This remastered release features a brand new essay in the booklet from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer’s Malcolm Dome, commissioned for this set and based on brand new interviews with the band members.
“Against the Odds” has a great operatic vocal and a catchy chorus that will get stuck in your head, the song is very uplifting, fantastic and rocking guitar work, dynamic drumming that compliments the great bass playing and the keyboards that fill out the sound of a song that should have been a hit single and is in another dimension. “Sweet Sugar” is a gritty rocker with a bluesy feel at times that would make for a great air guitar battle with your friends. “Time of Revelation” is a bouncy hard rocking song with fantastic vocals and musicianship that truly needs to be heard to appreciate the beauty of a band enjoying what they do. “Mistress of All Time” is a great ballad with impassioned singing by Shaw and inspired keyboard playing from Lanzon that fills you with emotion and makes you want to hug that special person tightly. “Universal Wheels” has more of Lanzon’s great keyboard playing, and the band brings a captivating sound to the song that would be awesome to hear in a live setting. “Fear of Falling” starts of with frenetic playing that grabs you and makes you want to shake your head along to it, “Spirit of Freedom” is a mid-paced rocker that would have been huge on MTV back in the day and would have people playing the hell out of it, and “Logical Progression” is a slower song that has great vocals and the band’s playing with feeling all makes for a powerful song that is very anthemic. “Love in Silence” is another ballad with more of the passionate singing from Shaw, the inspired keyboard’s from Lanzon, the tasteful bass from Bolder, the powerful guitar playing by Box and the incredible performance on drums by Kerslake. “Words in the Distance” is a great AOR song with the feel of a classic track from the mid ’80s, “Fires of Hell” (Your Only Son)” is a hard rock song that you need to throw the horns to and bang your head along to, and “Dream On” is an acoustic track with beautiful vocals and guitar playing. The bonus song “She Still Calls His Name” is a powerful rock song that has the band playing with passion and the keyboard playing takes this up a notch, “Sail The Rivers” is a nice AOR song that goes at a medium pace, but has a ton of things going on, the keyboard fills, the guitar solo, the fiery leads, the pounding drums, the thick bass and vocals all made this one of my favorites, and last bonus and track on the album “Dream On (Single Edit)”, is around one minute shorter than the album version and was a nice end to the album.
Overall, this album was excellent. For those who have liked the band since its inception, would find that this album still offers the HEEP sound with its unique multi-vocals singing and rocking songs. If you want a taste of a great band that came back with one of its strongest albums ever, this is for you, so go out and grab this one and make the HEEP part of your music heap.