Uriah Heep - Bird Of Prey (1970) (buy)
"If this group makes it I'll have to commit suicide. From the first note you know you don't want to hear any more." That's how the Mellisa Mills Rolling Stone review of the 1970 debut, Very 'Eavy... Very 'Umble from today's suspects began. Not sure if she took them up on it, but they certainly held up their end of the agreement. Brits would have to wait until the '71 release Salisbury for this one, though for us on the best side of Atlantic the first album flew under the considerably less phonetic title Uriah Heep.