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Uriah Heep - Uriah Heep - Live CD (album) cover


Uriah Heep


Heavy Prog

3.96 | 163 ratings

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How good was it to be a URIAH HEEP fan back then! A new album every 6 months! After the somewhat average MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY, i guess it was time to release a -mandatory- double LP live! You couldn't be back then a successful Rock'n roll band and not publish the famous double live LP, every other band was doing. At the time of MADE IN JAPAN, ROCKIN THE FILLMORE , STEPPENWOLF LIVE and others, it was natural that URIAH HEEP would follow this path.

And as URIAH HEEP was at the top of their popularity in 1973, why not take advantage of it and cash in a little more pounds! The design of URIAH HEEP LIVE was very class, nice lettering, very stylish coming with an inside booklet=photo album of all the band members on stage. Yes, David BYRON got the first front page!!Looking at this picture, i know now where FREDDY MERCURY got his inspiration from.

This is a good hard-rocking album with all the musicians in superform. I never noticed before how GARY THAIN could be so good; believe me, he ROCKS on this one. Almost all the hits are including from a speedy EASY LIVIN, a magnificent rendition of the sublime JULY MORNING to a wild version of their first hit GIPSY where KEN HENSLEY is having some fun ( but maybe not the listener) Otherwise the live versions are relatively comparable to the original ones.

A very good album, but i don't listen to it too much as i prefer usually lend my ears to the 5 precedent studio recordings. Moreover, as i never been fond of pure classic rock and roll songs of the fifties, i would have survived nicely without a ...10ms medley of all those ''Roll over Beethoven'' and other ''Blue suede Shoes''.That put the album a little bit down.

A very good album live, but doesn't bring nothing new to the plate like ROCKIN THE FILLMORE from HUMBLE PIE which is still my favorite rock live album. Of course YESSONGS wins it in prog.


febus | 3/5 |


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