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Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday Party (DVD) CD (album) cover


Uriah Heep


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4.17 | 21 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Finally, after the good, but somewhat predictable Acoustic Driven (every major band has a unplugged CD somewhere), here comes the real thing: The Magicianīs Birtheday Party. Recorded exactly after 30 years of that albumīs original release, it was a great event for everyone who attended the show at the time. With one of their best line ups ever (which stayed unchanged for over 15 years), the group delivers a fine show that includes a lot of their best known classics with power, precision and passion.

Itīs kind of a pity that they donīt play the whole album through, but they do pick up some of itīs most important tracks like Sunrise, Tales and, obviously, the title track (more of that later). The concert also includes fine versions of other classics plus some newer material (equally good, believe it or not). The guests list is a killer one: This Van Leer (adding flute to Tales), John Lawton and nothing less then the creator of it all, yes, mister Ken Hensley himself, playng his trademark Hammond Organ on the second part of the show. You can see by their smiles and the great music produced they were having a great fun. Iīm glad it was recorded, but, boy, do I envy who was there that night!

The highlights are many, but definitly there is nothing like hearing (and seeing) those guys playing the entire Magicianīs Birthday epic! John Lawton even joins in by the final part of the song playing the part of the Devil while Bernie Shaw (tottally possessed by David Byronīs spirit) plays the Magician. Awesome! And unforgettable! Ken Hensley by the way (and John lawton) are still in fine form! Watch and hear!

A great concert, and a must have for any Heep fan. Great DVD. 4,5 stars at least (one half less because of some missing songs that should have been played that night, but thatīs just my opinion). Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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