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LIVE AT SHEPPERTON '74

Uriah Heep

 

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2.55 | 22 ratings

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2 stars Madison Square Gardens, Filmore East, Red Rocks...Shepperton?

The recordings on this album are taken from a Television special that Uriah Heep recorded in 1974. Although the special was never actually broadcast, a number of extracts from it appeared on the now deleted "Easy Livin', a history of Uriah Heep" video. The performance was never intended for commercial release in any format, but with the ongoing demand for Byron era material by the band, a belated release took place in 1986.

The original album was rather brief, but this was rectified by the remastered version, which incorporates a number of additional tracks from the same performance, plus some other relevant additions. A few of the tracks duplicate the superior versions on the "Live 1973" album, but as these recordings took place around the time of the release of the "Wonderworld" album, tracks from that album and "Sweet Freedom" also appear.

The performance by the band is not one of their best, tempered perhaps by the fact that they were conscious of the need to appeal visually as well as audibly. The recording quality too reflects the fact that it was intended only for television broadcast.

While it is good to hear early live versions of tracks such as "Sweet freedom" and "Stealin'", only the emotive ballad "The easy road" shines through as anything more than average here. Uriah Heep made one of the best live albums ever. Unfortunately, this wasn't it!

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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