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2.96 | 21 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Easy Livin' (4:41)
2. Sweet Lorraine (5:52)
3. Stealin' (6:08)
4. July Morning (12:44)
5. Seven Stars (5:44)
6. Gypsy (7:55)
7. Drum Solo (6:23)
8. Sweet Freedom (9:49)
9. Look At Youself (8:44)
10. Love Machine (3:23)
11. Rock 'N' Roll Medley (6:38)

Total Time: 78:01

Line-up / Musicians

- David Byron / vocals
- Mick Box / guitar, vocals
- Gary Thain / bass, vocals
- Lee Kerslake / drums, vocals
- Ken Hensley / keyboards, vocals

Releases information

Recorded on February 1974 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, California

CD KBFH 70710-88027-2 (1997, US)

CD (1999, US, different cover)
CD (1999, UK, different cover)
CD (2002, Holland, entitled ''Easy Livin''', different cover)
CD (2003, US, entitled ''Greatest Hits Live'', different cover)

DVD-A Silverline Records (2003, entitled ''From The Front Row... Live!'', different cover, different order of tracks)
DVD-A Sound options: MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1

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URIAH HEEP Live On The King Biscuit Flower Hour ratings distribution

(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
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Review by Gatot
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2 stars Don't get me wrong with my 2-star rating. For me personally, I love this live album for one reason: I love the band since I was a child when "Demons and Wizard" blew me off. So, I collect almost any live version of the band. However, I don't want to give higher rating because if you are not a fan of this band, I would not recommend you to buy this record. I would suggest you to buy URIAH HEEP LIVE January 73 which is much much better than this one.

The interesting part of this album is the sleeve note. It has KEN HENSLEY's comments, King Biscuit write-up and most interestingly .. a write-up of HEEP die-hard fan DALE FREDERICKS. I really love the write-ups of KEN and DALE. For example, I like the "honesty" demonstrated by KEN HENSLEY when he admittedly said that the first two tracks of this album he was missing harmony. Indeed, when I listened to the CD, he was right - the music does not sound nicely especially in his organ / keyboard.

I also like DALE's comment about the show where he was really "entrance" with the occassion. He mentioned that he played multi instruments (one man band) as he imagined himself playing lead "air" guitar, sing, bass playing, keyboard playing and drum. After the show he got blue on his knees for weeks because he moved his body all the time during the show. He even did not let him to go to the toilet for "liquidity break" just to make sure his position at the floor where he stood would not be taken by others. One statement that I like from him is: "I became so emotional at that moment that I believe I started crying from excitement!" Yeah ... it applies to me when I experience terrific composition of rock music.

For me personally, I definitely love this album! Even though the sonic quality is really poor. There are some technical glitches here and there. David's communication with the audience is excellent! UH Live 73 has much better sound quality production than this CD.

So ... it's your call whether or not to buy this CD. Gatot Widayanto, Indonesia.

Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars Fan's money is definitely in danger. The Heep released three live albums from their legendary era. Needless to say, you should only bother with "the reference", which is "Uriah Heep Live" (IMO). This one, recorded during a Californian show (San Diego) is pretty weak in terms of sound recording during the first two tracks. The band is not really in top form : Byron sounds a bit weak during "Easy Livin" & "Sweet Lorraine" then, hopefully gets better later on.

Hensley great solos are too scarce except in "July Morning". This live performance is probably even superior to "the reference". Both Byron and Hensley are just superb (as they always ought to be). I should include the whole band actually. Each member contributing to release a fabulous performance of this great hard-rock number.

Track listing is great. Their latest album ("Sweet Fredom") is well represented (three tracks) which is normal for a supporting tour. "Sweet Freedom" and "Stealin" are quite well played and are not far from their classic repertoire. I'm not 100% sure though that the audience part will add great value to "Sweet Freedom". But I usually do not like these "interventions", so I am pretty biased and negative when such moments are involved (even when I am in the audience).

This album is better than "Live at Shepperton" and is definitely complementary with "the reference". The album ends, as usual for their era, with a rock'n'roll medley (Roll Over Beethoven, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog, At The Hop, and a BSS finale). All in all, a very good live album. Four stars.

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