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    Posted: February 13 2018 at 08:09
A seminal album for me--perhaps THE album that got me into album rock (or "prog"), there really is no bad song on this album for me--and I could've gone with any of them--but I gotta go with the opener, "The Wizard."

Though the tracks are listed separately, I had to merge "Paradise" and "The Spell" as one--as we all know they are.

And, how many of you old-timers proudly displayed the Roger Dean poster of this album cover on your bedroom walls?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 08:16
Paradise/The Spell
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 09:11
All My Life is kind of annoying though. Uriah Heep always had the ability to create great songs and terrible songs at once.

Another example is Seven Stars.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 09:27
Paradise/The Spell.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 09:29
Never cared much for this band, but the last track gets it for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 09:42
Always loved the energy of the opener.
"Larks' tongues. Wrens' livers. Chaffinch brains. Jaguars' earlobes. Wolf nipple chips. Get 'em while they're hot. They're lovely. Dromedary pretzels, only half a denar."
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 09:54
Such an important album to me.  My favorite song may be "WHY", the song tacked on to recent CD additions.  Could be my favorite BASS song of all time.

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  Every few months I play a breath-taking "air bass" to WHY.

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 10:15
Originally posted by Wanorak Wanorak wrote:

Paradise/The Spell.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 11:33
Easy Livin'

You've all beeeeeen For Givenn! :P
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 13:28
Great album with lots of classic tracks - but opening up with 'The Wizard' was rather special! Now that's a feel-good prog moment!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 13:52
Hi,

This was one of the bands that I bought the album by the cover (Roger Dean's), and was really disappointed all around. To me, this was just plain rock music, trying to sound artsy now and then, but all in all, not a great band, but one that you can play on a nice (and open!!!) Friday/Saturday night show on a good FM station that is not mechanized and needs to die!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 14:10
Flip a coin between Wizard and Paradise......
One does nothing yet nothing is left undone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 14:53
Saw UH open for Tull in '78 and while they put on a great show, I've always been disappointed by their albums.  Bought a handful including this one with high hopes, but didn't keep any besides the greatest hits album.  Absolutely love the songs "Bird of Prey" and "Gypsy", but nothing else really grabbed me so no vote here.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 16:13
^ Yeah......many music critics over the years picked on the Heep and said they weren't that good...there was a review in the old Rolling Stone guide that called them a 'mutant version of Deep Purple'.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 16:19
Wow!!! One of my favorite Heep's records. Today, I'll vote for Traveler in Time, tomorrow, it could be any of the rest. All great songs, and excellent music.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 16:51
Originally posted by Manuel Manuel wrote:

Wow!!! One of my favorite Heep's records. Today, I'll vote for Traveler in Time, tomorrow, it could be any of the rest. All great songs, and excellent music.

Amen to that. One of the (many) bands who rarely get a mention on here, but deserve much more attention.
However, the album was a huge source of embarrassment to me. I was looking at the cover at my parents' house, when my mother looked over my shoulder and gasped, "What a rude cover. I wouldn't have expected that of you." I had no idea what she meant - then I saw it.
Until then, I honestly hadn't noticed. Really.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 16:58
lol.... at least it wasn't Abraxas man... my mom snagged me a few times while.. umm.  appreciating that album cover haha.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 17:09
Originally posted by Hercules Hercules wrote:

Originally posted by Manuel Manuel wrote:

Wow!!! One of my favorite Heep's records. Today, I'll vote for Traveler in Time, tomorrow, it could be any of the rest. All great songs, and excellent music.

Amen to that. One of the (many) bands who rarely get a mention on here, but deserve much more attention.
However, the album was a huge source of embarrassment to me. I was looking at the cover at my parents' house, when my mother looked over my shoulder and gasped, "What a rude cover. I wouldn't have expected that of you." I had no idea what she meant - then I saw it.
Until then, I honestly hadn't noticed. Really.
My family paid little attention to my music, and hardly ever look at my vinyl record collection, at least not with that much attention. Growing in Central America was hard for a prog-head during the 70's, no internet and very little exposure to that kind of music, and it was quite difficult to get records of any info on latest releases. I was fortunate to know a lady who worked in the biggest record store in town, so I was able to know about newest releases, and special order them.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 18:57
I've always really enjoyed "circle of hands" but I voted for "the wizard." I should pull this out again. It's a great album but I haven't played it in a while. Also, it's one of relatively few albums I have on both cd and vinyl. My vinyl copy is actually signed by Roger Dean(as is my vinyl copy of relayer) so I won't be parting with it anytime soon. ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 13 2018 at 18:59
As a side note, I could have sworn I heard "traveller in time" in some movie but I can not for the life of me figure out where. If anyone knows please do tell.
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