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Uriah Heep: The Magician's Birthday

Track List

>Sunrise
>Spider Woman
>Blind Eye
>Echoes in the Dark
>Rain
>Sweet Lorraine
>Tales
>Magician's Birthday, The
>Crystal Ball [Out-Take] [Previously Unreleased Version] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Silver White Man [Out-Take] [Previously Unreleased Vocal Version] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Proud Words [Previously Unreleased Alternate Version] - (previously unreleased)
>Echoes in the Dark [Edited Version] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>Rain [Edited Version] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>Happy Birthday [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>Sunrise [Single Edit] [Previously Unreleased] - (previously unreleased)
>Gary's Song [Out-Take] [Previously Unreleased Version] - (previously unreleased, take)
>Silver White Man [Instrumental] [Out-Take] - (take)

Album Notes

Personnel: David Byron (vocals); Ken Hensley (guitar, keyboards, Moog synthesizer); Mick Box (guitar); Brian Cole (pedal steel guitar); Gary Thain (bass); Lee Kerslake (drums, percussion).

Recorded at Lansdowne Studios, London, England in September and October, 1972. Includes liner notes by Ken Hensley.

Personnel: David Byron (vocals); Ken Hensley (guitar, keyboards, Moog synthesizer); Mick Box (guitar); Gary Thain (bass guitar); Lee Kerslake (drums, percussion).

Audio Mixers: Pavel Salgado; Robert M. Corich; Ian Herron.

Audio Remasterer: Robert M. Corich.

Liner Note Author: Ken Hensley.

Recording information: Lansdowne Studios, Holland Park, London.

Photographer: Fin Costello.

Uriah Heep's 1972 release, THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY, followed in the same direction as its predecessor one year earlier, DEMONS AND WIZARDS--mystical lyrical themes are merged with heavy guitar riffs and prog-rock organ/synth explorations. Sonically, THE MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY is a tad more rough around the edges than DEMONS (keyboardist Ken Hensley is given more of a free reign on this album as well), but it's still unmistakably Uriah Heep. The album closing, ten and a half-minute title track is a bona fide Heep epic (with many mood shifts), while "Sweet Lorraine" catches the band at their most rough and rocking.



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