Uriah Heep Live

Rating: 80%

UriahHeep-Live.jpgUriah Heep released “Live” in 1973 after following in the steps of their first five records. They were among the top acts of the 1970’s with the likes of Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. Uriah Heep consisted of vocalist David Byron, guitarist Mick Box, keyboardist Ken Hensley, bassist Gary Thain, and drummer Lee Kerslake.

The album itself is full of energy. There’s a good selection of material on this album from “Easy Livin'” to “July Morning.” To end the concert, the band plays some of the hits that influenced them. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley” is chalk full of their influences including Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry.

The keyboards and guitar at times seem to drown out the rest of the band here and there, which is the only draw back. The guitar is huge on this record. I love the raw sound of the guitar work. The riffs, the leads and the crunchy sound it leaves you during the verses and chorus. Vocally, David Byron is amazing. It’s his voice that makes first four albums sound so damn good. Uriah Heep will always be one of my favorite Prog Rock bands, or at least their first five records, “…Very ‘Eavy …Very ‘Umble”, “Salisbury”, “Look at Yourself”, “Demons and Wizards”, and “The Magician’s Birthday.”

Track listing:

Side One
1. “Sunrise” (3:50)
2. “Sweet Lorraine” (4:27)
3. “Traveller in Time” (3:20)
4. “Easy Livin'” (2:43)

Side Two
5. “July Morning” (11:23)
6. “Tears in My Eyes” (4:34)

Side Three
7. “Gypsy” (13:32)
8. “Circle of Hands” (8:47)

Side Four
9. “Look at Yourself” (7:29)
10. “The Magician’s Birthday” (1:15)
11. “Love Machine” (3:07)
12. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley: Roll Over Beethoven/Blue Suede Shoes/Mean Woman Blues/Hound Dog/At The Hop/Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” (8:17)

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