Uriah Heep – The Magician’s Birthday (1972) – Review

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Ah, it’s time for another one, ain’t it? A long time has passed since our last Heep review. And what better times than these difficult ones to write a new piece on one of the most underrated rock bands of all time.

And – of course – what immediately comes to mind is the year 1972. That is when the breakthrough record Demons and Wizards hit the shelves with a vengeance. And – more importantly – when Uriah Heep boasted one of their strongest lineups ever. David Byron, Ken Hensley, Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, and Gary Thain formed … [...] Click to raid more!

Old’n’Tasty Records @ RockmusicRaider – Vol. III

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As you may know, RockmusicRaider also reviews older records, often from the ’70s and ’80s of the last century. For the simple reason that we still have a lot of great material, sometimes real pioneer work, which should never be forgotten.

The RMR crew already published the Old’n’Tasty volumes I & II earlier. And now is the time for a new installment, with a number of records that took our fancy. As always, this is in no way a ranking, but simply a selection of great albums that crossed our path.

Let’s begin!

Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime

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This record is … [...] Click to raid more!

Top 10 Songs of Uriah Heep!

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From time to time we like to reach backward, way into the past. To those days when rock was a hot item and metal slowly appeared on the scene.

Uriah Heep surely is one of these bands that shaped the future of rock and – to an extent – the emergence of metal. They truly were a staple of the ’70s and ’80s and still go strong to this day. 

And it’s funny, ain’t it? Today’s progressive bands – rock or metal – generate a ton of interest. Mainly because they’re outside of the proverbial box and exude that odor … [...] Click to raid more!

Uriah Heep – Firefly (1977) – Review

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Towards the end of the ’70s, Uriah Heep lost their compass somewhat after their fulminant successes during the earlier years. Demons and Wizards, The Magician’s Birthday or again Salisbury, all of them great records, were already behind them.

In between the band produced a bunch of somewhat unfocused and seemingly hastily assembled records that frankly pulled the overall quality of the offering down. And this tendency accelerated as the first decade of their career slowly came to an end.

Uriah Heep also had that knack to produce one or two hits in those aforementioned otherwise unremarkable albums. A [...] Click to raid more!