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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Top 10 Songs of Uriah Heep!

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From time to time we like to reach backwards, way into times past. Uriah Heep has been a staple of the ’70s and ’80s, and they still are going strong to this day. This band for sure helped shape today’s rock and metal offerings through a style that would qualify as progressive. If not alternative at times, but for sure never fearful to experiment with new sounds and elements.  

The RMR deck crew already spilt a lot of ink on this specific band. It is now time to have a look at the Top 10 tracks they produced over time. The [...] 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!