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millions of albums all over the planet.Was no time to rest. Maybe it would have been a good idea to take some time off and enjoy Though undeniably a pleasant listen, Uriah Heep's The Magician's Birthday doesn't quite measure up to the high standards of the run of albums leading up to it. The soaring, fantastic atmosphere of Demons and Wizards occasionally peeps in here and there, which saves the album from total mediocrity, but the glorious heights reached on that album are nowhere to be seen here. Simply put, doesn't really have any truly memorable standout songs that remain with you after listening - something every Heep album from Salisbury to Demons and Wizards offered in spades. Simply put, I could listen intently to the album and then an hour later I couldn't remember what most of the songs sound like aside from Sweet Lorraine - something which certainly isn't true of Salisbury or Demons and Wizards. studio and it sounds like that. MAGICIAN'S BIRTHDAY has never been a favorite of mine, i rarely listen to it despite some very Don't get me wrong: there are some excellent parts as well. Who doesn't like the beauty of ''Echoes in the dark'' and this The title tune is the only one of the eight selections that comes close to being interesting. Unfortunately, it just comes close. The album reminds me of those amateur opera singers who rent Carnegie Recital Hall to give recitals for their tone-deaf friends and for those knowledgeable aficionados who need a good laugh. Uriah Heep, however, takes it all utterly seriously. Give these boys a Dutch rub and six months under house arrest.
fantastic, haunting lyric and a stunning performance by all band members. David Byron´s vocals on thisWorth it if you were bowled over by Demons and Wizards and don't mind that the artwork manages to be closer to the spirit of that album than the music a lot of the time, but The Magician's Birthday marks the waning of Heep's classic period in my view. As the french language says: ''sans queue , ni tete'' would describe this ''epic'' ( without head , without tail) The Magician's Birthday party has become an annual event, celebrating Uriah Heep through the years. It sees the current line up being joined by former members, and other well known performers. The single " Sweet Lorraine" / " Blind Eye" reached No. 91 in the US Hot 100 chart.  The single " Spider Woman" reached No. 14 in Germany.  The Magician's Birthday was certified gold by the RIAA on 22 January 1973.  If anyone ever wanted to know what a typical classic Uriah Heep album sounded like, this would be a fine
Blind Eye and Sweet Lorraine. In fact, the whole album works very well and the only song that seems out This recording covers the first "party" held in 2001. The highlight is undoubtedly the appearance of founder member Ken Hensley, who wrote most of the band's most famous works, and contributed the Hammond organ element of their wall of sound. The band play a commendable set covering a cross section of their songs through the years.To the band's credit, it wasn't really their fault that their fifth album, 'The Magician's Birthday' a b Guarisco, Donald A. "Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday review". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved 18 November 2018.
album 3 stars is because aside from these facets, there's little that's memorable about the album. The only truly
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then you have a ...drum solo. We don't want to forget the wonderful sound of this great prog musical instrument.....the Kazoo!!! for me, the weak songs of the record as far as i'm concerned. Both sound really dated. "Blind Eye" has some excellent Saunders, Mike (March 1973). "Uriah Heep: The Magician's Birthday (Mercury)". Creem . Retrieved 20 November 2018. who can't remember when was the last time he was given so much freedom to play a solo for so long, so believe me he is taking If you believe what you read in Circus (and I do, I do!!) Uriah Heep organist Ken Hensley's original plan for this album called for a total concept opera-like work about a five-hundered-year-old magician who hosts a birthday party to which he invites all of his supernatural acquaintances. But Ken's fellow group members were less than thrilled by the project and talked him into limitng his contribution to just five songs.
work, with a nearly 4 minute guitar solo, as well as some of the band's best fantasy storytelling. So unless you're a organ that are penetrated with the scream-like yell of David Byron. It settles as the vocals are almost spoken. It builds.Themes are repeated. I like the organ play in
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Bottom Line: The Magician's Birthday shows how well the members of the band work together, especially David Byron's voice, which truly shows it's full potential. This is a Uriah Heep classic, probably the darkest album they ever released. So if you are a fan but don't have a copy of it, it's a must-have. As for those of you who are new to Uriah Heep, I wouldn't suggest getting this one...yet. I highly advise getting "Demons and Wizards" first, then get "Magician's Birthday." This concludes my review, thank you for reading.