From the uplifting nature of its lyrics to the effortless-sounding combination of musical force and rich, vocal sweetness, Sweet Freedom — taken from the album of the same name — is the sound of a group at the very peak of their abilities. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. The difference is all too clear, but in truth, he would have been better allowing vocalist Bernie Shaw to fulfil his role. Boulder redeems himself with the closing track, "Dream on" on which Shaw sings. It's another softer track, with lush harmonies.
Many of the remaining tracks are fairly run of the mill rock tracks. It should be noted that all of the bootlegs on this blog have been begged, borrowed, stolen or gifted to me. I can take no credit for the original recordings. If the original taper of any of these bootlegs would like due recognition for their work please get in touch I will be more than happy to oblige. I have for the most part posted only albums that are no longer commercially available,which doesn't mean someone somewhere doesn't own the rights to them.
It also doesn't mean that they wont become available in the future. I will upon request happily remove any posts or links. Have I got a treat for you today!! But when I sat down to listen to them something became immediately apparent. To me these were far too good to be buried in a compilation album. The band "Higher Livin'" hail from Italy and from the opening note on "Bird of Prey" all the way through to the conclusion of "July Morning" it is obvious that this extremely talented group of musicians are doing something they love.
Monday 22 June Tuesday 23 June Wednesday 24 June Thursday 25 June Friday 26 June Saturday 27 June Sunday 28 June Monday 29 June Tuesday 30 June Wednesday 1 July Thursday 2 July Friday 3 July Saturday 4 July Sunday 5 July Monday 6 July Tuesday 7 July Wednesday 8 July Thursday 9 July Friday 10 July Saturday 11 July Sunday 12 July Monday 13 July Tuesday 14 July Wednesday 15 July Thursday 16 July Friday 17 July Saturday 18 July Sunday 19 July Monday 20 July Tuesday 21 July Wednesday 22 July Thursday 23 July Friday 24 July Saturday 25 July Sunday 26 July Monday 27 July My problem with this album overall, is that it is too one dimensional; excepting a few standout tracks July Morning, Tears In My Eyes and Circle Of Hands the classics are all played at breakneck speed, as if to bludgeon them into submission, thereby losing any of the subtle nuances yes, Uriah Heep did do subtle present on the studio albums.
After careful consideration, I gave this album 3 stars - however, had the album been a single, rather than a double, this rating would probably have been increased to a 4, or even possibly a 5 star. The problem is that the breakneck speed tracks are mostly in the second half, as is the rock'n'roll medley; had the album finished with Tears In My Eyes, you'd be left wanting more, as it is, you wonder why you listened to it all In conclusion then, this is Heep as I suspect they would like to be remembered, the classic lineup in full flow although why did they have to include the awful rock'n'roll medley?
By no means an essential album, but a worthy addition to any early '70s collection. As I said before, Look at Yourself, Tears in my Eyes, and Easy Living among others, are part of my all time favorites, but this live versions and the sound of the album are very poor in my opinion.
Something strange if you take in consideration that this album is a selection of their best recordings and that they were playing with the best line up ever presented by Uriah Heep, including the best bass player of Rock history, the legendary Gary Thain making an excellent rhythm section with Lee Kerslake.
Something that I always loved of Uriah Heep is the high dose of drama and mystery they provided to their music, specially to albums related with demons and magician's, but in this case they loose that darkness, the songs are more rock oriented but the arrangements are unidimentional and too simple for the bunch of talented guys they were at that point- For example Tears in My Eyes was always one of the best and more clearly Prog' oriented tracks of the band, complex chorus and vocal arrangements, excellent wah - wah guitar and an incredible work with the keyboards, but in this album the song is flat, of course some head bangers will be happy because it's clearly oriented towards heavy metal, but they lost the prog' essence that made a classic of this song.
Magician's Birthday is also a great disappointment, a mutilated version that boosts the guitar parts over the excellent keyboards and the great epic July Morning sounds as a caricature of the original version. The Rock Medley is totally out of place in a Uriah Heep album, that's ok for a band that doesn't have enough material, but Uriah Heep could have chosen any track from Look at Yourself, The Magician's Birthday or Demons and Wizards and would have pleased the fans the ones who really matter more than a simple medley.
After the hard bashing I gave to the album in comparison with the original versions of the tracks, everybody should be expecting a two or one star rating, but I must say Uriah Heep Live is not bad surely not good for the Uriah Heep standards, but many bands just dream playing in their best day as Uriah Heep in their worst, and the track list contains such wonderful music that can't be ruined even if the band does the possible to make them sound bad.
It's essential only for the true Uriah Heep fans, but if you are just starting to be familiar with this excellent band, leave this live album until you have every previous one. With great pain because really love this band I will give Uriah Heep Live only three stars because the tracks and the lineup are the best possible, but nothing more because they proved they could do much better than this. It was planned to tape most of their concert and select the best moments out of it to produce a live album.
But there were so many technical problems during this tour that if the Heep wanted to record one, it would be from their last concert. The Birmingham one. Hensley said : "We ended up at Birmingham Town Hall,.
It was one of the biggest challenges that we ever faced. We all just looked at the shape of the building and believe it still wasn't going to happen.
So we put it out of our minds that we were recording, and just got on with doing our regular show. Box added : "When we arrived for the sound check at the Birmingham Odeon, the stage was so small we almost didn't record that night foreseeing lots of techical problems.
We decided to go for it and I remember Gerry Bron, our manager, saying that from the very first notes played he knew we had it in the can, and that's the way it stayed".
And the Heep just recorded one of the best live rock album of all times. Their record company produced the Birmingham concert in a It was voted one of the best albums by the music press. Although two out of the five have been reviewed on this site, one must honestly admit that none belongs to the prog genre. But they are god damned great live albums. I would definitely bring those ones if I ever had to live alone on a island.Feb 17, · Performed and Directed by Higher Livin' Claudia Dani: Voices Stefano Toni: Keyboards Dany Rossi: Bass.