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The Magician's Birthday


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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00005AFPI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Murphy on 17 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have very fond memories of this album even though the track "Sweet Lorraine" simultaneously blew my then stereo`s speakers when the synthesiser kicked in at the start of the verse!

The band were brought to my attention by one of my school teachers who had a few of Uriah Heeps albums (ahhhh, vinyl gatefolds and mirror covers lol)

At the time Prog Rock was in full swing with Yes being the flag bearers and to have one of these albums tucked under your arm going into the 6th form common room meant you had kudo`s for your intellectual taste.......ha ha ha those were the days!

The tracks dont have a coherent storyline like some classic Prog Rock but it more than made up for any shortcomings with the high quality of the musicianship on display.

David Byron is definitely one of the UK`s great lost and under rated singers and surely deserves a retrospective regarding his voice.
Gary Thain was one of rock musics truly great bass players up there with Andy Fraser and Jack Bruce.

In fact the whole band were top quality including the songwriting talents of Ken Hensley who had a good knack for powerful and sensitive rock music.

All I can really say is I highly recommend this great eriod piece to anyone who likes to turn the lights down low, light the candles and disappear into a fantasy world of Warlocks, Demons, Wizards and tune into some seriously good songs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. G. Saunders on 10 Jun 2008
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`Heep` were riding high on their crest of a wave Called `Demons and Wizards`touring everywhere then getting the call album 5 must get recorded a mere six months later, well the gauntlet was thrown down and `Magicians Birthday` was as the remaining members say was too quickly cut and released..Rushed it was but Demons 2 it is almost! with five tracks written by Ken Hensley the other three including the ten minute title track group compositions all turned out well . what I like most is `Robert M Corich` remasterer and vault tape detective! has once again done himself proud by digging out an extra NINE out takes. ,which to listeners like me are unmissable.There is even a rumour that the original album was to have been a double. It is now!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris of Wrexham on 2 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although like all Heep albums, it grows on you, this one is not as good as their first 3 nor Demons and Wizards.

There is some good keyboard work especially on the title track but overall it is disappointing.

If you already own the above albums then you may want to buy this one. Otherwise buy the others first.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tasos Sgardelis on 7 Jan 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is Uriah Heep at their best! "The Magician's Birthday" may not be as heavy as its prodecessor "Demons And Wizards", but it's equally good if not even better! From the first note of the opening track "Sunrise" you understand that there is a magical feeling in this album. The quality of the songs is just outstanding! Don't expect to hear anything that sounds like Deep Purple here... This is masterfully crafted art rock! The album surely has its harder moments but most of it moves to a more melodic direction with an amazing use of hammond, piano, acoustic and electric guitars and the best vocals that David Byron ever recorded. "The Magician's Birthday" is definitely not the heaviest album of Uriah Heep, but from an artistic point of view this one has to be their finest!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SUE SMITH on 12 Sep 2013
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I bought the album decades ago and listening to the music again has bought back so many happy memories for me
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Quality follow up to demons and wizards,possibly should have taken a break and polished up the songs but it was always going to be hard to follow a classic like demons,still found time to record arguably one of their greatest ever songs 'tales',this cd is worth the price for that track alone.Constant touring and rock n roll lifestyles would soon take their toll
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 21 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Great album from a great band got it remastered,sound quality excellent.Solid album from the band not too much unsimilar to the superb Demons and Wizards and Look At Yourself albums,buy it if you dont already have in your collection you wont be dissapointed its great and one of my favourite Heep albums.I would also highly recommend the following Heep albums in no particular order;Salisbury,Raging Silence,Sea Of Light,Wonderworld all part of the fantastic Uriah Heep catalogue.The band have just released there latest album Wake The Sleeper.July 2008,please check out my review on this fantastic new offering its a rocker and comes highly recommended.
Hope review is of help.please check out my other reviews you might find something of interest.Cheers.
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How could a band I loved so much,paid money to see live,bought their albums and singles have served us up this turkey?
I'd forgotten just how bad it was until I stupidly bought it out of curiosity / nostalgia recently (as I missed it in 1972 when it came out).
I now remember why I avoided it back then and bought Electric Warrior instead,a much better investment of my hard earned cash!
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