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Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday Party [DVD]
Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday Party [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep

4.0 out of 5 stars Something’s missing, 14 Jan. 2003
Live recording from London Shepherd's Bush Empire 7th December 2001 – magical evening in London when UH were joined on stage by former members Ken Hensley and John Lawton for a unique reunion concert, featuring special guest Thijs van Leer (from Focus on flute).
DVD also includes thick booklet and some interesting bonus materials: bonus track, featurette, photo gallery, etc.
15 songs are played, from “I’ll keep on Trying” from the first album to “Sweet Pretender” from “Sonic Origami”, the quality of video and sound being good.
This is classic live Heep – of “Live’ 73” calibre, powerful hard rock of highest quality! The first half of the show 5 UH members play with some help of Mr. van Leer, and on “July Morning” Ken Hensley joins the band, adding some Hammond, mellotron and slide guitar to UH sound. John Lawton joins six UH members in the second half of “Magician’s Birthday”, adding considerably to vocal palette. “Sympathy” is the peak of the show, while the last number – “Free’n’Easy” is a total flop and should not have been included on DVD.
My opinion concerning this DVD is a mixed one. On the one hand, the sound is really good, the band plays very well (except the last song mentioned above). On the other hand, something is missing. Maybe it is poor work of cameramen, or the expectations were too great (especially after watching marvelous “Acoustically Driven” set), but unfortunately for me this DVD did not become a revelation.
Anyway, it is a good DVD (not great, unfortunately) and it is definitely worth watching.

Uriah Heep - Acoustically Driven [DVD]
Uriah Heep - Acoustically Driven [DVD]
Dvd ~ Uriah Heep

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent show!, 14 Jan. 2003
Recorded live at the Mermaid Theatre London December 12, 2000
This is an unplugged acoustic set from Uriah Heep with special guest Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull on flute) and featuring Uriah Heep Classic Rock Ensemble (string quartet + 3 background female vocalists + pipes/percussion player + Melvin Duffy on pedal steel and slide guitar)
Strings were arranged by Pip Williams and Phil Lanzon.
15 songs are played – from “Lady in Black” (“Salisbury” album 1970) to “Golden Palace” (the last UH studio album “Sonic Origami”), the quality of video and sound is quite good (not very good, though). Some bonus materials are also worth watching – interviews, pictures, etc.
About the concert itself: It is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen – the air is friendly, the candles are burning, there is a feeling of nostalgia when one recognizes the songs – but they sound different! The band goes truly unplugged and the resulting acoustic and almost classical sound gives a new life to Heep classics – they gain additional warmth, melodiousness and sweetness. Bernie Shaw is at his best – if you close your eyes sometimes you can think that it is David Byron who sings! Ian Anderson’s contribution on flute gives the band additional dimension on “Blind Eye” and especially on “Circus”.
Melvin Duffy (who was recommended to UH by B.J. Cole himself (“Return to Fantasy”, remember?)) is quite good on slide & pedal steel. All musicians are quite excited by what they’re doing and pleased with it and I should say that it shows!
Do not miss this! This really is a must-see DVD!

Scorpions - Acoustica [DVD]
Scorpions - Acoustica [DVD]
Dvd ~ Scorpions

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show!, 5 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Scorpions - Acoustica [DVD] (DVD)
This DVD (and also CD with abt. 75 % of songs) was recorded live in Portuguese monastery more or less "unplugged" (bass guitar was mostly electric though). New acoustic arrangements gave old classics a new life, plus there are 2 or three new songs and three cover-versions: Dust in the Wind ("Kansas" original), Drive (from "Cars") and Love of my Life ('Queen', of course). Total of 21 tracks, and I should say that 17 or 18 of them are played real good. Five members of the band plus one (Brazilian?) percussionist, one extra ac. gtr. player, a keyboard/orchestrations/arrangements wizard, three background singers and a girl with cello (unfortunately, we can hear her only accasionally - thanks to Mr. Soundman). Ah, and last but not the least: great audience and fantastic dancers!

There are some interviews also, and I recall talking to Messrs. Meine & Schenker during Moscow Music peace festival in 1988 (or was it 1989? - I should check, I still got memorable T'shirt from the event :-)) and singing "Wind of Change" together.

Picture is exellent, but the sound - well, PCM Stereo is real good, 5.1 Dolby is not bad, but 5.1 DTS is really something: thanks to Mr. Soundman again I've had unforgettable experience - vocals from central channel (OK), gtrs from left and right front speakers (too quiet!) and very loud keyboards from left and right rear speakers!!! A real fly in the ointment, because on CD the sound is OK.

But anyway, this is a really good live DVD with different acoustic sound from the band of endless hits.
Try it and you won't be disappointed.

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