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  • Audio CD (24 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B003DTG8G0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sunrise
  2. Sweet Lorraine
  3. Traveller In Time
  4. Easy Livin'
  5. July Morning
  6. Tears In My Eyes
  7. Gypsy
  8. Circle Of Hands
  9. Look At Yourself
  10. The Magician's Birthday
  11. Love Machine
  12. Rock'N'Roll Medley

Disc: 2

  1. Something Or Nothing
  2. I Won't Mind
  3. Look At Yourself
  4. Gypsy
  5. Easy Livin'
  6. So Tired
  7. I Won't Mind
  8. Something Or Nothing
  9. The Easy Road
  10. Stealin'
  11. Love Machine
  12. Rock'N'Roll Medley

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Format: Audio CD
I remember being profoundly disappointed when I bought my original vinyl copy of "Live '73". Of course that was ten years after it came out, and I'd only been exposed to the sleek early eighties melodic rock version of Uriah Heep. I particularly hated the rock 'n' roll medley, nine minutes of my life, gone never to be recovered. Of course, I've warmed to it over the years, thanks in no small measure to ending Side 4 early, and am happy to acknowledge that the 14 minute version of 'Gypsy' is one of the greatest pieces of live music, ever.

And now, as part of the Uriah Heep 40th birthday celebration / Universal Music profit recovery, "Live '73" is out in a new 2CD edition. And here's where I get confused. See, I got the 2008 reissue of the 2004 remaster, which had 4 US radio show tracks and 8 film mixes from the "Shepperton '74" sessions added. And that seems to be what I've got here. Again. Now the press bumph says that it's an "expanded deluxe packaging edition, with new expert sleeve notes, and a bonus CD containing 12 unreleased US radio show edits and film mixes of tracks used for radio". But it's the same tracks? And the compilers notes by Robert M Corich are dated July 2003 . So, there isn't actually anything new musically, although they have done away with the 2008 slipcase and put it in a new clear plastic case with the words "Deluxe Edition" on it.

So there's no need for anyone who has either the 2004 version or the 2008 version to buy this. But if you only have the original vinyl or the 1996 Essential CD issue, then you should definitely get this. Now, I don't know why you haven't upgraded already, but you may as well do it now.
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I was never a devoted Uriah Heep fan, Deep Purple were my number one band throughout the 70s. But I do love this album. My favourite Heep album was definitely Sweet Freedom though, released shortly after this.
I bought it on vinyl in about 1976 (when I started work), and this remaster sounds great.
I am not particularly interested in alternative versions, mixes, outtakes etc, but I love to hear good music properly remastered to do it justice on CD.
For me, this was the CLASSIC Heep line-up. Byron's vocals are excellent and he was a great frontman, and Gary Thain was one of the outstanding rock-bassists of his generation - sadly lost to a drugs-death (heroin I think) all too early in his life.
Great versions of all their classics of the time, and a good quality recording - for me one of the great rock live albums (in terms of content, energy, and recording quality) - up their with Purple's Made in Japan and Thin Lizzy, Live and Kicking.

Now, remember this was 1973 - the rock'n'roll medley was almost obligatory for many bands in their live shows, and Heep include one here. Imagine you are in the audience as a 14-18 year old........not a middle aged mortgage paying misery listening on his computer. It was a bit of fun, and still included some good playing and interplay between the band members. Thankfully absent are any 15 minute drum solos, extended improvisation "noise poems" on guitar etc etc that also seemed to be a feature of many live shows around that time.

As I write this review, I am actually listning to "Sweet Freedom" on my computer, via headphones, and waiting for my wife to go out - so I can fire up the stereo and relive my teenage air-guitar years in the living room.

I love this album as much now as I did when I first heard it all those yeears ago. It is a must buy!!!
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there are some really good tracks on here - some i prefer to the non-live versions. Only 2 criticisms... some of the bonus tracks are just curios and hard to listen to e.g. easy livin' film mix has audio hum and feedback. the other thing - and maybe someone can tell me if i'm going mad - where's the rest of magician's birthday? the original is over 10 minutes and this one is only 1 min 45 long!
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By TheProf TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2012
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This album deilvers on many levels, and this remastered version in particular. Live 1973 presents some superb progressive and hard rock tracks from a time in the 1970s when UH were at the peak of their creative talent. Tracks like "July Morning" and "Circle of Hands" remain some of the best in this genre of hard progressive rock. There are lots of UH compilations out there but few have all the great tracks that feature here, and in any case, the studio versions don't always do justice to the tracks as much as these live versions do. This is the quintessential UH line-up - Box, Byron, Hensley, Kerslake and Thain. To me, and many others, this was the best ever UH line-up and this live set is a testament to why. Byron's voice is more powerful and emotive live, and apart from one or two moments of over-exuberant wailing (including an out of tune moment on "Traveller in Time"), it is in top form. Box's guitar sound, though a bit repetetive, is more powerful live, and he certainly can't be described as a showman, leaving that to Hensley. Thain's bass playing is superlative - worth the price of entry alone, and he really should be up there in the rock and roll hall of fame as one of the top 5 rock bass players - what a loss when he passed away. Hensley's organ playing is superb, as expected, and while there are moments it becomes indulgent (on the extended "Gypsy" which does go on a bit longer than it needs to), it is never boring. Kerslake's drumming is powerful and precise - he's no showman, and not in the same league as someone like Neil Peart of Rush, but what he does he does well. So, this album captures the band singing and playing well, with real conviction, emotion and energy. All the tracks are worth repeated listening, apart from the rock n roll medley, which we could have lived without.Read more ›
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