Live Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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.Read more ›
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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I remember buying this album back in the 70's hoping for a live version of the Magicians Birthday. I was disappointed at the time as I was excited to hear one of the greatest... Read morePublished on 3 Feb. 2014 by Martin C. Crockett
Owned this on vinyl. Had to buy the CD, it is something like admitting it is still good and giving it an honour. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2013 by Sandra
I have had this album on vinyl for several years and am very happy with the production on CD, love itPublished on 14 Nov. 2012 by Roland B. Dodd
I bought this on December 18th. 1973. I was sixteen years old and called in at Woolworths , Swinton, on way home from discracing myself at my very first office christmas party. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2012 by Manolito
very very nice. Like a consert. 100%. Uriah heep is very rare in live.
Best musik in 1973. If you are not fans then listen to this. Its pure Gold
An excellent capture of live Heep, during their greatest creative period, with one of the best frontmen the world of rock has ever seen; the late, great David Byron.Published on 26 Mar. 2012 by Geoff
Always a favourite album back in the seventies, I rediscovered this again recently and it is a great live album with Dave Byron at his best fronting the classic Uriah Heep lineup. Read morePublished on 1 April 2011 by Jeff B