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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001F43
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Wizard
2. Traveller In Time
3. Easy Livin'
4. Poet's Justice
5. Circle Of Hands
6. Rainbow Demon
7. All My Life
8. Paradise/The Spell

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Product Description

These UK hard rockers made their biggest splash in the States with this 1972 album. Heep leaps from the acoustic to the heavy-hitting to the downright epic as they do their smash Easy Livin' plus The Wizard; Rainbow Demon; Traveller in Time , and more!


Demons and wizards and bears, oh my! After finding their musical stride with 1971's Look at Yourself, Uriah Heep followed up a year later with this, their first foray into the lyrical realm of dungeons, dragons, and whatnot. David Byron's intermittent falsetto is in full effect by the time the chorus comes thundering in on heavy hits such as "Easy Living" and "Traveler in Time." But the 'ard 'n' 'eavy Brit rockers also had their sensitive side, as evidenced by the more reflective Ken Hensley-penned tracks like "Circle of Hands" and "All My Life." --Billy Grenier

Customer Reviews

Uriah Heep is one of the greatest bands ever!
K. D Parker
I'm listening to the album for the first time in many, many years, and those who talk about it holding up surprisingly well are dead-on.
S. Davis
This is is music that not only rock fans shuld like but every one who hears this album must love it, i cant se why they shuldent.

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on February 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although this actually goes down in chronological order as Uriah Heep's fourth album, it could in many respects be put down as their first. It was the first time the nucleus of the band, vocalist David Byron, lead guitarist and cheeriest man on the planet Mick Box, plus the man with the keyboard patent on heavy rock Ken Hensley, had found a compatible duo to fill the roles of bassist and drummer to form a rock like rhythm section. `The Thin Man' Gary Thain, and behind the bins the hard livin John Candy look-a-like Lee Kerslake, who is still in the band today after only a two year break at the end of the seventies. Something of a clean sheet for a band that have had 6 bassists 6 vocalists, and 4 keyboard players, and, surprisingly, the present lineup of Uriah Heep is probably their best, certainly musically, and their most stable having been together now for sixteen of the bands thirty-two year career.
But in the heady days of 1972, although the band had laid down the Template of the Uriah Heep sound with songs from their first three albums, noticeably "Gypsy" from `Very' Eavy Very' Umble' (70), "Bird Of Prey" and "Lady In Black" from `Salisbury' (71), and the title track plus the epic "July Morning" from `Look At Yourself' (71). It was only six months later, after three years of Saturation touring and recording, that this classic hard rock album was released to the public with its much imitated Roger Dean artwork. This album broke the band worldwide leading to Uriah Heep selling over 30 million albums globally. "Demons & Wizards" reached number 20 in the British charts, but, more importantly, was the first of five consecutive albums to go top 40 in the massive selling American charts.
The music stands up today as well as it did at the time.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on August 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Demons and Wizards" is one of the most underrated heavy metal/progressive rock albums to be released in the early 70s. The album solidified their reputation as the progressive rock innovators that they were. From the short, concise pop/rock songs ("The Wizard", "Easy Livin'"), to the lengthy epic art rockers ("Circle of Hands", "Paradise/The Spell"), Uriah Heep constructed an album that will carry their reputation as one of the best gothic/metal bands ever. Although they had set the ground work for their signature sound on albums such as "Uriah Heep" (1970) and the underrated "Look at Yourself" (1971), "Demons and Wizards" towers above it's predecessors.

"The Wizard" sets the mood and rhythm for the entire album. Starting off with a simple acoustic guitar rhythm, then building up to ear piercing rumblings; "The Wizard" is one of Uriah Heep's all time anthems. "Traveller in Time" and "Easy Livin'" as exceptional pieces of work too. The latter being their only hit that I know of; which peaked at #39 on the charts (I just heard it on the radio yesterday). "Rainbow Demon" is among my favorites. The album would have been less impressive without "Circle of Hands" and "Paradise/The Spell". Those epic rockers fill out the space nicely, with a lot of variety. The guitar and keyboard solos are very inventive. The wide range of vocals are exceptionally showcased.

The bottom line is, "Demons and Wizards" is an underrated classic. If you're into bands such as Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, or even Kansas; you should definitely check this out.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By sandy desert on November 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Demons and Wizards" truely stands the proverbial test of time. I was turned onto the album back in the seventies when it was first was released. My brother and I shared a room and he forbad me to use his stereo. Of course, the admonition , to my great fortune, was transgressed. I perused through his ever-increasing library of rock only to stop at this exciting group called "Uriah Heep." Intrigued, I carefully placed the record on the old BIC turntable amplified through a now antiquated quadraphonic stereo system. As the needle made contact with vinyl my ears were introduced and taken places that musically I would've thought never possible. The album took me to the playground of the wizards and sages of old. The beautiful acoutical guitar work on the title cut still sends shivers through my spine today thirty years later! The depth of the music transcends the shallowness of today's music. It has the ability to not only place you on the "magic carpet ride," but guide you along safely. I was so smitten with the album that I had it special ordered when I went to college. Nowdays, with our CD supply becoming oversatuarated, it's a pleasure and comfort to know we can go back to the days when music was created and played for the sake and in the name of music. By the way, I never got caught using my brother's stereo. And even if I did, I had plenty of "goods" on him if you know what I mean.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fiercepuppy on May 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
No doubt one of the greatest rock albums of the 70's.To see them live was one of the great concerts of my life. It was August of '72 or '73 in Portland, Maine,with a little known band backing them up called Z.Z.Top.

I remember Circle Of Hands extended to 15 minutes and Gypsy bringing down the house!

Byron's vocals were simply amazing, right up there with champion screamers like Ian Gillian, and Robert Plant.

The Hammond B3 was bellowing and Mick Box's searing guitar work brought the place to rock and roll nirvana.

I assume all who appear at this site have the album and I am sure you agree this was a classic effort all the way.
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