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Demons & Wizards Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sanctuary UK
  • ASIN: B0002ADY1A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 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
9. Spell
10. Why (Previously Unreleased Extended Version) (Bonus Track)
11. Rainbow Demon (Previously Unreleased Single Edit) (Bonus Track)
12. Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf (Out-Take) (Bonus Track)
13. Home Again To You (Previously Unreleased Version) (Bonus Track)
14. Green Eye (Demo Previously Unreleased) (Bonus Track)

Editorial Reviews

2003 reissue of the British hard rock band's 1972 album includes five bonus tracks, 'Why' (Extended 1972 Version, Previously Unreleased), 'Home Again To You' (Previously Unreleased Demo Version), 'Green Eye' (Previously Unreleased Demo), 'Rainbow Demon' (Previously Unreleased Single Edit), & 'Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf' (outtake). Castle.

Customer Reviews

The sound is crisp, fresh, and new.
Amazon Customer
As to the re-issue: the remastering is pristine, and most of the added tracks are a nice addition.
C. G. Frier
If you're a fan of head-thumping, soul-searching classic rock, this CD is a must have.
The Lion

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William J. Walker on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
You might be wondering if this is worth getting instead of the standard version of the album. Well I don't feel I can add much to what has been written by the previous reviewers about the album itself(check the product page for the non-import version for 'about a billion reviews') except to say this is probably the best starting point for those looking to buy their first Uriah Heep album.

However the standard version is missing the bonus material, more specifically the track 'Why'.
Now normally I'm not a huge fan of the duff demos, lame out-takes and single-versions(often inferior, clumsily edited versions of the original) that make up the majority of bonus material found on 'expanded and remastered' editions, but there are exceptions and boy is this one of them. Apparently this track was unearthed while compiling this edition of the album and, such is its obscurity, that no one even knows who played bass on it.

The track itself is amazing; 10 minutes of stunning interaction between guitar, organ and bass all overlayed with the Uriah Heep's trade mark multi-part harmony backing vocals. The amazing thing is it doesn't sound like any thing else on the album and yet is so definitively 'Heep'. The Bass in particular stands out, powerful and ,at times, almost funky; it drives the piece along thrillingly.

If you don't own the album but have an interest in the music of this era (Deep Purple and Wishbone Ash come to mind) then it is an essential purchase in this form. If you already own a copy of this album without the bonus material then I suggest(and I would never normally do so) it is worth getting this version if only for 'Why'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Lion on July 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of head-thumping, soul-searching classic rock, this CD is a must have. From the opening acoustic intro of "The Wizard" to the last fantastic note of "Paradise/The Spell", this collection of songs never fails to satisfy. Is this the best Heep album, you ask? Well, there's no doubt in MY mind. And isn't it appropriate that this is also the first complete effort from the classic line-up of Byron, Box, Hensley, Thain and Kerslake? Coincidence? I think not. Now, if you want heavy, driving, radio-friendly rockers, there's "Easy Livin'" and "Traveller in Time". Or if you want melodic, meaningful songs, may I suggest the previously mentioned "The Wizard", "Circle of Hands" or "Paradise/The Spell". And for heavy shades of bold artistry and underground mysticism, "Rainbow Demon" and "Poet's Justice" are tough to beat. Sure, this album is a true product of the seventies, full of spacey lyrics and party-hearty enthusiasm (but I'll take that over the current 21st century radio dreck ANY day). And yes, there are a few clumsy lyrics (such as the line in Circle of Hands: "We must keep them away or *pretty soon* we'll pay") but to me, these slightly awkward moments show that the band was searching, and therefore evolving. And with the newly remastered version, there are 5 bonus tracks which (incredibly) are actually worth listening to; check out the expanded version of "Why" and I think you'll see what I mean. There is also a wealth of new information in the extended liner notes, which I'm always grateful for. Not only that, this CD sports one of the best cover paintings of all time, rendered (as if you didn't know) by the remarkable Roger Dean. Sometimes technology is a good thing, and the remastered edition of Uriah Heep's "Demons and Wizards" is one of those times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thirty-Ought Six on April 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a record that really qualifies as an unmitigated success. For years, I had thought Heep to be a poor man's version of Deep Purple, and in some respects, the parallels are somewhat obvious, but after re-discovering them in the past year or so, I find a group (of their time) whom really had a distinctive and consistent sound collectively as a most intriguing quality. Being their fourth release after the good and solid Look At Yourself set, Demons begins to show Ken Hensley as a major writer within the ranks of Heep. He did, after all, pen one of their best known hits in Easy Livin' and Circle of Hands, Rainbow Demon and Paradise/The Spell only further attest to this declaration. But, of course, without Byron, Box, Kerslake and Gary Thain, these ideals wouldn't have been realised. Check out the impeccable ensemble's work on tracks like Traveller in Time, Poet's Justice and the leadoff cut, The Wizard. I would say there are ,overall, some great albums by the Heepsters, but nothing can match the era of THIS group of members(72-75). The Sanctuary remaster is highly recommended, not only for the remix, but also for the bonus tracks. It gives the listener an insight into what worked for the group, and perhaps, what didn't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on April 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Uriah Heep "Demons & Wizards" #23 (1972)

With artwork by Roger Dean, Uriah Heep brings us their biggest seller "Demons & Wizards". Two new members joined the Heep for their 4th album, drummer Lee Kerslake (from the band Gods) and bassist Gary Thain (who performed with Uriah Heep up to late '74). "Demons", starts off with the acoustic guitar before building into a classic U.H. rock number "Wizard", nice vocals by Ken Hensley. The way-wah of "Traveller In Time", the top 40 hit in "Easy Livin'", #39, with it's organ rolls and dynamic vocals by Mr. David Byron. The power ballad of "Circle Of Hands". The great vocals by Byron on "All My Life", "Rainbow Demon", is a doom sounding song, great keys by Hensley. The progressive medley "Paradise/The Spell", end the album with class. Uriah Heep never got another five star review, but still had some excellent stuff to come. Get the expanded edition, came out in 2004. The sound is awesome. 1973 brought us "Uriah Heep Live", #37 and their 5th studio offering in, "The Magician's Birthday".
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