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Magician's Birthday [Original recording reissued]

Uriah HeepAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001F45
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunrise
2. Spider Woman
3. Blind Eye
4. Echoes In The Dark
5. Rain
6. Sweet Lorraine
7. Tales
8. The Magician's Birthday

Editorial Reviews

The second smash album within a year (1972) for the British hard rockers. Includes the hit Blind Eye .

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate follow up to an all-time classic January 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The follow-up album to "Demons and Wizards", recorded in the same year, and while still touring constantly (a grueling pace that was to lead to problems down the road for many of the members), this album maintains the quality of its legendary predecessor.
"Rain" is a beautiful ballad, delivered perfectly and subtly by the now sadly overlooked David Byron, one of the greatest singers in rock history (all of Byron's works should be required listening for modern vocalists, he was a master of dynamics, an art that has been sadly lost in recent years). "Sweet Lorraine" is incredibly catchy ear candy, and was the radio standard from the album. "Tales", "Blind Eye" and "Echoes In The Dark" are moody, mystical, ominous, and emotionally moving, with Byron's vocal performance particularly shining on them as well. "Spider Woman" is a bit of a throw-away, but plenty of fun, with some excellent slide guitar work from Ken Hensley.
Which leaves the album's opening and closing tracks: "Sunrise", the opener, was the first Heep song I ever heard, and led me to become a lifelong fan; the group's trademark vocal harmonies have possibly never been so well displayed as on this song, which became a long-time concert opener. The title track, which closes the album, is an epic, multi-sectional tour-de-force, with an excellent, blistering, extended guitar and drum duet by Mick Box and Lee Kerslake in the middle, and some amazing vocals from both the aforementioned Mssrs. Byron and Hensley. A more than worthy successor to "Demons and Wizards", and a must-have album for Heepsters or classic rock fans in general.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon track listing incorrect for this release!! March 8, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Amazon did not update the extra tracks that are available on this 2004 Sanctuary update Re-mastered version of this classic, so here is the correct title listing:
1. Sunrise
2. Spider Woman
3. Blind Eye
4. Echoes in the Dark
5. Rain
6. Sweet Lorraine
7. Tales
8. Magician's Birthday
9. Crystal Ball [#][*][Outtake]
10. Silver White Man [#][*][Outtake]
11. Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf [Alternate Version][#][*]
12. Echoes in the Dark [Edited Version][#][*]
13. Rain [Edited Version][#][*]
14. Happy Birthday [#][*]
15. Sunrise [Single Edit][#][*]
16. Gary's Song [#][*][Outtake]
17. Silver White Man [*][Instrumental][Outtake]
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC ALBUM WITH A CLASSIC COVER October 9, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the all time greats. Uriah Heep are a much underrated band, mainly remembered in the US for one or two hits (ie Stealin' and Easy Livin') and for being one of the apparent main inspirations for Spinal Tap. But during the early 70's, they were one of the finest bands around. David Byron was one of the best rock vocalists EVER, second only to Freddie Mercury, while Mick Box cranked riffs and technically simply but effective solos. Ken Hensley played keyboards, played some of the more impressive guitar parts and also contributed a great deal of excellent songwriting to the band's repetoire. And Gary Thain and Lee Kerslake were one of the most solid rhythm sections around, combining Thain's melodic bass playing with Kerslake's workmanlike drumming. Oh, and everyone sang back up vocals (lest you should wonder where the great vocal harmonies on the record came from).
Every song on this record is a winner, from the opener Sunrise to the 10 minute title track finale. In between, a diverse array of tunes are encountered, from the hard rockin' boogie of Sweet Lorraine to the ballad Rain. Even the cover artwork (by the legendary Roger Dean, who had built up a reputation for doing artwork for many bands in England over the preceding few years, and was on the verge of beginning his decades long association with progressive rock giants Yes) is brilliant.
Unfortunately, it couldn't last. Gary Thain developed a serious drug problem, which led to him nearly being electrocuted onstage a few years later. He was kicked out of the band, and died of an overdose in 77. David Byron last two more albums, but was also booted from the group, for drinking too much. He went onto release a couple solo albums before dying in 1984.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great music from a great band October 16, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Although it is slightly less polished than Demons and Wizards, The Magician's Birthday album continues in the same vein and gives more evidence of why this band continues to have a large cult following today. Keyboardist Ken Hensley tends to dominate this record more than Demons, and it is full of the moody, introspective ballads that would characterize his solo album of this time, Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf. However, there are a few lively tunes here just to keep things from getting too mellow. These include the concert standby "Sweet Lorraine" and the title track, taking a cherubic "Yellow Submarine"-like approach and highlighted by a remarkable Hendrix-like solo from Mick Box. An approach that only the most pretentious Ivy-league types could find fault with. If you have Demons and Wizards and liked it, you'll definitely want to check this one out as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome album!!!!
Totally awesome album! The songs are so good I can't get them out of my head!!!
Published 6 days ago by ssfuncpl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 9 days ago by Alison B Runyan
5.0 out of 5 stars John
One of the better band of musicians to come out of the seventies. No wonder they are still cutting albums today.
Magicians Birthday was made when they were at their best. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Finally replacing all my old vinyl. I'm not really in the mood to say more. I liked this music way back when and I still do.
Published 1 month ago by s2ndsight
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the classic Uriah Heep
Grew up with it and had it on album, just wanted it on CD. Can't go wrong with this album.
Published 2 months ago by Bran
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I choosed this ratting, because the album have great songs. Mr Byron is fantastic singer.

I recommend this item for every all that like good music
Published 3 months ago by Luiz S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past it was and still is a classic
Classic music from a time when music was more than a string of cuss words put together to create a track.
Published 4 months ago by HHA
5.0 out of 5 stars Magician's Birthday
I am very glad, that's what I expected, great music and musicians that I listened to and enjoyed the 70s,

best regards
Published 5 months ago by zarko tomasevic
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magicians Birthday
A great follow up to Demons and Wizards. One of their best albums. It has the hits Blind Eye and Sweet Lorraine. A necessity to any Heep fans collection.
Published 7 months ago by buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop the needle and down the rabbit hole you'll go.
First of all, I honestly can't believe NO ONE has reviewed this album. Well, let me start by saying that if you're into '70s Hard Rock or Metal AT ALL then you owe it to yourself... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Churchbat
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