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Uriah Heep - Live in Moscow CD (album) cover

LIVE IN MOSCOW

Uriah Heep

 

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3.12 | 33 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Misters majestic in Moscow

This live album was released in 1988 and was the first ever release by the Bolder-Box-Kerslake-Lanzon-Shaw line-up. It was recorded at the historic Moscow concerts in December 1987 when Uriah Heep became the first Rock band from the West to perform there. The event was also filmed (and released on DVD many years later). There are here a few songs that did not appear on the video. These are Bird Of Prey and That's The Way That It Is as well as Rockarama and Heartache City, the latter two only appearing as bonus tracks on the CD version (and hearing them now one understands why they were not chosen for the original album release and omitted from the video). Gypsy appears on the video and on some versions of this album, but apparently not on all versions (so make sure you get the version that holds it because this rendition is excellent). Look At Yourself was included on the video but not on any version of the album.

The most interesting songs, however, are the three songs that are not included on any of the band's studio albums. These are Pacific Highway, Corina, and Mister Majestic. The latter is particularly interesting as it features lead vocals by Phil Lanzon (the band's new keyboard player at the time and who wrote the song). Lanzon is not a great singer, and it is by no means an excellent song, but it is rather interesting to hear it as this keyboard-driven song stands quite apart from the band's regular repertoire. Pacific Highway and Corina, by contrast, are rather typical 80's Uriah Heep numbers and would have fitted well on Raging Silence (the first studio release by this line-up of the band).

I enjoy this live album, though I think the video version is better. And of course you have to be a pretty major fan to invest in both, so I would say get the DVD.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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