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Uriah Heep


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4 stars Best live record of the longest serving line-up

It was very enthusiastic time for HEEP - they just signed to Classic Rock Legends label, celebrated their 30th anniversary and had recently released two very good albums, ''Sea of Light'' and ''Sonic Origami'', their best ones since Hensley's departure. It seems the band felt that they made really good music, 11 of 22 tracks are from these, then new albums. ''Between Two Worlds'', dedicated to David Byron, is a great opener and a powerful start of the show. The whole album has a good balance between new songs sounding on par with Byron-era classics and between fast and slow songs, between heavy rockers and ballads.

The whole band shines here. Bernie Shaw sings like Bernie Shaw without trying to copy his predecessors, he hits all possible and impossible notes, famous Heep multi-vocal harmonies are perfect here (don't know though whether there were some studio overdubs). You can easily recognize Mick's wah-wah guitar and he also plays acoustic guitar in many songs. Lee Kerslake and Trevor Bolder provide solid rhythm and Trevor plays amazing melodic bass lines, just listen to the version of ''July Morning''. And of course there are Phil Lanzon's keyboards, no comparisons to Ken Hensley, Phil never tried to imitate him. The band sounds inspired and effortlessly (at least from the listener's point of view), musicians obviously enjoy playing all these new and old songs.

These performances were also released on ''The Legend Continues'' DVD, but unfortunately without ''July Morning'' (what a crime!) and ''Feels Like''.

After this album Classic Rock Legends released a number of HEEP current line-up live CDs and DVDs. All of them have good moments and songs rarely played live before, but ''Future Echoes of the Past'' and ''Acoustically Driven'' are the best from that period.

NotAProghead | 4/5 |


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