Three More Uriah Heep Albums Set to Be Issued In Deluxe Editions

by VVN Music

Last September, Uriah Heep released two-CD Deluxe Editions of their first two albums, ...Very 'Eavy ... Very Umble (1970) and Salisbury (1971) along with a brand new anthology, Your Turn to Remember: The Definitive Anthology 1970 - 1990.

On March 31, they return to their discography for their next three sets with deluxe editions of Look at Yourself (1971), Demons & Wizards (1972) and The Magician's Birthday (1972).

The early-70's were extremely prolific for the band with five albums released between 1970 and 1972. Look at Yourself was their first album to chart in the U.K. (their first two albums did make the Billboard 200 in the U.S.), reaching number 39, and was an early high point with the critics.

Their first album for 1972, Demons & Wizards, was the highest charting to date in both the U.K. (#20) and the U.S. (#23) and includes possibly their best known song, Easy Livin' (1972 / #39 U.S.). Two new members of the band, keyboardist Gary Thain and drummer Lee Kerslake, played on a couple of the tracks and helped bring the sound of the band together on what many consider their finest album.

The Magician's Birthday was released later in 1972 hitting 28 in the U.K. and 31 in the U.S. It was their second album with a cover by Roger Dean and two singles (Blind Eye and Sweet Lorraine) reached the lower portion of the U.S. Hot 100 while Spider Woman went to number 13 in Germany.

These re-packaged and re-mastered albums have been endorsed by the band and each have a bonus disc of un-released material. Look At Yourself was released with a unique foil front cover and this has been faithfully re-created in a lavish digipack format using foil board material which presents the entire package in a new and shimmering light. Roger Dean’s artwork for Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday captures the music (and the times) perfectly and extensive sleeve notes featuring interviews with the band are written by Joel McIver.

The track lists:

Look At Yourself: Deluxe Edition

Disc 1
  • Look at Yourself
  • I Wanna Be Free
  • July Morning
  • Tears in My Eyes
  • Shadows of Grief 
  • What Should Be Done
  • Love Machine
Disc 2
  • I Wanna Be Free (Alternative Mix)
  • Tears in My Eyes (Alternative Mix)
  • What Should Be Done (Alternative Mix)
  • Shadows of Grief (Alternative Mix)
  • Look At Yourself (Alternative Mix)
  • July Morning (Alternative Mix)
  • Why Fourteen Minutes (Alternative Mix)
  • Love Machine (Alternative Mix)
  • What's Within My Heart (Alternative Mix)
  • July Morning (Alternative Mix; Live)
  • Look At Yourself (Alternative Single Version)

Demons & Wizards: Deluxe Edition

  • The Wizard
  • Traveler in Time
  • Easy Livin'
  • Poet's Justice
  • Circle of Hands
  • Rainbow Demon
  • All My Life
  • Paradise
  • The Spell
  • Why (Extended)
  • Rainbow Demon (Single Edit)
  • Proud Words on a Dusty Shelf (Outtake)
  • Home Again to You (Demo)
  • Green Eye (Demo)

The Magician's Birthday: Deluxe Edition

Disc 1
  • Sunrise
  • Spider Woman
  • Blind Eye
  • Echoes in the Dark 
  • Rain
  • Sweet Lorraine
  • Tales
  • The Magician's Birthday
Disc 2
  • Echoes in the Dark (Alternative Version)
  • Sweet Lorraine (Alternative Version)
  • Blind Eye (Alternative Version)
  • Tales (Alternative Version)
  • Silver White Man (Alternative Version)
  • Sunrise (Alternative Version)
  • Crystal Ball (Alternative Version)
  • Spider Woman (Alternative Version)
  • The Magician's Birthday (Alternative Version)
  • Rain (Alternative Version)
  • Silver White Man (No Vox, Alternative Version)
  • Happy Birthday (Alternative Version)
  • Sunrise (Alternative Single Version)
  • Sweet Lorraine (Alternative Single Version)
  • Gary's Song (Alternative Version)

1 comment

56dinosaur said...

These discs are part of the third series of expanded Uriah Heep CD's. First there was the Castle Communications discs, then the Sanctuary discs, and now the Sanctuary/BMG discs.
Yes, the Disc 2's in the new series contains unreleased material, but, it should be noted that when Robert Corich had access to the multitracks in the 1990's, he created many mixdown and edit variations(for his own amusement) of each song, so what you get on the Disc 2's in the new series aren't previously unreleased takes, but merely mixdown and edit variations of the same takes heard on previous Uriah Heep expanded CD's & boxed sets. These mixes, edits and extended versions were mixed in the 1990's at 44.1Khz/16-bit, hence the high resolution releases of the new Uriah Heep expanded editions have the original album at 96Khz/24-bit, but the bonus material at 44.1/24-bit(I.E. 24-bit remasterings of 16-bit material). This is why the bonus material doesn't sound as good and the album itself.
Too bad that BMG wasn't willing to fund truly new 96Khz/24-bit mixes of the bonus material. Back in the 1990's, Robert Corich was a novice remixer, and he used excessive quantities of echo and reverb on many of the 1969-70 archival tracks that he mixed.
I wish that BMG would fund a new trawl through the session multitracks to find some entirely unreleased material, mixed down with 21st century technology by a (now) more experienced Robert Corich.

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