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URIAHHEEPLIVEATKOKOREVIEW2015

 

URIAH HEEP - LIVE AT KOKO

FRONTIERS RECORDS

FEBRUARY 20 2015

 

 

Cd1 : Against The Odds; Overload; Traveller In Time; Sunrise; Stealin’; I’m Ready; Can’t Take That Away; Between Two Worlds; One Minute; Nail On The Head. | Cd2: Into The Wild; Gypsy; Look At Yourself; Box Wah Box; July Morning; Lady In Black; Free’n’Easy; Easy Livin’.


Dvd (Blu Ray) : Against The Odds; Overload; Traveller In Time; Sunrise; Stealin’; I’m Ready; Can’t Take That Away; Between Two Worlds; One Minute; Nail On The Head; Into The Wild; Gypsy; Look At Yourself; Box Wah Box; July Morning; Lady In Black; Free’n’Easy; Easy Livin’.


As far as Hard Rock bands go, Uriah Heep has as much claim as any to defining the genre in the early 70’s along with the likes of Sabbath, Purple and the mighty Zeppelin; and whilst the fortunes of the other three bands may have endured and overshadowed Heep you can still hear that definitive progressive-leaning heavy rock on this live release.


With the ever-present  guitarist Mick Box, Uriah Heep have been through an incredible number of line-up shifts over the years, but in 2015 long standing keyboard player Phil Lanzon and vocalist Bernie Shaw on board for nearly 30 years there is a stability. Indeed over the last ten years or so Uriah Heep has produced some great new music to add to that classic back-catalogue.


Recording the DVD at Kokos saw fans travel in from all over the world to see a set packed with classic Heep memories and showcasing two tracks from 2014’s latest LP ‘Outsider’ in ‘Can’t Take that Away’ and ‘One Minute’ that sandwich the ubiquitous ‘Easy Living’.


If you want to know why Heep were and are so important to the history of Rock and why their albums, including this fine release should be in your collection then listen to our magic picks: ‘Look at Yourself’ and ‘Gypsy’ deserve their place in Rock history; whilst ‘Sunrise’, ‘Easy Living’ and the epic ‘July Morning’ just underline that fact. This is a great album, well-recorded, beautifully played and absolutely essential.


The one omission here that should be in every fan’s collection is ‘Bird of Prey’ from 1971’s Salisbury album, and quite why it’s not in this set or why there is nothing from the album I grew up listening to ‘Abominog’ is a mystery, but the only disappointment here.  It just goes to show what a wealth and depth of material latter –day Uriah Heep has to draw upon.



URIAH HEEP
Mick Box, Philip Lanzon, Bernie Shaw, Russell Gilbrook, Dave Rimmer

PRODUCED BY
Mike Paxman

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

URIAH HEEP - LIVE AT KOKO - REVIEW 2015