BMG continues to present a new set of limited edition vinyl images of Uriah Heep, with Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday releasing on February 25th. The artwork on each Picture Disc has been meticulously crafted, retouching the original art and creating a visual feast. Both albums feature the original and re-imagined artwork by Roger Dean, who is widely regarded as one of the masters of 12″ album art of this era.
Originally released in May 1972, Uriah Heep’s fourth album Demons And Wizards featured the singles “The Wizard” and “Easy Livin'” and led Rolling Stone magazine at the time to write “.. one hell of a top-notch modern rock band.” Just six months later, in November 1972, Uriah Heep released his fifth album, The Magician’s Birthday, which featured the hits “Sweet Lorraine” and “Spider Woman.” Demons And Wizards and The Magician’s Birthday both went gold in the United States, entering the Billboard Top 40, securing years of concert dominance for the band throughout the 70s.
Both albums contain original audio recorded at Landsdowne Studios.
Demons And Wizards Track List:
“The Magician” (2017 – Remastered)
“Time Traveler” (2017 – Remaster)
“Easy Living” (2017 – Remastered)
“The Poet’s Justice” (2017 – Remaster)
“Circle of Hands” (2017 – Remaster)
“Rainbow Demon” (2017 – Remaster)
“All My Life” (2017 – Remaster)
“Paradise” (2017 – Remastered)
“The Fate” (2017 – Remaster)
List of titles of the anniversary of the magicians:
“Echo is in the dark”
“The Magician’s Birthday”
Uriah Heep are one of the “big four” bands in rock, along with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, and certainly one of the most intriguing bands, both musically and lyrically, to emerge from heavy rock. Evoking a time when prog, hard rock and heavy metal coexisted in an era of glorious and revolutionary music, Uriah Heep went from inexperienced studio musicians with everything to prove to bona fide rock stars.
Having sold over 40 million albums worldwide, over the years Uriah Heep has influenced many different metal bands around the world, some of the most popular being Dio. Bands like A-ha, King Diamond, Krokus, Demons & Wizards, Fifth Angel and Axel Rudi Pell have all cited Uriah Heep as a personal influence band, while WASP, Tesla and Blackmore’s Night have all covered the band’s songs. .
Uriah Heep continues to tour to this day with founding member Mick Box and their extensive European tour for 2022 includes 61 dates in 28 countries, tickets available here.
(Photo – Richard Stow)