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Overview: This is an outstanding performance of the band at their peak. Compares quite favorably with their all-time live classic Live '73. The band is incredibly loose and obviously having a great deal of fun. Leaving in all those "Davidisms" really adds to the feel of "being there." The only weakness is David's voice is horrible on the first track. Whether this is due to a monitor problem or not warming up properly, I don't know, but by the time the band reaches July Morning, Dave is in fine form.
I was going to list the standout songs but since they're all great performances, I changed my mind! I will say that, in addition to the three songs from the newly released Sweet Freedom album, these versions are quite different than those on Live '73. The intro to Gypsy is the fastest I think I've ever heard it while July Morning is probably the album highlight.
I must say, however, that I'd rather have the drum solo dropped and added another song (there'd be an extra 8 minutes without the it!). At least the drum solo's a seperate track so it can be programmed out. :-) Grade: A
Special note: Fellow Heepster Dale Fredericks, lucky chap, added his fan's perspective to the album notes since he was at this very concert! Nice work, Dale!
Special note 2: Except for the cover picture, all photos on this CD came from Heepsters On The Web, a great and fun group of fans dedicated to the music of Uriah Heep, the world's greatest band! This includes the picture of Ken on the disc itself. If you're not a member of the Heepsters yet, click on over and join us!!
Special note 3: Thanks to Dave White, I've included
three of the unpublished photos that were provided to King Biscuit, one on each of the
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