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May, 1973

Live 1973 cover

Overview: Spoken of in the same breath as Deep Purple's Made In Japan or The Who's Live At Leeds, this has long been considered one of the all-time classics of live albums from the early 70's, and indeed, of all time. It is the live album that all Heep live albums are compared to. And deservedly so.

Except for an overlong drum solo (of course, that's what I think of nearly all drum solos!), this is an album with no filler, just straight ahead heavy rock 'n' roll. Of course, there are those who have never liked the Rock 'n' Roll Medley that closes the album, but I've always loved it. It shows what Heep concerts are all about: fun, exciting entertainment.

This album also contains what many consider to be the greatest moment in all of Heepdom - Live 1973's version of Circle Of Hands. Ken Hensley's organ solo on Gypsy just might be the greatest live rock keyboard solo ever as well as a great addition to your Halloween music! And this version of July Morning is one of the great emotional highs of Rock 'n' Roll!

Definitely not an album to be missed. It should be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Grade: A+

  1. intro
  2. Sunrise
  3. Sweet Lorraine
  4. Traveller In Time
  5. Easy Livin'
  6. July Morning
  7. Tears In My Eyes
  8. Gypsy
  9. Circle Of Hands
  10. Look At Yourself
  11. Magician's Birthday excerpt
  12. Love Machine
  13. Rock 'N' Roll Medley: (not on US CD)

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