ARTIST:

URIAH HEEP

(UNITED KINGDOM)
TITLE:

DEMONS AND WIZARDS

(1972)
LABEL:

ISLAND

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Old School, Symphonic
""Demons And Wizards" didn't become cult only because of the lack of competition, but mainly because it set a new basis by daring to mix hard-rock and symphonics."
PETER HACKETT (04.02.2013)  
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In 1972, Uriah Heep released two albums that will remain major pieces of a rich discography. According to many fans, this "Demons and Wizards", followed a few months later by "The Magician's Birthday", marks the apogee of a band having at the time only two years of existence.

The arrival of Gary Thain on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums, reinforces an already solid line-up, and this new blood seems to give a boost to the creativity of the other members. The progressive colorations that were beginning to appear in the previous albums, finally burst out in the open. Uriah Heep is completely different from the hard-rock productions of the time. Ken Hensley composes luxuriant melodies cut to the symphonic demesne of his keyboards. David Byron's high voice is often supported in chorus by those of his fellow musicians, giving rich and powerful songs.

On this album, the band alternates the ice and the hot, the calm and the stormy. If "The Wizard" starts on the soft notes of an acoustic guitar and aerial vocals, it is only to go up slowly in power, announcing the turbulent "Traveller In Time", and especially the short but scathing "Easy Leavin'". The latter is one of the must-haves of the repertoire and one would not conceive a concert, even nowadays, without the band interpreting it.

Whether it is on a fast and cheerful tempo ("All My Life", "The Spell"), on a mid tempo with heavy atmosphere ("Circle Of Hands", "Rainbow Demon"), or in acoustic ballad format ("Paradise"), each title has its charm, that of the novelty, the creativity. In the 70's, like many bands emerging at that time, Uriah Heep invented his own style, a symphonic and melodic hard-rock which will open new horizons widely exploited since. No doubt that the listeners who did not know this time, will find the sound not clean enough, the production unworthy of a professional band, but it was there all the heat of the raw passion, well before the cold wave came to aseptize the rock.

All the old fans of Uriah Heep, know and own this album. It remains for the youngest to lean on this treasure with an ear directly connected to the heart. "Demons And Wizards", like many productions of the beginning of the 70's, did not become cult only because of the lack of competition, but especially because it laid new foundations by daring to mix hard-rock and symphonism.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Wizard – 02:59
02. Traveller In Time – 03:25
03. Easy Livin' – 02:37
04. Poet's Justice – 04:15
05. Circle Of Hands – 06:25
06. Rainbow Demon – 04:25
07. All My Life - 02:44
08. Paradise – 05:10
09. The Spell – 07:32
10. Why (Extended 72 Version) – 10:34
11. Rainbow Demon (Single Edit) - 03:36
12. Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf (D&D outtake) - 02:51
13. Home Again To You (Unreleased Version) – 05:28
14. Green Eye (Demo) - 03:46

LINEUP:
David Byron: Chant
Gary Thain: Basse / except on "The Wizard"
Ken Hensley: Claviers
Lee Kerslake: Chant / Batterie
Mark Clarke : Chant / Basse / on "The Wizard"
Mick Box: Guitares / choeurs
   
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