Blue Vinyl from Wax Cathedral! Pressed at RTI! Dead Quiet Surfaces! Accentuated Textures & Hooks Throughout! Fine-Tuned Songwriting!
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Influential 1972 Record Delves into Moody Fantasy Worlds, Thematically
Bookends British Bands Demons and Wizards!
Organic Production and Tonal Shadings Exude Revered Early 70s Hi-Fi Sound:
Reissue Faithfully Replicates Original Gatefold Sleeve!
Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday
continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a
time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars
and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept,
appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to
Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set,
recognized as the group's high-water mark. Both records resonate with a
newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book
superheroes and gothic tales.
Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements
and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates
texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance
between brief, punchy fare ("Spider Woman") and spooky, cosmic piano balladry
("Echoes in the Dark"), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads
and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings. Space-rock
synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The
Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that
copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's
passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden
to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example.
Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the
record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics. As soon as your
turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers,
tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes.
Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM
radio favorite "Sweet Lorraine" or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part
title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with
ethereal power and supernatural charm.
Complete with a faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve, and
replete with dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI,
America's best record plant. Better still, it's on blue vinyl, to boot!
Blue Vinyl LP
Pressed at RTI
Faithful Replication of the Original Gatefold Sleeve
David Byron, vocals
Mick Box, guitars
Ken Hensley, keyboards, guitars, Moog synthesizer
Lee Kerslake, drums, percussion, kazoo
Gary Thain, bass
2. Spider Woman
3. Blind Eye
4. Echoes in the Dark
1. Sweet Lorraine
3. The Magician's Birthday