The latest issue
of Record Collector is a cracker with articles on Jethro
Tull, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Ian Hunter and T Rex amongst others.
reviews include artists like, The Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin,
Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band, Man, Samson, Paice
Lord, Manfred Mann's Earth band, Ted Nugent, Mountain, Cybernauts and
Uriah Heep's Acoustically
Driven and Electrically
The review as follows.
Two live sets from the British stalwarts of
melodic, progressive rock. The
first recorded in acoustic mode in London during 2000. Adding a string
section, flute, steel guitar and backing singers the Heep were as tight
maiden aunt. Bernie Shaw's vocals suiting the old and new material
while pianist Phil Lanzon's orchestration shines and an appearance by
Tull's Ian Anderson adds to the all round enjoyment.
Some months later, Heep co-headlined with Nazareth in the UK and the
Heepsters' set went back to hard'n'heavy rock'n'rolling. Return to
kicks off proceedings at force 10 and sets the pace for many classic,
numbers, along with another Ian Anderson bow.
A strong contender for best live album of the year and, with both sets
produced by Pip Williams, the sound quality is excellent. These 2 CD's
produced in conjunction with the fanclub and are available through the
Thanks to Mike Taylor
is 33 tracks of varying quality by numerous B-list bands, the cuts
selected by fans via the internet, with some recorded in Ken Hensley's
studio. Overall the standard is very good, as some outfits (such as
Livin' Band) get extremely close to the trademark Uriah Heep sound -
with near exact emulation. Bronz produce a solid heavy version or two,
although like several other acts, they suffer from the extensive use
programming. Still, Denny Ball's Firefly is atmospheric and , with old
Ken Hensley and John Lawton taking part, this set is well put
over produced. Great fun albeit for total fanatics only.
As for the former voice of Uriah Heep, Lawton has made a live album
various members of his other former band, Lucifers Friend, and it's
different. There are elements of early 80's Heep, but the 10 tracks
largely period power pop and AOR akin to Starship, though it's still
fun. Four bonus tracks follow in the same vein.