URIAH HEEP – Official Bootleg Vol 5: Live In Athens, Greece 2011

Ear Music/Edel 2012

The latest live instalment of the Heep legacy kicks off in fine fashion with “Overload”, a solid number, but by the sound of the banter, we’re already  a numbers into the show.

The UK prog organ grinding legends have been going over 40 years and still sound good, with the classic “Return To Fantasy” cracking on at high speed. Here Bernie Shaw’s vocal range is as good as it is powerful.

The band are more willing than most to play recent tracks along with the old, sadly at the expense of the late 80s / early 90s material, but even so “Only Human” and “Book Of Lies” sound good next to “Bird Of Prey” and “Stealin’”, so well in fact that you can almost hear guitarist Mick Box grinning.

Phil Lanzon’s keys and Trevor Bolder’s bass are on form too.

“Free Me” and “Free’n’Easy” show contrasts of pace, the former a singalong and the later a real belter.

Shaw is comfortable talking to the crowd, who sound nearly as enthusiastic as the crowd.

“Gypsy” and the blistering “Look At Yourself” sound as fantastic as ever – you can’t not like these songs.

The hit “Easy Livin’” closes a thoroughly enjoyable show that fans will love and the casual listener could easily dip into.

****1/2

Joe Geesin


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In this show, first broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 2 February 2020, David Randall plays a selection of tracks from some of the artists who impressed at this year’s Giants Of Rock event in Minehead (24-27 January).

Featured Albums w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 NEWMAN Ignition (AOR Heaven)
12:00-13:00 BLACK SWAN Shake The World (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 CORMAC O CAOIMH Swim Crawl Walk Run (indie)

Power Plays w/c 17 February (Mon-Fri)

SHAKRA Turn The Light On (AFM Records)
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Transmissions (Nuclear Blast)
RYDERS CREED Lost Soul (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)
FRAMING HANLEY Puzzle Pieces (Thermal Entertainment LLC)
ROBERT HART Mysterious (Escape Music)



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