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The Magician's Birthday
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released November, 1972
Recorded September-October 1972 at Lansdowne Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock
Length 37:10
Label Mercury, Bronze
Producer Gerry Bron
Professional reviews
Uriah Heep chronology
Demons and Wizards
(1972)
The Magician's Birthday
(1972)
Sweet Freedom
(1973)

The Magician's Birthday is the fifth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The story line is "based loosely on a short story" written by Ken Hensley in June and July 1972.[1]

The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and the LP itself was housed in a liner which had the lyrics printed on it.

Two songs charted in the United States, "Blind Eye" (#97) and "Sweet Lorraine" (#91). "Spider Woman" reached #13 in Germany. The title track is notable for an extended kazoo improvisation on the melody to "Happy Birthday to You".

The Magician's Birthday was certified Gold by the RIAA on January 22, 1973.

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Sunrise" (Hensley) – 4:04
  2. "Spider Woman" (Box, Byron, Kerslake, Thain) – 2:25
  3. "Blind Eye" (Hensley) – 3:33
  4. "Echoes in the Dark" (Hensley) – 4:48
  5. "Rain" (Hensley) – 3:59
  6. "Sweet Lorraine" (Box, Byron, Thain) – 4:13
  7. "Tales" (Hensley) – 4:09
  8. "The Magician's Birthday" (Box, Hensley, Kerslake) – 10:19

The 2004 Remastered version by Castle (UK) as CMRCD771, adds 9 previously unreleased bonus tracks:

  1. "Crystal Ball" (out-take) – 4:08
  2. "Silver White Man" (vocal out-take version) – 3:40
  3. "Proud Words" (alternate version) – 3:24
  4. "Echoes In The Dark" (edit) – 4:23
  5. "Rain" (edit) – 3:16
  6. "Happy Birthday" (The Magician's Birthday edit) – 4:44
  7. "Sunrise" (single edit) – 2:49
  8. "Gary's Song" (Crystal Ball alternate version) – 4:25
  9. "Silver White Man" (instrumental out-take) – 3:43

Personnel

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Uriah Heep

Additional Musicians

Production

  • Produced By Gerry Bron
  • Engineered By Peter Gallen
  • Assistant Engineer: Ashley Howe

Charts

  • Norway #05
  • Aus #10
  • UK #28
  • US #31
  • FIN #1 (two weeks)

References

  1. ^ The Magician's Birthday liner notes

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