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Stylistically, the music is close to psychedelic rock and progressive rock, two genres with an ever-growing audience in the late s. The album was not well received in the UK, where it sold very few copies and did not chart. Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll is the seventh studio album by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, released in In terms of music there's a nice variety to the tracks.
Tracks like the hard rocking keyboard and very distorted guitar driven Easy Livin' inspires head banging despite it's laid back name while others such as the opening The Wizard and the later Circle Of Hands are a bit more directed towards the soft acoustic. The tracks segue incredibly well as the band seems to have an ear for placement since there's never a time where the momentum slows down, even during the more mellow tracks. The final two tracks on the album are the ones that dominate.
Like most prog behemoth tracks, this one encapsulates the entire album in one song. Starting with a slow acoustic bit the song makes good use of the vocals until the song picks up coming into The Spell segment of the song when the guitars start to get heavier and then the keys come in to wipe out the dark feeling and replace it with that upbeat tempo that we've been used to on the album thus far. Vocals reach a new high pitch wise and the organs just keep driving the track. Very well done.
A very good track from a band which any heavy prog fan should check out. Heck, anyone who likes a heavy and upbeat album with a fantasy feel will just be delighted with this release. Highly recommended, this is certainly a great release which, if the band's style appeals to you, you'll be sure to listen to at some point.
Excellent addition to your collection. With the addition of Gary Thain on bass and Lee Kerslake on drums, the group finally found the right line up and the perfect overall sound. What was promising in the past was now fully delivered. The chemistry was perfect and I must say that Thain is one of the most underrated bassist is rock history.
The guy was simply amazing, with a style that reminds of Paul McCartney fluid, melodic, filling all the gaps, amazing! Ken Hensley has always pointed how important he was to form the classic UH sound and often cited him as the best musician the band ever had.
Too bad th guy wa also very shy and addicted to heroin. Teh music is also amazing and influential over the years. There are no weak tunes and the sound is quite unique. It was one of the most important rock albums in history and if the band never really got the recognition they deserve it was not their fault. This is a truly prog album, in the deep and subtle meaning of the concept. And a must have in any prog music collection.
Five stars. Still, this is far from the masterpiece it is sometimes claimed to be. The production is far from perfect with the sound coming of as muddy at times. The vocals are very problematic; David Byron cannot comfortably reach the high notes he aspires to and some passages are quite painful to these ears.
But the lyrical simplicity actually contributes something to the charm of the album. Indeed, this album might even be partly responsible for the association of hard rock with fantasy-themes like wizards, rainbows and demons. The strongest aspect of the album is its apparent consistency. Only All My Life stands out as really weak and this song also features David Byron's unbearable out-of-tune- screams.
But this low point is better hidden on this album then the worst songs on many other Uriah Heep albums. The high point of the whole album for me is the extended slide-guitar solo on The Spell; Uriah Heep almost never came closer to Symphonic Prog than they did here. This is hardly Steve Howe, but it has something of his style.
Demons And Wizards could have been a great album with better production and more effort in the vocal department. Still it is something of an unpolished gem, though a much unpolished gem. It ventures between falsetto and belted vocals. At times, the wah effect on the guitar sounds really out of place. For once, the high-pitched vocals are not annoying, and actually serve the music well. The vocal harmonies are some of the strongest on the album. Some heavily panned dual lead guitar works over the sturdy beat, interspersed by some of the best organ work on the album.
The vocals are generally restrained and pleasant, and the guitar does not disappoint. The bass guitar stands out a bit, with little fills thrown in here and there. The final segment of the song, while repetitive, is decent enough and for some reason reminds me of ELO a little bit. The guitar solo growls along, Mick Box heavy-handed on his whammy bar.
The screeching and imitation tremolo at the end is insanely ridiculous and destroys whatever credibility this song may have had with me. At the same time it fades out, the second, jauntier section fades in, which sounds absolutely horrific. It has some bad falsetto singing and really weak lyrics "I will cast the spell; be sure I cast it well". The guitar over the choir and the subsequent piano-led section that follows are two of those very good moments I mentioned earlier, though.
It was before playing the track Baying of the Hounds from Ghost Reveries, and he said the intro to the song was based on the intro to an Uriah Heep song called Easy Livin'. After the concert I asked my Dad if he'd heard of the band, and he said loved their music back in the day, and he recommended I check out the band as well.
So naturally I became interested in discovering this band and song, and found this album, Demon's and Wizards.
I remember thinking, wow, this isn't really all that proggy, but it sure is awesome hard rock! And the intro to Baying of the Hounds does in fact sound a lot like the intro to Easy Livin', just slowed down and heavier. Now there's some prog trivia for you! But this is so much more than your standard hard rock.
In a sense, this was the progressive metal of its time, even though by today's standards it is neither all that proggy nor all that metal. It is classic hard rock, similar to early hard rock bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, ect. It has some of the most brilliant use of effects I think I've heard, the acoustic sections are just as catchy and musically interesting as the heavier parts, and the use of keyboards is some of the best I've heard from hard rock Rainbow Demon!
The lyrics are very fantasy oriented, and provide an adventurous imagery that perfectly compliments the quite adventurous, yet still accessible, music. The musical contrast between the soft, whimsical acoustic parts and the head-banging hard hitting distortion guitar lifts my emotions more than almost any of the other hard rock bands I have besides Rush, of course ;. I'd also say this is Uriah Heep's best album. Unlike most prog bands, they seem to work better with shorter tracks though Salisbury itself is probably their best track, overall they're better with standard two or three minute songs , other than Circle of Hands, probably my favorite track on the album, though it's certainly hard to choose.
Each track sounds fantastic in its own musically condensed way. Every track makes it's point, tells its story, and something about the assortment of the instruments, chord changes, structural laying, and vocal lines and harmonies all blend together to create something beyond hard rock.
Shall we call it prog or not? Who cares! This is an amazing album, regardless! It's another one of those awesome hard-rocking albums that you can play in your car and and sing or scream the lyrics to while driving on the freeway. Unlike most prog, Uriah Heep focuses on emotional heights rather than complexity, yet still manage to outmatch the artistic integrity of most hard rock bands.
And the Roger Dean album art So if this album is so amazing, why isn't it getting a five, you might be wondering?
The most obvious one is that it isn't the head spinning prog that I normally recommend, thus A-, and the mediocrity of All My Life, a song which clearly hasn't aged well and gets WAY over the top with the high pitched vocals, though even that's a pretty fun song in its own way.
So to whom would I recommend this album? This album is borderline essential - not a masterpiece for the ages, but epically awesome nonetheless. Sorry if I've gotten carried away with emotion in my review, but its hard to write one that isn't with an awesome rocking album like this. Here I am, 19 years old, head-banging to an album made in that magical year Thank's Mr. As he himself said apparently with humor , Uriah Heep is really fing metal!
What an opening. That first declarative sentence with that supernatural echo just sucks you in! The vocals, guitars, keys, bass! A very ZEP-feeling section at the end. The driving pace is IMHO a bit monotonous but the organ and vocal work are admittedly superb.
The weakest lead vocal performance on the LP is still awesome! I was always a big fan of this song because of the vocal play in the end section. I love the alternating vocal arrangement Hensley and Byron use in "Paradise. An amazingly strong, emotional vocal performance.
Great piano-bass-drums ride till the end reprise. Definitely a prog masterpiece-the first one I had the good fortune of being exposed to and my epiphany of the style of music I would pursue for the next ten years or more. Fantastic sound when it kicks in.
These contrasts continue. Anyway this is the shortest track on here but it's full of energy and organ. I like the bass and organ as well. The drums and bass then kick in followed by vocals after a minute. Love the powerful undercurrent that comes and goes. Piano late. Reserved vocals before a minute. A change after 5 minutes as it turns uptempo with piano. The music is semi-progressive organ and guitar driven hard rock. Strong vocals and vocal harmonies grace the album throughout.
As the case were with both "Salisbury " and "Look at Yourself " , the album features both hard rocking tracks and more semi-progressive ones. As mentioned there is more to "Demons and Wizards" than catchy hard rock tracks. There was a strong set of pipes on that man and in he was arguably in his prime. The opening Wizard is just perfect. I think they were together for about 8 or 9 studio albums - once they separated the band should have called it quits IMO.
RIP: Byron and Thain. Album Rating: 3. I need to check this classic out Digging: Convocation - Ashes Coalesce. Self-titled is my favorite Heep, though. Very 'Umble. It rocks harder. Very 'eavy Very 'umble is thier best IMO. Case Closed. Well July Morning is thier best song but as a whole Very 'eavy That's a 5; this is only a 4.
Uriah Heep Demons and Wizards 4. I do not know much about the history of Uriah Heep. I know there was at least one line-up change prior to this album and many more afterwards. Wizards, along with their follow-up "The Magician's Birthday," are considered by most fans as Heep's finest works.
The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front of which was designed by Roger Dean and contains a hidden erotic image of male and female genetalia. The inner of the gatefold had pictures of the band and notes by Ken Hensley , whilst the LP itself was housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics.
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Rainbow Demon - Remastered Lyrics 8. All My Life - Remastered Lyrics 9. The Spell - Remastered Lyrics Easy Livin' Lyrics Circle of Hands Lyrics Come Away Melinda Lyrics Why extended version Lyrics Home Again to You demo version Lyrics Home Again to You Lyrics Billboard US .
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