RAWCD 030 Live In Europe 1979
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Released on March 1987
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E ight years after the fact, the aptly titled Raw Power label epilogized the John Lawton lineup of Uriah Heep with this double album document of their final European tour. Live in Europe 1979 splits its setlist between the band’s “classic” tracks and material from the three albums this lineup produced (Firefly, Innocent Victim, Fallen Angel). Recalling that Uriah Heep were still stars in Europe, it was a logical venue for them. Yet even on compact disc (which subtracted “Who Needs Me” from its vinyl counterpart), the recording quality leaves something to be desired. Lee Kerslake’s drums and Ken Hensley’s keyboards often sound remote, placing the final product somewhere between a bootleg and a properly mixed release. Fans will only find it a minor distraction, though, acclimating themselves to the sonic limitations soon enough and focusing on the performance. And here the band doesn’t disappoint, putting a little more energy (and some much needed bite) into their recent work while rendering the classics with the requisite amount of care. The burning question for many is how Lawton handles the Byron-era material, and the answer is “pretty well.” Unable to reach the operatic heights of his predecessor, his “Gypsy” is something of a compromise, but he handles “The Wizard” and “Lady in Black” just fine. There aren’t any real surprises on here (except that European audiences know all the words to “Free Me”), the band instead sticking closely to the originals. Sure, there are a couple of nice guitar solos from Mick Box, and a keyboard solo on “Sweet Lorraine” to fill in around the audience participation segment, but no missing links to the puzzle. In 2001, Sanctuary released a double-disc expanded version of Live in Europe 1979, adding six more songs (most of them different versions of tracks already represented on the original).

RAWCD 030 back sleeve
RAWCD 030 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

    record one
  1. EASY LIVIN'    (Ken Hensley)    3:17
  2. LOOK AT YOURSELF    (Ken Hensley)    5:07
  3. LADY IN BLACK    (Ken Hensley)    7:19
  4. FREE ME    (Ken Hensley)    5:01
  5. STEALIN'    (Ken Hensley)    6:06
  6. THE WIZARD    (Ken Hensley/Mark Clarke)    4:13
  7. JULY MORNING    (David Byron/Ken Hensley)    12:13

    record two
  8. FALLING IN LOVE    (Ken Hensley)    2:57
  9. WOMAN OF THE NIGHT    (Mick Box/Lee Kerslake/John Lawton)    3:18
  10. I'M ALIVE    (John Lawton)    4:10
  11. **WHO NEEDS ME
  12. SWEET LORRAINE    (Mick Box/David Byron/Gary Thain)    11:30
  13. FREE N' EASY    (John Lawton/Mick Box)    3:20
  14. GYPSY    (Mick Box/David Byron)    5:07

    ...Double CD reissue w. bonus tracks (*)
    disc one
  15. LOOK AT YOURSELF    (Ken Hensley)    5:07
  16. EASY LIVIN'    (Ken Hensley)    3:17
  17. STEALIN'    (Ken Hensley)    6:06
  18. FALLING IN LOVE    (Ken Hensley)    2:57
  19. WOMAN OF THE NIGHT    (Mick Box/Lee Kerslake/John Lawton)    3:18
  20. LADY IN BLACK    (Ken Hensley)    7:19
  21. *CHEAT 'N' LIE
  22. THE WIZARD    (Ken Hensley/Mark Clarke)    4:13
  23. JULY MORNING    (David Byron/Ken Hensley)    12:13

    disc two
  24. FREE ME    (Ken Hensley)    5:01
  25. *ONE MORE NIGHT
  26. I'M ALIVE    (John Lawton)    4:10
  27. WHO NEEDS ME
  28. SWEET LORRAINE    (Mick Box/David Byron/Gary Thain)    11:30
  29. FREE N' EASY    (John Lawton/Mick Box)    3:20
  30. GYPSY    (Mick Box/David Byron)    5:07
  31. *EASY LIVIN'
  32. *STEALIN'
  33. *LADY IN BLACK
  34. *GYPSY

CREDITS

TREVOR BOLDER -- bass
MICK BOX -- guitar and vocals
KEN HENSLEY -- keyboards, guitars and vocal
LEE KERSLAKE -- drums
JOHN LAWTON -- vocals

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/US March 1987 Castle 2LP/CD/CS RAWLP/RAWCD/RAWTC 030 CD minus one track (**)
NET January 31, 2000 Essential 2CDX ESDCD 819 w. bonus tracks
UK September 25, 2001 Sanctuary 2LPX/2CDX 81115 diff. cover w. bonus tracks

 

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