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King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents In Concert

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  • If this live set from Uriah Heep was truly digitally remastered from the original then the engineers must have been in the throes of dementia because the sound here is so muddled and turgid that many tracks are, quite frankly, unlistenable.Uriah Heep was/is one of my favorite hard rock bands of all time — particularly the line-up featured on this CD. They toured relentlessly and were known for their galvanizing live performances. But the King Biscuit Flower Hour — the vaunted live concert radio show from the ’70s — must have caught the band on an off night. The playing is sloppy, many of the harmonies are off, and lead vocalist David Byron (one of the finest and most underrated singers in rock ‘n’ roll) is having a particularly tough time of it. He repeatedly hits sour notes, falling off key, and other times he gives up altogether and just kind of talks his way through it.Compared with 1973’s “Uriah Heep Live” — this King Biscuit set is an unmitigated mess. I can only cringe when I think of what it must have sounded like before it was “digitally remastered.” Was this what the poor radio listeners heard the night it was originally broadcast? I remember King Biscuit as having pretty good sounding shows.Do not look to this as a definitive sounding Heep album. They are a much better band this. But the re-issuing of concerts like “King Biscuit Presents…” and the even worse “Live at Shepperton – ‘74″ do nothing but tarnish the band’s reputation.There are some redeeming qualities to “King Biscuit Presents” and that is the set list. While the old, creaky standards are predictibly present (Easy Livin’, Stealin’, July Morning, Gypsy, etc.), hearing songs like “Seven Stars” and “Sweet Freedom” performed lived is a nice treat for longtime Heepsters.”King Biscuit Presents Uriah Heep” is for true longtime fans who need to have everything Heep has produced. But you’ll enjoy “Uriah Heep Live 1973″ much more.

    Posted on December 9, 2009