Uriah Heep
Live in Armenia

01. Wake The Sleeper
02. Overload
03. Tears Of The World
04. Stealin'
05. Book Of Lies
06. Gypsy
07. Look At Yourself
08. What Kind Of God
09. Angels Walk With You
10. Shadow

01. July Morning
02. Easy Livin'
03. Sunrise
04. Sympathy
05. Lady In Black

01. Wake the Sleeper
02. Overload
03. Tears Of The World
04. Stealin'
05. Book Of Lies
06. Gypsy
07. Look At Yourself
08. What Kind of God
09. Angels Walk With You
10. Shadow
11. July Morning
12. Easy Livin'
13. Sunrise
14. Sympathy
15. Lady In Black

Mick Box : Guitars, Vocals
Trevor Bolder: Bass, Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals

1970 Very 'eavy... Very 'umble
1971 Salisbury
1971 Look at Yourself
1972 Demons and Wizards
1972 The Magician's Birthday
1973 Sweet Freedom
1974 Wonderworld
1975 Return to Fantasy
1976 High and Mighty
1977 Firefly
1977 Innocent Victim
1978 Fallen Angel
1980 Conquest
1982 Abominog
1983 Head First
1985 Equator
1989 Raging Silence
1991 Different World
1995 Sea of Light
1998 Sonic Origami
2008 Wake the Sleeper
2009 Celebration
2011 Into the Wild


Producer Mike Paxman

Released 23/9-2011
Reviewed 14/9-2011


For all the Heep fanatics 2011 will be a special year, first the great Into the Wild album and now this Live in Armenia which is an album recorded at the band’s first visit to the obscure rock nation of Armenia. The visit to Armenia would make it 53 nations that the band has visited during their years as a famous rock band, that is quite impressive to have played in that many nations. I tend to say that live album should signify something very special to merit its being, and I would say that this has several things making it special. First of all it is the first visit to Armenia, how many bands have played there? but also it was recorded during the 40th anniversary tour in 2009 so that would make it a double special, wouldn’t you think?

So, for all of you with no idea how this band sound, I would have to direct you to below the text where we have two videos or to the Into the Wild review which is linked to in the discography to the left. I was not going to say much about that since a live album is usually something for fans and as we have already reviewed a studio album before it seemed not necessary. I would say that the album feature most material from the most recent studio album at the time which was Wake the Sleeper where almost half of the fifteen song come from. Then of course we have some classics like Look at Yourself, Gypsy, July Morning, Sunrise and Lady in Black to name a few of them. And they are all recorded in excellent sound quality with a production that is just great and gives you this fantastic alive feeling without any of the live album drawbacks like poor sound and so on. The energy from the crowd when they cheer in recognition is just great. The album has fifteen tracks which will require you to play Uriah Heep for one and a half hour if you desire to hear them all in one play.

I would say that there is no doubting that this band still has a great deal of energy, the live show sound very energetic and alive and the band play it brilliantly but who would doubt that considering them doing something like 150 gigs during this tour. Bernie Shaws vocals are just brilliant and there is no sound of age in his voice, he lifts this material like a good singer should do and for the rest of the band they are as tight and well oiled as ever. The show sounds brilliant and I am inclined to say that this is one of the best live albums I have ever heard, maybe it is the best since Live on Earth (by Star One) which I consider the best live album ever.

So, for fans of Uriah Heep, there just is no excuse for not getting this album, it is fantastic. For the rest of you, there is no excuse either actually I know you want it so just make a note of the 23rd in your calendar and then buy the album on that date, you will not regret it.

But now I will not write any more as I will retire from the computer to listen to a great live album by Uriah Heep, without any distractions.



Label: Frontier Records
Three similar bands: Ken Hensley/Vengeance/Demons & Wizards
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm
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