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“Celebration” by Uriah Heep

Artist: Uriah Heep
Title: “Celebration”
Label: earMusic
Release Date: 3/16/2010
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 4/5

I have to admit that when I look upon the numerous racks of my own music library that there is not a single release from those legendary rockers Uriah Heep. While I have long known the name and had friends that adored them, I just never followed what they were up to. It was nothing personal of course, I just think that I ended up bypassing them because I was too busy being passionate about the bands that I was an absolute diehard for. Come to think of it, I am not entirely telling the truth here as I do have their latest studio album “Awaken The Sleeper”, I am really did like what they did with it, but had felt too much time had gone by for me to begin looking into them in a rewind sense. “Celebration” finds the current and obviously powerfully strong lineup celebrating the bands rich history by re-visiting twelve of their greatest numbers and dare I say “updating” them just a tad to fit into the sound of now. This is a great thing if you are someone like me who wondered where to even begin on a band that has been doing this for forty years. Having never truly followed them before all of these renditions played like new material and in some sense they actually were and I had to say that I liked what I was hearing. They even give you two new tracks that work rather effectively and after only one half a listen I found my foot tapping’ and my vocal chords responding to the chorus of “Only Human” which I think will become a favorite of new and long time fans.
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