The Magician’s Birthday – Uriah Heep – 1972


Album The Magician’s Birthday by the band Uriah Heep
Album The Magician’s Birthday by the band Uriah Heep

The Magician’s Birthday is a 1972 album by the British rock band Uriah Heep. It was inspired by a short story written by the keyboardist Ken Hensley, who also composed most of the songs. The album features a mix of hard rock and progressive rock elements, with fantasy and mystical themes.

The album cover was designed by Roger Dean, who also created the artwork for the band’s previous album, Demons and Wizards. The album was a commercial success, reaching the top 40 in the US and the UK, and earning a gold certification in the US. The album also spawned two singles, “Sweet Lorraine” and “Spider Woman”, which were popular in Germany.


The Magician’s Birthday is considered to be one of Uriah Heep’s greatest albums. It is praised for its ambitious songwriting, its complex arrangements, and its powerful performances. The album is still highly regarded by fans and critics today.

The personnel of the album The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep, released in 1972, are:

  • David Byron – lead vocals
  • Mick Box – guitars
  • Ken Hensley – keyboards, guitars, Moog synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Lee Kerslake – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Gary Thain – bass guitar
  • Brian Cole – pedal steel guitar on “Tales” (additional musician)

Source: Wikipedia

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