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Uriah Heep ‎– The Magician's Birthday (UK First)

Artist: Uriah Heep
Country: UK
Released: 1972
Style: Hard Rock
Format: LP
Media condition: EX
Sleeve condition: EX+
Matrix / Runout: ⅠLPS 9213 A-1u G. KONG 2 ⅠLPS 9213 B-1u G. KONG

The Magician's Birthday is the fifth album by British rock band Uriah Heep, released in November 1972 by Bronze Records in the UK and Mercury Records in the US. The concept was "based loosely on a short story" written by keyboardist Ken Hensley in June and July 1972.[1]

The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, the front designed again by Roger Dean. The inner fold had pictures of the band, with the album itself housed in a liner on which were printed the lyrics.

The single "Sweet Lorraine" / "Blind Eye" reached No. 91 in the US Hot 100 chart.[2] The single "Spider Woman" reached No. 14 in Germany.[3]The Magician's Birthday was certified gold by the RIAA on 22 January 1973.[4]

Track list:
Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sunrise"   4:04
2. "Spider Woman" Mick Box, David Byron, Lee Kerslake, Gary Thain 2:25
3. "Blind Eye"   3:33
4. "Echoes in the Dark"   4:48
5. "Rain"   4:00
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Sweet Lorraine" Box, Byron, Thain 4:13
7. "Tales"   4:09
8. "The Magician's Birthday" Box, Hensley, Kerslake 10:21