The concept was "based loosely on a short story" written by keyboardist Ken Hensley in June and July 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 album was remastered and reissued by Castle Communications in with two bonus tracks, and again in in an expanded deluxe edition. In , Sanctuary Records released a two-disc version. The Magician's Birthday received mixed reviews from contemporary critics.
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Sunrise 2. Spider Woman 3. Blind Eye 4. Echoes In The Dark 5. Rain 6. Sweet Lorraine 7.
For another Steel Mill KlassiK album feature, let us turn the clock back 36 years and take a look at british rockers Uriah Heep. As for the songs, the album can easily be divided in two sections depending of the songwriters. Back then the usual composing workload in Uriah Heep rested upon the shoulders of multi-instrumentalist and part-time singer though most known for his skillful keyboard wizardry Ken Hensley, leaving the number of songs without his contribution a considerable minority. The excellent drum fills by Lee Kerslake are one of the main driving powers of the stomping track. The rest of the band executes their tasks equally professionally, and with their own distinctive styles. Magical stuff. All in all, the gigantic song provides a fitting end to the album, altough on numerous re-issues some more or less interesting bonus tracks are included. Sunrise 2. Spider Woman 3. Blind Eye 4.