Celebration – Forty Years of Rock

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Celebration – Forty Years of Rock
Uriah-Heep-Celebration.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 October 2009
Recorded2009
StudioLiscombe Park Studios, Buckinghamshire, UK
GenreHard rock, progressive rock, heavy metal[1]
Length62:14
LabelearMUSIC/Edel
ProducerMike Paxman
Uriah Heep chronology
Wake the Sleeper
(2008)
Celebration – Forty Years of Rock
(2009)
Into the Wild
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]

Celebration – Forty Years of Rock is the 22nd album by British rock band Uriah Heep. It mainly features rerecorded classics – which, said bassist Trevor Bolder, "chose themselves, really. The likes of 'Sunrise', 'Gypsy' and 'Look at Yourself' are songs we still play today. We just went in and redid them. [Drummer] Russell [Gilbrook] is a bit of an animal, so they sound livelier than ever."[2] Two tracks were written specifically for this release: 'Only Human' ("A bit of an '80s vibe," said Bolder) and 'Corridors of Madness'. A double special edition, in digipak format, features a live DVD recorded at the Sweden Rock Festival. A collector's edition adds a vinyl single; its two songs also recorded at the Sweden Rock Festival, and not included on the DVD.

Celebration was released in most European territories on 6 October 2009; on 26 October 2009 in the UK; and approximately one month later in the United States.

In 2015, keyboardist Phil Lanzon released a music video for "Corridors of Madness", featuring footage filmed on tour in Israel and the United States.[3]

Track listings[edit]

All songs by Ken Hensley, except where noted.

  1. "Only Human" (new track) (Mick Box, Phil Lanzon) – 3:19
  2. "Bird of Prey" (Box, David Byron, Hensley, Paul Newton) – 3:58
  3. "Sunrise" – 4:20
  4. "Stealin'" – 4:39
  5. "Corridors of Madness" (new track) (Box, Lanzon) – 5:20
  6. "Between Two Worlds" (Box, Lanzon) – 6:08
  7. "The Wizard" (Mark Clarke, Hensley) – 3:13
  8. "Free Me" – 3:26
  9. "Free 'n' Easy" (Box, John Lawton) – 2:33
  10. "Gypsy" (Box, Byron) – 4:33
  11. "Look at Yourself" – 3:44
  12. "July Morning" (Byron, Hensley) – 8:46
  13. "Easy Livin'" – 2:54
  14. "Lady in Black" – 5:31


Digipak Edition bonus DVD - Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009
  1. "Sunrise"
  2. "Stealin'"
  3. "Gypsy" (Box, Byron)
  4. "Look at Yourself"
  5. "July Morning" (Byron, Hensley)
  6. "Easy Livin'"
  7. "Lady in Black"


Limited Edition bonus 7" - Live at Sweden Rock Festival 2009
  1. "Ghost of the Ocean" (Box, Lanzon)
  2. "Angels Walk with You" (Trevor Bolder)

Personnel[edit]

Uriah Heep
Production
  • Mike Paxman – producer
  • Steve Rispin – engineer
  • Mark 'Tufty' Evans – mixing at Wispington Studios, Cookham, Berkshire, UK

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Henderson, Alex. "Celebration: Forty Years of Rock review". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  2. ^ Ling, Dave (November 2009). "Live! Uriah Heep". Classic Rock. No. 138. p. 210.
  3. ^ Lanzon, Phil. "CORRIDORS OF MADNESS (video)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 March 2019.