The Magician's Birthday

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The Magician's Birthday
Studio album by Uriah Heep
Released November, 1972
Recorded September–October 1972 at Lansdowne Studios, London[1]
Genre Heavy metal,[2] progressive metal[3]
Length 37:10
Label Bronze (UK)
Mercury (USA)
Producer Gerry Bron
Uriah Heep chronology
Demons and Wizards
The Magician's Birthday
Sweet Freedom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

The Magician's Birthday is the fifth album released by British rock band Uriah Heep. The story line is "based loosely on a short story" written by Ken Hensley in June and July 1972.[1]

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

Two songs charted in the United States, "Blind Eye" (#97) and "Sweet Lorraine" (#91). "Spider Woman" reached #13 in Germany.

The Magician's Birthday was certified Gold by the RIAA on 22 January 1973.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ken Hensley except where noted. 

Side 1
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"     3:59
Side 2
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


The 2004 remastered version by Castle (UK) as CMRCD771, adds nine previously unreleased bonus tracks:

2004 Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
9. "Crystal Ball" (Out-take) 4:08
10. "Silver White Man" (Vocal Out-take Version) 3:40
11. "Proud Words On a Dusty Shelf" (Alternate Version) 3:24
12. "Echoes in the Dark" (Single Edit) 4:23
13. "Rain" (Single Edit) 3:16
14. "Happy Birthday" (The Magician's Birthday Single Edit) 4:44
15. "Sunrise" (Single Edit) 2:49
16. "Gary's Song" (Crystal Ball alternate version) 4:25
17. "Silver White Man" (Instrumental Out-take) 3:43


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^
Worldwide sales: 2,500,000

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart performance[edit]

Country (1972) Peak
Norway 5
Australia 10
Finland 1
United States 31
United Kingdom 28


Credits adapted from album liner notes[1]

Additional personnel


  • Produced By Gerry Bron
  • Engineered By Peter Gallen
  • Assistant Engineer: Ashley Howe


The 2004 Remastered version by Castle (UK) as CMRCD771, team:


  1. ^ a b c d e The Magician's Birthday LP jacket (US Edition). Mercury Records. 1972. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Christgau review
  3. ^ a b Allmusic review
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Uriah Heep – The Magician's Birthday". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH