Exposé Online banner

Uriah Heep — Raging through the Silence: The 20th Anniversary Concert
(UH003CDVD, 1989/2017, 2CD+DVD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2018-01-26

Raging through the Silence: The 20th Anniversary Concert Cover art

By 1989, 20 years on from their founding, Uriah Heep had been through a lot of ups and downs, with only guitarist Mick Box remaining from the original lineup (although drummer Lee Kerslake had been on board since the hugely successful Demons and Wizards in 1972). Original singer David Byron and keyboardist Ken Hensley were ancient history by then, now replaced by relative newcomers: singer Bernie Shaw, keyboardist Phil Lanzon, and bassist Trevor Bolder, the latter on board since 1977’s Firefly, replacing John Wetton. Raging through the Silence was recorded on the Raging Silence tour, originally released only as a VHS tape, but here re-released for the first time on DVD along with a disc and a half of the same music on CD (the first time the audio track has been released on its own), with a lengthy band interview appended to the end of the second disc. Apparently the band is re-releasing everything on their own label, making everything available once again, and this VHS had been unavailable for a long time. The set kicks off with “Bad Bad Man” from the then-latest album, and other songs from Raging Silence (“More Fool You,” “Cry Freedom,” and “Blood Red Roses”) are interspersed with classic material like “Gypsy,” “The Wizard,” “Easy Livin’,” “Stealin’,” and many more. Most impressive is the closer, a ten-plus minute version of “Look at Yourself” that might well be the best tune of the set. The audio material on the two CDs and the DVD are exactly the same material, and of course the DVD will give you the full power of sights and the sounds. I probably wouldn’t recommend this as a starting point for a Uriah Heep newbie, but for the longtime fan this set will definitely be of interest.


Filed under: Archives, 2017 releases, 1989 recordings

Related artist(s): Uriah Heep, Bernie Shaw

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Hiromi - Spiral – For her previous two releases, Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara has started off with a bang, throwing a full-throttle band workout at listeners for the first track (“XYZ” on Another Mind and...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues