Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Higher Livin' - A Tribute To The Music Of Uriah Heep

Have I got a treat for you today!!

I was passed these MP3's for inclusion on the "ultimate covers collection" CD'S, for which I was most grateful.But when I sat down to listen to them something became immediately apparent. To me these were far too good to be buried in a compilation album. The band "Higher Livin'" hail from Italy and from the opening note on "Bird of Prey" all the way through to the conclusion of "July Morning" it is obvious that this extremely talented group of musicians are doing something they love. They have to my unqualified ears managed to do something that so many others have tried to do but ultimately failed, they have successfully captured

So Thank you to Corrado for introducing me to the band and thank you to
Higher Livin' For the music

I only wish I lived closer so I could catch this band live

If you are reading these notes you already deserve a couple of thanks, first and foremost from Higher Livin', secondly from one of the greatest bands that Rock History has ever known, Uriah Heep!.

The collection that you hold in your hands was born from the immense admiration of Bassist and future Leader of Higher Livin', Daniele Rossi towards this Band. A band that sadly has not gotten his due as far as praise and its place in Rock Olympus is concerned.Daniele, had the idea of involving the House Band of famed Club "Vivere Su", i.e himself, Fabio Baruzzo on Guitar, Pierga Dettori on Drums and charming Vocalist Claudia Dani in his project, but in order to recreate the original sound of Heep consisting of a solid Rhythm base sustained by a deep Hammond organ and a nimble guitar switching swiftly from lead to back to support the Vocal harmonics of the Group, he needed his Ken Hensley. After countless efforts , Daniele finally found his man in Stefano Toni that in his old Band Butterfly's Tail proposed several pieces of Uriah Heep, mainly due to the love of said band's Vocalist Thor Bertolucci for David Byron. Obviously Daniele did not miss the opportunity to bring on board Thor adding further spices to the powerful vocal mix.All of them finally together , they proceded to organize the first "Heep Night"( and that's where due to mere chance I got involved), that was held at "Vivere Su" on January 27 2011. Being among the public to celebrate my 49th birthday, I had the honour to be called on stage to aid in the presentation of this band that right from the word Go, showed to everybody that they had all it takes to be a real powerhouse. Several other concerts followed until they realized that they needed to leave to posterity something from this wonderful experience.From this primal need stems the cd that you are now holding in your hands, a cd that on top of the pieces performed by the "Core Group", can call on the superb interpretation of Vocalist Extraordinaire Jon Binder on Corridors of Madness, the only song that cannot count on the help that comes from being on the classic and better known albums from the Byron and Lawton periods.Please try to appreciate the effort from the band to record everything Live without overdubs, in order to try to recreate the magic of those concerts.


Steve The Rock , 04/25/12 (I don't know why April 11th was put on Original Italian issue)

P.S. Higher Livin' look forward to welcoming you back on their next work which will consist mainly of self penned compositions, clearly still inspired by that Classic Rock that we all love and cherish. Please follow in order to get latest updates on Higher Livin' most recent projects and their releases.

The band

Claudia Dani (Lead Vocals)
Tor Bertolucci (Lead Vocals)
Fabio Baruzzo (Guitars)
Stefano Toni (Keyboards)
Daniele Rossi (Bass & Vocals)
Pierga Dettori (Drums & Vocals)

The Tracks

1 Bird of Prey
2 Sweet Lorraine
3 Corridors of Madness
4 Sunrise
5 Wise Man
6 Free 'n Easy
7 Gypsy
8 Rain
9 July Morning

for more information on the band visit their Facebook page


  1. They sound professional :O

  2. Good post Colin, they are itlian as me but i didn't know them.
    Thank you.

    P.S. - Here is the link to Salisbury. I find only the same song on my hard disk, and not the Hensley - Lawton video complete version, that i have but now i don't remember where it is. Next days, if i found it, i write to you a note. Cheers to you


  3. This is fanatstic and well worth the extra work from Colin, thanks.


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