November 16, 2011 – 4:35 am

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San Bernardino 1972 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA; January 28, 1972. Good to very good audience recording.

Thanks to Doinker who shared the tracks on the net in 2006. This is what Doinker noted:

In some respects, this is a much harder rockin’ performance than the Deep Purple that followed it! The guitar soloing and jamming are intense and spectacular.

I hesitate in calling this a totally complete show. Let’s just say that it’s probably mostly complete. I say this because the tapers are discussing shutting the deck off while the band is announcing “a new song”, then the tape glitches and cuts in at the end of the intro to “Look At Me”. That glitch has been removed.

There are several other strange glitches in this recording as well. It’s probable there were problems with the tape or tape deck, as music echoes appeared twice. What’s a music echo? It’s when you hear a phrase recorded in a muffled fashion, followed by a slight pause, followed by a normal recording of the exact same phrase repeated.

Sounds to me as if the tape got wound around the capstan. I removed as much of it as I could find. You will also notice that entire sections of the tape sound a bit muffled. Not enough to complain about, but enough to notice. It’s too bad, as this is one clean recording. The audience was completely dazzled by Messrs Box and Co, and the recording in places is about as good as it gets.

Lineage: MR reel to reel ->Echo 3G ->Sound Forge 6.0
No manipulation was performed on this show, it is presented as-is.

Front cover posted at echoes.dk/bernardino.htm, thanks.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Bird Of Prey (5.7MB)
Track 02. I Wanna Be Free (6.2MB)
Track 03. July Morning (15.9MB)
Track 04. Tears In My Eyes (6.9MB)
Track 05. Mick Box Guitar Solo (8.8MB)
Track 06. Guitar Jam (11.9MB)
Track 07. Look At Yourself (6.9MB)
Track 08. Love Machine (10.0MB)

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  1. 15 Responses to “URIAH HEEP - SAN BERNARDINO 1972”

  2. hey bigo, this looks good. i’ll get it. i don’t have any uriah heep in my library so this will be a nice addition.

    i remember the doinker king crimson-santa monica show i got in july that people complained about and was removed a day later. i still play it on my ipod. it’s a good one.

    as i recall, tull-oakland was his too. it’s a good one.


    By Ed Saad on Nov 16, 2011

  3. Thanks BigO - Live shows of the classic Heep lineup are few and far between. I think I have 3 and the sound isn’t great on any of them. But we take what we can get, when we can get it. Looking forward to hearing this one.

    I saw some good shows at the Swing.

    By sking on Nov 16, 2011

  4. Hey I recorded part of this show, too!

    I have to disagree that they rocked harder than Deep Purple. The audience thought the same because they spent most of the DP set standing, rather than sitting. I mean, really, this was a scant six months before “Made in Japan.”

    Glad to have it in better quality than mine! Thanks, Doinker and BigO!

    By Just Bill on Nov 16, 2011

  5. Heep!

    Thanks BigO.

    By aking on Nov 17, 2011

  6. Thanks a Heep!

    By sking on Nov 17, 2011

  7. Man, I had ALL their 8-tracks.

    thanks, BigO

    By chromonster on Nov 17, 2011

  8. Always good to get some live Heep! They are still going strong, by the way! Check ‘em out at http://www.uriah-heep.com for latest releases and such!

    By EddiePlaysBass on Nov 18, 2011

  9. As Sking has already stated, live shows of the classic lineup are quite rare, so this may prove interesting to hard-core Heep fans like myself, even though it sounds like it was recorded underwater(!) And to Just Bill: If this is an upgrade for you, I shudder to think of what you’ve been listening to LOL
    Sonic quality aside, Thanks BigO.

    By Baconbreath69 on Nov 19, 2011

  10. Baconbreath69- Try this one. Sound quality not 1/2 bad. Wish it was better. Earliest known live recording from 12/29/70. Click on the little picture/symbol following the description.


    By sking on Nov 19, 2011

  11. Can’t get why people talk about rarity of UH bootlegs: these are aplenty from 1971 onwards - many with a decent sound and all smoking and blasting.

    By DME on Nov 21, 2011

  12. Well, I have to say I heard Heep on this same tour, in Chicago, where they opened for T Rex. And, may I add, BLEW them off the stage! They were a new band, with no hits, not like the headliner that evening…and they just came out and SCORCHED Marc Bolan and his wanky little putt-putt pop musik! David Byron’s voice soared, and Mick Box played his guitar like no one had heard in Chicago up until that time. It got so bad during T Rex’s performance, with many fans yelling “HEEEEEEEEEEEEP!”, that Marc Bolan got totally pissed and yelled “Hey, cut that shit out!” at the audience. No matter…he got served that night by a rock band in the prime of their power!

    By mikejaz2 on Jan 17, 2012

  13. Along about this time, I guess I caught them on a very unlucky night, Park Center in Charlotte NC, where they apparently had mishaps along the way, were an hour and a half late, had equipment issues which they mentioned to the crowd too often, etc. However, I always remained a fan, since “Come Away Melinda” way back then. Good band!

    By Norm on Jun 25, 2015

  14. Thank you BigO Amigos.
    Respectfully, James

    By James on Aug 10, 2016

  15. hello from germany,
    thanx for your great blog.
    unfortunaly,song 3,july morning, is not working.
    would you like to re up?

    By micha on Jan 15, 2018

  16. The links are dead
    Pls re-upload thanks

    By Johny oetomo on Feb 12, 2020

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