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Lucifer's Friend

URIAH HEEP certainly comes to mind when you hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND, as do LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and BLACKSABBATH to some extent, although you can't accuse the FRIEND of cloning them as none had attained their notoriety as yet.The band started off as ASTRIX in 1970, with frontman and future URIAH HEEP vocalist John Lawton teaming up with guitaristPeter Hesslein, keyboardist Peter Hecht, bassist Dieter Horns and drummer Joachim Rietenbach. Through various personnelchanges over the course of twelve years - including Lawton exiting in '76 and then returning for a last gasp in '81 - the ban ...read more

URIAH HEEP certainly comes to mind when you hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND, as do LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE and BLACKSABBATH to some extent, although you can't accuse the FRIEND of cloning them as none had attained their notoriety as yet.The band started off as ASTRIX in 1970, with frontman and future URIAH HEEP vocalist John Lawton teaming up with guitaristPeter Hesslein, keyboardist Peter Hecht, bassist Dieter Horns and drummer Joachim Rietenbach. Through various personnelchanges over the course of twelve years - including Lawton exiting in '76 and then returning for a last gasp in '81 - the bandreleased nine studio albums and two compliations. In '82, they split up but reunited in '94 for a night album.

Their earlier releases are aggressive and raw, not unlike The SCORPIONS, JANE or LONESOME CROW. Living up to their sinistername, they performed heavy, mean, keyboard-based rock that should please LED ZEP, SABBATH or PURPLE fans. Then cametheir absolute masterpiece, "Banquet", in 1974, which focusses on epic prog numbers with complex instrumentation, completewith string and horn arrangements, and Lawton giving his full-throttle vocal performance. This album perfectly pulled togetherthe many different elements of their sound: prog, soul, jazz and hard rock. If you want to sample some LUCIFER'S FRIEND,you could try their compilation albums; if you want to hear LUCIFER'S FRIEND at their proggiest, go for the "Banquet" - theirsubsequent releases received mixed reviews, particularly "Sumogrip" in 1994.

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1980

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1976

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1974

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7 Votes
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1973

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1972

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1970

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