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Magnum...rank em'!

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by edgeofthorns, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. edgeofthorns

    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    After hearing Bob's latest solo release, I'd like to explore his catalog more. Will you folks be so kind as to rank the Magnum discs for me from strongest to weakest?

    Thanks, :kickass:
    ~Brian~
     
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    That is easier said than done. They are very different. Well, some are... :)
    I'll have to see if I can figure this out for myself. If I do, I'll get back to you.
     
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    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    Thanks Urban! I can't wait to hear your new Bloodbound stuff! :headbang:

    ~Brian~
     
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    1. Chase the Dragon - Might be the best "symphonic" metal album of all times.

    2. The Eleventh Hour - Very close to being as good as CTD

    3. II - A little raw at times but getting close to perfection

    4. On a Storyteller's Night - Probably their most "bomsastic" release.

    5. Kingdom of Madness. A little rough but with one of metals best riffs in
    title song.

    6. Wings of Heaven - A little saucy but still very good at times.

    7. Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow - Great album after a few so so efforts.

    8. Vigilante - Good but a little to much on the commercial side.

    9. Sleepwalking - Kinda bland but it has its moments.

    10. Rock Art - meh

    11. - Brand New Morning - Expected more from this. Maybe I should give another chance.

    12. Breath of Life. - Uninspired.

    xx - Goodnight L.A - Stay Away from this one

    xxx - Keep the Night Light Burning - Acoustic album. Well worth buying.

    Only my personal opinions.
     
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    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    Thanks Johan! Personal opinions are what I'm looking for. :kickass:

    ~Brian~
     
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    Wow, sounds like I need to check 'em out based on some of Johan's opinions. I was always under the impression they were a hard rock band.
     
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    Dustin C-C-Cool Beans!!!

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    okay I'll bite -

    If you start anywhere, I would start with On A Story Tellers Night
    That album has some of their best songs IMO.

    All of their albums vary - some are more proggy, some more AOR, some almost blues/bar rock. Chase the Dragon, Vigilante, Wings of Heaven and II are some of my other favorites, in fact one of their latter release, Breath of Life is actaully really, really good.... however, I didn't care for Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow or Rock Art as much as most of their other albums, but still have great moments.

    ...Sleepwalker is the only album I haven't heard, and seems to always be going for a mighty heavfty price online.
     
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    lady_space Porno kitty

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    It's better than I thought it would be. :heh:
     
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    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    :lol:

    ~Brian~
     
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    If you want to pick up their best studio albums, I'd recommend starting with Chase the Dragon, the Eleventh Hour and On a Storyteller's Night. Wings of Heaven is also excellent, but in an 80's AOR kind of way.

    Your best bet, if you' re looking to get a comprehensive overview of the band's work, is the 3-disc Long Days, Black Nights anthology that Castle put out a few years ago. It covers their whole career, has remastered sound, and comes with a pretty informative booklet.

    We need to add a "geezer night" to ProgPower so bands like Magnum and Uriah Heep can make it over to America.
     
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    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    Chase the Dragon seems to be a fan favorite, so I'll probably start with that one. I've sampled On A Storyteller's Night and really liked what I heard. Thanks for the recommendation. :kickass:

    ~Brian~
     
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    Daybreaker Red, Hot, and Heavy

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    Hell yeah! Magnum was one of the big bands I really got into last year. I think that there's three distinct eras to Magnum. Their first four up to and including The Eleventh Hour are prog rock with that British twist. Then they inject that progginess into melodic rock for Storyteller, Vigilante, and Wings Of Heaven. They aren't baby baby ride my stick baby love love AOR though. Check out the ten minute long Don't Wake The Lion or Wild Swan.

    Then starting with Goodnight LA and with Sleepwalking they go all out adult sunny 99./1 lite FM. I like it cos I'm a sucker for Catley. I havent got much of their "reformation" albums except for Alice And The Broken Arrow. Good cd, but its Judas Priest syndrome. As good as they are nothing Magnum can release will top those seminal albums of Chase The Dragon, Storyteller's Night, and Wings Of Heaven. Like how can Nostradamus come close to licking Stained Class?
     
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    Brian!
    A short note on the "early" Magnum cd's. Most of the early ones have been remastered with extra songs and live stuff. Try to get them. Sound is better and the extra stuff is quite cool.
     
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    I'll check with my grandfather. He listens to that light rock thing so he may have some insight. :)
     
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    One laaaast thing on the Magnum subject.

    Although Bob Catley's voice is pure heaven, one should not forget two important fact concerning Magnum.

    1. Tony Clarkin - Tony wrote the best stuff Magnum ever did. Without him, there wouldn't have been a Chase the Dragon.

    2. Mark Stanway - An absolutely amazing keyboard player. In my humble opinion right up there with Wakeman, Airey and Lord.

    Also, if any of you get really into Magnum and buy up the catalogue (as you should :)), the next step is to check out Hard Rain.
    Hard Rain is essentially an extension of Magnum after the first break up. Clarkin and Catley at the helm. A little heavy on the AOR side, but still a pleasure to listen to.

    If anyone wants some funny Magnum anecdotals, come see me at the Sentinel Steel booth at PP. I'll tell you about having pints with Bob Catley's mom Ollie in Birmingham and much more.

    Yes I am a serious Magnum fan.....

    P.S.
    Urban, väntar med spänning på din Magnum resension. Vet inte om du kommer ihåg våran debatt på pp9 om Catley vs. Coverdale... Jag var på Catley's sida... Också, se nu för fan till att du får iväg frugan till Montreal i april. Bloodbound i Polen i all ära men vi snackar Marillion helg nu...
     
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    Daybreaker Red, Hot, and Heavy

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    I feel like a self plugging chode but go to metalreviews.com There's quite a few Magnum albums reviewed there and more coming !
     
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    Thanks for all the helpful responses guys! :kickass:

    ~Brian~
     
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    edgeofthorns 24 Hours Ago...

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    Well, I received Chase the Dragon, On A Storyteller's Night, and Wings of Heaven yesterday through the mail. I listened to Chase the Dragon last night and truly enjoyed it. It's dated, but I knew that it would be. With that said, it's excellent music! Thanks for the recommendations everyone. :kickass:

    ~Brian~
     

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