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Escape From The Shadow Garden (Cd+Dvd) [CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition]

Magnum Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (24 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,073 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Unwritten Sacrifice 5:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Falling For The Big Plan 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Crying In The Rain 5:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Too Many Clowns 4:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. The Art Of Compromise 5:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don't Fall Asleep 5:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Wisdom's Had Its Day 4:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Product Description

Only a month after the release of its predecessor, On The 13th Day, Tony Clarkin started with the preparations for Escape From The Shadow Garden as always an exciting phase in his life. Before you havent recorded and mixed every single note, you never really know whether youll be happy with the result. When I heard the final version of the eleven new songs with their different stories and diverse arrangements, I knew it had turned into an impressive and complete album. Together with the great cover artwork designed by Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy), this is a release which forges an arch to the early days of Magnums career. And thats wonderful! The limited edition Digi Pack CD comes with a bonus DVD. DVD Bonus Features Recorded Over Six Nights In Europe Live Footage (Black Skies - Freedom Day - All My Bridges - On A Storyteller s Night) Extras (On tour Footage) (Too Many Clowns - Dance Of The Black Tattoo)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
In the mid to late eighties on both sides of the Atlantic there were a lot of `big hair' bands with posturing singers and guitarists who wore long coats. I am thinking of the guys stateside like Diamond Dave in Van Halen and the ones in Heart who nobody ever knew by name. In the UK there were those young axe-slingers whose revolving door careers saw them play for the likes of Dio, then Whitesnake, then Thin Lizzy and Ozzy Osborne (though not necessarily in that order). This was also the golden age of MTV and some of the old guys got in on the act to create tasteless and salacious videos to sell their wares (Scorpions and Golden Earring should hang their heads in shame).
Visually, no one looked worse than Magnum. Bob Catley was pushing forty when he emulated the young crew. Appearing on top of the pops to promote corny songs with laughable titles like `when you start talking love' and `days of no trust' I for one was not impressed. Here was a band big on hype like Def Leppard that served up uninteresting and vacuous music and in doing so `Magnum' where no longer pretenders to the crown when it came to shifting units.
Much of the big hair music of this period is now derided, to be fair. In America the derogatory blanket term for dubious eighties rock is `'schlock.'' Many acts more successful than Magnum have been quite rightly placed in this Orwellian type depository - Journey, Foreigner Billy Joel and Styx. The latter band had schmaltzy vocalist Dennis de Young on board and his syrupy delivery makes me feel physically sick. I think Billy Joel had his moments and `goodnight Saigon' moves me to tears (in the right way).
Fortunately, Magnum inhabited this false world for only a few short years.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
Marvelous sounding record from Magnum; I haven't been a fan of this band for very long but it is clear from the very first song "Live 'til you die" that this band mean business; and in hindsight- sort of continues a recent trend of very high quality albums dating back to around 2004's "Brand new morning". With "Escape from the shadow garden" I am now convinced that Magnum are better now than they have ever been:- A comfortable record contract with SPV and a knack for writing versatile, memorable and compelling rock songs as they have always done, is behind the results which are so demonstratively compelling with this latest 18th installment.

"Escape from the shadow garden" follows in a natural progression to "On the 13th day", which I found to be as good a rock album as I have ever heard. The production sounds organic and natural; clear and as perfect a rock sound as you would want. The relative quality of musicianship is also very high:- there is some small elements of classical sounds, with a heavy imprint of the awesome Magnum style, strong musical corridors and a decent array of rock riffs sandwiched comfortably within a set of dynamic and well constructed songs.

A stratospherically high quality of songwriting is testament to Magnum's studio focus, experience and dedication to what they're doing. For me, every song on the album is re-playable and enjoyable; Highlighting the track "Falling for the big plan", it is quite simply a superb song and a key track of the album. Whilst "Too many clowns" will be a surprise to many as there is a distinct metal influence and style underneath it's chunky chorus which remarkably suits the band quite well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph! 8 April 2014
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After seeing a preview of 'Too Many Clowns' on YouTube, I'll admit that I started to wonder whether or not Magnum might have finally run out of steam, but I'm happy to say that once again, Tony Clarkin has penned yet another album of startling quality.
The first thing that hits you is the cover artwork. For me, this is quite possibly Rodney Matthews finest Magnum album sleeve and there are some interesting parallels with 1983's 'The Eleventh Hour'. The cover recreates the setting of that sleeve whilst tipping the hat to the imagery on other records and the tone/mood of the music on 'Escape From The Shadow Garden', in addition to some of the social commentary and cynicism in the lyrics is very similar to that album. If that wasn't enough, this record reached number 38 on the UK album charts, as did 'The Eleventh Hour'. Spooky eh?
Onto the music; a good way to gauge how good Magnum albums are is to try and picture Bob Catley gesticulating on stage to each track. There's plenty on offer here and from the glorious, galloping pomp rock of opener 'Live to You Die' to the cigarette lighters in the air finale of 'The Valley of Tears', this new album shows Magnum playing to their strengths, but giving it some extra steel.
'Unwritten Sacrifice' and 'Crying in The Rain' have an intensity that I've rarely heard on a Magnum record and the aforementioned 'Too Many Clowns', along with the rollicking 'Burning River' deliver plenty of hard rock crunch. It's not all big rock though; 'Midnight Angel' and 'Don't Fall Asleep' are two superb and reassuringly uncorny ballads.
Magnum are in terrific shape. Bob Catley's vocal performances are bang on the money. He sings his little heart out on every track and remains arguably the most underrated British rock vocalist of his generation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To me playing the best music out today
This is a melodic rock masterpiece,by a most underrated down to earth english band.,To me playing the best music out today..awesome riffs,soaring melodies and emotive lyrics. Read more
Published 1 day ago by christopher willock
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I've been a rock fan since seeing Ac/dcs' "Touch Too Much " on Top of the Pops & have to admit that i've never taken that much notice of Magnum in the past with only a... Read more
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Published 26 days ago by James Courtnage
4.0 out of 5 stars recomend
i found this to be very good and reminiscent of the real magnum
Published 1 month ago by rooivalk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great album from Magnum, up-beat and well crafted songs... Definitely their best to date.
Published 1 month ago by Gary
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Classic Magnum
Published 1 month ago by Hillbillydoodah
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another great album from magnum .
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