The original cd recording of this album was somewhat poor, so it's about time this classic 80's rock album was given a service and MOT. As a result the album sounds as crisp and fresh as if it had just been released. My only complaint is that I'm not a real fan of bonus discs of previously unreleased demos. Nevermind though.
This album is generally regarded by fans as Magnum's zenith although I've always felt that it has some competition with 'Chase The Dragon', 'Wings Of Heaven' and 'Sleepwalking', however, '...Storytellers Night' is still something of a masterpiece.
Right from the opening track, 'How Far Jerusalem', you know your in for a good time, and the first half of the album flies by with memorable singalonga numbers, 'Just Like An Arrow' and the title track, plus the popular showstopping, get the fag lighters out, 'Les Morts Dansant'. The second half struggles to live up to the first, but 'Two Hearts' and 'All England's Eyes' certainly make up for it, with catchy choruses and great guitar work.
Tony Clarkin has always been the worlds most underrated and underappreciated guitarist and songwriter, and the quality of the material on offer here, more than backs up my point. Singer Bob Catley is always entertaining and he doesn't let the side down either. He has memorable phrasing and an awesome delivery, especially for a little fellah!!!
Some may find Magnum's music a little corny at times, but anyone who fails to be entertained by '...Storytellers Night', or Magnum's music in general, has to seriously brighten up.