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The Gathering Box set

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B003Z7IE62
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stormbringer
2. Find The Time
3. In The Beginning
4. Baby Rock Me
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Back To Earth
2. Hold Back Your Love
3. Long Days, Black Nights
4. True Fine Love
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. When The World Comes Down
2. Vigilante
3. Days Of No Trust
4. Wild Swan
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Where Do You Run To
2. Stormy Weather
3. Only In America
4. Just A Little Bit
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Vigilante
2. Wild Swan
3. Start Talking Love
4. On A Storyteller's Night
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

The Gathering is the first-ever complete cross-career celebration of the U.K.’s much adored melodic rockers musical canon. From the very first demo’s recorded in 1974 right up to the last album, Into The Valley Of The Moonking released in 2009, The Gathering captures every era of Magnum’s life and work over 5 classic discs.

Included in the chronology are previously unreleased live tracks; rare demos; hard-to-find single B-Sides featuring extended and alternative versions. Disc 5 of the set is a complete vintage live performance previously unreleased on CD and taken from the Wings Of Heaven tour recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in March 1988.

Accompanying the set is a sumptuous 60-page booklet which includes a ‘no stone left un-turned’ ten thousand word story of Magnum written by the Classic Rock magazine news editor, Dave Ling. The booklet also features an extensive pictorial history of the band with many previously unseen photographs and a ‘collectors spotting’ array of rare images of memorabilia and catalogue record releases. Also featured is a complete Magnum discography and Personnel list.

Finally, The Gathering is wrapped in an exclusive artwork piece from Magnum’s long-standing contributing fantasy artist, Rodney Matthews.

The Gathering is the definitive Magnum release and a must-have item among the band’s loyal and devoted fan-base.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Toll on 10 Nov. 2010
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Stories of the release date of this collector's item circulated for over 6 months before it finally appeared on the shelves. The anticipation and elongated build-up proved well worth the wait - as this is a little treasure to admire and absorb. The lavishly illustrated hardbound book contains 5 discs of rare, live and previously unreleased out-takes, B-sides and never-before unreleased Magnum tracks, a potpourri of curios and unexpected delights. The UK melodic rockers from Wolverhampton have long been a relatively hidden 'guilty pleasure' for me, with over 30 years of magnificently-crafted albums, often adorned with the sumptuous artwork of Rodney Matthews. The gleeful school-boy wonders of discs 1 to 4 are superbly complimented by the vintage live concert from the Hammersmith Odeon at the height of their fame in 1988 on the final disc. The gorgeously produced 60-page booklet with unseen photographs, collector's items and memorabilia also includes must-haves such as the complete discography and personnel list of the band through the ages. This is an essential purchase for all serious Magnum devotees and will most likely become collectable in its own right over the next few years - grab one now while you can!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Deno on 17 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I think 'Melodic Rock' is the term generally pinned on Magnum. A valid description maybe, but it doesn't really do justice to this band. There's so much more to them than that. 'Monumental' is a fitting term, both in their musical and lyrical breadth, and their own enduring journey of thirty-something years. Their first offerings are as strong and vibrant as their latest, and all that came in between. A rare commodity indeed, considering they always sound fresh and original on every album, but they're always instantly recognisable as Magnum.

Tony Clarkin has a mesmerising ability to craft emotive and powerful songs time after time, giving a genuine feeling of the hard work and passion that he, along with his fellow band members, puts into them. Even with various lineup changes down the years, the remarkable vocal delivery of Bob Catley has been a constant, the perfect match for all of Tony's rich and varied songwriting. All the musicians in Magnum play an important part in shaping their sound, and all the elements come together beautifully. A singular ensemble, no question about that.

So here we have another collection of songs from the great band, and what sets this apart from previous collections is that it takes the finest examples from every studio album, and a couple of live ones, making it the most complete showcase yet. Also included are various alternate versions, B-sides and out-takes, all of which I must say, are as outstanding as the original album tracks, no filler material here whatsoever. It's just a shame that there are so many other great album tracks that didn't make it onto this set, but that would mean several more discs, and I suppose you have to draw the line somewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annie on 6 Jan. 2011
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This set is brilliant for exsisting fans who may have the albums individualy from through the years, as it places them in one boxset. This set is well worth a listen for those new to Magnum too , although they have an unmistakeable style and you can always tell its Magnum you might be surprised at the diversity of songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Dec. 2014
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a rather excellent box set, 4 discs covering the bands career from the beginning thru to the 'Moonking' album,throw in a bundle of single 'mixes',top it off with a 5th disc recorded live 1988,on the 'Wings Of Heaven' tour,what more could you want?

Superb packaging,sturdy 'book' sleeve,with decent liner notes in the booklet plus superb sound quality.

Could you ask for more? well yes its generally a bit pricey,so hopefully someone else will take advantage(like me) when the price mysteriously drops,got this for around £7,an absolute bargain just made a superb set even better.
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I live in Canada...it's hard for us to find music by a lot of bands who haven't made it big in North America. I was fortunate enough to have been able to buy Magnum-On A Storytellers Night on cassette tape when it came out. I enjoyed it for years before it was lost/stolen/ or fell apart (I can't remember what happened to it). And then as the years went on I could remember the title 'On A Storyteller's Night', but couldn't remember the name of the band. Until recently!! I 'googled' On A Storyteller's Night and found all kinds of information on the band, Magnum. Well, it didn't take me long to decide to order this CD....and I have no regrets. As I said, I had previously only witnessed a small part of the bands career, and this CD collection spans much more of it. And it's all good. The songs from A Storytellers Night are still my favourite, but I'm very much enjoying and learning to love the rest of their music also.

A must own for any Magnum fans who haven't sampled all of their work yet.
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