ITS A GROWER............,
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This review is from: The Visitation (Audio CD)
Although having been aware of Magnum since the early 80's,I only really got into them a couple of years ago via the 'The Classic Collection',i then decided to work my way thru the back catalogue starting at the beginning with 'Kingdom Of Madness' and got as far as 'On A Story Tellers Night'.
I then broke ranks and bought this when it was first released,i was quite disappointed wasnt really what i was expecting(having overdosed on the early albums),however i keep coming back to it and it has grown on me,its a mature band doing what they do best writing quality songs,playing quality music,the sound different from the early days(which is only natural),where in the early discs i would hear influences of Queen/Kansas/Styx etc,here i'm getting a touch of Zeppelin(Black Skies),a bit of Purple (Door To Nowhere) a touch of Floyd's lyrical imagery (Tonight The Night/FreedomDay),this band have matured and sit comfortably alongside their peers.
The more i listen ,the more i get the whole Magnum experience,the powerful and the delicate swings of emotion via the likes of 'Wild Angels',the thought provoking lyrics of 'Last Frontier',while 'Spin Like A Wheel' simple lodges in your head and your singing it for days.
Not having heard much after 'On A Story Tellers Night',(certainly not complete albums),this disc it seems to me,has a thicker,denser,more guitar driven sound with the keyboards not quite as up front as the early days,took a while to get used to,as i said its a grower and it was well worth the wait,its never off the hifi these days,a great album from a great band,special mention for Catleys' vocals warm and powerful while Clarkin remains an under rated guitarist and song writer.
Now i'll need to start my way through the catalog again............. watch this space.