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Magician's Hat Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002O0B76
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Big City (Extended Version) (2004 Digital Remaster)
  2. Divided Reality (2004 Digital Remaster)
  3. Elidor (2004 Digital Remaster)
  4. Before The Rain (2004 Digital Remaster)
  5. Fylke (2004 Digital Remaster)
  6. Playing Downhill Into The Downs (2004 Digital Remaster)
  7. Findhorn's Song (2004 Digital Remaster)
  8. Awakening (2004 Digital Remaster)
  9. Wandering Song (2004 Digital Remaster)
  10. The Sun (Parallel Or 90 Degrees) (2004 Digital Remaster)
  11. Excursion With Complications (2004 Digital Remaster)
  12. Big City (Original Version) (2004 Digital Remaster)
  13. Waltz At Dawn (2004 Digital Remaster)

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Swedish instrumentalist Bo Hansson was probably more surprised than anyone when his 1972 masterwork, "Lord Of The Rings", became a runaway success. Yet despite - or perhaps because of -its lack of bombast, pomp and grandeur, this burnished collection of perfectly honed and haunting tunes (recorded on a four-track, folks!) perfectly encapsulates Professor Tolkien's epic. Bo had a difficult task on his hands to come up with a worthy follow-up; that he did so, with the mighty "Magician's Hat", is no less astonishing than its predecessor's success. Magician's Hat is more jazzy and dense, with a greater emphasis on the players where "Rings" had almost been a one-man band. Standout tracks are "The City", included here in original and extended versions, with its lonely saxophone beginning morphing into a swirl of time signatures and patterns, and "The Sun", where Hansson demonstrates his prowess on the electric piano without being in any sense show-offy. His musicians provide superb and sympathetic back-up - praise be, no progsters they - and it is a crying shame, even 30 years on, that this record failed to repeat the success of the Ring. The re-mastering is a treat, the sleeve notes generous, and there is a bonus track in the shape of the neat little coda, "Waltz At Dawn", slated for inclusion on the original album. Best of all, the packaging - and that magnificent front cover - have been beautifully preserved. A treat for the wee small hours.
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I haven't heard this in years - many years; I once owned it on vinyl. At the time it was a bit too "strange" for me. Now, however, it's a joy and a pleasure.
It is difficult to classify - something a previous reviwer had identified.
It's like Jazzy/Prog come avante guarde and yet far more accessible than I remember.
Chunky keyboards, good supportive guitar work and plenty of funky percussion; there may some woodwind and brass in there as well.
I keep hearing Weather Report with a bit of RTF but with definite Prog undercurrents. Largely instrumental with vocal interludes the music is tight and lively; there is so much going on.
I am so pleased that I revisited this recording; whereas I was unsure of it before and gave my vinyl copy away - now, it's a revelation, as I've grown, it has grown on me!
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This is one for listening to alone with a smoke at 4am on a Tandberg reel to reel tape machine as the day begins to dawn through the window. Or imagining you are doing that as you listen to it through earphones on a overcrowded pubic transport commute. It somehow feels so direct, like you are hearing a straight 4 track master without production. Although this CD sounds to me like I've had my ears syringed recently compared to my old LP version. That sharpness actually detracts in some way from the warmth of the analogue. I would have preferred the original running order. With track one being original, and the extended version appended at the end of the original album. If you are thinking of buying this, most likely you know it already. So go ahead, it's still great. It's a solitary pleasure and I'm grateful it's still available.
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Not really a review,a superb album of innovative music,I bought this,LOTR's and Attic Thoughts way back in time and have enjoyed them immensely since then,I find comparisons to anyone else pointless,he was one of a kind and fitting him to any specific genre is square pegging into a round hole time.Would like to point out that the track listing has two errors,"Big City" should read The City,unless somebody else has already pointed this out,I thought it worth clarifying.
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Bo Hannson didn't produce much but what he did produce is so beautiful and magical and technically brilliant that he deserves a much wider audience. Most prog types I know have heard and appreciate his musical interpretation of The Lord of the Rings a piece that sublimely captures the otherworldly weirdness of the book itself. Magicians Hat follows in a similar otherworldly vein but within a broader range of musical experimentation and moods. Hansson's playing is faultless and tasteful and the album, although not containing a narrative sequence, flows beautifully.
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