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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0007W0KKG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
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.
Enjoy.
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The cover art for this album is priceless, and the music on the CD equally so. Magnum always seemed to be also-ran's and in the 2nd Division rather than the 1st in the Rock Hierarchy, where they belong. Tony Clarkin is a Master Songwriter and guitarist, and on this album it's as if every element has pulled together at the right time and in the right place. Albums prior to this seemed to lack good production, but this is much better. Whilst every band member is a valuable commodity, try, if you can, to listen to Clarkin's guitar as a seperate entity rather than as a part of the whole sound; the man is phenomenal, often, more by the notes he doesn't play rather than those he does. That might sound a bit weird, but often the spaces between the notes are as important as the notes themselves, and Tony seems to have the gift of getting it right. His lyrics, especially on the title track and 'Les Morts Dansant' plant massive, cinematic images into your mind - listen to those tracks loud and with the lights out and you'll see what I mean! A cracking album, and I am privileged to have attended their gig at Poole Art's Centre on the tour promoting the album, where I stood in front of Mr. Clarkin through the whole show watching him play - which was, again, priceless! This album should be in every true rock fan's collection, if not, then 100 lines on the Headmaster's desk by tomorrow morning!
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There are certain albums that every self respecting fan of British rock should own and this is one of them.
Magnum rose like a phoenix from the flames after being dumped by their record label, Jet following the disappointing response to 1983's 'The Eleventh Hour'. Drummer Kex Gorin had left the band, keyboardist Mark Stanway looked all set to join Phil Lynott's Grand Slam project and vocalist Bob Catley was looking for alternative work, fearing Magnum was at an end.
However, guitarist/songsmith Tony Clarkin had other ideas and brought both Catley and Stanway back to the fold, whilst recruiting future UFO drummer Jim Simpson. The group signed a deal with independent label FM, entered the studio with producer Kit Woolven and recorded this masterpiece.
'On A Storyteller's Night' is the bands second masterwork after 1982's successful 'Chase The Dragon', and what Tony Clarkin manages to do on this album is marry the 'medievally cloaked' feel of the aforementioned 'Chase...' with a more streamlined, accessible rock approach, thus pleasing hard core Magnumaniacs and winning over new fans, as it got the band some much needed chart respectability reaching number 24 at the time. A sellout tour, and an appearance at Donington would follow, proving that you can't keep a good band down. In fact the success of 'Storyteller...' would ultimately lead to a lucrative deal with Polydor.
Opening track 'How Far Jerusalem' is a true classic in every sense of the word. It's very traditional Magnum fare in terms of it's atmosphere and mood, but with a big pomp chorus, gives an indicator of what the listener has to look forward to on this record. It's very much a fan's favourite and continues to be a perennial live track with lots of improv in the middle section.
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Like many other people, I discovered Magnum in 1988 when they released the pop-rock masterpiece Wings of Heaven. The boys from Brum hit the charts and won a permanent spot in my musical soul. I began to delve into their history, rummaged around in the gold - and struck platinum. Discovering On a Storytellers Night is akin to peering through the undergrowth of a forgotten jungle at a perfectly preserved Mayan city. The towers rise in your eyes and mind until you simply cannot begin to understand how such a constrction could be derived with the available tools. Guitars, keys, drums - and oh! that voice. How Far Jerusalem, Just Like an Arrow, On A Storyteller's Night, Les Morts Dansant, Two Hearts, Steal Your Heart, All England's Eyes, The Last Dance.. Of course nothing is perfect and two of the towers have crumbled slightly. Endless Love and Before First Light are the two tracks which keep the listener sane as you remember that, yes, Magnum ARE human after all. But only just. So eight of the tracks on this album are pinnacles of the craft, shining in the fiery sunset like a prehistoric concorde - bafflingly out of place with the rest of the world but somehow so perfect anyway. And the highest tower of all is reached when you close your eyes and drift into that field where the children play and the dogs run barking. The memories that aren't yours but are still achingly real filling your mind. With a smile, he gave them pardon.
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