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5.0 out of 5 stars
The 3rd Classic Magnum Album?, 17 Nov. 2012
I've used amazon album reviews for guidance (and entertainment) for many years now but never been compelled to post a review until now. I buy lots of CDs, mainly rock but very little "melodic/pomp" rock, which is what Magnum always seem to be classified as. I don't have any Journey, Foreigner etc. It is very rare these days that I find an album that I can't stop playing and want to hear every track. This has now happened twice within in a few weeks. The new Ian Hunter one, "President", and "13th Day". I was first aware of Magnum when they supported Whitesnake in 1980 at Bath Pavilion. I bought "Trouble" instead of "Kingdom of Madness". I've seen them numerous times including the farewell gig in the Wulfrun in the 90s. Albums have always been a bit patchy. Except the two classics of course, "Storytellers Night" and "Wings of Heaven". Post the "come back" it wasn't until "Alice" that I wanted to hear any tracks more than a couple of times. I liked "Moonking" more but struggled to listen to it from start to finish. The Visitation was even more of a struggle. But 13th Day....... I don't know what it is. The songs are more varied? There seems to be more use of backing vocals? Perhaps is just the general song quality. I googled this year's tour set list and was disappointed to find they are only playing four tracks from 13th Day. I'd be happy if they played the whole thing and Eyes Like Fire & Those Were The Days from the bonus CD. What more can I say. It's brilliant. If you are new to Magnum or only know "old" Magnum this is the one to get acquainted with. As others have said it is well worth the extra few pounds for the 2 CD version. The 2nd disc is a mini album in it's on right. Well done Magnum. See you at High Voltage 2013?