Monday, July 24, 2017

Van Stephenson [Righteous anger - 1984]


Van Stephenson [Righteous anger - 1984]

Origin: Hamilton, Ohio settled in Nashville, Tennessee (USA)

Van Stephenson [Righteous anger - 1984] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Van Stephenson - Vocals
Dann Huff - Guitar
Ken Mims - Guitar
George Doering - Guitar
Dennis Belfield - Bass
Mike Baird - Drums
Richard Landis - Percussion
Alan Pasqua - Keyboards, synthesizers
Mike Hanna - Keyboards
Tom Kelly - Backing vocals
Bill Champlin - Backing vocals
Phil Brown - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Modern Day Delilah
2. I Know Who You Are (and I Saw What You Did)
3. What the Big Girls Do
4. Don't Do That
5. Others Only Dream
6. Righteous Anger
7. The Cure Will Kill You
8. You've Been Lied to Before
9. Heart Over Mind
10. All American Boy

Monday, July 17, 2017

Distance


Origin: New York (USA)

DISTANCE
Distance Eddie Martinez - Jeff Bova - Bernard Edwards - Robert Hart - Tony Thompson
Eddie Martinez - Jeff Bova - Bernard Edwards - Robert Hart - Tony Thompson
Discography:

Distance [Under the one sky - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsUnder the one sky - 1989

Notes:

- Distance was a late-1980s rock/funk band led by bassist/producer Bernard Edwards, patterned after the Power Station. The band was composed of former Chic and Power Station members Edwards (bass) and Tony Thompson (drums) with future Bad Company member Robert Hart on lead vocals, and noted session musicians Eddie Martinez on guitar and Jeff Bova on keyboards.

This "supergroup" released only one album, 1989's Under the One Sky on Reprise Records. The album failed to make the chart and produced no hits. Richard Drummie, one half of Go West, has a co-writing credit on the track "Everytime I Stand Up."

Distance appeared as the club band in the 1987 Whoopi Goldberg movie, Burglar. Bernard Edwards was the film's Music Producer, and was credited for the songs that appeared within. -




- The Distance were a natural successor to the Powerstation who featured legendary producer Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson and replacing Robert Palmer was Robert Hart. Musically this has some great funk rock numbers such as ‘Give It Up’, neat AOR rock like ‘Speech Of Angels’ but it is the ballads that really make this album special. ‘As You Turn Away’ with Robert Hart’s impassioned vocal and Eddie Martinez’s stunning guitar solo – superb stuff! The title track again highlights Hart’s emotive vocals with a sexy funk vibe rumbling under the music. 

Where are they now?

Vocalist Robert Hart joined Bad Company for a couple of albums in the mid/late 90's, along with releasing a very good solo album. More recently he has joined the Jones Gang featuring ex-Faces drummer Kenny Jones. Sadly Tony Thomson (who drummed for Led Zeppelin at Live Aid) and Bernard Edwards are no longer with us. Eddie Martinez has released some jazz influenced solo albums and more session work and Jeff Bova has appeared on albums by Tina Arena, Billy Joel, Dave Lee Roth and Celine Dion! -




- Wow! What a line-up. Not exactly the definitive AOR line-up but class oozes out of every guitar string, drum stick and keyboard ivory these boys put together. In hindsight, looking back 10 years, Distance is a bit of supergroup really. Primarily the band came together in New York, where Jeff Bova is a near legendary session keyboardist, Eddie Martinez is held in the same league for guitar sessions, Bernard had his hour in the sun with disco greats Chic (ie: 'Le Freak'), while Tony Thompson had played with Robert Palmer in Power Station. The band were rounded out by Englishman Robert Hart, a man whose voice is steeped in the same tradition as Paul Rodgers, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, though with a softer slant.

So with this rather eclectic mix of talent, what do we get? We get well produced AOR with hi-tech and funk overtones and a brash drum sound. Similar to Power Station and the Dan Reed Network but very melodic and dynamic. 12 songs on offer and it's very hard to pick out a bad song here. They are all so strong. A great mix of instrumentation, particularly Bova's unique keyboard stylings mixed with Martinez's overdriven guitar sound. If I had to choose it would be the raucous 'Speech Of Angels', similarly 'Rescue Me' and 'Everytime I Stand Up'. The two ballads 'As You Turn Away' and the momentous 'Softly Speak' literally speak volumes for Distance's class on the slower songs.

Pretty good listening all round, and a CD that's not too far away from my CD player. Again, a case of the 'one hit' wonder syndrome, and I'm still looking for that Reprise Records A&R Executive who supposedly looked after this bands interests. I can offer him a single bullet with his name on it, as a present for giving this album wonderful promotion (not!). Footnote: Bernard Edwards who played bass and produced this album passed away in April 1997 while on tour in Japan, while Robert Hart has recently moved on to UK band The Snakes as their new lead singer after a stint with Bad Company. -

Distance [Under the one sky - 1989]


Distance [Under the one sky - 1989]

Origin: New York (USA)

Distance [Under the one sky - 1989] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Robert Hart - Vocals
Eddie Martinez - Guitar, backing vocals
Bernard Edwards - Bass, backing vocals
Tony Thompson - Drums
Jeff Bova - Keyboards, backing vocals

Additional musicians:

Fonzi Thornton - Backing vocals
Michelle Cobbs - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. No Way Out
2. Leave It Up to You
3. Speech of Angels
4. As You Turn Away
5. Give It Up
6. Under the One Sky
7. Rescue Me
8. Looking Over Your Shoulder
9. Everytime I Stand Up
10. Softly Speak
11. Stand Up
12. I Hear You

Monday, July 10, 2017

Aina


Origin: Mjøndalen (Norway)

AINA
Aina
Aina
Discography:

Aina [Living in a boy's world - 1988] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsLiving in a boy's world - 1988

Notes:

- Aina S. Olsen a vocalist from Mjøndalen began his career in 1979 in the group Black Angels. Got a record deal in Germany in 1982, but withdrew from the deal. Debuted on record in 1984 with "In Ten Pieces", an album recorded in Denmark with Phil Barrett and John Puk Quist as producers. Second album, "Target Practice", was recorded in England with Mike Vernon as producer. Aina used then dance band Image as backing the next two years.

Rolf Graf was producer on "Living In A Boy´s World" which showed a more rocky Aina. Graf brought out the best in her voice, and she appeared as a successful crossing of Pat Benatar and Bonnie Tyler. Opening cut was an amateur recording that Aina had made on a tape recorder in your living room in 1972.

In 1989 she moved to the United States, where she works as a costume designer in Los Angeles and calls himself Aina Skinnes O´Kane. In 2005, Living In A Boy´s World reissued with five bonus tracks on MTM Music, while a brand new album called "Little Escapades" came out on Beast Of Burden in 2008. The new release was partly recorded with musicians from the new hometown, with Chris Standring and Rodney Lee as the main contributors.

Aina has also worked as a photographer, and that so-called "staff writer" for Windswept Pacific. She has for many years had his own studio called Shinto Studio, and also operates The Critter´s Den.  -

(http://www.gonorway.com/norway/articles/5439)




- Would it surprise you that this 1988 effort from Norwegian rock vixen Aina is in fact her third release? Well it is, following on from her low-key releases from 1984 and 1985: 'In Ten Pieces' and 'Target Practice' respectively. Polygram invested in young Aina at an early age, her 1984 debut recorded when she was a mere seventeen years old. 'Living In A Boys World' was a bit of closet classic back in the day, the album originally saw action as a vinyl only release in 1988 throughout Scandinavia - though of course it came out on CD many years later. The following year she moved to Los Angeles, hooked up with House Of Lords singer James Christian, even singing backing vocals on their albums. So what of the songs on her third and (to date) final release?

Well, if you like heavier female fronted melodic rock in the vein of Erika or late 80's era Tone Norum, then Aina is  right up your alley. The overall feel of the album is very hi-tech and 'processed'. The fact that most of the members from the Norwegian equivalent of Toto - the band Lava - get to play on this album accounts for this observation. You'll also see a few outside contributions here. Notably Paul Janz's 'Believe In Me', Torsten Flakne's 'You Babe You' and the Randalls/James Christian penned 'A Love Forever Story'. Definitely the songs which stand out are those that are heavier. These include 'Rocks Off', 'Shot Down In Flames' the punchy title track 'Living In A Boys World' and the power-chord bruzer 'Pleasure And Pain'.
The tender ballad 'I Need To Know' is a change-up moment, sort of like Tone Norum at her wimpiest. Some of the bonus tracks deserve special mention too: namely the modern but power heavy 'Save Me Father', the Zep like 'Its Raining Its Pouring' - both showcasing Aina's powerful vocals. The other three are classy AOR efforts, namely the choice cut 'Too Be To Be True'. I'm not entirely sure when these bonus tracks were recorded, but if they were recent, boy oh boy a record label should sound this lady out for more tunes like this!

Good on MTM Classix to get behind this release, and as I understand, they even gave it the digital remastering treatment. The fact that it contains five excellent bonus tracks is a chocolate cake with the hundreds and thousands on top. Pity the MTM CD didn't come with a wall-sized poster.. she is one very good looking lady isn't she? hehe! -

(http://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=2088)

Aina [Living in a boy's world - 1988]


Aina [Living in a boy's world - 1988]

Origin: Mjøndalen (Norway)

Aina [Living in a boy's world - 1988] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyrics

Take a listen on youtube

Line-up:

Aina Olsen - Vocals, backing vocals
Rolf Graf - Guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, backing vocals
Svein Dag Hauge - Guitar
Marius Müller - Guitar
Ketil Bjerkestrand - Keyboards, programming
Lasse Hafreager - Hammond organ
Per Hillestad - Hi hat, cymbals
Paolo Vinaccia - Tambourine
Sigvart Dagsland - Backing vocals
Frank Adahl - Backing vocals
Per Oystein Sorensen - Backing vocals
Sverre Erik Henriksen - Backing vocals
Solfrid Stene - Backing vocals


Tracks:

1. Intro
2. Rocks Off lyrics
3. I Must Be in Love lyrics
4. Believe in Me lyrics
5. Shot Down in Flames lyrics
6. You Babe You lyrics
7. Living in a Boy's World lyrics
8. A Love-Forever Story lyrics
9. I Need to Know lyrics
10. Pleasure and Pain lyrics

Monday, July 3, 2017

Magnum


Origin: Birmingham (England)

MAGNUM
Magnum Mickey Barker - Mark Stanway - Tony Clarkin - Bob Catley - Wally Lowe
Mickey Barker - Mark Stanway - Tony Clarkin - Bob Catley - Wally Lowe
Discography:

Magnum [Vigilante - 1986] aor melodic rock music blogspot full albums bands lyricsVigilante - 1986 (with lyrics)

Notes:

- Magnum are an English rock band. They were formed in Birmingham by Tony Clarkin (guitar, songwriter) and Bob Catley (vocals) in order to appear as the resident band at the Rum Runner nightclub in the city. Magnum have undergone several changes in personnel over the years; however, the core of Catley and Clarkin remain.

Magnum's most significant early success was Chase the Dragon in 1982, which reached number 17 in the UK Albums Chart. It included several songs that would become mainstays of the band's live set, notably "Soldier of the Line", "Sacred Hour" and "The Spirit". The band's 1986 album Vigilante represented a move towards the mainstream due to production by Queen drummer Roger Taylor and David Richards, who had recently worked together on A Kind of Magic. The band then achieved their commercial peak in 1988 when they entered the UK Top Ten for the first time with the album Wings of Heaven, which reached number five and featured three Top 40 singles, "Days of No Trust", "Start Talking Love" and "It Must Have Been Love". It was followed by Goodnight L.A., which was produced by Keith Olsen and reached number nine in the UK Album Chart in 1990. It produced another Top 40 single for the band, "Rockin' Chair".

In 1995, Clarkin announced Magnum's split; he later formed another band, with Catley and Al Barrow called Hard Rain. Magnum reformed in 2001 and have released a further eight studio albums since then. Their album Escape from the Shadow Garden was released in March 2014 and their most recent album, Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies, in February 2016.


Early years (1972–1978)
Magnum began as the house band at Birmingham's famous Rum Runner night club (later the home of Duran Duran). Joining Clarkin and Catley were drummer Kex Gorin and bassist Bob Doyle. The band line up remained the same until 1972, when Les Kitcheridge joined temporarily on guitar. Bob Doyle left Magnum in 1972 and joined Roy Wood's Wizzard, and was replaced by former Uglys and Balls bassist Dave Morgan (later a member of ELO). Morgan commented:

"I was absolutely broke, and the people who owned the Rum Runner club were building this new night club called Snobs, and they got all the musicians that worked at the Rum Runner helping out. I went to the Rum Runner one night, so Tony Clarkin said, "Come and earn some money building this new club." So I was down there every day helping them build this thing, and on the night I used to go down to the Rum Runner just to see the groups. I was in there one night, and to cut a long story short, Bob Doyle the original bass player with Magnum left the band, and Tony Clarkin said, "Can you play bass?", I said "Yeah", he said, "You got the job!" That was it, I just happened to be there when Doyle left, so I got his job!"

They began to develop their own style by playing Clarkin's songs at a residency at The Railway Inn, in Birmingham's Curzon Street, in 1976. In 1975, Clarkin and Dave Morgan received an offer from Kim Holmes to help with the construction of a studio, rather than being paid with money, Clarkin requested to be paid with studio time. Much of Magnum's early demo material was recorded at Nest Studios in Birmingham, which would later lead to a recording contract with David Arden of Jet Records. During the "Nest" sessions, at least two songs written by Dave Morgan (and sung by Bob Catley) were recorded but never released. The titles were "Baby I Need" and "One More Round The Bend", which resurfaced on an acetate disc in 2005.

A one off deal with CBS was arranged via producer Roger Greenaway, and the band released a cover of The Searchers' "Sweets for My Sweet" in February 1975; however, this failed to make the charts. The original recording included a medley of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" but was edited out for the single release. Lead vocals on this song were by Morgan, who left the band soon after, and was replaced by Colin "Wally" Lowe. Success was still minimal; they were working as a backing band for artists, such as Del Shannon, on small tours. The band was expanded to a five-piece with the addition of Richard Bailey on keyboards. In May 1977 the band supported Judas Priest on their Sin After Sin UK tour, still without the backing of a record label.


Jet Records (1978–1984)
Magnum's debut album Kingdom of Madness was released on Jet Records at the end of 1978 and reached #58 in the UK Chart; it received a five star review from Geoff Barton of Sounds magazine. They toured the UK in October/November 1978, as support to David Coverdale's Whitesnake. Leo Lyons, formerly bassist with Ten Years After, produced the follow-up album Magnum II – which was released in 1979, but failed to chart. Another support tour was organised for November 1979, this time with Blue Öyster Cult. A live set, Marauder, was released as an album and reached #34 in the UK, and a live double single ("Live at the Marquee", including "Invasion") reached #48 in the UK Singles Chart. Bailey departed soon after and was replaced temporarily by Grenville Harding during Magnum's support of Def Leppard's On Through the Night UK tour in March. For the second leg in April, permanent replacement Mark Stanway took over keyboard duties. Magnum also appeared at the Reading Festival in 1980. April 1981 saw another support tour, this time with Tygers of Pan Tang on their Spellbound UK tour.

Their first successful album was the Jeff Glixman produced Chase the Dragon (1982), which reached #17 in the UK,and included several songs that would be mainstays of the band's live set, including "Soldier of the Line", "Sacred Hour" and "The Spirit". Glixman was previously known for his work with Kansas, and this was the first Magnum release to feature the artwork of fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. The tour included a support slot in February with Krokus, on their One Vice at a Time UK tour. A few United States dates were played during the summer of 1982, supporting labelmate Ozzy Osbourne – these would ultimately prove to be the only live gigs the band ever played outside Europe. The band returned to the UK in July for their own headlining tour.

Budgetary constraints at Jet denied Magnum the use of an outside producer for 1983's Clarkin-produced The Eleventh Hour, which peaked at UK #38. A UK tour started in May 1983, featuring additional guitarist Robin George for live performances. Magnum also appeared at the 1983 Reading Festival, with George.

Magnum and Jet parted company shortly afterwards, Kex Gorin was replaced by Jim Simpson and Stanway took some time away from the band to work with Phil Lynott, being replaced by Eddie George. Local businessman Keith Baker(Time Music) engaged the band, an independent tour was organised for February 1984 without the backing of a record label. Lawrence Archer temporarily stood in for Tony Clarkin when he became ill.


On a Storyteller's Night and commercial success years (1985–1995)
Stanway returned to the band in 1984, and they toured the UK in January 1985. Magnum signed a one-off deal with FM Records, and released On a Storyteller's Night, which had a cover by Rodney Matthews. It reached #24 in the UK, and launched the band across Europe. For the May UK tour, Simpson was replaced by Mickey Barker. Keith and the band embarked on a journey that would change the lives of Magnum forever.

From the success of On a Storyteller's Night, Keith was able to negotiate the band a major label deal with Polydor Records, and they embarked on the most commercially successful period of their career – opening the famous Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in August 1985, on a bill that also included Bon Jovi, Metallica, Marillion and headliners ZZ Top. A second leg for the Storyteller's tour was concluded in December 1985.

The first release for the label was co-produced by Queen drummer Roger Taylor in 1986, entitled Vigilante. The switch to Polydor saw an increase in the marketing budget, and promotional videos were made for the singles "Lonely Night" and "Midnight". A full UK and European tour was scheduled in March 1986, including appearances at The Garden Party Festival, Milton Keynes Bowl in June and the Out In The Green Festival. A second leg was organised in September 1986, which finished in Europe in November 1986. In March 1987, the band embarked on a third UK and European tour, including an appearance at 1987's Reading Festival.

Magnum enjoyed increased success with the album Wings of Heaven (#5 in the UK). Three singles from Wings of Heaven reached the UK Top 40, including a Top of the Pops appearance with "Start Talking Love". A successful tour followed in December and, by now, Magnum had been elevated to an 'arena' band in the UK, headlining the N.E.C. and several nights at London's Hammersmith Odeon, supported by the Norwegian band Stage Dolls.

The band went to Los Angeles for the Keith Olsen produced Goodnight L.A., which peaked at #9 in the UK chart. The band performed at Berlin's Arena Festival, followed by a full UK and European tour in September 1990. They toured the UK again in November. Following Goodnight L.A.'s lukewarm reception, Magnum parted company with Polydor. They released the live album The Spirit in 1991 and toured the UK and Europe again to support the album. During the concerts in Germany, the band played live with the Roger Taylor band The Cross. Magnum continued to release albums for various labels on one-off deals, the first being Sleepwalking in 1992 on Music for Nations with a full UK tour in October. This was followed by the acoustic album Keeping the Nite Light Burning in 1993 with a UK tour in April.

Rock Art was released in 1994 on EMI. A UK tour was scheduled for April, but dates in May and June were postponed or cancelled. A low key tour was arranged for August and Europe in September. In the summer of 1995, Tony Clarkin announced the band were to split and a farewell tour of the UK and Europe took place in March, documented on the live album Stronghold (titled The Last Dance in mainland Europe).


Split and Hard Rain years (1995–2001)
After Magnum split, a spin-off group featuring Catley and Clarkin was formed called Hard Rain, which released the albums Hard Rain and When the Good Times Come. It was around this time that Catley launched a solo career using various songwriters, including Gary Hughes of the band Ten. However, Hard Rain found bookings hard to come by, and there were discussions about renaming the band as Magnum. At the same time, Catley was becoming increasingly focused on his solo career, and he quit Hard Rain, marking the end of a working relationship with Clarkin that dated back to 1972. After a quiet period, Clarkin announced the end of Hard Rain.


Reformation and beyond (2001—present)Eventually, Clarkin and Catley re-launched Magnum with the album Breath of Life in 2002 on SPV, with a UK tour in December. They were again joined by Stanway, as well as former Hard Rain bassist Al Barrow. They recorded the album without a drummer, before hiring Thunder drummer Harry James to complete the lineup. This was subsequently followed by Brand New Morning in 2004, and appearances at Germany's Bang Your Head Festival, the Lorca Rock Festival in Spain and a tour around the UK and Europe in December. Clarkin commented:

"The break since the middle of the Nineties was definitely necessary for me. Since the end of the Seventies, in fact since we embarked on the preparations for our debut recording Kingdom of Madness, not a single month had gone by in which I didn't work for Magnum, composed for the group, or at least thought of them permanently. For almost twenty years, all my thoughts had revolved around the band. I needed a break to clear my head and to be able to devote myself to the band again with renewed energy".

When James returned to Thunder, Jimmy Copley became a full-time member of Magnum. The band toured in April 2005 to mark the 20th anniversary of On a Storyteller's Night; they released a live DVD of the Astoria concert entitled Livin' the Dream, which also included a short documentary and promotional videos from throughout the band's history.

Magnum completed work on a new studio album, Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow, which was released on 26 March 2007; this also marked the return to the cover artwork by Rodney Matthews. The album entered the UK Album Charts at No. 70, the first time Magnum had charted in the UK since 1994. It also reached No. 4 on the BBC Rock Album Charts and No. 60 in Germany.

Magnum toured the UK and Europe in May 2007. Harry James played drums temporarily for half the tour as Jimmy Copley was taken ill.

In 2005, former drummer Kex Gorin was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Gorin had a kidney removed and underwent radiotherapy and steroid treatment, but died of the disease on 21 December 2007.

Magnum undertook a UK tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of Wings of Heaven in November 2007. These shows were recorded for Wings of Heaven Live album, which was released in March 2008.

In 2007, Magnum played a one off show at the Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton. This was a charity event in aid of former drummer Kex Gorin's family. An auction of memorabilia before the show raised over £10,000. Magnum then played a two-hour set of old and new material.

On 15 June 2009, they released Into the Valley of the Moonking on SPV.

In 2010, the band released, The Gathering, on Universal/Sanctuary; their first ever cross-career collection spread over five discs featuring a 1988 live recording from Hammersmith Odeon.

The band released their next album, The Visitation, in 2011. The band toured in support of the album, which charted at No. 55 in the UK and No. 19 in Germany, throughout March and April 2011.

On 30 August, Magnum announced a new compilation remix album Evolution celebrating the last 10 years on SPV GmbH since their reformation in 2001. The album was released on 11 November 2011 in Germany and 14 November in the rest of Europe and the UK. The album featured 10 songs from the band's previous five studio releases, eight were re-recorded, remixed and remastered, as well as two new songs.

The band released their 17th studio album On the 13th Day in September 2012. "So Let It Rain" was the first single, released in August 2012 via Steamhammer/SPV. The band toured in Europe to promote the album in late 2012 which charted in many countries across Europe including the UK at No. 43.

Soon after releasing and touring On the 13th Day Magnum revealed that Tony Clarkin was back in the studio writing and recording new songs via Facebook on 4 April 2013. The new album, called Escape from the Shadow Garden, also was to feature Rodney Matthews's artwork, this time showing similarities to Magnum's early albums Chase the Dragon (the tree) and On a Storyteller's Night (the storyteller), along with elements from more recent albums such as On the 13th Day. Escape From the Shadow Garden was released in Scandinavia on 19 March 2014, and on 21 March for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 24 March for the rest of Europe, and 1 April for the USA and Canada. As with On the 13th Day the band were hosts to their fans at a record launch party held at the Robin 2 in Bilston on 25 March 2014, the day after the UK release. Compared with Magnum's album releases since reformation it was a great commercial success reaching number 14 in the German Albums Chart, 19 in the Swedish Albums Chart, 22 in the Switzerland Albums Chart and 38 in the official UK Albums Chart, a position last achieved by Magnum with The Eleventh Hour! in 1983. It also reached number two in the UK Rock Albums Chart.

In 2016 Magum released the album Sacred Blood "Divine" Lies, 10 brand new tracks forging forward the Magnum sound. With the collaboration once again with Rodney Matthews artwork the release came with bonus videos and bonus tracks. Followed by a 33 date 2016 tour in EU, UK & Ireland and then again a Winter tour appearing at a few UK & Irish venues.

In 2016 after a conversation between Tony and his daughter discussing all the ballads the band had in the catalogue, "wouldn’t it be a great to re-release in some way an album full of Magnum ballads"? Tony talked to SPV and they agreed. This turned out to be a longer process than anticipated. Many songs undertook a lot of treatment to remix, re-master and even re-record complete songs. The new Ballads album titles “Valley of Tears” was released on 6 January 2017.

In December 2016 Mark Stanway left the band. He was replaced by West Midlands session musician Rick Benton, and made his first live appearance in Wolverhampton 2016. He was officially announced as the new member in January 2017.

In February 2017 started to record their next album. Due to conflicting schedules, Lee Morris will replace Harry James as the band's drummer for upcoming shows and the recording of the album. -




- Hard rockers Magnum got their start in Birmingham, England, in the mid-'70s. The band's first album, Kingdom of Madness, came out in 1978, right in the midst of the punk rock musical revolution. That timing may be one factor contributing to the band's unknown status. Magnum II was released in 1979. After extensive gigging, the group released the live album Marauder in 1980, and Chase the Dragon came two years later. Going back to their "album a year" pace, The Eleventh Hour was released in 1983. The band went two years between discs again, with On a Storyteller's Night not being released until 1985, but the time seemed to have done some good for them. The album was well received and their fame was growing in Europe.

Their next disc was produced by Roger Taylor (Queen), and Vigilante (1986) continued the group's rise. The true fruition came with Wings of Heaven the following year, as it made several charts in England. The next studio release, Goodnight L.A., arrived in 1990, and an album of rarities, entitled Spirit: A History, came the next year. By 1992, Magnum had recorded their next release, Sleepwalking. They decided to call it quits in 1994, releasing Rock Art and commencing on a farewell tour. The tour was documented with the live album The Last Dance (1996). Little did they know at the time that the breakup was not a permanent one, and the band reassembled in 2001 to record a new album, Breath of Life, released in 2002. The disc reunited original members Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin with '80s keyboardist Mark Stanway.

Magnum followed up Breath of Life with their twelfth studio album, 2004's Brand New Morning. Princess Alice & the Broken Arrow followed in 2007, named in part after an orphanage in Birmingham, U.K., that member Tony Clarkin had close ties with. The album went on to reach the U.K. Top 75 album chart, the first time in some 15 years for the band. The year 2009 saw the release of Into the Valley of the Moonking, which was followed by 2011's The Visitation. Celebrating their tenth anniversary since re-forming in 2001, Magnum also released the collection Evolution, at the end of 2011. The band's 17th studio album, On the 13th Day, was released in 2012, and peaked at the number three slot in the U.K. Rock & Metal Albums chart. Released in 2014, the well-received Escape from the Shadow Garden saw the band achieve its highest chart positions in Germany and Sweden since 1990, and in 2015, Magnum issued a new concert LP, Escape from the Shadow Garden: Live 2014, their first live offering since 2008. Wasting no time for a follow up, early 2016 saw the release of Sacred Blood, Divine Lies. The following year saw the release of the The Valley of Tears: The Ballads compilation. -




- Full biography by Martin Vielhaber at https://magnum-biography.jimdo.com/index/

 
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