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18 days ago
illimey
Welcome to the club. I joined it in 1988 and they've been my favorite band (or at least one of my 4 favorite bands) since then. In order of release, I recommend the following 5 albums: Magnum II On A Storyteller's Night Wings Of Heaven The Visitation The Serpent Rings This will give you a well rounded idea of what they are all about.
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5 weeks ago
illimey
One of the few essential albums in my life since 1988. It sounds new and wonderful every time I listen to it.
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7 weeks ago
illimey
bmg Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I agree Illimey - Turn Of The Tide was, for me, > their weakest album - i couldnt warm to it at all. It still has a couple of great tracks, but the sound is so cold and sterile - they seemed to be trying to go all synth pop with songs that still cried out for the orchestral warmth that was all over their earlier work
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7 weeks ago
illimey
Been a BJH fan since 1988, the year I turned 16. I've just yesterday turned 50, and I'd still say (if I had to pick) that my two favorite bands are Magnum and BJH. Time Honoured Ghosts and Other Short Stories are my two favorite Barclay James Harvest albums, and although I do love a lot of the later stuff there are one or two albums I can't cope with - mainly the already mentioned Turn Of The
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2 months ago
illimey
Alice Cooper Tony Clarkin Peter Garrett Bowie And to keep them all in order, I'd invite Pat Benatar (which means I'd also get to chat with Neil Giraldo as you don't get one without the other)
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2 months ago
illimey
Wardy Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > > Nice and agreed! > > I gotta say this new one is ever growing weird how > the singles never really do much fer these ears > but as album tracks they come alive... > > Closer song Can't Buy Yourself A Heaven is all > sorts of fantastic \m/ I'm still on the fence about Monster Roars
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2 months ago
illimey
Magnum's Rock Art has never been released on vinyl. Someone needs to put that right!
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2 months ago
illimey
I discovered Magnum on 5th May 1988 - the day after my 16th birthday. They were on Top Of The Pops with one of the WOH singles that charted. I was hooked from the start... Wings is to this day my equal favorite Magnum album. Depending on my mood, I'll include one or more of the following in the #1 slot: Magnum II OASTN Vigilante Visitation Serpent Rings But if I was forced to pick ju
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2 months ago
illimey
Kingdom Of Madness - In The Beginning Magnum II - So Cold The Night Chase The Dragon - On The Edge Of The World Eleventh Hour - The Word Storyteller's - Les Morts Dansant Vigilante - Red On The Highway Wings Of Heaven - Wild Swan Goodnight LA - Shoot Sleepwalking - The Flood Rock Art - On Christmas Day Breath Of Life - Let Somebody In Brand New Morning - The Blue And The Grey Princess
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2 months ago
illimey
1= Wings Of Heaven (My first) 1= The Visitation (Something VERY special about this one) 1= On A Storyteller's Night (Absolute classic) 1= Magnum II (Love every second of this early masterpiece) 5= Serpent Rings (In some ways, their best ever) 5= Vigilante (I even love the production on this one) TBH, most Magnum albums could be in their Top 5 with a little tweak. There are only a couple I
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5 months ago
illimey
On my 3rd listen (or is it 4th) and happy to say that it's a storming album. I don't think it's quite going to match Serpent Rings for me, but I'll need more time to really figure that out. Awesome performances by Lee on drums and Rick on keys, and somehow Tony manages to come up with a few surprises on guitar as well. After 50 years you'd think it'd all sound a bit stale, but no! Bob sounds bril
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6 months ago
illimey
I compiled a YT playlist a year ago: 40 artists & 100 Songs, comprised of: Twenty of my favorite artists ...Two favorite albums by each ......Two songs from each album &......... One song each from another 20 artists not already included But I really don't think I like the idea of trying to do a straight Top 100 with no restrictions. I'd end up listing 125 Magnum songs and then
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7 months ago
illimey
dave UK Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Adam Schmitt- World so Bright Nice one! I prefer Illiterature myself though.
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8 months ago
illimey
Well, if something's worth doing it's worth doing with a bit of cheating... Barclay James Harvest (Pat) Benatar Bryan Adams Bruce Springsteen Bob Catley's Magnum BeeGees Bono's U2 Black Sabbath Big Country Buffalo Springfield Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music Bruce Cockburn Bruce Dickinson & Iron Maiden Bangles Brian May & Queen Bon Jovi Bob Seger Bob Dylan Bob Mould &
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8 months ago
illimey
I'm really hoping that this image is for the first digital single rather than the actual album cover. It has a quite disturbing vibe about it, and quite simply not what Magnum fans (old or new) would expect to see on their shelves. Bob's voice is certainly a little gruffer than it used to be, but I'd be expecting a full on death metal growl if this really is the cover for the new album.
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8 months ago
illimey
I've only seen Benatar/Giraldo live once, but that once was enough to tell me the Giraldo is a monster guitar player. I'd never really given him that credit from their studio work, but now that I've had the live experience he's way up my list of favorites.
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8 months ago
illimey
It was 1988, and I was 16. Magnum's Wings Of Heaven flicked a switch in me and I've never looked back (apart from to their earlier albums :D ) It's now 2021, and I'm currently playing The Serpent Rings while waiting for the details of their 21st (or 22nd) studio album due in January. Many other '87-'88 albums are also still favorites. Truly my musical awakening!
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9 months ago
illimey
Great album - new to me! Thanks for sharing. Reminds me somewhat of this old favorite of mine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcU3bmNS6i4
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10 months ago
illimey
The Adventures ('Sea Of Love' is one of my all time favorite albums)
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11 months ago
illimey
Favorite living Rock Star? Well, based on my understanding of what that phrase should mean, I have only one course of action... To duck, and say Bono GOAT? Mercury.
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11 months ago
illimey
Almost anything written by Tony Clarkin is so much better than the average rock music lyric: The wind blows cruel and hostile On that deserted land No shepherd sacrifice the lamb While prayers of guilt and duty Race upwards to the sky Collide in fearsome combat cry The guns and the ships and the planes Of every county For the wins and the gains What a price, it's much too high Don'
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1 year ago
illimey
MAGNUM 11th Hour On A Storyteller's Night Vigilante Wings Of Heaven . . . Into The Valley Of The Moon King The Visitation On The 13th Day Escape From The Shadow Garden I defy anyone to come up with another two runs of 4 albums from the same band that span 31 years and are this damn good.
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1 year ago
illimey
Final day for this auction coming up... https://www.ebay.com/itm/133763698557
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1 year ago
illimey
Main page says Harlequin store opens June 1st. A bunch of CDs and some t-shirts! Love Harlequin. I'll be there for sure https://rockpapermerch.com/collections/harlequin
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1 year ago
illimey
2112 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > mmmm...... > interesting !! It has been pretty special to have it simply lying on my coffee table for years! Kansas' song lyrics are some of the few that have really impacted my life, and John Elefante was/is pretty good at singing them! I was very happy to be able to support his solo project, and will miss hav
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1 year ago
illimey
VOCALIST: Bob Catley GUITARIST 1: Kerry Livgren GUITARIST 2: Lanny Cordola BASS: Stuart Hamm DRUMS: Mike Portnoy KEYBOARDS: Ryo Okumoto I threw Kerry in there not just because he's a fantastic guitar player (stroke aside) - they'd need someone to write some songs!
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1 year ago
illimey
https://www.ebay.com/itm/133763698557 (full disclosure: this is my listing)
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1 year ago
illimey
One of my Top 5 favorite bands since I discovered them in 1988 via a cassette copy of Face To Face on clearance in Edinburgh :D For me, their early albums (Harvest era, and up to Time Honoured Ghosts/Octoberon) are by far their best overall, but I do still love a lot of the later stuff. 1= Time Honoured Ghosts 1= ...Other Short Stories 2 1/2. Baby James Harvest, because Summer Soldier 3.
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1 year ago
illimey
Kansas are the obvious choice with what is basically lead violin :D
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1 year ago
illimey
PJayBe Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > illimey Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Just because I know y'all are waiting for me to > > share my Top 10 BJH songs - here they are: > > A lot of this list could be totally different > and > > yet still valid. My Top 10 BJH song list has &
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