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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Live Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Too Many Clowns
6. Midnight Angel
7. The Art Of Compromise
8. Don't Fall Asleep
9. Wisdom's Had Its Day
10. Burning River
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Recorded Over Six Nights In Europe Live Footage (Black Skies-Freedom Day-All My Bridges-On A Storyteller's Night)
2. Extras (On tour Footage) (Too Many Clowns-Dance Of The Black Tattoo)

Editorial Reviews

Not only musicians and freelance artists know this phenomenon: it s impossible to deliver top creative performances at the push of a button. You need peace, leisure, and most of all a certain amount of serenity to create truly great works of art. We used to be under permanent pressure from our record companies, says Magnum mastermind Tony Clarkin. They kept calling us, demanding hit singles and radio numbers. But that sort of thing doesn t work on demand. Now we re with SPV, where it s a totally different situation. They give us the necessary time and trust us to do the right thing. That s probably the reason why I enjoy working with Magnum again.

Clarkin s regained joy in his band is omnipresent on the latest Magnum offering, Escape From The Shadow Garden. Just like his simple yet logical work ethos: I simply told myself: you re a passable guitarist, so you should play the guitar. As the band s guitarist and producer, I have all the freedom I need to create exactly what I feel like creating. The result of his latest burst of creativity consists of eleven wonderfully melodic rock songs which blend all the typical Magnum ingredients, sounding in a fascinating way both timeless and classic. This band has certain unmistakable trademarks, Clarkin explains. Among them are my feel for melodies and Bob s unique vocal style.

Only a month after the release of its predecessor, On The 13th Day, Clarkin started with the preparations for Escape From The Shadow Garden as always an exciting phase in his life. Before you haven t recorded and mixed every single note, you never really know whether you ll be happy with the result. When I heard the final version of the eleven new songs with their different stories and diverse arrangements, I knew it had turned into an impressive and complete album. Together with the great cover artwork designed by Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy), this is a release which forges an arch to the early days of Magnum s career. And that s wonderful! I was really happy when my friend Jimmy Lea of Slade came to visit me at the studio again and said: You ve done it again? It doesn t matter whether by sheer luck or hard work life could have gone a totally differently way.

Magnum, who regularly breached the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the Eighties and early Nineties, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and released their debut album Kingdom Of Madness in 1978, followed by Magnum II in 1979 and their first live album Marauder in 1980. During this period they toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.

1982`s Chase The Dragon album was the first to go Top 20, and was accompanied by a sold out UK tour. 1983`s The Eleventh Hour, 1985`s On A Storyteller`s Night and 1986`s (by Roger Taylor produced) Vigilante album all fared similarly well but it was 1988`s Wings Of Heaven LP which really broke the band into the mainstream, going gold, breaching the top 5 of the UK chart and spawning three top 30 singles - ´Days Of No Trust`, ´Start Talkin` Love` and ´It Must Have Been Love`. During this period the band regularly graced the stages of such venues as Hammersmith Odeon and major UK Festivals as Reading and Castle Donington.

1990`s Goodnight L.A. album also went Top 10, spawned the Top 40 single ´Rocking Chair` and was accompanied by a tour of the UK`s Arena circuit, including venues such as Wembley Arena and the NEC. 1991`s The Spirit, 1992`s Sleepwalking and 1994`s Rock Art were followed by the announcement of the band s demise and an extensive farewell tour, during which the band`s 1996 live album, The Last Dance was recorded.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
This is great music, my preferred listening is melodic rock and this fits into that description exceptionally well. The songs are well prepared and performed, this may well become my favorite Magnum album but with so much great music from this group that will have to see how it stands up in time.

Bottom Line: If you liked any of their previous albums you will love this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2014
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British melodic/pomp rock legends Magnum are back with a new studio album, their 17th studio album to date, titled Escape From the Shadow Garden. Since reuniting a little over a decade ago, Magnum – which still features vocalist Bob Catley, keyboardist Mark Stanway and of course guitarist/songwriter Tony Clarkin – has released a steady stream of high quality melodic rock albums, and this is no exception.

Escape From the Shadow Garden is exactly what we've come to expect from Magnum in recent years. The classic pomp meets AOR sound is still in place, the melodies are glorious, and the musicianship is first rate. Clarkin delivers some very tasteful guitar work, and paired with Stanway's lush keyboards and Catley's inimitable vocals works some serious magic here. The album doesn't have the same immediate impact that the previous Magnum album (2012's On the 13th Day) did, so it takes a few spins to really sink in. When it does though, it's an easy album to get lost in.

“Live Till You Die,” “Midnight Angel” and “The Valley of Tears” are the standouts here, but as a whole there's a lot to like about Escape From the Shadow Garden. Even the cover, once again provided by Rodney Matthews, is vintage Magnum.

If you've been following Magnum in recent years, you already know you need to get your hands on Escape From the Shadow Garden. If you were a fan back in the '80s and haven't kept up with Magnum, or you're new to the band, On the 13th Day may be a better introduction to the recent Magnum sound. Once you hear that, you'll likely be coming back for this one.

Edition Notes: The deluxe edition of Escape From the Shadow Garden available that features a bonus DVD with live performances and additional footage.

Disclosure - I was given an MP3 copy of this album by the label for review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean-Jacques on April 8, 2014
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What an incredible album! Magnum is already a fantastic band. I have the highest respect for Magnum who have been making great music for so long (over four decades already). The guitar work is brilliant and the keyboard blends right in. There are some great changes in tempo which is typical Magnum's trademark. The singing is superb. There is not a weak track throughout the whole album. Those guys are real and true and you can tell through their incredible music. I am so thankful that the band has been album to make really good albums so often over the last ten years. Those guys make you proud of buying their album as the packaging is gorgeous and has been with their last productions (they mean business). You get the extra CD all put together in a luxurious cover. Magnum do not pretend, they play great music with great lyrics that reach you and stay in your head! The way great music should be! Magnum deserve to be more known worldwide so if you are reading these few lines and you still have not heard about this top of the line band, buy this album in pure confidence! You will not regret it! Fantastic!!! RESPECT !!!
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Magnum deliver one of their best albums

Magnum are an oddity in some ways. They should be MASSIVE but somehow it is better that it didn't quite happen for them. the evidence is here on this album. I think the image has always been the problem. Clarkin is quite scary looking. Bob is a cross between a munchkin and an air traffic controller. Rumour has it he once caused a glider to crash into a lake at an outdoor show. Stanway shuts his eyes and his hair blows around in the wind. ha ha . Love these guys really - thnx for all the music.
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By eric dietz on April 28, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
ok i'm taking the time to write a review this must be good and it is!! from the moment the needle dropped on this record i was taken away very strong keyboards(of course) excellent guitar work awesome drumming and great vocals very progressive and up to magnums high standard no auto rip on this one but it came with a cd i can slap in the van on the way to work but of course nothing compares to vinyl and blue marbled vinyl too boot great heavy packaging and wonderful cover art a definite must have!!!!
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