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KlaatuAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2011)
  • Label: Bullseye Records of Canada
  • ASIN: B004U7EZG4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Magentalane by Klaatu

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This swansong for Klaatu, released in 1981, signaled the death of melodic/introspective/fun progressive music. Not going out with a whimper, Klaatu put together a magnificent collection of tunes in Magentalane. Its not quite up to the splendor of Hope, but its damn close!
Magentalane moves a bit away from the progressive overtones of the band's previous releases, but the songs are nonetheless powerful. I can remember being "a million miles away" in school; the opening track of this LP is very reminiscent of those times. "Love of a Woman" and "I don't want to go home" are straight out of the Beatles catalog without being penned by Lennon/McCartney; they are absolute gems.
"Magentalane" and "Maybe I'll move to mars" recall the band's fixation with interstellar travel. No doubt they'll have their ashes spread in space, the way Gene Roddenberry did.
High water mark on this album is "Mrs. Toad's Cookies". Maquerading as a child's tune, this song has a message no less important than that of the song "Hope", the title track of a previous LP. For Mrs. Toad's cookies are good...really good! And Mr. Toad can't keep his hands off em. But too much of a good thing can be bad for you indeed.
Unfortunately, so can not enough of a good thing, which is the problem with Klaatu. Magentalane tells us this band had the staying power to write truly wonderful music. Too bad the years have intervened and we ponder their post-Magentalane discography in a fit of wishful thinking...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At First Disappointing... October 24, 2002
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...but even the most mediocre efforts on this album are excellent early 80s songs, if not good Klaatu. The thing is, I listened to their first album first. This set me up for disappointment, and at first I was. However, then I discovered that half of the songs are vintage Klaatu and the other ones... well, I had to keep my mind open. And so I have. It's definitely worth examining this album. Magentalane is laden with metaphors for the band's demise, most notably in their swan song Magentalane. Here they simply state that it "feels so good" to be back in Canada, and in their hometown Toronto. The reason why Klaatu broke up, I think, was simply that the "bad ol' world" treated them shabbily. This band simply deserved better, and the songs on the lower rung of this album are proof of that: they got burned, and they burned out.
What happened to Klaatu is, in all of rock and pop history, the saddest and most unfortunate ending for a band. In the end though they controlled their own destiny, and ended their music careers with a bittersweet cry out against the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lights Out for A Terrific Band June 14, 2001
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The production is a notch down from prior Klaatu albums which was always one of their strong points. The songs sound a bit tired and probably due to the fact that the band knew this was the end. Some songs like a Million Miles Away are sappy 80's sounding material and some like Magentalane, Blue Smoke, Mrs. Toad's Cookies and the Paul McCartney sounding I Don't Want to Go Home, offer a glimmer of what the band was about in the past. Overall a pretty good album and for die hard Klaatu fans a must for the collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in time September 12, 2012
By Joe
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Band Klaatu is a long and sadly forgotten band from Canada. At the time they were active many thought they were the Beatles. Even with that the band had a relatively short run only making a handful of Albums. Magentalane would be their last studio Album and is in my opinion one of there bests. The sound of this album ranges from a psychedelic feel to a childlike sense of adventure. Not all the songs are pure gold but you will get so into the album you wont even notice. The top songs from the Album to me are "December Dream" (which almost sounds like George Harrison), "Magentalane", and "Maybe I'll move to Mars". Overall the album is a fun blast from a forgotten past.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet finale to a brief but brilliant band July 20, 1998
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Though not as strong as Klaatu's first two albums, Magentalane is more cohesive and enjoyable overall than the second two, and seems almost a self-conscious sigh of raptured resignation at the end of this astoundingly creative band's all-too-brief but absolutely brilliant career. The title track and reprise especially convey a sense of homecoming and comfort therein. The quirky "Mrs. Toad's Cookies" hints at entire realms left unexplored by the closure of this band's efforts, and leaves us to ponder what might have been, given a more nurturing music environment. Meanwhile, the forgivably sentimental "Maybe I'll Move to Mars" hearkens back to the band's earliest days, when they made their mark blending early space-art rock with neogothic and sometimes quirky themes that one can almost envision, like master paintings on black velvet. A whimsical and affectionate closing statement from a band who deserved better than they got.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for me! September 2, 2013
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I'm Young Jun Kim from South KOREA. Thank you very much for good present. History impressed to me. A lot of love of title more good along to the sea. Unity was United! Thank you!
Good bye!

Kim Young Jun
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD LAST HURRAH
This 1980 album was a nice return to form following two missteps following the symphonic/pop classic "Hope." Start with Hope, then Klaatu, followed by Magentalane. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ProgrockVT
1.0 out of 5 stars Half star better than Endangered Species.
"Mrs Toad Bake some cookies" and the "Magentalane" title track are the only songs of any redeeming value here. Read more
Published on July 2, 2006 by James Upham
5.0 out of 5 stars A great band that didn't get anywhere
Klaatu suffered from a mistaken identity. If they weren't interested in striking out on their own, they would have made a a fabulous Beatles cover band. Read more
Published on January 28, 2006 by A. Eagle
1.0 out of 5 stars MagentaLAME
Swan song or no, the best songs of Klaatu's "Magentalane" are several magnitudes worse than the worst songs of their first two albums. Read more
Published on August 5, 2002 by Charles A. Miller
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe I`ll Move to Mars
Being a big fan of Klaatu`s superb first two albums Magenta Lane came as a big dissapointment. There are too many pointless, mediocre ballads, well played, sung and produced yes,... Read more
Published on June 6, 2002 by Paul Weatherhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Magentalane - a good Finale for a great band.
Klaatu had a short-lived existence, but they were one of the best Canadian bands in history. During the band's life they were compared to the Beatles - also one of my favorite... Read more
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