It has been three years since MAGNUM introduced out “The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads”, a compilation that targeted on the British rock act’s quiet, extra otherworldly and dreamy facet. Three years throughout which the thought matured to comply with this profitable launch (prime 100 of the German album charts) with a companion piece. “Dance Of The Black Tattoo” has became precisely that: a set of songs that current MAGNUM completely as tough-as-nails rocking and intensely vibrant musicians. What makes this album so particular is the truth that MAGNUM have gone by their spectacular archive, in search of uncommon stay cuts and excellent radio variations and have provide you with spirited stay recordings and edits that consider the important elements of a few of their most achieved rock numbers. Naturally, guitarist and band mastermind Tony Clarkin has used this chance to remaster and replace all 14 tracks in order that they adjust to the state-of-the-art of (sound) expertise.
Says Clarkin: “There have at all times been two points to MAGNUM: a barely extra tender and lyrical side, however before everything after all our highly effective, rocking facet. And that is the component that ‘Dance Of The Black Tattoo’ paperwork impressively.”
The album kicks off with stay variations of “Black Skies” and “Freedom Day”, beforehand obtainable completely as DVD bonus tracks on “Escape From The Shadow Backyard”. In accordance with Clarkin, they had been “the right launch of this compilation as a result of they current MAGNUM musically and lyrically from our acquainted uncooked facet. The next ‘All My Bridges’ is just a little totally different in that the music continues to be heavy, however the lyrics are extra poetic,” explains Clarkin, whose dynamic guitar fashion has harmonized completely with MAGNUM vocalist Bob Catley‘s heat and charismatic voice for nearly fifty (!) years.
“On A Storyteller’s Night time”, the title observe of their 1985 masterpiece, and “Dance Of The Black Tattoo’ are one other two uncommon stay tracks from the bonus part of “Escape From The Shadow Backyard”, adopted by radio edits of their seasonal anti-war quantity “On Christmas Day” and the fan favourite “Born To Be King” off their basic “Goodnight L.A.”, beforehand solely obtainable on vinyl or for digital obtain, adopted by “Phantom Of Paradise Circus” and “No God Or Saviour”, each bonus tracks from “Sacred Blood – Divine Lies”.
Clarkin says: “To be trustworthy, once I began going by these previous masters, I did not even have ‘Phantom Of Paradise Circus’ on my radar. I normally begin engaged on new materials about 4 weeks after the discharge of an album, so sometimes a music could sink into oblivion though it has loads of substance and sophistication. Resembling ‘Phantom Of Paradise Circus’. I actually love that quantity and am comfortable that it’s getting the eye it deserves eventually.”
“Your Desires Will not Die” and “Twelve Males Smart And Simply” are two stay bonus tracks which first featured on “Misplaced On The Street To Eternity”, earlier than “Present Me Your Arms”, “Not Forgiven” and “Madman Or Messiah” — three beforehand unreleased radio edits from the nonetheless topical studio recordings “Misplaced On The Street To Eternity” (2018) and “The Serpent Rings” (2020) — spherical off the brand new launch. “Typically it isn’t simple to shorten a rigorously balanced composition for the radio, however in these three circumstances it labored very well,” reckons Clarkin.
Speaking of working properly: Naturally the paintings of “Dance Of The Black Tattoo” was designed by MAGNUM‘s tried-and-tested cowl artist Rodney Matthews, who at all times succeeds in translating the particular atmosphere of the British rock group’s albums into atmospheric photographs and hues.
Clarkin feedback: “This time it was simple actually: I referred to as Rodney, instructed him the album title and he despatched me this positively fascinating paintings. I wager our followers will love his little masterpiece.”
“Dance Of The Black Tattoo” can be launched January 8, 2021 by Steamhammer/SPV as CD digipak, 2LP gatefold model, particular CD/LP bundle with shirt (solely on the Steamhammer store), obtain and stream.
01. Black Skies (Stay)
02. Freedom Day (Stay)
03. All My Bridges (Stay)
04. On A Storyteller’s Night time (Stay)
05. Dance Of The Black Tattoo (Stay)
06. On Christmas Day (Radio Edit)
07. Born To Be King
08. Phantom Of Paradise Circus
09. No God Or Saviour
10. Your Desires Will not Die (Stay)
11. Twelve Males Smart And Simply (Stay)
12. Present Me Your Arms (Radio Edit)
13. Not Forgiven (Radio Edit)
14. Madman Or Messiah (Radio Edit)
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