Label: Vertigo - UICY-9299 Series: Rock Legend Series Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered Paper Sleeve Country: Japan Genre: Rock Style: Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock
Blues Classical Country. This is just perfect. Ring of Stones. Bearing in mind this album was released inwell before many of its contemporaries, it shows Magna Carta to be a band of great imagination and ambition, unafraid to make the type of highly melodic music they came to develop over the coming years. Introspection Late Night Partying. Jazz Latin New Age. It is a chicken and egg question as to how much the label influenced their direction, and to Give Me No Goodbye - Magna Carta - Seasons (CD extent their already planned direction led to their signing for Vertigo, but the results are a unique blend of folk and progressive elements.
Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.
Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Styles Art Rock Prog-Rock. Track Listing. Christopher Simpson. Magna Carta. Give Me No Goodbye. Ring of Stones. Airport Song. After a spoken prologue, the gentle acoustic "Winter song" introduces us to the wonderful vocal harmonies of the band, seductively accompanied by acoustic guitar. Various themes are explored as the suite moves quickly along. For this album, the band is a trio, but various guest musicians such as Rick Wakeman, Dave Johnstone and Tim Renwick, plus the London Symphony Orchestra create sympathetic but never intrusive sound-scapes on which the band build their supremely melodic pictures.
The suite is primarily based around vocals and occasional spoken word, any instrumental breaks being brief and usually in the form of segues.
This is though a magical work, spellbinding in its unique beauty. Side two consists of six short, unconnected songs. Tracks such as "Going my way" and "Give me no goodbye" are light Simon and Garfunkel like pieces, harmonic, infectious and perfectly performed but not the sort of thing visitors to this site are seeking.
Special mention should be made of "Elizabethan", one of the most beautiful songs I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. This is "Homeward bound" part two, with pleasant orchestration. The lyrics and light melody make a fog bound delay sound positively desirable. Bearing in mind this album was released in , well before many of its contemporaries, it shows Magna Carta to be a band of great imagination and ambition, unafraid to make the type of highly melodic music they came to develop over the coming years.
A wonderful album of deceptive simplicity. Nice sleeve too. In terms of influences, one can say that vocally, they were often very comparable to what Simon And Garfunkel did. Their sidelong title suite is the main attraction for proigheads, but somehow if beautiful the track really fails to convince us.
Never does the music get wild or even involved with itself. It is almost like it was afraid of its potential passion, so no matter how much space it was given, it would never allow itself to expand musically even ifd Mr Wakeman and the London Symphonu Orchestra help out. Plenty of pleasant moments, but the album lacks depth , grits and tripes. The "Season suite" has a great pastoral feel starting off with the Winter Song, with poetic narration from Chris Simpson through to the Autumn song with the combined vocals of Simpson and Stuart throughout.
Light folk in parts two but undeniably a concept piece with some great guitar, mainly accoustic. It is great to see that Tim Fenwick of Pink Floyd fame played recorder not to mention contributions from Davey Johnstone, the infamous Tony Visconti and last but not least a Mr.
Rick Wakeman. Even if the "Seasons" suite is a mere seasonal song cycle, it does flow clear and free, with nothing to interrupt the sweet sentiments for better or worse. The band are clearly accomplished singers and instrumentalists, but rarely if ever bust out in either category. The shorter tunes actually uncover several gems of succinct pastoral folk rock, particularly the cello-led "Elizabethan" reminiscent of STRAWBS circa "Dragonfly"; and the surprisingly moody "Ring of Stones" including Rick Wakeman on organ.
I have been known to give high ratings even to albums with such a low prog content simply because of their high quality and a willingness to take risks. This is just perfect. Nicely crafted progfolk with lots of beautiful melodies and harmonies. The lower of voice Chris Simpson and the higher voice of Glen Stuart fit so perfectly.
The comparison to The Moody Blues is also a valid one. Too much sugar for my liking But it still works. This album consists of one long suite twenty two minutes long and some shorter songs.
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