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MAGNUM - DANCE OF THE BLACK TATTOO

It's been three years since Magnum brought out The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads, a compilation that focused on the British rock act's quiet, more otherworldly and dreamy side. Three years during which the idea matured to follow this successful release (top 100 of the German album charts) with a companion piece. Dance Of The Black Tattoo has turned into exactly that: a collection of songs that present Magnum exclusively as tough-as-nails rocking and extremely vibrant musicians. What makes this album, available from 8 January 2021 on Steamhammer/SPV on CD, double LP and for digital download, so special is the fact that Magnum have gone through their impressive archive, looking for rare live cuts and outstanding radio versions and have come up with spirited live recordings and edits that concentrate on the essential components of some of their most accomplished rock numbers.

Naturally, guitarist and band mastermind Tony Clarkin has used this opportunity to remaster and update all 14 tracks so that they comply with the state-of-the-art of (sound) technology. Says Clarkin: "There have always been two aspects to Magnum: a slightly more tender and lyrical facet, but first and foremost of course our powerful, rocking side. And that's the element that Dance Of The Black Tattoo documents impressively."

The album kicks off with live versions of 'Black Skies' and 'Freedom Day', previously available exclusively as DVD bonus tracks on Escape From The Shadow Garden. "The perfect launch of this compilation because they present Magnum musically and lyrically from our familiar raw side. The subsequent 'All My Bridges' is a little different in that the music is still heavy, but the lyrics are more poetic," explains Clarkin, whose dynamic guitar style has harmonized perfectly with Magnum vocalist Bob Catley's warm and charismatic voice for almost fifty (!) years.

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Han pasado tres años desde que Magnum sacó The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads, una compilación que se centró en el lado tranquilo, más sobrenatural y soñador del grupo de hard rock británico. Tres años durante los cuales maduró la idea de seguir este exitoso lanzamiento (top 100 de las listas de álbumes alemanas) con una pieza complementaria. Dance Of The Black Tattoo se ha convertido en exactamente eso: una colección de canciones que presentan a Magnum exclusivamente como rockeros duros como las uñas y músicos extremadamente vibrantes. Lo que hace que este álbum, disponible a partir del 8 de enero de 2021 en Steamhammer / SPV en CD, doble LP y para descarga digital, sea tan especial es el hecho de que Magnum ha revisado su impresionante archivo, buscando raros cortes en vivo y versiones de radio excepcionales y ha venido con animadas grabaciones en vivo y ediciones que se concentran en los componentes esenciales de algunos de sus temas de rock más logrados.

Naturalmente, el guitarrista y cerebro de la banda, Tony Clarkin, ha aprovechado esta oportunidad para remasterizar y actualizar las 14 pistas para que cumplan con el estado del arte de la tecnología (de sonido). Dice Clarkin: "Siempre ha habido dos aspectos en Magnum: una faceta un poco más tierna y lírica, pero primero y más importante, por supuesto, nuestro lado poderoso y rockero. Y ese es el elemento que Dance Of The Black Tattoo documenta de manera impresionante".

El álbum comienza con versiones en vivo de 'Black Skies' y 'Freedom Day', previamente disponibles exclusivamente como pistas extra en DVD en Escape From The Shadow Garden. "El lanzamiento perfecto de esta compilación porque presentan Magnum musical y líricamente desde nuestro lado crudo familiar. El siguiente 'All My Bridges' es un poco diferente en el sentido de que la música sigue siendo pesada, pero las letras son más poéticas", explica Clarkin. cuyo estilo de guitarra dinámico ha armonizado perfectamente con la voz cálida y carismática del vocalista de Magnum Bob Catley durante casi cincuenta (!) años.

Songs

1. "Black Skies" (live) 6:06
2. "Freedom Day" (live) 6:20
3. "All My Bridges" (live) 4:55
4. "On A Storyteller's Night" (live) 5:09
5. "Dance Of The Black Tattoo" (live) 5:53
6. "On Christmas Day" (radio edit) 4:21
7. "Born To Be King" 5:31
8. "Phantom Of Paradise Circus" 6:12
9. "No God Or Saviour" 5:24
10. "Your Dreams Won't Die" (live) 5:44
11. "Twelve Men Wise And Just" (live) 6:22
12. "Show Me Your Hands" (radio edit) 3:48
13. "Not Forgiven" (radio edit) 3:38
14. "Madman Or Messiah" (radio edit)

Members

Bob Catley – vocals (1972–1995, 2001–present)
Tony Clarkin – lead guitar, vocals (1972–1995, 2001–present)
Rick Benton – keyboards (2016–present)
Lee Morris – drums (2017–present)
Dennis Ward – bass guitar, backing vocals (2019–present)

Information

Country: USA

Released date: 8 January 2021

Genre: HARD ROCK

Length: 73:04

Format: CD-LP-DIGITAL

Producer: Tony Clarkin

Barcode ID: N/A

Production: N/A

Label: Steamhammer Records/SPV

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