Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Once again a Magnum album would be delayed a couple of years after it had been recorded. Their debut album was recorded in , but was held back by the record company until This third album was recorded in , but was not released until Just like the debut probably would have been able to make a greater impact in '76 than in '78, Chase The Dragon would probably had better chances in '80 than in ' I used to give this only three stars, but I think that it stands out so much among the band's early albums that it deserves four stars.
Rodney Matthews' excellent cover is a bit misleading as to the musical pathways the listener would expect - possibly a fantasy-based, epic rock album with prog at the core of the sound.
My understanding of this release can be summarised in a few words: inconsistent and at the same time interesting and unexpected. Reason: the numerous musical influences from a vast range of bands, leading to the building of an album that sounds more like a compilation record than a proper studio release. It would be interesting to see all these different effects on the album as the tracks unfold. The track slowly builds up to a medium tempo heavy-pomp rock piece that reaches its zenith at the refrain where Styx-like secondary vocals take it to another dimension.
Another 45 sec. The Spirit embarks with a melodic epic acoustic guitar passage in the vein of Wishbone Ash and Uriah Heep but soon a powerful heavy rock riff breaks in in time for the refrain which shows some of the best catchy vocals on this album. The melodic passages and heavy riffs interchange throughout the whole song assisted by well-balanced guitar solos.
The result is a dynamic hard rock track with little resemblance to prog forms. The choice of Sacred Hour for mp3 streaming in the PA page is ideal: this track is by far the most progressive song in the album, starting off with a grandiose piano-keyboard section in the vein of Kansas and Styx that builds beautifully into the first vocal lines. The AOR elements are dominant as the track evolves with pianos backing up the mid-tempo pomp rock character unfolding the prog references via the dual guitar-keyboard solos; undoubtedly the optimal way to conclude the first half of the record.
Walking the Straight Line is based on the triptych of ZZ Top, UFO and the Eagles, as strange as this sounds; the main riff of this almost "classic rock" track is influenced from the first two, while the refrain borrows some the melodic tunes of the latter embodied again with AOR harmonies. The first ballad the listener meets is called We All Play the Game and again shows a change of mood to more prog-keyboard led melodies with an attitude that leans towards Kansas and Queen primarily.
If The Teacher was a Deep Purple cover, nobody would argue with that. The main guitar theme is almost copied from the great rock band and the track evolves as an up-tempo heavy rock tune that sticks to your mind. Have: 35 Want: 23 Avg Rating: 4.
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Sort by: Newest Oldest. Love the expanded edition. Bought this on record just for the cover but fell in love with the music. One person found this helpful. Lo recomiendo sin dudar, buenas guitarras, teclados que crean atmosferas muy roqueras y la voz de Bob Catley es alucinante.
Translate review to English. This is the first I've listened to Magnum after hearing about them by reading British music magazines - Kerrang! Was interested and ordered this cd. I'm so glad I did! Now I'm restraining myself from going on a Magnum cd ordering frenzy.
I am a fan of hard rock and prog, so this was right up my alley - great songs and vocals! Get it - you won't be sorry. Classic album; one of Magnums best. I took a chance on Magnum, as in the early '80's there were no magazines USA that covered bands like this.
If you loved music, as I do, you took chances on the albums. You looked at the artwork, the names of the songs, of course the name of the band,it's all we had to try and judge what we should buy.
I scored so big when I took a chance on this, Soldier of the Line, The Spirit, Sacred Hour, these songs alone are so good this album deserves to be bought. There are several other very strong tracts, I leave it to you to decide which one's you love.
Hint:The Lights Burned Out is a very strong, very emotional song. Bob Catley's vocals are stunning. One of two albums by Magnum that I think are essential. Chase the dragon is a great album, and when this CD was rereleased i rushed to the store to get it. Unfortunately, all the extra tracks have been released before and some of the tracks labeled as "live tracks" are not even live!
A real Magnum fan already owns all of these tracks. Ok, the CD is remastered, but don't expect to get any tracks not previously released. Back to earth, Hold back your love and Long days black nights are the same studio versions as on the "Vintage Magnum" album and Soldier of the line and Sacred hour are the same live versions as found on the "Invasion - Live" record.
Really lousy by the record company to label the tracks as live even on the CD cover when they are studio versions! On to the review: the extra tracks are great, the record is great but if you already own the records mentioned above, don't bother to buy this album unless you really want the remastered versions. If you don't own it and like Magnum, this CD is a must have.Chase the Dragon is the third studio album by English rock band Magnum. It was released in on Jet Records. Overseen by the Kansas producer Jeff Glixman, Chase the Dragon was the first recorded appearance by the new keyboard player Mark Stanway, although he had made his live debut at Magnum's appearance at the Reading Festival in The album was recorded over 13 days at .