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2.63 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Garden (24:25) :
- i) Sunrise
- ii) Kae and I
- iii) All the Days
- iv) Don't Hang Around Here!
- v) In the Hills
- vi) Escape
- vii) Damen Krandle and Justin Dano
- viii) We Wait for the Sun
- ix) Endless Night
- x) Daybreak
- xi) Battle
- xii) Home
2. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (5:20) :
- i) Elric of Melnibone
- ii) The Seas of Fate
3. Grains of Sand (5:15)
4. The Stone Circle (7:03) :
- i) Lament for a Lost Age
- ii) Ruins
- iii) The Secret of the Stones

Total Time 42:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrew Laitres / vocals, guitars, bass, bass pedals, keyboards, percussion, Fx, composer, arranger & producer

- Lynnette Shelley / vocals
- Joe Boyle / guitar
- Jesse Cross-Nickerson / keyboards, electronics
- Dan DeWalt / piano, organ, synth
- Bob Stabach / flute
- Nathan-Andrew Dewin / concert harp
- Gary Strater / bass
- Tomas Hjort / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Aubrey Beardsley (1872-1898)

CD Sky Pines Music - SSP 0005 (2002, Canada)

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MAGUS / THE WINTER TREE The Garden ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars I have sort of a love / hate relationship with this record. My biggest problem is getting past Andrew Robinson's vocals.They are fine actually, but they sound so much like a Canadian folk singer I don't like, it's hard to get past that.The good news is that it's only on one track where they sound like that,the bad news is the track is over 24 minutes long. There are several guests on this recording including Thomas Hjort from CROSS playing drums. Gary Strater from STARCASTLE playing bass. Lynette Shelley from RED MASQUE adding some vocals. There are others who are not so well known.

"The Garden" is that song I was talking about. It is divided into 12 sections, and is a story Robinson made up about a fellow named John and his friends. One day a band of bad men who travel around kidnapping and killing people came into our John's area wreaking havoc when they are confronted by a good man and his followers. The battle happens as John and his friends hide in a cave. The good guys win the battle and our subject eventually gets married and goes back to dream often in the garden he spent a lot of time in as a child. The song itself changes a lot, from the spacey beginnings to the vocal sections that are folksy in nature, to some scorching guitar before 7 minutes. Piano melodies follow, before a long section of bass and drums. Flute after 15 minutes followed by a spacey passage. I love the synths late in the song. With a story this long you know the song is going to twist and turn instrumentally with different climates and tempos.

The last three songs really impressed me. I just wasn't expecting to be wowed after the "epic" that didn't do a lot for me. "The Sailor On The Seas Of Fate" is a very spacey and experimental track. I like it. The synths before 3 minutes are a highlight. This is about creating a soundscape, and not about melody. I like these types of songs if they are done well,and this is. "Grains Of Sand" opens with acoustic guitar as drums come in before 2 minutes. This has such a catchy beat to it. The guitar after 3 1/2 minutes is well done. It is quite aggressive for a change. "The Stone Circle" has those female vocals for about a minute.The atmosphere is dark. Some good guitar and synths. Spacey sounds abound as we get some electronics after 4 minutes.This is great !

So 3 stars seems fair to me.This is good and some might think it's excellent. I could see some reviewers liking the main song a lot and not liking the three shorter tracks. It's all about your taste in music isn't it ?

Review by kenethlevine
2 stars Andrew Robinson's Magus alternates between echoey Floydian acoustics and spacey Tangerine Dream electronics on this 4 track CD, with a few metallic references. Unfortunately this is not as good as it sounds. The bulk is taken up by the 12 part title suite. Ambitious though it is, the delivery and end product have an amateurish quality and a lack of finish, unless you count a synthetic sheen. The production is as crisp as the best morning bacon, but the only reminder of having indulged is an unpleasant aftertaste and a promise to self to limit consumption. Magus would do better to focus less on sound "quality" and processing and more on the composition itself and its development. Good passages occur here and there, especially in the middle parts of the suite, where some juicy bass accompaniment adds to the atmosphere, and in "The Stone Circle", but in general it's a bit too much about atmosphere, and the melodic creativity is lacking. This garden needs an infusion of organics to flourish.

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