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3.81 | 83 ratings | 6 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Mystical Mountain (8:50) :
- Twelve Kings
2. Fading Light (3:36)
3. Trail to Canaa (5:43)
4. Zeta (4:33)
5. Distant Future (7:10)
6. Kepler 22b (6:41) :
- The Root
- Zapruder
- Myrrh and Honey
7. Kalamazoo (3:30)
8. Yantra Tunnels (5:03)

Total Time 45:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Evans / vocals, guitar
- Terence Waldstädt / guitar, backing vocals
- Jay Darlington / keyboards, backing vocals
- Vivien Goodwin-Darke / flute, percussion, backing vocals
- Wihll Mellorz / bass, guitar (7)
- Connor Spring / drums, guitar (7)

Releases information

Artwork: Paul Evans

CD Back To The Garden Records ‎- none (2017, UK)

LP Back To The Garden Records ‎- BTTG003 (2017, UK)

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MAGIC BUS Phillip the Egg ratings distribution

(83 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(55%)
Good, but non-essential (18%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars Magic Bus have pretty strongly established their style in the two albums preceding new release Phillip the Egg, and they don't really deviate from it here - again, it's an intoxicated bland of Canterbury-esque whimsy (drawing largely on the warm humour of Caravan and the mystical interests of Gong) with West Coast hippy sensibilities, as well as tight jamming in the instrumental sections reminiscent of the overlap between Ozric Tentacles and You-era Gong. If that sounds like the sort of thing you'd enjoy, then you're in luck, because that's exactly what hatches out of this egg. If you've heard Magic Bus's preceding albums, you pretty much already know what to expect here and whether or not you'll like it.
Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars England's revivalists of the Bay Area psychedelia and Canterbury Scene have returned with another collection of one that flows and develops slowly in its complexity and dexterity over the course of the album. As a matter of fact, it seems to me upon repeated listens that the opening songs are fairly simple and pleasant and innocent while the trend progresses toward more expressions of anger and discord towards the end of the longer songs and the album itself.

I would have liked to hear more instrumental expressivity and complexity but am exceedingly happy for the input of this collection of songs that take me to a place that was much more innocent and carefree.

1. "Mystical Mountain" (8:50) a nice epic with simple Canterbury-lite (witty a la CARAVAN) approach to the vocal sections. The instrumental sections are more experimental but very subtly so. (8.5/10)

2. "Fading to Light" (3:36) absolutely gorgeous study in sound and space. I think the band are showing true signs of commitment to one another in diving deeply into their chemistry and technical proficiency. (10/10)

3. "Trail to Canada" (5:43) the first half is a bit innocuous but then a big shift and a rocking psychedelic second half lifts it up into memorability. (8.5/10)

4. "Zeta" (4:34) electronic psychedelia (reversed tracks) play from beginning before JEFFERSON AIRPLANE-like sound and structure establishes itself. The ethereal mid-section is interesting--perhaps a bit out of place. Nicely performed though there are a few sections that are a little drawn out with little or no development. (9/10)

5. "Distant Future" (7:11) is by far the most demanding both compositionally and of the listener--which is a good thing for this band. Discordant, edgie and syncopated, though still psychedelic--at least, until the fourth minute when a chorus temporarily gels it all together. The song returns briefly before going Fripp on us with some interesting lead guitar. I like the band's adventurousness here though it doesn't necessarily result in a beautiful or "shout about" song. (8.5/10)

6. "Kepler 226" (6:41) an instrumental that once again displays the band's cerebral commitment to technically complicated musics. (8.75/10)

7. "Kalamazoo" (3:30) a surprisingly sedate, more-acoustic-oriented approach to the band's sound. Nice but nothing extraordinary here. (8/10)

8. "Yantra Tunnels" (5:04) opens with harmonium and other Indian-sounding sounds. In the second minute Western instruments like drums and electric guitars enter and take over. This one rocks--like a good rockin' German Krautrock song from the 1970s. Even when it amps up a notch in the fourth minute it still (or even more) retains that Krautrock feel. (9/10)

4.5 stars; an excellent submission of psychedelic Canterbury-esque music. I predict that MAGIC BUS's next album is going to be a true masterpeice!

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars MAGIC BUS remind me of GONG more than any other band minus the silliness. Kind of a Psychedelic, Folky style with some Canterbury flavours thrown in. I'm going to call this one their best although the one before it is right there too. A six piece band with vocals and maybe the funniest title for an album that I've seen in a while. Released in 2017 we get plenty of analog keyboards, really good guitar in many styles, upfront bass, drums and flute. The flute and sound bring THE SMELL OF INCENSE to mind as well. But is there mellotron on here? I thought I heard it on two songs but none is credited unlike that Norwegian band I just mentioned who like to swim in it.

Top three tracks include the opener "Mystical Mountain" and for 3 1/2 minutes we get a very Canterbury-like sound here especially the vocals. He reminds me of Richard Sinclair in his vocal style. After 3 1/2 minutes it turns experimental somewhat and Psychedelic. Check out the guitar 8 minutes in! "Trail To Canaa" is a Psychedelic/Folk styled tune with strummed and picked guitar, flute and organ. It's TULL-like 2 minutes in as they amp it up with flute. I like the multi-vocal melodies and determined sound that follows 3 minutes in. Organ is in along with the bass, guitar and drums. The guitar lights it up around the 4 minute mark. Last top three is "Kepler 22B" and this is where I thought I heard mellotron before 4 minutes. I know there's flute there. The guitar that follows is a highlight for me. I like the heaviness on this one.

A really strong album when it comes to the style they play in these modern times.

Latest members reviews

3 stars This album doesn't have much singing which I must say is a positive. This album mixes the Magic Bus formula up a bit with more attention on instrumentals a decent amount of which have an edge to them which counterbalances the asinine vocals (their actually better on this album in my opinion). ... (read more)

Report this review (#2607416) | Posted by Beautiful Scarlet | Monday, October 25, 2021 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Magic Bus' new album 'Phillip the Egg' starts with 'Mystical Mountain', a jaunty, infectious tune with a lovely burbling guitar sound, that bridges the gap between this offering and 2014s 'Sogmore'. However, the second (instrumental) part of the track heads us into a jazzier, spacier direction t ... (read more)

Report this review (#1719032) | Posted by phil dud | Monday, May 8, 2017 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Magic Bus 'Phillip the Egg' 'enter the astral porthole. I was provided a preview copy of this album by the band. MAGIC BUS is a Totnes, Devon-based band performing in the Canterbury Scene/West Coast vibe sub-genre within Progressive Rock Music. Current members: Paul Evans, Jay Darlington, Te ... (read more)

Report this review (#1716079) | Posted by SteveConrad | Sunday, April 30, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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