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Topic: Magenta Appreciation Thread
Posted By: rushfan4
Subject: Magenta Appreciation Thread
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 08:52
A search of the database shows a number of pages regarding Magenta, but none appear to be an appreciation thread, so in honor of their new album Chameleon I have created an appreciation thread for their fans to discuss all things Magenta.  I am curious to see if there are any fans here in PA and what tidbits that I might learn about them.  I've had Metamorphosis for a while and love that album.  I have recently ran through the remainder of their discography via the magic of the internet and find myself falling in love with this band. 

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Posted By: Warthur
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:03
They've certainly grown a lot on me over the years. Not heard Chameleon yet though I'm sure I'll catch up sooner or later.


Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:09
The trouble with fan threads for lesser known bands is that they tend to be very short.

BTW I love magenta and have seen them twice.


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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:10

This has been posted elsewhere within PA, but if you aren't familiar with Magenta and would like to check them out, they have a Collection album available for free download here.  http://www.magenta-web.com/" rel="nofollow - http://www.magenta-web.com/



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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:13
Originally posted by Snow Dog

The trouble with fan threads for lesser known bands is that they tend to be very short.

 
It won't be the first thread that I have created where I spend most of the time talking to myself, and it probably won't be the last.

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:16
Well I will help along.

I was a bit disappointed with Home but Seven and the first one  are epic!


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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:17
Which is everyones favourite sin?

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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 09:33
I've been guilty of all of them at one point or another.  I've only listen to Seven the one time this week.  Not sure which is my favorite.  I'm most familiar with Gluttony and Anger which were on their The Collection and so I have heard both of those more than once. 

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Posted By: colorofmoney91
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 14:33
Magenta is cool because their female vocalist is cute. Their music is good too, though. I'm an idiot, so whenever I listen to them I imagine I'm listening to a more interesting incarnation of Paramore.

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Posted By: rdtprog
Date Posted: December 30 2011 at 14:51
They're quiet good and i love them because they reminded me of Genesis and Yes. But i didn't enjoy a lot "Seven" and "Home+NY   Stories". I prefer "Revolutions" and "Metamorphosis". 


Posted By: timothy leary
Date Posted: December 31 2011 at 10:52
Christina also has a solo album out called " Broken Lives and Bleeding Hearts".


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: January 03 2012 at 14:55
I've seen them 4 times . First one was at the now defunct London Astoria when they opened a prog festival. That can be the kiss of death but with nothing better to do I went and checked them out and was hooked straight away. There were so few watching I even made eye contact with the gorgeous Christina. I'm in here I thought (ha ha). That was just prior to the release of Seven which I was quick to buy when it became available. Loved it straight away. People will complain there are obvious (self acknowledged tbf) references to Entangled and other Genesis tracks but Rob Reed (who is a fan of The Sound Of Music) makes sure that the music is tight and melodic. The other ace in the hole that Magenta possess is Chris Fry. Now if Fry is not the most underated guitarist in prog then I'm a monkeys uncle. This guy is seriously good and in the bracket of a Steve Howe (or Hackett) for technical brilliance.
 
After discovering Seven I managed to get hold of their debut Revolutions. I would rate this as one of the best debuts of the last 20 years. Massively ambitious and a joy for anyone who likes expansive symphonic prog. I suspect there are those that find Seven a little too condensed compared to the debut and that might explain why they have failed to make the impact their talent warrants. Rob Reed is a very clever arranger and excellent keyboardist but has not been able to develop the sound and style beyond the debut album. As much as I like Metamorphosis it isn't anything new. Chameleon is a bit of a disappointment. Starts so well with Glitter Ball but goes nowhere fast.
 
For me:
Revolutions - 4 stars
Seven - 5 stars
Home - 2 stars
Metamorphosis - 4 stars
Chameleon - 3 stars
 
The live albums and DVD's are also very good. Live At The Point is the one I have on my I-pod and features a nice spread of their songs from commercial stuff like Speechless and the more ambitious tracks like The White Witch.
 
To sum up - Very pleasant expertly played melodic prog with lovely female vocals.


Posted By: elbownut
Date Posted: June 14 2013 at 15:47
Just stumbled on this old thread
 
Late to the party, but saw Magenta for the first time at the HRH prog fesitval in Rotherham, UK back in April
 
Very impressed with their set
 
Have so far only got Seven but I love it. Christina's vocals are excellent. Like the nods to Yes/Genesis , but still something modern sounding IMO
 
Checking out their back catalogue and planning to see them live in September at the Robin 2 in Bilston
 
A new fan here


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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: June 15 2013 at 09:37
^ They've just reissued the underrated Metamophosis with bonus material so I would recommend getting that. The bonus material includes Rob Reed being interviewed and talking about the comparisons with Genesis (Entangled especially) that you mention.Very interesting.

Great live band 


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: June 15 2013 at 11:10
I like what I have heard on You Tube etc...but never bought anything ......what's considered their best by Magenta fans?

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: June 15 2013 at 11:22
Seven

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Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: June 16 2013 at 04:15
Ditto

..and best to get the reissued version with the longer 'Directors Cut' of Pride and a bonus DVD with live videos, interviews and the 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround mix.

btw the whole album is actually 79 minutes and only one track is under 10 minutes. Meaty stuff.


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: June 16 2013 at 04:29
Yep, make mine another vote for `Seven', but their `Live at Real World' DVD is just superb, my personal favourite. The acoustic reinterpretations work perfectly, and Christina is simply divine!

I've got one of those blue Magenta t-shirts, and a guy at work asked quite seriously (and rather confused too!) `Why is that band called Magenta, yet their t-shirt is blue....?'

Can't say I'd ever given it a moments thought until then, but he might be on to something!


Posted By: AtomicCrimsonRush
Date Posted: June 16 2013 at 04:49
Seven is the album that drew me in!

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Posted By: infocat
Date Posted: June 16 2013 at 14:45
Not familiar with them, but from the looks I will have to check them out!

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Posted By: tonyes
Date Posted: July 15 2013 at 07:38
New album the 27 Club to be released 1 Sep. http://www.magenta-web.com/


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: July 16 2013 at 01:08
^ta

Not sure the website is working at the moment. Seems to just be a homepage but nothing else. Always look forward to a new album by Magenta. Wonder if they will go for longer tracks this time?


Posted By: tonyes
Date Posted: July 16 2013 at 10:07
From Rob Reed - 27 Club will contain 6 songs ranging from 6mins to 14 mins, 4 over 11 mins long.

Checked the website and agree, not sure why it is like that. I'll ask around.


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: July 16 2013 at 10:30
Richard, Tonyes, I'm actually glad to read this, so it's not just me! I've had no luck with their website either, and this has been going on for well over a month too. A friend mentioned he wrote to them on the thier Facebook page about it, but got no reply.


Posted By: tonyes
Date Posted: July 31 2013 at 04:54
Website seems to be back up now http://www.magenta-web.co.uk/ Large ads for the new album which is available for pre order. I'm lucky enough to be going to the release party on 1 Sep, looking forward to it!

Just found this promo as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yidfGKTVtdo#at=31


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 03 2013 at 08:00
Andy Edwards (as already mentioned on the Prog news page) has joined for this album. Would love to know if he will take the drum stool on a more permanent basis. For those who don't know he played on IQ's massive Frequency album and must be one of the best English drummers currently. Plays with a very modest sized kit but boy can he play itSmile


Posted By: tonyes
Date Posted: August 12 2013 at 10:22
Originally posted by richardh

Andy Edwards (as already mentioned on the Prog news page) has joined for this album. Would love to know if he will take the drum stool on a more permanent basis. For those who don't know he played on IQ's massive Frequency album and must be one of the best English drummers currently. Plays with a very modest sized kit but boy can he play itSmile


As I understand it Andy Edwards played in the studio, but Steve Roberts is still the live band drummer (he certainly was when I saw them in April). Similarly Rob Reed played bass on the new album, but presumably for the live shows Dan Nelson will return. However, I could be totally wrong. I'll let you know after 1 Sep when I next see them.


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: August 12 2013 at 10:37
How can this thread only be at two pages so far?! What a wonderful band!

I especially love their `Live at Real World' album, and I listen to it whenever I work nightshift, I think the band works incredibly well in the stripped down and more acoustic format. The DVD is even more sublime!


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 12 2013 at 15:02
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

How can this thread only be at two pages so far?! What a wonderful band!

I especially love their `Live at Real World' album, and I listen to it whenever I work nightshift, I think the band works incredibly well in the stripped down and more acoustic format. The DVD is even more sublime!

really nice DVD

have you got Chris Fry's solo album 'Composed'? Its also an acoustic album and very lovely.Clap

on the subject I'm a bit sad he won't be the bands permanent drummer but hey ho we will get and exceptional album I feel. Rob Reed has done well with recruiting drummers recently . Firstly Gavin Harrison for Kompendium and now Edwards. Got some good connections!


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: August 12 2013 at 15:10
Richard, I just got Chris's solo album off Ebay a little while back, but haven't listened to it yet! The vendor said I was able to squeeze one more CD in the packet, so I added `Composed'! I'll dig it out when I get home and report back after a few spins!   

`Kompendium'....now there's another LP I haven't given enough time to yet....I've got the wonderful vinyl copy as well. The last time it got played, it was really starting to work better for me, after initally being a little bland.

OK, so I've now got TWO Magenta related items to catch up on!


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: August 14 2013 at 01:14
Approve
enjoy!


Posted By: The-Winkler
Date Posted: August 14 2013 at 05:29
They're a great band and it has to be said the nicest people in Prog, I'm going to their album launch party in a few weeks for "The 27 Club" which could be their best yet


Posted By: tonyes
Date Posted: August 14 2013 at 06:31
Originally posted by The-Winkler

They're a great band and it has to be said the nicest people in Prog, I'm going to their album launch party in a few weeks for "The 27 Club" which could be their best yet


I'll be there too, really looking forward to it. Just joined the Area 27, which gives access to previews of some of the tracks - sounds great!


Posted By: The-Winkler
Date Posted: August 14 2013 at 07:21
Originally posted by tonyes

Originally posted by The-Winkler

They're a great band and it has to be said the nicest people in Prog, I'm going to their album launch party in a few weeks for "The 27 Club" which could be their best yet


I'll be there too, really looking forward to it. Just joined the Area 27, which gives access to previews of some of the tracks - sounds great!


Yes the Area 27 is excellent, might see you there



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