MAGNA CARTA Midnight
Blue/Live & Let Live (SJPCD346)
...chock-full of fine melodies, refined harmonies...
...lovingly remastered and sounds better than ever...
Air have done an excellent job in the packaging and Chris Simpson has worked
hard to direct the project, remix the tracks, add an excellent second CD of live
music and restructure the main album. The music, as always with Magna Carta, is
a joy to listen to...as fine a package as you will find anywhere in sound
quality, background information and presentation!
...Angel Air strike pop-rock gold...Midnight Blue offers a mix of classic, light
and breezy pop rock sounds...Live & Let Live showcases twelve Magna Carta live
performances taken from various live shows recorded between 1992 and 2007.
album here is expanded into a 74-minute version, with singles Sting Of The Gin
and Highway To Spain, plus outtakes...The second disc is a live pot pourri,
tracks collected from 2001 to 2007...lots more acoustic guitar picking and nary
a synthesiser in sight.
...Magna Carta rose to fame during the early seventies with their melodic blend
of folk and rock that sometimes diverted into pop, prog rock and country
tangents, making their work always interesting...a reissue of a 1982 double
release that pairs a studio album, recorded at 10cc's own Strawberry Studios,
and a live album over two CDs. Both show the band's softer, acoustic side that
often integrates a striking harmonic delivery.
...the album underwent a little reshuffling with one original track excised and
supplanted witrh two cuts from the same sessions, not to mention a smattering of
new compositions - and a whole disc of concert recordings, for the most part
from the two last decades.
...theirs is a catalogue of depth and distinction...somewhere between the
dazzling sonic sheen of Midnight Blue and the cheering naturalism of Live And
Let Live, the essence of Magna Carta's work is there for the taking.
...simple yet delightful songs
stands out about Midnight Blue, in addition to the stellar sounding production
job and of course the performances of the musicians themselves, is the
staggering amount of depth found within these wide ranging compositions...
...transits the acoustic soft-rockers' English patchouli pastorality from the
fields and vales of the Old Country to the plains and prairies of the New World
in a clear bid to broaden the audience...this textbook exercise in music
catalogue presentation should occupy a Sunday morning nicely.
...gentle folk/country/rock (almost AOR) ... this package is beautifully
presented and brimming with extras.
polished and musicianly package...