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Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


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Formed in Cardiff, Wales, UK in 2001

Most of the old progheads miss the 70's when Prog' reached the peak, atmospheric guitars, wonderful keyboard solos and beautiful symphonic arrangements where things from the past until this great band released "Revolutions".

MAGENTA was born in the year 2001 as a one album project, ROBERT REED (a talented keyboardist and composer who had worked on several good prog bands like FYREWORKS, CYAN and TRIPPA) decided to join Christina Murphy (Now Christina Booth), an incredible vocalist that has a bit of Stevie Nicks with the brilliance of Annie Haslam plus of course her personal and unique style and release "Revolutions", a double conceptual album about the moments that changed humanity (small revolutions). For that purpose they decided to hire some session musicians for the recordings. But the project was too big for that, and fans started to ask for live concerts, so they change the plans and form a permanent band, with Tim Robinson (Percussion) who with the other members Chris Fry (guitar), Martin Rossen (guitar) and Matthew Cohen (bass) form the almost definitive lineup.

Their debut album "Revolutions" blends the spirit of the 70 Symphonic bands with the perfect production of the XXI Century, is easy to find references of YES, GENESIS and even Mike OLDFIELD, a very ambitious project that satisfied the exigent British critics. They announced their next album "Seven" and the fans kept waiting for almost three years before it was released, After recording "Seven", Tim Robinson left the band so a MAGENTA fan and very competent drummer Alan Mason-Jones joins MAGENTA.

In 2004 when this conceptual album about the Seven Capital Sins is released, less symphonic than the previous but with the energy of Neo Prog bands like PENDRAGON and MARILLION (FISH-era) the long waiting period was worth, MAGENTA shows a more mature sound and for the joy of old progheads the influence of the 70's heroes is still clear. The last change in the lineup comes, Tim Robinson leaves MAGENTA and Alan Mason-Jones, a drummer who was already a MAGENTA fan joins the band in time to release the Single "Broken". This CD presents four other themes including the wonderful Church Organ solo "Opus III" by Rob Reed and the power ballad "Call Me". This short album shows a more mature band that has a clear and unique sound, even when there are some references to classic prog' bands.

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MAGENTA discography


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MAGENTA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.56 | 167 ratings
Revolutions
2001
4.09 | 308 ratings
Seven
2004
3.48 | 111 ratings
Home
2005
3.76 | 94 ratings
Home + New York Suite
2006
3.70 | 199 ratings
Metamorphosis
2008
3.64 | 131 ratings
Chameleon
2011
3.88 | 206 ratings
The Twenty Seven Club
2013
3.77 | 126 ratings
We Are Legend
2017

MAGENTA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 37 ratings
Another Time... Another Place
2004
3.76 | 29 ratings
Live at The Point
2008
4.15 | 25 ratings
Live at Real World
2010
4.20 | 5 ratings
The Gathering
2010
4.04 | 14 ratings
Live: On our way to who knows where
2012

MAGENTA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.62 | 46 ratings
The Gathering
2005
3.91 | 24 ratings
Live At The Point 2007
2009
4.08 | 11 ratings
Chaos From The Stage
2016

MAGENTA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.07 | 32 ratings
The Singles
2007
3.37 | 10 ratings
The Collection
2008
4.00 | 7 ratings
The Singles Complete
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Essential
2017

MAGENTA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 24 ratings
Broken
2004
3.21 | 9 ratings
I'm Alive
2004
2.93 | 11 ratings
Night And Day (with Annie Haslam)
2006
3.62 | 17 ratings
The New York Suite
2006
2.84 | 12 ratings
Speechless
2007
4.30 | 11 ratings
Wonderous Stories
2009
3.63 | 8 ratings
The Lizard King E.P.
2013
3.83 | 6 ratings
Trojan E.P.
2017

MAGENTA Reviews


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 The Singles Complete by MAGENTA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2015
4.00 | 7 ratings

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The Singles Complete
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars I've only just come across this double CD set that was released in 2015, but if any release could be said to be the perfect introduction to the band then it just has to be this. 24 songs, with a total running time of more than two hours, this shows exactly why the band have built such a strong reputation since their inception since back in 2001. Although the set is marked as "complete", I don't think that's technically true, but it is still a fine compilation nonetheless. Rob Reed is not only a wonderful multi-instrumentalist but a fine composer, and in long-time guitarist Chris Fry he has built a great relationship, which has allowed them to work with other musicians to create the perfect backdrop for Christina Booth. Christina is certainly one of the most important female singers of her generation within the prog field, and she is always front and centre of the music, always providing the perfect vocal foil, whether it is a rock number or something more overtly progressive.

Rob had never hidden his love of progressive music of the Seventies, and it clearly shows in Magenta's music, even down to the few covers that are included here. I have heard a few different versions of "Wonderous Stories" over the years, but there is no doubt that the version here is the best to date, but the other cover is the one of great interest to me, namely "Lucky Man". This feels more stripped-down, more acoustic, yet somehow even more layered than the original, so that it comes across as a very different version indeed, but losing none of the power of Greg's original. But, what really shows the depth of the band is the way that these songs don't stand out dramatically above their own material, with numbers such as "Broken" and "Speechless" demonstrating just how diverse the band are, bringing together numerous progressive elements but also driving the bass and guitar to create something that is looking both backwards and forwards at the same time. I've been playing this set a great deal as it is just so easy to fall into the world of Magenta, and if you have yet to investigate why not start now?

 Chaos From The Stage by MAGENTA album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.08 | 11 ratings

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Chaos From The Stage
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars Recorded Live at The Assembly, Leamington Spa on 21st November 2015, this DVD + CD set takes its title from the final song on the set, 'The Lizard King'. I don't have the CD, but have heard that the picture and camera quality is excellent, and given how good the sound is on this recording I wouldn't have expected anything less. Since they first started working together in 2001, singer Christina Booth and multi-instrumentalist Robert Reed have continually produced excellent albums, and it is a particular regret of mine that I never managed to catch them in concert, especially now I have heard this. Joining them in the band is Chris Fry (guitars), Dan Nelson (bass) and Andy Edwards (drums) and the over-arching feeling that one gets from playing this is that here is a band in total control at all times.

They all understand their roles, when to hang back and let someone else take the spotlight, so that there is always a feeling of space within the arrangements. The harmonies and some of the arrangements could have come from Floyd, other sections of songs could have come from Yes, but in reality it is solid Magenta, showing that there is still plenty of life in Seventies-style progressive rock. 'Lust', taken from the mighty 'Seven' (can't believe that album came out 14 years ago) moves all over the place, with the bass taking the song into new places, hoping that the drums will manage to keep up while Rob and Chris have a delicate battle. Then there is Christina, a singer who never fails to deliver, both in emotion and pitch, always in control. She lets the boys have their fun, but then always comes in with poise and grace, taking the song to another level. There is no doubt that Magenta are still one of the very top prog acts in the UK, and if you have somehow missed them then is the palce to start.

 Wonderous Stories by MAGENTA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2009
4.30 | 11 ratings

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Wonderous Stories
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Well, I guess it would be a mater of time before Magenta would record a cover of one of their most beloved influences. Still I was quite moved by this version of Yes Wonderous Stories. The main track is a very respectful and straightforward performance, an almost note by note reproduction of the original, with very few chances. And Christina Booth beautiful vocals were just perfect for this tune. I liked both the alternative tracks (one total acoustic and one instrumental) too. Even the cover is interesting, although I was waiting for something more Yes-ish (like a Roger Dean painting, but I guess that was expecting too much).

A very nice cover that shows just how good Magenta is. Letīs hope they come up with more like this!

 We Are Legend by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.77 | 126 ratings

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We Are Legend
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars UK band MAGENTA has been among the more popular of the relatively recent progressive rock bands ever since they appeared with "Revolutions" back in 2001. So far they have more than a dozen of studio and live albums to their name. "We Are Legend" is their most recent studio album, and was released in the spring of 2017.

Just about anyone with an interest in well made, sophisticated yet also accessible progressive rock in general and perhaps even more so those with a passion for the symphonic oriented varieties of this style should already be well aware of the UK band Magenta and their take on that particular aspect of the genre. "We Are Legend" is a quality example of that kind of progressive rock, and a production that warrants a check by those who tend to fancy music of this nature ? a high-quality CD of modern symphonic progressive rock and one that should have a broad general appeal.

 We Are Legend by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.77 | 126 ratings

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We Are Legend
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars This is easily Magenta's best album for a progressive rock fan, and right up there with Seven as a great starting place for their catalog of music. With three mammoth tracks, that alone should have most of us excited. Well, Magenta delivers an excellent performance on all fronts. Superb musicianship support these excellent compositions, along with sound samples and some well placed guitar solos with a Floydian vibe. It is clear that they put polish into these tracks. Christina Booth has an addictive quality to her vocal performance. She always draws me in on every album, and We Are Legend is no different. From the perfect pitch, to the exceptional phrasing, I always love the way she sings. The 26 minute Trojan starts things off, and I have no complaints with Colours or Legend. It is a must have album for a Progressive Rock fan. 4.5 stars.
 Chaos From The Stage by MAGENTA album cover DVD/Video, 2016
4.08 | 11 ratings

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Chaos From The Stage
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars This new DVD of Magenta contains tracks mostly taken from their last three albums. This concert is presented in the best picture quality you can have for a standard DVD, and in the almost perfect sound that let you enjoy every instrument almost like a studio album. The band offers a modern symphonic prog sound that doesn't bring something new, but the strong songwriting and great musicianship will capture your attention. Chris Fry guitar sound is quite remarkable sounding a lot in the territory of Steve Howe. So it's not a surprise to hear a huge Yes influence on the band's music. If I had to pick up some favorites on this 100 minutes concert, I would choose the epic "The Devil At The Crossroads" with his multi-movement going from the light and the more dynamic parts. "Guernica" from the album "Chameleon" that shift from the acoustic to the electric is another great track. From that same album, "R.A.W". show a darker and heavier side of the band, it works very well!. Finally, the other epic of that good album with the title track "Metamorphosis" conclude this interesting set-list. This another fine release for Magenta that is another nice addition to the band live releases.
 Seven by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.09 | 308 ratings

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Seven
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by CapnBearbossa

4 stars (Watch this space for a better review)

This is a really nice record, and testament to the fact that one should listen to new music at least twice before deciding for oneself (let alone writing a review potentially hundreds of others may read) on a final verdict. Already twice I've revised my opinion on it - I really wanted to dislike it at first because neo-prog, honestly, and when choosing your musical heroes to emulate you should choose wisely, cross-genre, and not copy too closely. That said, I had to like this sophomore effort by Magenta simply because it is so good...

Christina's vocals are brilliant. The melodies are amazing, some to the point of ringing in your head for hours or days afterward. And, the songs are expertly performed. If some of the instrumentals are a little bit too repetitive (for the sake of earning their prog credentials? idk) or steal a little too openly from the styles of Yes, Genesis, or King Crimson, the group really do make up for that in their overall virtuosity. What more can you actually ask for.

 Seven by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.09 | 308 ratings

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Seven
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by TechnicallySpeaking

5 stars What can I say! I had the pleasure of seeing this band play live at the North East Art Rock Festival in 2007. Seven had been recently released, so the set list included a lot of songs from this album. Magenta was one of my favorite performances of that year.

I was recently listening to this record, and realized that I never reviewed it on ProgArchives, so felt compelled to do it tonight. While the lyrics of the songs do not really fit the theme of the seven sins, there are some interconnects, and each song definitely has its own charm. Of course Gluttony is the big-long epic and very enjoyable, but Sloth is probably the best song (my favorite) from the album.

I am not going to go through the process of reviewing every song in detail with this late review, but instead will tell you that if you are a progressive rock fan, this is a must-listen record and an essential addition to your collection.

I would be happy to see this album have a resurgence and would really like to see this band play in the US again at some point.

 The New York Suite by MAGENTA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
3.62 | 17 ratings

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The New York Suite
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars ''Home'' was later released in a double-disc edition, containing a long suite, which didn't fit in the album's original version, ''New York suite''.An additional 40 minutes of music, but to avoid any conflicts with fans, who had already bought the single edition, the album was also released as a separate EP.As ''New York suite'' was actually part of the concept's development, another reissue followed a few years later with the tracks placed in the correct order, so the listener could follow the story properly.

''New York suite'' comprises of four long tracks and a short outro, which see Magenta returning to the style of their early albums.It's a much more symphonic work than ''Home'' with nice Classical-influenced variations and strong 70's influences, containing lots of epic segments and beautiful organ parts.More than evident RENAISSANCE and GENESIS influences with the tracks containing lots of changing moods and offering good instrumental parts with symphonic orchestrations, excellent lyrical moments with Christina Booth's flawless voice in the forefront and some of the best melodies Rob Reed had ever written.The longer the tracks, the more pleasant the enjoyment for a Prog fan, and ''New York suite'' seems like it was created to satisfy any listener starving for some Classic Prog of the old-school.The lovely and delicate orchestrations of RENAISSANCE meet the STEVE HACKETT-like work of Chris Fry and the tricky organ plays of Rob Reed to go along with some elegant piano themes and extended Symphonic Rock instrumentals.The vocal harmonies are great, the breaks into more atmospheric textures are of top class and the overall achievement is an overlooked pearl of modern Symphonic Rock with Neo flashes.

One of the most balanced works of the style.Even its length (about 40 minutes) resembles to the vintage albums of the 70's, so this comes as a highly recommended album, especially for those in love with 70's Classic Prog.

 The Twenty Seven Club by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.88 | 206 ratings

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The Twenty Seven Club
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I had originally planned to get Magenta's "Seven" as my first Magenta CD because it's their highest rated album on PA. But the concept behind "The Twenty Seven Club" intrigued me and so I ordered this album without giving it a preliminary listen.

My first impression from the start was that the music was just like Arena until the wah-wah guitar comes in (on "The Lizard King") when I then thought it sounded like Syzygy or Anima Mundi. Vocalist Christina Booth comes in and sings well enough but I soon felt that she didn't have anything to distinguish herself from other run-of-the-mill female vocalists. The music sounded very good, an excellent example of symphonic / neo-prog with all the I's dotted and T's crossed. The ingredients had all been measured carefully for a tasty audio treat. But there was nothing that felt new, original, or particularly memorable. This left me sitting on a fence about having bought the album. It's all good but something was missing.

Some albums do need a bit of time to absorb and so I ploughed on ahead listening through the whole album, digesting my impressions, listening again, digesting... In conclusion, I think it is a very good if not great example of symphonic / neo-progressive rock. But I still feel something was left out of the recipe, something the band could have put in themselves to make it a unique dish.

The second track, "Ladyland Blues" is about Jimi Hendrix but if you didn't know that you'd be very unlikely to guess. The music style changes to sounding like Glass Hammer or Anima Mundi again. There are lots of good change ups in the music: sudden stops, abrupt shifts from fast to slow, rapid playing and slower playing. But I began to wonder if Magenta couldn't have tried to add some flavour of the artists they were writing about in the music. Maybe that was the obvious approach and they decided early on to avoid that. But after two songs about modern pop music legends, I feel like I have been listening to a female-fronted Syzygy / Glass Hammer / Anima Mundi.

By "Pearl" I feel the album is starting to improve in interest. This is a song for the sake of the song. It's emotive and Booth's singing has begun to suggest some soul and not just getting the notes out right. It feels right that a song about Janis Joplin should have this more emotional treatment rather than just a display of compositional skills and great prog playing.

On to Brian Jones' song "Stoned", we get a some late British sixties vocals that sound like they'd fit into an Austin Powers movie soundtrack along with some quick guitar playing. But soon we are back to more Glass Hammer / Syzygy music. Then the vocals come in with the lyrics and the music becomes upbeat. It's refreshing. Once the chorus vocals begin I feel the song is sounding pretty good. There's a synthesizer solo and a guitar solo that both seem to go for feeling rather than technical fireworks, and the piano and acoustic guitar with the vocals that follow the solos are rather beautiful. This has become one of my preferred songs on the album.

Kurt Cobain's song "The Gift" opens surprisingly with strings. Booth's vocals are sung a bit lower and she sounds not only better but even reminiscent of Joanne Hogg of Iona. By this point in the album I feel that Booth sounds better singing slower songs with her voice a bit lower or singing with backing vocals. The more energetic and dramatic music that appears on much of the album is a stretch for her. She can sing no doubt. But any soul behind her singing only seems to show up on moments like the beginning of this song.

"Devil at the Crossroads" is perhaps the only song to actually intentionally include some flavour alluding to the subject of the song. There are parts that include a bit of acoustic blues guitar, saluting Robert Johnson. The longest song on the album, there are lots of twists and turns in the music with faster sections suddenly changing to slower acoustic music with piano and acoustic guitar. There's some beautiful and powerful strings supporting the band in one part and a dark heavy guitar passage that comes up a couple of times. Though the music does little to break new ground, I find this song mixes things up very well and for me, it's the most enjoyable track on the album.

In summary, the music is well-crafted throughout and there are many moments approaching the sublime. I just feel that it is mostly very by-the-numbers and too similar to the bands I mentioned above. Christina Booth can sing very well but I feel her true vocal talents only creep up in certain places and for much of the album she is a singer of someone else's work and hasn't really made the songs her own. Overall an terrific album that just needed a little something more to make it stand out from a background of other similar sounding music.

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