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MAGENTA

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)

3.55 | 163 ratings
Revolutions
2001
4.10 | 304 ratings
Seven
2004
3.47 | 109 ratings
Home
2005
3.77 | 93 ratings
Home + New York Suite
2006
3.71 | 196 ratings
Metamorphosis
2008
3.61 | 131 ratings
Chameleon
2011
3.85 | 205 ratings
The Twenty Seven Club
2013
3.78 | 124 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
4.19 | 23 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)

4.61 | 45 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)

3.08 | 32 ratings
The Singles
2007
3.37 | 10 ratings
The Collection
2008
4.00 | 6 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
3.61 | 16 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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 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. Let´s hope they come up with more like this!

 We Are Legend by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.78 | 124 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
3.78 | 124 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 Prog Metal / Heavy 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
4.10 | 304 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.

 The Twenty Seven Club by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.85 | 205 ratings

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The Twenty Seven Club
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars Good the band Magenta had time to think over their return's Chamaleon. This 27 gets them back to the good track. And whit it, the prog heroes sounds return. It seems these guys need to get dressed in their youth musical sleeves to get inspired. Unfortunately, the composition only gets high at times. As usual, the singer Christine would have been better mouth closed. She puts emotion only from time to time. Some tracks are written to wear voices, like Pearl, The Gift or The Devil at Crossroads. These are fillers on my view, songs for a TV show. The natural inputs in this album are The Lizard King, Ladyland Blues, and Stoned. I coincide with other guys in that they might have put a bit more of the honored musicians in the respective themes. If they tried, no one noticed it. A great idea and a missed opportunity.
 Chameleon by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.61 | 131 ratings

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Chameleon
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

3 stars Magenta moves away from classic symphonic prog in this album. It was kind of expected. They drift to more contemporary melodies and arrangements a la Garbage, although they still make the usual winks to prog heroes as in the Yessistic Guernica. The album contains mostly short cuts, it is heavier, and the music distillates a less spirited mood than in former occasions. Rob Reed's keyboardist and composer wrote fewer passages for the keys and the workload is in the side of the guitars. Probably, they wanted to make something newer for their return, but they fail, it sounds more contemporary, not new, they were not in a good compositional moment after hiatus and rebuilding; this is a far less ambitious work than former enterprises. As in the magnificent SEVEN, there is an instrumental version of the album, which despite the short themes, it sounds less demotivated than the spoken version. But only some tracks stand without the lyrics, Breath and Glitterball. Singer Christina Booth adds little to the music here, her most accomplished theme is Book of Dreams and the closing theme Red. Musically, it is a step back for the band.
 Metamorphosis by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.71 | 196 ratings

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Metamorphosis
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Magenta initiates here a rather sound-autonomous path, without the burden of being too anchored in the sounds of the 70's (still present though). This is a peculiar album with two long 20 min compositions and two linked shorters. It is difficult to describe the musical content of the long epic tracks, they are so varied. Many tunes with unnoticed transitions. But contrary to the magnificent SEVEN, the music here needs, or it was written thinking on the lyrics. While in SEVEN Christine had to struggle to find room for her in the music (actually, there is an album version without voices that is much, much better for the audiophiles), here there are many passages emptied for she to tell us stories. She is a good singer, but if you aren't interested in stories, as is my case, her voice gets to bore in these long themes. She is more suited for shorters and Oldfieldean prog-balads. For instance, in 2013 re-edition there are some orchestral remakes of pieces from the The Ballad of Samuel and in Prekestolen where the lyrics are justified and her voice shines bright. Anyway, the entire album is an enjoyable piece of work, with some perfect compositions, full of sensitive passages, using well-known resources for the uncomplicated prog listener that is not bothered by having voices around.
 Home + New York Suite by MAGENTA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.77 | 93 ratings

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Home + New York Suite
Magenta Neo-Prog

Review by poito

4 stars Short and easy. If you go through the reviews of this album you'll see quite agreement. This band borrows, and it borrows a bit too much. Sometimes it looks as a tribute band. Songs like Journey, are but a salad of great classics by YES and GENESIS, and most others contain different amount of other's bits. You'll also find agreement as to the well-making, sensitivity?and the possibilities the band has to create own music. Should we overlook the near-plagiarism just because they play the sounds we never wanted their true parents to stop playing? This is where you'll probably get divergence in the reviews, some say yes, others say no. I go for the no. This band can do without it. There is a difference between borrowing a style and borrowing the ideas. The album is worth four and half stars, but I'm tempted below for too much help received.
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