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Artist: Magnum

Title: Goodnight L.A.

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Category: AOR

Year: 1990

Label: Polydor

Catalog Number: 843 568-2

Personnel

Bob Catley vocals
Mark Stanway keyboards
Tony Clarkin guitars, backging vocals
Mickey Barker drums
Wally Lowe bass, backing vocals

Tracks

1.  Rockin' Chair  
2.  Mama  
3.  Only a Memory  
4.  Reckless Man  
5.  Matter of Survival  
6.  What Kind of Love Is This  
7.  Heartbroke and Busted  
8.  Shoot  
9.  No Way Out  
10.  Cry for You  
11.  Born to Be King  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Fredrik Nilsson Date: May 11, 2002 at 5:53
There are some outside songwriters present on this one, and it shows especially on the first track which is typical 80's arena rock. But this is still Magnum's "back to the roots" album, with the return of the warm sound that's been missing since the classic album On A Storytellers Night. Highlights on this one include Mama, Only A Memory & Heartbroke And Busted. 9/10

From: koogles Date: July 20, 2002 at 13:49
Magnum tried (once again) to break the U.S. market. A Hugh Syme jacket and some well-paid Dianne Warren songwriting types later, the band was no further ahead than before. Listenable but hardly a classic in the tradition of "Storyteller", "Vigilante" and "Wings of Heaven".

From: Baris Date: September 8, 2002 at 7:04
For me, Magnum is not a band of hits. In this album it feels like they're trying to become pop-stars. They may be right to say "I don't need no Rockin Chair". That's a catchy track. "What Kind Of Love Is This" also worths to note here. "Matter of Survival" is highly recommended for classic pop singers to include in their albums. As a result not so much rock on this stuff. Except "Rockin Chair" you may listen in a low tune. Not so much necessary to have it. May be for collectors only.

From: ROBERT Date: October 22, 2002 at 10:28
que 3 temazos tiene este disco:la 3 la 4 y l 5, sobre todo RECLESS MAN. Vaya pedazo d voz, y esa guitarra... inconmensurables!!!

From: Alister Hill Date: January 28, 2004 at 4:42
Polydor forced Magnum into 'let's break the American market' mode and then abandoned them after the album was recorded. It was never even released in the US! Personally, I don't really care because this is nothing like the Magnum I know and love. Some catchy tunes and the usual accomplished performance but give me OASTN or WOH any day. Probably Magnum's second poorest release (but still light years ahead of Rock Art).

From: AORster Date: April 2, 2004 at 13:14
To my ears this is NOT Magnum! The "standard melodic HR" production spoils it all and the band sounds lost. Tony, with some help from others, has written "Magnum songs" and Keith Olsen tries to make it sound like "1987" by Whitesnake and it all becomes very confusing. IMO the least essential Magnum album ever, Rock Art isn't even close.

From: Alister Hill Date: April 30, 2004 at 0:39
***UPDATE*** OK I just got this CD again after many years. My previous review was based on..., ummm, only a memory. Basically, WOH was my intro to Magnum and this, their next album, was not what I was expecting. Like many other Magnumaniacs, I was disappointed. Listening to it again, I can truly say that I was mistaken. No, this is not as good as WOH or OASTN, however it is a fine piece of melodic rock that is slipping back into my life like a favourite dream. Roll on Brand New Morning! Aug. 30!

From: illimey Date: August 24, 2004 at 6:30
Hi Wotty! I see your point about this album being responsible for bringing Magnum's career to a shuddering halt. As I said [under my real name] even I was disappointed when it 1st came out. Where is the WOH pop-rock sparkle and the Vigilante swagger? It [IMO] is actually, I now think, still here - just disguised by the presence of Keith Olsen and the American 'Rawk Machine'. Under the surface I still hear the healthy beat of a heart full of pompous British pride! Rock Art is where it fell apart.

From: Geoff Date: August 24, 2004 at 20:46
This is a good AOR album. 'Cry for you' was obvious and standard, but my fave regardless. I never really got into Magnum, but this is still in my collection so I guess I must still think it's pretty good. Yeah, nice AOR.

From: MJ Date: October 23, 2004 at 9:10
I think this a very good album by Magnum. Very catchy songs.

From: Geoff Date: January 4, 2005 at 6:12
Futher to my comment 2 posts above, I should also mention that I am a big fan of 'Heartbroke and busted'. Once again, another good slab of AOR... although not amazing, IMO.

From: Lovedrive Date: January 30, 2006 at 7:36
Otro discazo de Magnum, y ya van unos cuantos! En este meten un poco más de caña que los anteriores, aunque sigue una onda muy parecida a Windows of Heaven. "Mama", "Heartbroke and busted", "What kind of love is this", "Cry for you"...

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From: Jez Date: April 16, 2009 at 22:37
Hmmm - A good album in general, but Magnum trying to be way to slick in my book. Don't get me wrong, I love the slick US AOR/Melodic sound like the next man, British bands like FM, Virginia Wolf for example did it magnificently well, but something just doesn't sound right with Magnum trying to do it. This is the first album for me, that had quite alot of filler on show aswell. After the brilliant 'Wings Of Heaven' and subsequent tour, this album did sweet bugger all and to be honest, when you put the two up side by side, you can see why.

From: pibe Date: January 16, 2011 at 5:47
impresionante disco de la banda britanica ya con un sonido entre el aor y el hard rock

From: AORvault Date: June 7, 2011 at 4:47
In 2004 I wrote this: "To my ears this is NOT Magnum! The "standard melodic HR" production spoils it all and the band sounds lost. Tony, with some help from others, has written "Magnum songs" and Keith Olsen tries to make it sound like "1987" by Whitesnake and it all becomes very confusing. IMO the least essential Magnum album ever, Rock Art isn't even close." I still stand by it! Haven't listened to this in over 15 years. The only song I ever use is "Heartbroke" for my work as a radio-DJ.

From: blackkblade5 Date: November 11, 2012 at 11:23
i'm a big magnum fan,and i just love this album,it's a fine piece of hard/melodic rock,big hooks and great songs.Only a memory is a huge and amazing song with a progressive side reminding wings of heaven"dont wake the lion"heartbroked busted,mamma,and rocking chair are strong hard rocking tracks and matter of survival and what kind of love is this just puts a big smile in my face,two fine melodic sets with soulfull singing,the rest of the song in my opinion are way better than some fillers on wings of heaven and vigilante albums..

From: Wardy Date: November 30, 2012 at 22:54
Having regard now to what came before this album, when GoodnightLA was cast upon my fresh ears in 1990 I was absolutely flawed and still find this a healthy slab of pop metal with splashes of AOR and whatnot (read above comments for further). While Goodnight was an attempt by Magnum (read label AND BAND!) to hit US radio it suffered none for it. RecklessMan, RockingChair (naf lyric aside) BornToBeKing all hard hitters, the pomprock of Heartbroke&Busted WhatKindaLove and Shoot are just sublime. Executed to perfection and weird coverart to boot, this was an effort and a half back when and remains quality today. Maybe missing the likes of WildSwan for example and hindsight suggests its timing wasn't so great, but in Goodnight LA the band proved they could cross genres without sacrificing Magnum, look no further than OnlyAMemory for proof, its Queen-like harmonies a high point... The inner ears could do much worse than this old slab of quality Magnum Rating then 9 rating now 8.5


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