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Magnum

Kingdom Of Madness

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Category: AOR

Year: 1978

Label: Castle

Catalog Number: CMQCD228

Average Rating: 81 / 100 (13 ratings)

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Personnel
Tony Clarkin guitars
Richard Bailey keyboards, flute
Bob Catley vocals
Rex Gorin drums
Colin Lowe bass
Tracks

Disc 1
1.  In the Beginning  7:52
2.  Baby Rock Me  4:05
3.  Universe  3:45
4.  Kingdom of Madness  4:25
5.  All That Is Real  3:48
6.  The Bringer  4:58
7.  Invasion  3:22
8.  Lords of Chaos  3:21
9.  All Comes Together  4:52
  
Total Running Time:  40:28

Disc 2
10.  Sea Bird Demo  3:49
11.  Stormbringer Demo  3:31
12.  Slipping Away Demo  3:15
13.  Captain America Demo  3:43
14.  Sweets for My Sweet  3:02
15.  Movin' On  3:47
16.  Master of Disguise Outtake  2:54)
17.  Without Your Love Outtake  3:45
18.  Find the Time Outtake  3:04
19.  Everybody Needs Outtake  3:47
20.  Kingdom of Madness Alternate Version  3:56
  
Total Running Time:  38:33

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Fredrik Nilsson Date: May 11, 2002 at 5:31
A good deubut, very reminiscent of Styx. Not all songs are great though, I never liked Baby Rock Me at all. The production ain't that great either. Highlights include In The Beginning, Kingdom Of Madness & All That Is Real. Their second album is much more focused and highly recommended. I'd give this one 7/10.

From: rich Date: November 14, 2003 at 18:16
this is a classic from a classic band!

From: AOR freaky Date: December 4, 2003 at 4:27
I'm surprised to see how few comments this pomp piece gets ! Pomp is what Magnum offered in their beginning days ! And good it was too ! Listen to the title track and you know what I mean ! Later on, Magnum has changed to a fine AOR band, and there too they are a force to reckoned with ! Great, underrated band !

From: illimey Date: January 28, 2004 at 23:33
A legend is born! Actually, Magnum were around from 1972, but this 1978 set was their first album. Raw, quintissentially English interpretation of vaguely Kansas style classic folk metal. Apart from the throwaway 'Baby Rock Me', Kingdom of Madness is an almost unique combination of genuine musicianship, lyrical imagination and powerful melody. The legendary title track still flattens the senses in every way whenever the lads get round to grinding it out live. 'Brand New Morning' due out in May!!

From: AOR freaky Date: January 29, 2004 at 4:52
Their most 'pompeus' work. Great, from start to finish ! Magnum is a very fine band !

From: Rycheage Date: February 9, 2004 at 22:40
'Kingdom of Madness', as an album, may be ‘of its time’, but it’s still a good album in my view. A more than creditable debut from a band which would go on to forge themselves a long and successful career.

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From: Jez Date: April 16, 2009 at 21:42
My first introduction to the mighty Magnum all those years ago, and whilst it does sound dated by todays standards, I still really enjoy this album alot. 'In The Beginning' has always been one of my fave Magnum tunes and that linked with 'Kingdom Of Madness', 'Invasion' and 'Lords Of Chaos' make up the big tunes on this disc. As I said, the production is 'old', but the new 2 disc remastered version does improve it sonically and is as good as you are going to get. One of the very rare and true English Pomp albums of the time and still a hidden gem in their discography.

From: rbrigade Date: August 15, 2013 at 4:55
One of the best 70's rock albums and my second favorite from Magnum. Title track rocks!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 31, 2015 at 13:10
I own this on vinyl...a Pomp Record with some AOR flirting here and there(the band has always been into this kinda mix since this very beginning and has created their own sound)...tracks 1,2,4,5,6,7 & 8 are in my book...82/100...a good debut by this legendary British band.

From: petermexico13 Date: May 3, 2016 at 15:55
A good introduction for one of the best bands from UK, Magnum always shows quality over quantity, the improved 2 cd versión is great, playing different styles. Maybe it requires 2 ó spins. Magnum has sido uno de mis grupos favoritos desde que los conocí allá por 1986, desde entonces he buscado adquirir todo su catálogo y jamás me ha decepcionado. Sin duda este es un grupo que disfruta el hacer las cosas con calidad y a su manera, No muy conocidos fuera de Europa pero seguro tienen muy fieles seguidores. Desde México un gran saludo a Magnum y siguiéndolos desde hace 30 años.


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