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Artist: Magnum

Title: On a Storyteller's Night

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Magnum On a Storyteller's Night Album Cover Magnum On a Storyteller's Night Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1985

Label: Castle

Catalog Number: CMQCD231115


Bob Catley vocals
Tony Clarkin guitar, backing vocals
Jim Simpson drums, percussion
Mark Stanway keyboards
Wally Lowe bass, backing vocals
Mo Birch additional vocals


Disc 1
1.  How Far Jerusalem  6:26
2.  Just Like an Arrow  3:18
3.  On a Storyteller's Night  4:59
4.  Before First Light  3:50
5.  Les Morts Dansant  5:44
6.  Endless Love  4:25
7.  Two Hearts  4:20
8.  Steal Your Heart  3:54
9.  All England's Eyes  4:46
10.  The Last Dance  3:37
Total Running Time:  45:19

Disc 2
11.  How Far Jerusalem Demo  5:45
12.  Endless Love Demo  3:49
13.  Before First Light Demo  4:26
14.  All England's Eyes Demo  4:50
15.  Come On Young Love #1 Demo  3:47
16.  Come On Young Love #2 Demo  3:30
17.  Cannon a.k.a. Les Morts Dansant Demo  5:07
18.  The Last Dance Demo  4:09
19.  Interview with Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley  24:46
Total Running Time:  60:09

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Existing comments about this CD

From: TT Date: November 28, 2001 at 9:03
This was a very good album by a great band. It is a little more commercial than the previous effort, but it still excellent. Standout tracks are 1-3,7, 9 and 10. Great stuff.

From: Fredrik Nilsson Date: May 11, 2002 at 6:05
A classic album, and my personal favorite album by Magnum. The production is wonderful and all the songs are great. It's impossible to pick out any highlights cause all songs are fantastic and this could almost work as a greatest hits album. 10/10!

From: Kim Date: June 11, 2002 at 12:09
So Far Jerusalem is a fantastic track, So is many of the other tracks and a must for melodic rock fans

From: koogles Date: July 20, 2002 at 13:38
The definitive Magnum CD. Their Magnum Opus. (Ouch!) If you're a newbie to Magnum, this is the one to start with. Pomp-laden hard rock with a distinctively British feel. Why these guys were ignored in North America is beyond me. CLASSIC

From: 9 CHAMPIONS A 1 Date: September 14, 2002 at 5:44
Para mi no es mi favorito,pero hay dos temas increibles, Two Hearts y como no, su gran clasico Just Like An Arrow,un tema que al escucharlo te hace levantar el puño cerrado en alto y gritar TECLADOS AL PODER.

From: manos Date: January 15, 2003 at 3:09
Magical! What a great atmosphere! Anybody knows what the lyrics of ''Les Morts Dansant'' are talking about?

From: Great Dane Date: April 2, 2003 at 19:26
I cant stand Magnum.................BUT this release is F A N T A S T I C. Not a weak track. This will always be on my top 25 cd list.

From: Tom Morton Date: April 8, 2003 at 18:26
The guy Manos two above was wondering what 'Les Morts Dansant' is about its about a guy who's about to FACE THE FIRING SQUAD about to be shot by his own side, one hell of an album in anyones book this is one stand out classic if anyone is trying to get someone to listen to MAGNUM THIS IS THE ALBUM without a doubt their isn't a bad track on this and once bitten by the bug there is no turning back you will play this till cows are milking themselves and I ain't kidding,see them in concert wow

From: HANTSE Date: April 16, 2003 at 12:44

From: Mark Jevons Date: April 22, 2003 at 16:57
absolute class

From: MelodicMan Date: May 20, 2003 at 9:52
One of the best releases from Magnum. Very unique guitarwork by Tony Clarkin.

From: Scandinavia Date: June 7, 2003 at 13:00
HOW FAR JERUSALEM says it all.....truly amazing album although the production could've been better...

From: Dave C Date: June 8, 2003 at 12:50
How Far Jerusalem,Le Morts Dansant,etc etc.For me the best british melodic/sympho rock cd ever!Why this band with their Jeff Glixman[kansas producer]connections could never make it in the US is beyond me.A true classic in the genre!

From: Lambros Date: October 20, 2003 at 14:45
One of the best hard rock albums ever!!!

From: nigel c Date: November 3, 2003 at 16:20
quite simply the best rock album of the 80s

From: mark stanway Date: January 12, 2004 at 13:27
great album great band mark stanway is god like on the keyboards

From: Alister Hill Date: January 28, 2004 at 4:15
I am slightly biased, but OASTN just happens to be the best album of the genre - anywhere, anywhen. Les Morts Dansant is the ultimate anti-war anthem, and witnessing it live has to be one of the most moving musical experiences possible. Actually, Magnum live (even when they are playing some of their less inspired stuff) is an experience worth waiting for. Why is genuine talent and commitment so often overlooked in this world?? Anyway, Magnum's new album (Brand New Morning) is due in May! KYNLB!!

From: Rycheage Date: February 9, 2004 at 22:44
Mixing mythical imagery and commerical pomp somewhere between Grand Prix and Asia, this CD has a balanced mix of songs onboard, skirting around the shorter intense bursts to the more drawn out passages akin to the best labor intensive prog bands out there. Simply a 'must-have' album for any supporter of AOR and melodic rock.

From: illimey Date: August 24, 2004 at 3:50
OASTN is Magnum's foundational album. It is the standard by which all their other work will always be judged. It is not necesarily their BEST album by every measure, however the album as an entity is almost perfect - something very few bands ever achieve at any stage of their career. The closest Magnum came to equaling this was with Wings of Heaven - and some fans hold that album in higher regard than OASTN. They are entitled to their viewpoint! But for me, NOTHING [by ANYONE] matches OASTN.

From: illimey Date: November 28, 2004 at 19:07
Just popping in to let y'all know that Magnum are celebrating the 20th anniversary of this album next April by playing the entire thing back to back at the Astoria in London on the 22nd, and at the Wulfrun in Wolverhampton on the 23rd! Both shows will have two sets - the first being OASTN in it's glorious entirety, the second consisting of other classics and more recent stuff. And guess what? I am gonna be flying from Chicago and will be at both gigs! Crazy eh? More info @www.magnumonline.co.uk!

From: illimey Date: November 30, 2004 at 12:05
Ooops got those dates the wrong way round. The Wolverhampton [Wulfrun Hall] gig is April 22nd, and the London Astoria gig is April 23rd. See y'all there!

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: January 27, 2005 at 22:17

From: Ton Jansen Date: February 22, 2005 at 4:05
This year 2005 Magnum is celebrating their 2oth anniversary of On a storytellers Night. This album is my Magnumalbum and always being a fan of them, even if later albums aren't from the same high level. This is in top ten of best ever. It couldnt be done better.

From: illimey Date: February 22, 2005 at 11:13
Wow! Are they really? I did not know that. Word of warning to those wanting to catch one of the 2 UK shows to celebrate this momentous anniversary - THE WOLVERHAMPTON [WULFRUN] SHOW IS ALREADY SOLD OUT! And the London [Astoria] tickets are selling fast... DON'T DELAY, BUY TODAY!! For those of you elsewhere in Europe, Magnum are also doing dates in Germany, Switzerland and Holland, before appearing at Sweden Rock in June. For all details, slide on over to http://www.magnumonline.co.uk !!

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From: Jez Date: March 7, 2005 at 12:35
Giving this a regular workout in anticipation for the 20th anniversary London Gig in April. Still a fabulous album 20 years on and proof that the Brits can do the Pomp thing just aswell,(if not better in this case) as anyone. The word 'Classic' gets overly used on this site on a regular basis, this is one album in which that word is justified.

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From: Jez Date: April 14, 2005 at 12:23
Update: This has just been re-issued as a 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition with bonus disc of demo tracks and a spanking new remaster - avaliable through Castle/Sanctuary. The original just got better!!!!

From: rene Date: January 7, 2006 at 14:52
This is a killer album and my fave MAGNUM album ever. People into hard rock/hard aor/or melodic metal should have this cd original of course (downloading is for shit heads only). First 3 songs are increible and also ENDLESS LOVE is a killer song. BUY OR DIE motherfuckers lol.

From: Lovedrive Date: January 9, 2006 at 10:12
No está mal, pero esperaba mucho más. Prefiero los dos siguientes de largo

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 12, 2006 at 15:03
The band found the perfect breakthrough combination for them that put this cd over the top. Progressive roots with commercial bombast. Magnum rocks.

From: juan carlos Date: April 8, 2006 at 13:23
Mas que Pomp yo le describiría como un AOR épico. Si te va ese término pues empieza escuchando esta pieza maestra. Para mi el mejor de Magnum. Ya muchos han dado sus puntos de vista y yo me quedo con los le dan un puntaje muy alto. Todos los temas son buenísimos, cada uno te deja un sabor a mas.. Un clásico del AOR en general sin lugar a dudas. 9.5/10

From: AORster Date: January 12, 2007 at 19:36
What can anyone say about this album that hasn't been said already? This is, to this day, THE 'Magnum opus' of my favorite band.

From: Blancothor Date: February 2, 2007 at 13:37
Personalmente creo que es uno de los mejores albums de Rock Melódico que se han grabado y de esta banda. Esa delicadeza de Les Morts Dansant con su maravillosa letra, por supuesto Just Like An Arrow es un himno, etc, etc... Recomendado 100%.

From: lalorock Date: August 12, 2007 at 17:20
Todo un clásico, los temas son una lección de música de una calidad superior, donde los instrumentos estan compartidos de una manera mágica, dándole a las canciones un atractivo increíble, a que ser humano que le guste el buen rock melódico no le va a gustar Just like an arrow,How far Jerusalem,Two Hearts,Les Morts Dansant y las demas, si no le gustaría estaría SORDO o loco,todas son excelentes, teclados, guitarras y esa voz de Bob Catley,orgasmos que te dejarán sin aliento, 10/10.

From: petermexico13 Date: May 3, 2016 at 16:43
Sin duda una pieza de arte dentro del Rock Británico, y junto con el Wings of Heaven su obra maestra, para mí significa el principio de mi historia con

From: Monsieur Renard Date: June 27, 2016 at 4:12
Great album, great artwork, great songs, wonderful production. This is an essential album that is both (melodic) hardrock and progressive rock. The lyrics are fantasy-based but there's a shift towards more AOR-lyrics (love). For me, the shift towards melodic rock/AOR is a good one. Magnum never quite cut it as a progrockband.

From: hair metal again Date: December 29, 2020 at 13:49
Excellent album for MAGNUM and the first one i got in vinyl back in the day !a clear commercial approach in many songs But with out losing their pomp thing with many fine songs and actually no fillers!a must have i guess

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