Magnum (Birmingham UK melodic rock band)

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Magnum are a British progressive rock band from Birmingham, England. Formed as a four piece by Tony Clarkin (guitar, songwriter), Bob Catley (vocals), Kex Gorin (drums) and Bob Doyle (bass) in order to appear as the resident band at The Rum Runner night club in Birmingham. Magnum have undergone several changes in personnel over the years; however, the core of Catley and Clarkin remain.

Magnum's most notable success during their early years was Chase the Dragon in 1982, which reached #17 in the UK Albums Chart, and included several songs that would be mainstays of the band's live set, notably "Soldier of The Line," "Sacred Hour" and "The Spirit".

Their breakthrough came in 1985 with the album On a Storyteller's Night, which featured the single "Just Like an Arrow". This success continued in the following years with the Roger Taylor produced Vigilante in 1986, the Top 5 album Wings of Heaven in 1988, which featured three Top 40 singles, and the Keith Olsen produced Goodnight L.A. which reached #9 in the UK Album Chart in 1990.

In 1995, Clarkin announced Magnum's split; he later formed another band, with Catley and Al Barrow called Hard Rain. Magnum reformed in 2001 and have released a further six studio albums since then. Their most recent album Escape from the Shadow Garden was released in March 2014.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1978 Kingdom of Madness 3
1979 Magnum II 3
1982 Chase the Dragon 3
1983 The Eleventh Hour 4
1985 On a Storyteller's Night 9
1986 Vigilante 2
1988 Wings of Heaven 3
1990 Goodnight L.A. 1
1992 Sleepwalking 1
1994 Rock Art 1
2000 Keeping the Nite Lite Burning 1
2002 Breath of Life 3
2004 Brand New Morning 2
2007 Princess Alice and the Broken Arrow 2
2009 Into the Valley of the Moonking 3
2011 The Visitation 5
2012 On the Thirteenth Day 3
2014 Escape From the Shadow Garden 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Anthology Compilation 1
1987 Mirador Compilation 1
1988 Night Riding Compilation 1
1991 Vintage Magnum Compilation 2
1993 Chapter & Verse: The Very Best of Magnum Compilation 1
2000 Uncorked Compilation 1
2007 The Essential Collection Compilation 1
Long Days, Black Nights Compilation 1
Road to Paradise Compilation 1
Spirit a History Compilation 1
The Collection Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1980 Marauder Live 2
1989 Invasion Live Live 2
1991 The Spirit Live 1
1996 The Last Dance Live 1
1999 Stronghold Live 1
2013 Live from Birmingham Live 1
The River Sessions Live 1

Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2010 The Gathering Compilation 1

Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2008 Wings of Heaven Live Live 1

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