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MAGNUM releases special album in January 2021


MAGNUM releases special album in January 2021

It’s been three years since Magnum brought out The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads, a compilation that focused on the British rock act’s quiet side. Three years during which the idea matured to follow this release with a companion piece. Dance Of The Black Tattoo has turned into exactly that: a collection of songs that present Magnum’s rougher side.
Magnum have gone through their archive, looking for rare live cuts and radio versions and have come up with live recordings and edits that concentrate on the essential components of some of their most accomplished rock numbers. Naturally, guitarist and band mastermind Tony Clarkin has used this opportunity to remaster and update all 14 tracks.
Says Clarkin

“There have always been two aspects to Magnum: a slightly more tender and lyrical facet, but first and foremost of course our powerful, rocking side. And that’s the element that Dance Of The Black Tattoo documents impressively.”

“To be honest, when I started going through those old masters, I didn’t even have ‘Phantom Of Paradise Circus’ on my radar. I usually start working on new material about four weeks after the release of an album, so occasionally a song may sink into oblivion although it has a lot of substance and class. Such as ‘Phantom Of Paradise Circus’. I really love that number and am happy that it is getting the attention it deserves at last.”

The artwork of Dance Of The Black Tattoo was designed by Magnum‘s cover artist Rodney Matthews.


“This time it was easy really: I called Rodney, told him the album title and he sent me this absolutely fascinating artwork. I bet our fans will love his little masterpiece.”  Having said that, Clarkin is sure to win this kind of bet for the whole of Dance Of The Black Tattoo.

“Dance Of The Black Tattoo” will be released January 08th, 2021 through Steamhammer/SPV as CD digipak, 2LP gatefold version, special CD/LP bundle with shirt (only at the Steamhammer shop), download and stream.

Black Skies (live) 6:06
Freedom Day (live) 6:20
All My Bridges (live) 4:55
On A Storyteller’s Night (live) 5:09
Dance Of The Black Tattoo (live) 5:53
On Christmas Day (radio edit) 4:21
Born To Be King 5:31
Phantom Of Paradise Circus 5:88
No God Or Saviour 5:24
10 Your Dreams Won’t Die (live) 5:44
11 Twelve Men Wise And Just (live) 6:22
12 Show Me Your Hands (radio edit) 3:48
13 Not Forgiven (radio edit) 3:38
14 Madman or Messiah (radio edit) 3:41

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