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Magnum feature in our melodic and classic rock sequences.

Magnum have been making music since the early-1970s, first as a covers band playing the Birmingham club circuit. Although they made a single for CBS, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’ in 1975, it wasn’t until 1978 that they released their first album signed to Jet Records.

The band’s greatest period of success came in the 1980s, with the release of ‘A Storyteller’s Night’ and their signing to Polydor in 1985 for whom they produced three studio albums.

The band’s fortunes wavered after being dropped by Polydor, and by 1995 they had announced their farewell tour.

In spite of this hiatus, the core of Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley produced two albums as Hard Rain before deciding to reform Magnum in 2001, this time with Al Barrow on bass and Harry James on drums. Together with longstanding keyboard player Mark Stanway this formed the band line-up until December 2016 when Stanway announced his departure.

The band have produced eight studio albums since their reformation, mostly replete with Rodney Matthews artwork. Matthews created the band’s most memorable sleeves from ‘The Eleventh Hour’ (1983) onwards.

Magnum’s 2011 album – ‘Evolution’ – marks the past 10 years, not least with the SPV label, and includes re-recordings of previous tracks along with new material.

Magnum celebrated the 40th anniversary of their formation in 2012 and to coincide with our own (10th) anniversary the band were nominated our Ambassadors for 2012.  This led to a series of special programmes broadcast throughout that year, including an introduction by rock writer Malcolm Dome.


Broadcast history

Bob Catley Special, Sunday 25 December 2016, 22:00 (Monday 26 December, 22:00 and Friday 30 December 22;00) repeat
Bob chats to David Randall about Magnum with tracks from his solo albums, Avantasia, Magnum including the new album released in January 2017 ‘The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads’.
Magnum in the 1990s, Sunday 1 May 2016, 18:00 (Thursday 5 May, 22;00 repeat)
A difficult decade for many a melodic hard rock band, we focus on the band’s albums and offshoots during this period.
Magnum in the Millennium, Sunday 8 May 2016, 18:00 (Thursday 12 May, 22:00 repeat)
Based on a 2011 interview with Bob & Tony, charting the band’s revival in fortunes.
The band release their 19th studio album on 26 February 2016 with a European tour, April/May.
Vintage Rare Magnum, Sunday 24 April 2016, 18:00 repeat
A chance to hear again our 2012 special featuring rarities from the 1970s.
Magnum at 40, Sunday 7 February 2016, 17:00 repeat
A chance to hear again our 2011 interview/feature with Bob and Tony chatting about Magnum, the music and specific albums.
Magnum in the Millennium Tuesday 25 December 2012, 21:00 repeat
On the eve of the release of Magnum’s latest album David Randall looked back over the past decade.
Wednesday 26 December 2012 repeat
18:00: Malcolm Dome on Magnum
19:00 Magnum at 40: Bob and Tony
20:00 Vintage Rare Magnum
21:00 The 1990s
Magnum at 40, Sunday 16 December 2012, 21:00
The third in our Magnum specials features an archive interview from 1992.
The 1990s Sunday 2 December 2012, 21:00
Vintage Rare Magnum Sunday 25 November 2012, 21:00
Magnum at 40, Sunday 18 November 2012, 21:00:
Introduction by Malcolm Dome
‘Assume The Position’ presented by David Randall, Saturday 20 October 2012, 17:00 repeat
Ten years of Magnum classics including tracks from the new album
Magnum at 40, Sunday 23 September 2012
In the week of the Magnum album launch, we play an hour of Magnum classics including tracks from the new album
Magnum in the 1990s, Sunday 26 August 2012 at 18:00 (Sunday 16 September, 21:00 repeat)
David Randall followed the band’s progress and split in 1995 and their re-invention as Hard Rain prior to their full-blown reformation in 2001.
Featuring music from ‘Sleepwalking’ (1992), ‘Rock Art’ (1994) and their live swansong ‘The Last Dance’ (1996) plus the two Hard Rain albums and a dip into Bob Catley’s solo debut in 1998.
Magnum at 40, Sunday 19 August 2012 at 21:00 repeat
The third in our Magnum specials to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary features an archive interview from 1992.
Vintage Rare Magnum, Sunday 12 August 2012 at 21:00 repeat
An hour special of less familiar Magnum releases
Magnum at 40, Sunday 5 August 2012 at 18:00
Malcolm Dome on Magnum
Magnum at 40, Sunday 5 August 2012 at 21:00
Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin talk about the band’s 40th anniversary
Magnum at 40, Sunday 27 May 2012 at 18:00
The third in our Magnum specials to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary features an archive interview from 1992.
Vintage Rare Magnum, Sunday 20 May 2012, 21:00 repeat
Vintage Rare Magnum, Sunday 4 March 2012 at 18:00 (Sunday 11 March at 22:00 repeat)
An hour special of less familiar Magnum releases

Playlist

Seabird (demo, 1974) (from ‘Long Days, Black Nights’,2002)
Stormbringer (live, 1976) (‘Days Of Wonder’,2004)
The Prize (BBC session, 1983) (‘Long Days, Black Nights’,2002)
Come On Young Love (demo, 1985) (‘On A Storyteller’s Night’, 2005)
Before First Light (live, 1985) (‘The River Sessions’, 2004)
Vigilante (live, 1995) (‘The Last Dance’,1996)
C’est La Vie (CD single,1988)
Shoot (‘Keeping The Nite Lite Burning’,1993)
Only In America (live) (‘Long Days, Black Nights’, 2002)
You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry (CD single,1994)
The Tall Ships (live) (‘Long Days, Black Nights’,2002)

Magnum at 40, Sunday 1 January 2012, 18:00 repeat
Magnum at 40, Sunday 18 December 2011, 22:00 (Monday 19 December, Friday 23 December, 22:00 repeat )
Long-time Magnum watcher Malcolm Dome introduces our 2012 promotion with a wealth of reminiscences, and in the second (sacred) hour our recent interview with Bob and Tony on the eve of the band’s 40th anniversary.

Now available as a podcast


LINKS

Magnum website
Special Feature (Magnum at 40)

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