|Brand new studio album for 2020 including the 17 minute title track! Highly recommended!
Format: CD / Cat No: TMCD0520 / Released: 01/07/2020
Track Listing: CD: 1. Bela / 2. A Gift From God / 3. Reach For The Moon / 4. Snow / 5. The Rose / 6. Masters Of Illusion
DVD: 5.1 Surround Mixes of full album / Rob Reed interview / promo videos
More information: Magenta follow up 2017's much-praised 'We Are Legend' with a brand new studio album 'Masters of Illusion'. The 60 minute album consists of six songs, including the 17 minute title track.
The albumís theme is based around the lives of six famous horror actors of the 1950s and 1960s.
Lyricist Steve Reed: 'My brother and I are both huge fans of the classic Hammer and Universal horror films. I remember as a kid watching the horror double bills on Saturday nights on BBC2 with great fondness. We were looking for a concept for the new album and came up with the idea of basing the songs on some of our favourite actors. The twist is that the stories are about their private lives rather than the characters they portrayed in their films.'
Robert Reed: 'After making the 'We Are Legend' album, which was more contemporary, I really wanted to make a classic PROG album. I was desperate to get back to the original musical template of what Magenta was all about. So there are lots of Moog and guitar solos, 12 string guitar, Mellotrons and bass pedals, but always with melodies. The song is always king!'
The standard release will feature a CD along with a DVD featuring a 5.1 surround mix of the album, video promos and interviews.
Also available is a very limited bonus CD 'The Lost Reel' which features 74 minutes of alternative mixes from the new album plus remixes from the back catalogue.