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(16 December 2001) The debut album from Magenta entitled Revolutions (F2 Music (UK) 200105, 2001) is an incredible two compact disc set comprised of five epic-length numbers and two short acoustic guitar interludes. Written by Cyan's Rob Reed with lyrics by Steve Reed, the album's vocal work is dominated by the stunning Christina Murphy. The album tops Musical Discoveries new find list for 2001--a full length feature, incorporating an exclusive interview with the principal artists is currently online. Click here to point your browser at it.
Rob Reed provides vocals, bass, keyboards, electric and acoustic guitar and tambourine. Additional contributors include Tim Robinsion (drums) and Tim Short (percussion) while lead guitar duties are split across Cyris Fry, Martin Shellard and Andy Edwards. We are informed that the band are planning a tour in 2002 and that work on a second album is already underway. Enthusiasts of Renaissance, Strangers On A Train and Janison Edge are certain to adore Magenta's work.
Revolutions is a highly thematic and faith-driven project. The perfect balance of orchestrally-driven symphonic progressive instrumentals and vocal layers are evident from the first notes. Originally introduced to Magenta by Pall Allwood of the Classic Rock Society, our editors were quickly entranced with Revolutions. Clearly Magenta are a progressive band to watch this millennium. Return to Musical Discoveries for further coverage of the band's progress in 2002!