Magna Carta - The Fields Of Eden (2015)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Talking Elephant, TECD287 | ~ 396 or 152 Mb | Scans Included
Progressive Rock / Folk Rock / Acoustic Rock
Finally after so many years it is really going to happen. Magna Carta have recorded the long awaited album, "The Fields of Eden". And what better time to release it than on the actual date of the signing of the Magna Carta 800 years later. June 15th. Fields of Eden has already been classed as a masterpiece and by many has surpassed the band's legendary Lord of the Ages which went Gold after its release back in 1973...
This is a thoroughly satisfying album, which carries the traditional hallmarks of the best Magna Carta recordings and leaves you looking forward to the next spin. There's a familiar mix of musical content, perhaps a touch more bluesy than most, with fine acoustic picking and some classy accompaniment from piano, violin, sax and a variety of different guitars. This time there's even a jazzy little excursion and a dash of flamenco too. The overall impression is of uplifting melodies and thoughtful observations, with some memorable turns of phrase in the lyrics and the narrated passage of the central title track.
The packaging complements the music well, from the beautiful front cover to the informative notes and the selection of photos of Chris Simpson's beloved dales and his beloved fellow musicians who gathered to create this offering.
The final track slightly jolts the listener on first hearing, as it was recorded at a gig around the end of the last century and sounds immediately different from all before. I wonder how this particular live track gained such elevated status from amongst the thousands of contenders but it seems to come with a sense of mischief and fun and, like the packaging, with some real personality too... of the kind that any corporate mangle would have probably ironed out right at the start.
I grew up with Magna Carta's first half dozen or so classic albums from the seventies, against which "Fields Of Eden" can proudly stand. It's a reward for the discerning ear and has fired me up for an enthusiastic trawl through some of the group's albums I missed during the intervening years, to see what other delights may yet lie in store.
. Anemos/Child Of The Light
. Long Time Running
. Walk Away From Heaven
. The Fields Of Eden
a. The Tumbling River
d. The Fields Of Eden
e. Epilogue - Middlesmoor
. The Same Rain
. Greenhow Hill
. This Time Around
. European Union Blues
. The Wild Geese (The Spirit Of The Wide Northland)
. Life In The Old Dog (Live at Hartlepool Arts Centre, 1996)