Yes it's that time of the week folks: "Prog On A Friday ".
Probably the most underrated Prog Rock band to come from Blighty (Birmingham) must be Magnum. I have been fortunate enough to have watched them live on more than a couple of occasions. For me the best time was when I saw them at " Garden Party" at Milton Keynes Bowl in 1986. The weather was fantastic and the music was sublime.
Magnum have always had fantastic art work on their record sleeves and like most Prog bands their albums have a theme. There subjects are vast from shellshocked first world war soldiers being shot for cowardice to, asking how far it is to Jerusalem, love and Story tellers nights..., Plus a myriad of other song subjects and titles.
Last year I went to A New Day Festival in Faversham in Kent and saw ex Magnum keyboard player Mark Stanway and his new band: Kingdom of Madness.
I think the best Prog bands like Emerson Lake and Palmer, Kansas, Rush, Marillion, Yes and Magnum.., have a good keyboard player. Well good is an under statement:
Here's probably my favourite Magnum track. The blog title words are lyrics from "Sacred Hour" Enjoy:The Magnum album covers are designed and painted by Rodney Matthews. They are works of art in themselves.