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Special 2 CD deluxe expanded edition! The Eleventh Hour is produced by Magnum's sole writer, Tony Clarkin. The album displays intricate ideas and sophistication and reached number 38 in the chart on it's original release i... more »
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Special 2 CD deluxe expanded edition! The Eleventh Hour is produced by Magnum's sole writer, Tony Clarkin. The album displays intricate ideas and sophistication and reached number 38 in the chart on it's original release in May '83. This 2 disc edition adds alternative acoustic and orchestral versions, previously discarded album session tracks and a never before released BBC Radio 1 Friday Rock Show Session from 1983. Sanctuary. 2005.
A top performance!
Johan Svahnstrom | Clearwater, FL USA | 03/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eleventh Hour is definately one of the best Magnum albums. This is symphonic metal at its absolute best, and Magnum's second best after Chase the Dragon. Magnum albums previous to these two might sound a little dated and the later ones could maybe be called a touch commercial, but Eleventh Hour and Chase the Dragon is top of the line. An absolute must for all hard rock and metal fans."
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 03/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How do you even begin to describe an album like Magnum's 1983 release The Eleventh Hour? It's hard enough just trying to explain just what Magnum's sound is all about. The term "pomp rock" is close, but does it really do Magnum, which has elements of so many classic rock bands from Deep Purple and Rainbow to Uriah Heep and Genesis, justice?
However you classify them, Magnum is one of the finest classic rock bands around, and they were in top form on the Eleventh Hour, an album that blended pomp and art rock with strong pop sensibilities. It was equal parts Uriah Heep, Styx, and REO Speedwagon, as odd as that sounds. If you're into any (or all) of those bands, you'll probably understand. The songs are dramatic and bombastic, but are highly melodic as well. They're undeniably rock songs, but also have a strong pop flavor to them.
I'd recommend this album to just about anyone who enjoys classic rock. Magnum is a tragically overlooked band, and once you hear them, you're hooked. The Eleventh Hour is probably the perfect album to start with, as it really represents what Magnum was all about. There isn't a weak moment on the entire album, and if I were to name the best all-time Magnum songs, at least two-thirds of the songs on The Eleventh Hour would make the list.
NOTE: Castle/Sanctuary reissued The Eleventh Hour in 1999 and gave it a much needed digital remastering.
NOTE 2: Castle/Sanctuary reissued The Eleventh Hour yet again in 2005, this time adding a hefty helping of bonus material. It's not a 2-disc collection like the listing states, but there are enough bonus tracks to fill an extra disc, including an orchestral version of "The Word", an outtake of "True Fine Love", BBC performances of "The Prize", "Breakdown", "Vicious Companions", and "Road To Paradise", plus acoustic versions of "The Prize" and "One Night of Passion". These are some very interesting bonus tracks (especially the acoustic songs), and if you haven't yet picked up a copy of The Eleventh Hour, this is the best version available.