Exposé Online banner

Magenta — The Gathering
(F2 Records 200510D, 2005, DVD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2007-03-01

The Gathering Cover art

Magenta’s first live DVD was filmed in their native Wales in 2005 following the tour for the Seven album. Material from the Home album is previewed, though the set is mostly taken from the preceding studio albums and EPs. Fans will enjoy the set list that includes epics “Children of the Sun” and “The White Witch” plus other favorites like the storming encore piece “Pride.” Magenta flirts with progressive rock in the vein of Yes and Genesis throughout the set, though some songs have a more direct approach without the symphonic window dressing, like “I’m Alive” and the opening rocker “King of the Skies.” The DVD is visually excellent, shot with five cameras and edited together to capture the performances holistically. The audio, recorded and mixed in a very clean 5.1 surround, also shines, though some songs appear to have been aided by overdubbing. Lead singer Christina and lead guitarist Chris Fry are the main focal points of the shoot, she for her babe-alicious stage presence and he for his studly guitar prowess. Christina doesn’t seem totally comfortable on stage and neither she nor the band make much effort to connect with the audience. A little more interaction would go a long way, though having five cameras in your face must be quite a distraction. Copious bonus material, including nice — albeit short — interviews with keyboard player / band leader Rob Reed and Christina, are an added incentive. Magenta have climbed quickly into the progressive public eye and I have no doubt that this DVD will serve them well.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Magenta, Rob Reed

Latest news

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Paul Simon - Surprise – It should come as no big shock that singer-songwriter Paul Simon would be seeking a new sonic vehicle for his well-established career. Given the international success of Graceland it's clear that...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues