Magna Carta - Seasons (Music CD)

Release Date: 19 May 2014
Artist: Magna Carta
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Magna Carta's second LP was dominated by the 22-minute, nine-part suite "Seasons," which took up all of side one. "Seasons" was indeed a grand conceptual work inspired by the changing of the seasons. Its laudable ambition apart, it's pretty ordinary, mild pop-influenced early-'70s British folk-rock. There's a dated preciousness as it varies the pace slightly from jolly full-band good-time folk-rock and pastoral harmonizing to twee fairytale-like narration and almost pop-like orchestration. The six standard-length songs on side two can strike an almost too-cheerful pop-folk bounce, with soft rock orchestration and harmonies that make it vaguely reminiscent of American sunshine pop at points. Simon & Garfunkel are an obvious influence, too, on songs like "Give Me No Goodbye" (overlaid with slight sitar licks), "Scarecrow," and "Elizabethan," though Magna Carta could make Simon & Garfunkel sound almost heavy in comparison. The closing "Airport Song," which was plucked from the LP as a shot for a hit single, goes furthest into pop with its bossa nova beat and easy listening arrangement, though the Simon & Garfunkel influence in the vocal harmonies is nearly overwhelming. This pretty undistinguished pop-folk-rock effort was paired with their third album, Songs from Wasties Orchard, on a 1999 single-disc CD reissue that also included historical liner notes. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • 1. Seasons: Prologue/Winter Song/Spring Poem/Spring Song/Summer Poem/Summer Song/Autumn Song/Epilogue/W
  • 2. Goin' My Way (Road Song)
  • 3. Elizabethan
  • 4. Give Me No Goodbye
  • 5. Ring of Stones
  • 6. Scarcrow
  • 7. Airport Song
Release Date: 19 May 2014
Artist: Magna Carta
SKU: TECD251