Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Thursday 4th November 1971 at 8:30
This was Magna Carta's fourth album, and their first live concert recording, recorded in Amsterdam in 1971. It features Chris Simpson on Guitar and Vocals; Davey Johnstone on Guitar and Vocals; and Glen Stuart on Vocals.
By Kenneth Johnston:
I originally bought this album as an LP, in a buy 1 get 2 free deal. I had never heard of Magna Carta, but closing my eyes I pointed at the list...and as they say, the rest is history!
I now have most albums that Magna Carta have produced, certainly as far as their live one's are concerned, but this is still my favourite and I have now replaced my original LP with this CD . From my favourite ever Magna track, Sea and Sand, which is so hauntingly beautiful and never been played as well as in this concert with the sitar as the lead instrument to 7 O'Clock Hymn/Midwinter and ending in an encore of the magificent epic, Ring of Stones, this is live music at its very best. Listen and I guarantee you will be buying more Magna Carta albums.
By Sonu Charles:
I was fortunate enough to have this album during the seventies on vinyl. those were trusting times. predictably enough, it was borrowed by someone who joined the growing list of "anonymous" acquaintances one had. since then, for over 20 years i have searched for this album in some form or the other. i guess one does get lucky.
I doubt if there has been as magnificient performance of 'time for the leaving' as on this album. Davey Johnson's guitar delivers one of the most inspired solos at the end of the song. Other gems are '7 O'Clock Hymn', 'Boatman' and 'Ring of Stones'. The pastoral harmony of 'Seasons' is very much here, much magnified by a rare electricity this album posseses. I guess that is the magic that comes once in a long while to a live performance. This, undoubtedly is the show of magna carta's life.
01. Airport Song
02. Time for the Leaving
03. The Boatman
04. Sea and Sand
06. Old John Parker
07. Seven O'Clock Hymn / Midwinter
08. Country Jam
09. Ring of Stones
Sample pic: 1, 2, 3
"Live at the BBC" (1969, 71 & 87)
Although released in 1995, all but the last four of the tracks on this album were orignally live recordings made by the BBC in 1969 and 1971 featuring Chris Simpson, Glen Stuart, and Davey Johnstone.
This selection dates from 1969 (three tracks) 1971 (11 tracks) and 1987 (four tracks) Includes all the hits such as "Airport Song" and "Time For the Leaving" as well as versions album of classics including "Parliament Hill", "Sea and Sand" and "Elizabethan".
01. Sea & Sand
11. Beyond The Isle Of Skye