Magnum Opus (Yngwie Malmsteen album)

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Magnum Opus
Studio album by Yngwie Malmsteen
Released 17 October 1995 (1995-10-17)[1]
Recorded Criteria Studios in Miami
Genre Neoclassical metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Length 50:09[2]
Label Music for Nations
Producer Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris Tsangarides
Yngwie Malmsteen chronology
I Can't Wait
(1994)
Magnum Opus
(1995)
Inspiration
(1996)
Alternative cover
Japanese edition
2000 reissue
2003 remastered edition

Magnum Opus is the eighth studio album by guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen, released on 17 October 1995 (see release history). The album reached No. 11 and 17 on the Finnish and Swedish albums chart respectively.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[3]

Steve Huey at AllMusic gave Magnum Opus three stars out of five, calling it a "predictable mix of generic hard rockers, sugary ballads, and Malmsteen's trademark neo-classical guitar instrumentals." He said the album had nothing new to offer, but nonetheless recommended it for diehard Malmsteen fans.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Yngwie Malmsteen, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Vengeance"   Michael Vescera, Malmsteen 4:49
2. "No Love Lost"   Vescera 3:07
3. "Tomorrow's Gone"   Vescera 5:20
4. "The Only One"   Vescera 4:01
5. "I'd Die Without You"   Malmsteen 5:49
6. "Overture 1622"   (instrumental) 2:41
7. "Voodoo"   Malmsteen 6:19
8. "Cross the Line"   Vescera 3:32
9. "Time Will Tell"   Vescera 5:09
10. "Fire in the Sky"   Malmsteen 4:57
11. "Amberdawn"   (instrumental) 4:25
Total length:
50:09
^† – Renamed "Tournament" on 2003 reissue

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Notes
Europe 17 October 1995[1] Music for Nations
Japan Pony Canyon
United States 7 November 2000[4] Spitfire Reissued
Europe 2003[5] SPV/Steamhammer Remastered

Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Finnish albums chart 11[1]
Swedish albums chart 17[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Yngwie Malmsteen - Magnum Opus (album)". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  2. ^ Magnum Opus (CD edition "CDMFN 188").
  3. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Magnum Opus - Yngwie Malmsteen". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
  4. ^ "Magnum Opus [Original recording reissued, Import]". Amazon. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
  5. ^ "Magnum Opus - Yngwie Malmsteen | Releases". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-06-18.

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