Vigilante (album)

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Vigilante
Studio album by Magnum
Released 26 September 1986
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland, 1986
Genre Rock, melodic rock, progressive rock
Length 43:36
Label Polydor
Producer Roger Taylor, David Richards
Magnum chronology
On a Storyteller's Night
(1985)
Vigilante
(1986)
Mirador
(1987)
Singles from Vigilante
  1. "Lonely Night"
    Released: July 1986
  2. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)"
    Released: October 1986
  3. "When the World Comes Down"
    Released: February 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[2]

Vigilante is the sixth studio album by the British melodic rock band Magnum, released in 1986 on Polydor.

Capitalising on the success of On a Storyteller's Night, Magnum changed to a more commercial direction with Vigilante. Produced by Roger Taylor and David Richards, the band's sound stepped towards that of Queen, with keyboards much higher in the mix than guitar. The album was recorded at Queen's famous Mountain Studios in Montreux. Three singles were released to promote the album, "Lonely Night", "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" and "When the World Comes Down".

Tracks such as "Lonely Night", "Need a Lot of Love", "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" and "Vigilante" laid the groundwork for the group to reach their commercial and creative peak on their follow-up UK Top 5 album, Wings of Heaven.

Vigilante entered the UK national charts at No. 24,[3] and No. 11 in the Heavy Metal charts. The album was well received in Europe, charting at No. 16 in Sweden[4] and No. 59 in Germany,[5] along with a worldwide release in Japan, USA and Canada.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tony Clarkin. 

Original 1986 release
No. Title Length
1. "Lonely Night"   3:48
2. "Need a Lot of Love"   4:48
3. "Sometime Love"   4:20
4. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)"   4:01
5. "Red on the Highway"   4:14
6. "Holy Rider"   5:17
7. "When the World Comes Down"   5:20
8. "Vigilante"   6:40
9. "Back Street Kid"   5:01

Singles[edit]

Lonely Night 7" (July 1986)

  1. "Lonely Night" [LP version] — 3:48
  2. "Les Mort Dansant" [Live] — 0:00

Lonely Night 12" (July 1986)

  1. "Lonely Night" [Extended] — 0:00
  2. "Les Mort Dansant" [Live] — 0:00
  3. "Hold Back Your Love" [Live] — 0:00

Lonely Night EP (July 1986)

  1. "Lonely Night" [LP version] — 3:48
  2. "Les Mort Dansant" [Live] — 0:00
  3. "Hold Back Your Love" [Live] — 0:00
  4. "Hit And Run" [Live] — 0:00

Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping) 7" (October 1986)

  1. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" [LP version] — 4:01
  2. "Back Street Kid" [LP version] — 5:01

Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping) 12" (October 1986)

  1. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" [Remix] — 0:00
  2. "Back Street Kid" [LP version] — 5:01
  3. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" [LP version] — 4:01

Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping) 12" picture disc (October 1986)

  1. "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)" [LP version] — 4:01
  2. "Back Street Kid" [LP version] — 5:01
  3. "Kingdom of Madness" [Live] — 0:00

When the World Come Down 7" (February 1987)

  1. "When the World Comes Down" [LP version] — 5:20
  2. "Vigilante" [LP Version] — 6:40

When the World Come Down 12" (February 1987)

  1. "When the World Comes Down" [Extended] — 0:00
  2. "Vigilante" [LP version] — 6:40

When the World Come Down CD (July 1987)

  1. "When the World Comes Down" [Extended] — 0:00
  2. "Vigilante" [LP version] — 6:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Bob Catley — vocals
  • Tony Clarkin — guitar
  • Wally Lowe — bass guitar
  • Mark Stanway — keyboards
  • Mickey Barker — drums

Additional musicians

  • Roger Taylor — backing vocals on "When The World Comes Down" and "Sometime Love"
  • Daniel Bourquin — saxophone on "Midnight (You Won't Be Sleeping)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Magnum Vigilante review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 September. 
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (2 October 1986). "Magnum 'Vigilante'". Kerrang! 130. London, UK: United Magazines ltd. p. 19. 
  3. ^ "Vigilante Chart Stats". Chart Stats.com. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Magnum - Vigilante (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Album - Magnum - Vigilante". Charts.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 

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