Magna Carta Records is an independent record label located in Rochester, New York. Magna Carta was formed in 1989 and is owned by Peter Morticelli and his partner Mike Varney. The label, named for the 1215 English document advancing democracy, the Magna Carta, has a diverse line-up consisting of musicians from many different genres, but is best known for many of its progressive rock / metal acts. Among the artists featured on the label are OHMphrey, Alex Skolnick Trio, Dave Martone, Kris Norris and Doug Pinnick (of King's X).
As of June 1, 2009, Magna Carta began working with Alternative Distribution Alliance for North American distribution. Magna Carta formerly worked with Rykodisc which was acquired by ADA in early 2009. ADA is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group, or WMG.
Magna Carta is distributed by Plastic Head in the UK and by Border Music in Scandinavia.
Magna Carta Releases
- Tribute to ELP - "Encores, Legends & Paradox" (1999)
- Tribute to Genesis - "Supper's Ready" (1995)
- Tribute to Jethro Tull - "To Cry You A Song" (1996)
- Tribute to Pink Floyd - "The Moon Revisited" (1995)
- Tribute to Yes - "Tales From Yesterday" (1995)
- Tribute to Rush - "Working Man" (1996)
- Tribute to Rush - "Subdivisions" (2005)
- Tribute to Rush - (2009)
- Tribute to the Titans - Compilation of Magna Carta Tribute Albums (1999)
- Guitars That Ate My Brain (2009)
- Drum Nation Volume III (2006)
- Drum Nation Volume II (2005)
- Drum Nation Volume I (2004)
- Guitar Greats Volume I (2007)
- Guitar Greats Volume II (2008)
- Steinway To Heaven (1996)
- Wheel Of Time Official Soundtrack (2001)