Magnetic Heaven

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Magnetic Heaven
Wax Magnetic Heaven.jpg
Studio album by
Released1986 (1986)
Recorded1985 (1985) - 1 January 1986 (1986-01-01), RAK Studios, London
GenreNew wave, pop rock
Length45:26
LabelRCA Records
ProducerPhil Thornalley,
Andrew Gold,
Graham Gouldman
Wax chronology
Magnetic Heaven
(1986)
American English
(1987)
Singles from Magnetic Heaven
  1. "Ball and Chain"
    Released: 1985
  2. "Shadows of Love"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Right Between the Eyes"
    Released: 1986
  4. "Systematic"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Magnetic Heaven is the 1986 debut album by Wax.

The album cover, painted by Jason Bradley, shows the band members.

The European and the American editions of the album featured different versions of the song "Ball and Chain" with the latter edition having the longer one.

The album was reissued in Japan in 2011 with bonus tracks including "The Lie", B-side to "Ball and Chain" single, and singles' mixes of the songs "Ball and Chain" and "Hear No Evil".

Uses in media[edit]

In 1988, American pop singer Nicolette Larson covered the band's song "Shadows of Love", which served as the title of the album on which it appeared.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written, arranged and performed by Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Right Between the Eyes" – 4:08
  2. "Hear No Evil" – 4:17
  3. "Shadows of Love" – 4:39
  4. "Marie Claire" – 4:09
  5. "Ball and Chain" – 4:28 / 5:49

Side two[edit]

  1. "Systematic" – 4:18
  2. "Breakout" – 4:19
  3. "Only a Visitor" – 5:00
  4. "Rise Up" – 5:29
  5. "Magnetic Heaven" – 3:36 (Instrumental)
Bonus tracks on the 2011 Japanese reissue
No.TitleLength
11."The Lie"3:46
12."Ball and Chain (Chainsaw Mix)"8:37
13."Ball and Chain (Ballroom Mix)"8:55
14."Hear No Evil (Full Length Mix)"7:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Andrew Gold – vocals, backing vocals, keyboards, guitar, drums and programming, production on tracks 2, 4, and 8
  • Graham Gouldman – bass guitar, backing vocals, guitar, vocals, production on tracks 2, 4, and 8
  • Phil Thornalley – production and engineering on tracks 1, 3, 5–7, and 9-10
  • Chris Dickie – assistant engineer
  • Matt Barry – assistant engineer
  • Richard Scott – additional engineering at Strawberry Studios
  • Chris Nagle - additional engineering at Strawberry Studios
  • The Leisure Process – design and art direction
  • Simon Frasier – photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dave Thompson. "American English > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Nicolette Larson - Shadows Of Love". Discogs. Retrieved 23 June 2018.