Magnum II

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Magnum II
Magnum - II.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1979
Recorded1978 – 1979
StudioMusic Centre Studios, London
ProducerLeo Lyons
Magnum chronology
Kingdom of Madness
Magnum II
Singles from Magnum II
  1. "Changes"
    Released: September 1979
  2. "Foolish Heart"
    Released: November 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Kerrang!3.5/5 stars[2]

Magnum II is the eponymous second studio album by the English rock band Magnum. It was released in 1979 on Jet Records. Magnum II followed on from the success of Magnum's debut album, Kingdom of Madness. Recorded with former-Ten Years After bass player Leo Lyons, who had success with producing Phenomenon, Force It and No Heavy Petting for UFO. As with their debut album Kingdom of Madness, much of the material on Magnum II was already written and had already been previewed in Magnum's live set and were suitably "road tested".[3] The album, however failed to chart on its release in October 1979. Both "Changes", released in September 1979, and "Foolish Heart", released in November 1979, were singles.

The 2005 expanded version of the album was reissued on 22 September 2006 in Japan with Mini LP/Paper Sleeve packaging through Arcangelo. The album was also included in a limited edition Japanese Box Set, comprising all six of Sanctuary Records Expanded and Remastered releases with Mini LP/Paper Sleeve packaging. The set included an outer box featuring Magnum's Chase the Dragon artwork.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tony Clarkin.

Original 1979 Release
1."Great Adventure"4:54
3."The Battle"2:10
4."If I Could Live Forever"4:02
6."So Cold the Night"4:04
7."Foolish Heart"3:13
8."Stayin' Alive"3:22
10."All of My Life"4:43
2005 Expanded Edition
11."Lonesome Star" (B-Side)3:13
12."Changes" (Remix)4:11
13."Everybody Needs" (B-Side)2:52
14."Changes" (Live)3:44
15."Foolish Heart" (1993 Acoustic Recording)2:54


Date of Release Formats Label Catalogue Number Notes
10/79 LP Jet Records JETLP222 Silver Sleeve
03/87 LP, CD Castle Communications CLALP125, CLACD125
01/88 CD Jet Records JETCD002
01/89 LP, PD, CD FM Records WKFMLP119, WKFMPD119, WKFMXD119 Rodney Matthews Artwork
08/99 CD Castle Essentials ESMCD748 Includes Bonus Tracks
10/05 CD Sanctuary Records CMQDD1229 Remastered and Expanded

Bonus tracks[edit]

In 2005 Sanctuary Records released a 'Remastered and Expanded' edition with bonus tracks.

"Lonesome Star" (Disc 1, 11)
Recorded during the Magnum II sessions, originally released as the B-side to the "Changes" single.

"Changes" (Disc 1, 12)
A remixed version of the album track. Released as a single after the success of Marauder.

"Everybody Needs" (Disc 1, 13)
B-side to the "Changes" remixed single, a re-recording of a demo recorded during Kingdom of Madness sessions.

"Changes" (Disc 1, 14)
B-side to the "Changes" remixed single, recorded live at The Marquee, London. Originally released on Marauder.

"Foolish Heart" (Disc 1, 15)
Released in 1993 on Magnum's acoustic album Keeping the Nite Light Burning.


Changes 7" (September 1979)

  1. "Changes" [LP Version] – 3:15
  2. "Lonesome Star" [B-Side] – 3:13

Foolish Heart 7" (November 1979)

  1. "Foolish Heart" [LP Version] – 3:13
  2. "Baby Rock Me" [LP Version] – 4:05


  • Bob Catley — Vocals
  • Tony Clarkin – Guitar
  • Wally Lowe – Bass
  • Richard Bailey – Keyboards, Flute
  • Kex Gorin – Drums


  • Produced by Leo Lyons
  • Engineered by Rafe McKenna
  • Assisted by Paul Hume
  • Mastered at Abbey Road Studios by Nic Webb
  • Recorded at Music Centre Studios, Wembley


  1. ^ "Magnum Magnum II review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  2. ^ Oliver, Derek (14 January 1989). "Magnum 'II'". Kerrang!. 221. London, UK: Spotlight Publications Ltd. p. 25.
  3. ^ Clarkin, Tony & Ling, David (2006). Sleeve Notes. In Magnum II: Expanded Edition (pp. 2) [CD liner notes]. London: Sanctuary Records.

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