Released March 21, 2000
Re-Released Jun 25, 2013 (Deluxe Edition)

 


CD [ Amazon US | Amazon UK ]
Japanese CD [ Amazon US ]

[ READ MY REVIEW OF 2013 MAGICA DELUXE EDITION ]

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. Discovery
  2. Magica Theme
  3. Lord of the Last Day
  4. Fever Dreams
  5. Turn to Stone
  6. Feed my Head
  7. Eriel
  8. Challis (Marry the Devil’s Daughter)
  9. As Long as it’s not about Love
  10. Losing My Insanity
  11. Annica (Japanese CD ONLY)
  12. Otherworld
  13. Magica – Reprise
  14. Lord of the Last Day – Reprise
  15. Magica – The Story (this is on Disc 2 in Deluxe Edition)

Disc 2 (Deluxe Edition Only)

  1. The Magica Story (Narrated By Ronnie James Dio)
  2. Annica (Japanese Only Bonus Track)
  3. Electra (Recorded for Magica II & III)
  4. Feed My Head (Official Live Bootleg)
  5. Fever Dreams (Official Live Bootleg)
  6. Turn To Stone (Official live Bootleg)
  7. Lord Of The Last Day (Official Live Bootleg)
  8. As Long as It’s Not about Love (Official live bootleg)
  9. Losing My Insanity (Official live bootleg)

Writing Credits

  • Disc 1 Tracks 5-10, plus 13 & 14 by Ronnie James Dio & Craig Goldy
  • Everything else by Ronnie James Dio

Credits

  • Ronnie James Dio – Vocals, Keyboards
  • Craig Goldy – Guitars, Keyboards
  • Jimmy Bain – Bass
  • Simon Wright – Drums
  • String Arrangements by Dio, Goldy, & John Keane
  • Produced by Ronnie James Dio
  • Engineered by Wyn Davis
  • Recorded & Mixed in Total Access – Redondo Beach, CA
  • 2000 Mastering by Eddy Scherer
  • 2013 Remaster by Wyn Davis

Catalogue Numbers

  • CD Spitfire SPTCD15020 (US 2000)
  • CD Polydor POCP-7465 (JPN 2000)
  • CD Spitfire SPITCD020 (UK 2005)
  • CD Spitfire GAS00020SPR (EUR 2005)
  • CD Membran 223165-205 (GER 2005)
  • CD Snapper SMDCD586 (GER 2007)
  • CD Eagle EDGCD383 (GER 2008)
  • LP Night of the Vinyl Dead NIGHT045 (Italy 2008)
  • CD Niji NEG017 (USA 2013 – Deluxe)

Links

Notes

  • The last track on disc 1 is a 14 minute long spoken word piece by Ronnie James Dio explaining the entire Magica story.  In this webmaster’s opinion, it’s unlistenable.  I tried to force myself a couple of times to listen to it.  I couldn’t do it.
  • The autographed cover art above is a promo copy I received from Spitfire records back in the day before the album came out.
  • The rumours about Magica being a concept album about the Fatima legend are false.
  • Magica is, however, a concept album.
  • There was a short story on the back side of the promotional copy you see in the image above. That story goes:

Ronnie James Dio, arguably metal’s most enduring and well regarded heavy metal vocalist returns with his first new work in four years, a concept album which is surprisingly his first in 35 years as a recording musician. But don’t expect a concept record in the standard sense of the word. Having seen many attempts amongst his metal compatriots through the years, Dio has something special in store. As is begetting his proven literary stature, the critical mass of the album itself is cloaked in allegory and metaphor, abstraction to the point where little of the plot can be ascertained within the flow of the songs. Such illumination is left for the booklet, as well as the 20 minute narration from Ronnie that caps and brackets the record. Ronnie explains: “Not ever having done this before, and wanting to take some time with it, I didn’t want to be foolish about it. These things can turn out pretty strange. It has its peaks and valleys of course, but it has to tell a story. I didn’t want to do it all in verse. So it tells the story in music as well, with logs of high relief, share and light. It’s much more involved than the things we’ve done before, but again, it retains the character of Dio music. As well, the songs can be removed from the whole process and stand on their own, so much so, that I’ve provided the narration. I’m trying to tell as much as I can in the music, but I want to tell something extra. But in essence, it’s a journey that should be consumed beginning to end.” Musically, Ronnie’s band has turned in a regal, self-assured timeless performance as befits their veteran status within metal’s upper echelons. On guitar and co-writer, Dio welcomes back Dream Evil axeman Craig Goldy. Simon Wright also returns to the fold, having pounded the skins for 1990’s Lock up the Wolves. And last but definitely not least Magica marks the return of bass legend Jimmy Bain, having worked with Ronnie during Rainbow’s golden era. So everything points to a return: a reunion of personnel, a reinvigoration back to the roots of Dio’s creative high points (Ronnie feels the record specifically invokes the spirit of Holy Diver, Mob Rules, & Long Live Rock & Roll) and, given the weighty grooves enclosed, a return to the critical and commercial statue Ronnie commanded through much of the 1980’s. Magica awaits…

Images

  • Here is an image of the 2013 Deluxe Edition cover.  Also, make sure to read my review of the Deluxe Edition, I include several pictures from the deluxe edition package there.

  • There was a 3 song promotional CD made available to radio stations that was sent to people who ordered Magica DE direct from Niji right around the time of release.  Here are a couple of pictures of that promo CD. 

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  • Here are a couple of pictures of a 2007 German repackage of Magica, along with a second disc that had Killing the Dragon.  This release was issued without the cooperation of Niji.

 

  • Here is a front cover image from a 2008 German repackage of Magica with the “Evil or Divine” live Dio album.

 

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Comments

  1. michael says:

    I already owned the 2007 Magica/Killing the Dragon reissue (which you don’t have listed?) so I didn’t buy it again. But I did revisit it with the headphones on last night and it is pretty great. What amazes me most about Goldy’s guitar playing is how subdued he is, I mean he can shred but Dio has him holding back a lot on his solos, to great effect. All kinds of weird breaks and time changes make it some of the most interesting Dio music ever made.
    I’m surprised Goldy doesn’t have a Facebook or Twitter account?

    • I inquired to Niji about a 2007 Magica reissue. They said they have nothing to do with that.

      Not every reprint of a CD is a true “reissue”. “Reissue” to me means that was supervised or cooperated with by the orignial artist. When a record label themselves just reprints something, it’s not a true reissue as such, more a reprint, or a repackage.

      • Joe, please tell me, is there a real sound difference between original and remastered versions of Magica. Don’t have it but can buy original Magica with KtD (which I don’t have, too) for half a price of the Magica remaster alone: http://www.dio.net/pictures_cd/magica_killing_the_dragon_d_front_big.jpg

        It’s a tempting pick.

        Anybody knows anything more about this combo edition?

        Still can go for it and buy remaster when the process go down, cos I would get KtD.

        Thank you.

        • It’s not like cleaning up a 40 yr old record. Yes, there’s a minor improvement, but it’s not like it’s going to sound like a totally new record.

          Also understand a lot of this release was just getting the album out there again – it had been out of print for awhile.

  2. Got magica, ktd and morn at once, they’re great. Magica feels like angry machines a bit, still different

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