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Mysterium Magnum

a Studio release
Arc Angel Cannata

Release Year: 2006

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Oxford Circus Music
This is a studio recording containing 13 unreleased tracks and available as a special edition 6-panel Digipak w/ 16 page booklet.
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 4/13/2006 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 1/10/2016 1:53:00 PM by: DBSilver
  1. Spirit of the Four Winds
  2. Kali Allah
  3. Somewhere Beyond the Sun
  4. 4:17 (california)
  5. King of the Mountain
  6. Promise You Heaven
  7. Book of Ages
  8. Tears of America
  9. Wanted: Dead or Alive
  10. Life: 101
  11. French
  12. Reason to Live
  13. Reprise: Kali Allah
Jeff Cannata
Lead & Bk vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums
Greg Trabandt
Jeff Batter
Piano , synths
Bod Giannotti
Lead guitar, flute
Chuck Beckman,
Jay Johnson,
Jimi Bell,
Rohn Lawrence
Lead guitar
David Coe
Acoustic guitar
Jay Rowe
Piano, synth
Pete Hodson,
Rose Coppola
BK vocals

Reviewed by DBSilver on 15 May 2006

Jeff Cannata's output has always been a progressive influenced AOR style that is strong on melody and easy to enjoy. From Jasper Wrath through Arc Angel to simply Cannata he has demonstrated a knack for melody and quality. The year 2006 brings us Mysterium Magnum - without doubt his finest work to date. In every way on this recording Jeff Cannata has exceeded himself. This album is more progressive, more forceful musically, more powerful yrically and more 'timely' than his previous efforts.

The music of Supertramp and Manfred Mann Earth band define some if this category's best best examples, "Prog-influenced AOR" is an underappreciated label. Some bands such as the two just mentioned have been able to transcend the boundaries of this sub-genre to become bands that proggers are very fond and respectful of. 'P-AOR' is music that rocks, sounds good, and is singable and memorable. Mysterium Magnum is all of these things and more. The progressive quotient is high through most of this CD (certainly more than most bands in this category) and brings to mind mind the output Manfred Mann's Earth Band (Watch), Jethro Tull (TAAB/APP), and John Miles (Zaragon).

The sound quality and performance levels are 'major-studio/high-budget' crystaline. Cannata's voice is in excllent form (I am occasionally reminded of Chris Thompson). Harmonies are wonderful and melodies are contagious. Cannata's guitar playing and layered keys/synths are outstanding as well.

I have been wearing out the groves in this CD. All of the 13 tracks are very very good. Though they are separate and discrete tracks the listening experience is one of flow and continuity. Trying to list highlight tracks is simply not practical - on each listen I find something that impresses me and moves a particular track to the highlight list.

Mysterium Magnum is a lock for a place on my best of 2006 list. If you have ever in the past liked mainstream prog (from Manfred Mann to Supertramp to Kanasas to Styx) don't miss this release. It is very rare these days when someone hits the jackpot but Jeff Cannata has done just that.