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Magnum (USA) - 1983 Hot Nights [EP]

ARTIST: Magnum (USA)
ALBUM: Hot Nights (EP)
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Lonnie Warner - lead vocals, keyboards * Tommy Zito - lead vocals, keyboards * Mike De Frank - lead vocals, guitars * Butch Samolewicz - bass, vocals * Dave Werkhiser - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Hot Nights * 02 Public Memory * 03 Second Chance * 04 Unanswered Love * 05 Video Girl

Here's a band that have close ties to fellow regional luminaries Dakota. From Easton, Pennsylvania, more famous for being the home of former heavyweight boxer Larry Holmes, comes Magnum, and this perfect little example of pomp/AOR played in that era/style from 1983 sounds pretty good to these ears. We've previously featured this outfit in a review of their sophomore 1988 album 'No Secrets'. 'Hot Nights' however, is their debut. You can just sniff a pomp band out at a million paces when two keyboardists are in the lineup, as it is with Lonnie Warner and Tommy Zito. For the record, the history of the band doesn't evolve around the 1983 time frame. They go way back to 1978, with a truckload of personnel that have moved through the bands ranks. Originating out of the Lehigh Valley, Magnum were among a bunch of talented outfits from that area. By 1980, the band had recruited former Uproar keyboardist Tommy Zito, and two years later Mike De Frank from the band Gandalf had joined on. Magnum now featured three lead vocalists.

The Songs
Signed to 'Allentown International Recording Artists' (AIRA), Magnum were ready to showcase their wares onto audio, bringing in Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly to produce their debut five-track EP 'Hot Nights'. The Dakota pairing surely have an influence on the band, as you can hear on the opening title track 'Hot Nights'. This could easily sit on Dakota's 'Runaway' album with ease. Taking the smooth approach is the single lifted from the album 'Public Memory #1', containing keys and saxes. Even more laid back is the ballad 'Second Chance', and by this stage you're left wondering 'where's the rock'? Well goody gumdrops.. the last two tracks deliver in spades. 'Unanswered Love' and Video Girl' are pumping tunes which bring the band back into their comfort zone. Now we can see what all the fuss is about!

In Summary
The band would continue on into the 80's decade, though with a shift of personnel yet again. Robert Mason (of Lynch Mob and Big Cock noterierty would become the lead singer on their 'No Secrets' album, but by this stage, Tommy Zito had departed, as had Butch Samolewicz. To their credit, the band kept going, right up until about 1994. As mentioned on our other review, Magnum did reunite for a gig during 2005. Well done chaps!

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#1 | AOR Lee on March 11 2013 05:05:58
Surely the same 'Hot Nights' that opens Dakota's late 90's album Last Standing Man ? Great song
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