Axel Rudi Pell Magic on Limited Edition 2LP + CD
1997 Album Available on Vinyl for the First Time!
Exceptionally talented German heavy metal guitar wizard Axel Rudi Pell has been at the forefront of the European melodic metal scene for over three decades now. Pell first formed his own band in 1989 with Jörg Deisinger (ex-Bonfire), drummer Jörg Michael, bassist Thomas Smuszynski (ex-U.D.O.) and US vocalist, Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory).
Their debut album, Wild Obsessions, arrived a year later, followed by Nasty Reputation, for whom Pell enlisted the American singer, Rob Rock (M.A.R.S, Impellitteri), who was then replaced during the subsequent German tour by former Malmsteen vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto. With Soto as a new member, the third album, Eternal Prisoner (1992), was undeniable proof that the band had found their own, unmistakable sound. A year later, Pell brought out The Ballads, an album featuring his most accomplished rock ballads.
With Between The Walls (1994) and the live recording, Made In Germany, (1995) Pell stuck with his traditional style even in the post-grunge era. The subsequent Black Moon Pyramid (1996) was his second album in succession to make the German album charts, as did Pell's eighth offering, Magic, in 1997. Magic is home to such signature ARP cuts as the title track, "Playing With Fire" and "The Clown Is Dead," however it also marked the band's final album with Soto.