Offered for sale is a rare picture disc of Magical Love, the only album by Saturnalia.
This 1973 LP was produced by Keith Relf of the Yardbirds and was never released in any other vinyl format.
About this copy: This copy of Magical Love is an original 1973 UK pressing on the Matrix label.
The LP was issued in a clear plastic sleeve, which is VG+ with no splits or tears but with moderate yellowing.
The album was originally issued with a number of paper inserts. All are missing, but photocopies are included.
The picture disc is M- and shows no signs of play. The disc does include both lenticular labels, which are often missing, due to the use of poor-quality glue. Beautiful disc!
The disc is the heaviest record we’ve seen in a while; it weighs in at 236 grams.
A nice copy of a rare picture disc and the first copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Released in 1973, Magical Love was the only album by Saturnalia and the album was only released as a picture disc, making it the second album ever released in that format.
Saturnalia’s sole and rare (less so after its 2003 CD reissue) album was on the ostentatious side of early progressive rock, perhaps slightly anticipating some of the earnest classical-rock-fusion-with-female-vocals explored by Renaissance in the 1970s. The songs tend toward the winding and ponderous side, and the vocals — especially those by female singer Aletta — can cross into the histrionic in the more strident passages. Perhaps a little more influenced by the male-female vocal tradeoffs typical of some late-’60s American psychedelic bands than most such British efforts, it also boasts plenty of hard rock guitar and a good helping of lyrics reflective of a fantasy world, à la “Princess and the Peasant Boy” and the title track. As the song that brings in the strongest British acoustic folk feel, “Dream” is one of the more palatable tracks, but groups such as Renaissance were able to craft more accessible and memorable material using some of the same elements.
You can listen to the title track here:
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