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From review of new album ‘Transmission from Sogmore’s garden’ in French webzine ‘Neoprog.eu’. Dec 14.

“This record is fresh, just enough retro and full of little delicacies which (for a little while) have restored my faith in existence and humanity.

Joy is free to those who really want to open their ears and accept and appreciate this flashback..which forges ahead!. Put ‘Transmission’ on your player, put flowers in your hair, enjoy the Cosmic rays and enjoy the 7 wonders (in fact there are 8 on this album). As for me i’m off for a walk in the forest..its forever summer! yipee!, yipee!,yipee!.” – Henri Vaugrand.

 

from 4 star review of new album in RECORD COLLECTOR .Dec 14 :

 ” Hippy – and delightfully so – it could easily be mistaken for an old Canterbury gem!”. – Jon (mojo) Mills.

 

Review of new album in Shindig 41 : ‘ A force to be reckoned with! ‘

‘Devon’s Magic Bus are back for another bout of their very own brand of tripped out psychedelic prog rock with the release of their second album ‘Transmission from Sogmore’s garden’ – And what an infectious force to be reckoned with they are becoming with it!.

With multi part suites and a few nods and tips of the hat to the likes of Caravan along the way. By the flute -infused finale, ‘Earthpod’, its become a blissful journey indeed.’ – Dalthi Sabhaois.

                                            Amazon reviews:

    ‘ An absolute gem!’

‘This is the second album from a great band based in Totnes, Devon, who have managed to consolidate some of the great ideas and experimentation they delivered on their first album and produce, what for me is one of the greatest albums of the year.  Okay, so you can definately hear the heavy influence from Caravan, Soft Machine etc which is not a bad thing, but the band have a really modern day feel and the flute playing is wonderful.  Paul Evans clearly wears his influences on his sleeve but like all good artists he brings a new dynamic and creativity to his writing which for me makes this album one you have to listen to over and over again.  In this modern day when it’s so easy to skip tracks and only partly listen to an album due to its lack of direction this is one you sit back, turn it up, and dream of days walking the ridgeway, camping with your best mates and skinny dipping with an old girlfriend.  On first listen, a big smile appeared on my face and when track 8 kicks in at the end which is a truly beautiful, pastoral and blissful piece of music you know you’ve discovered an absolute gem.  Buy now and spread the word – enjoy.’ – jumpinjack.

‘Wonderful second offering from Magic Bus’-

‘From the beautiful opener ‘Sunflower’ this picked me up on a warm summer breeze and carried me along with its infectious, intelligent and enchanting music.In a sane world this would be blasting from cd players across the land’. –Linton.

‘Better than Caravan???’-

Anyone looking at this curious having read the Shindig review should certainly buy it. If you love ‘Golf girl’ era Caravan you will love this although Magic Bus are alot more than just a Caravan tribute. There songs are arguably better than some of caravan’s and certainly better than those on offer from a certain band in Kent trading heavily on its heritage at the moment. It did take me back to those dreamy halcyon days of the early to mid 70’s and its really heartning to hear a band in that spirit doing it just as well as the old bands. However once again this is not an album stuck in the past as i would say it also resonates with the present perfectly well. Great songs, great playing.- c.p chamberlain.

 

‘Awesome – its superb’ – T.Dolding.

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Reviews for Debut album and Single:

‘OK, the name indicates this is the latest release from renowned Dutch Who tribute act, but the ‘naive’ crayon-psychedelia cover gives the illusion that we have ourselves a bunch of tie-dyed, mushroom chomping Hawkwind devotees. You couldn’t be further from the truth with this, the first outing from Totnes, Devon-based six-piece Magic Bus, brainchild of singer/guitarist Paul Evans.

Magic Bus chews up and spits out Caravan’s first three long players in a confident and coherent fashion, smelting some furious super-fuzz lead guitar a la Maquina, with some nifty vintage keys (Hammond, Mellotron, you name it!) courtesy of ex-Kula Shaker/Oasis ivory botherer Jay Darlington. Production is warm and of the period, and Evans’ songs and arrangements flow nicely throughout. Reminds me of Mighty Baby’s First, Cressida, King Crimson and even Spontaneous Combustion but is suitably ‘grey and pink’ all over, without being contrived or clichéd. Move down the bus please and have your fares ready!’

Louis Comfort-Wiggett.

“Magic bus is brilliant, its the sort of song i would hug so hard it’s bones would crumble..just lovely!”

-DROWNED IN SOUND(SINGLE OF THE WEEK)

“Magic bus is up there..in terms of the year’s recorded highlights,quite frankly absolutely essential.”

-LOSING TODAY.

“With the promise of mellowing 60′s tinkered tales of tomorrow,these kids truly are the fabled children of Aquarius!”

-THE SUNDAY EXPERIENCE.