I love Magnum, but I can't summon a lot of enthusiasm for their 1986 album Vigilante. Coming on the heels of the more epic and majestic On a Storyteller's Night and The Eleventh Hour, the radio-friendly Vigilante just leaves me a bit cold. There were lighter, pop-influenced songs on both previous Magnum albums, but they were the exception, not the rule. Vigilante is a lighter, pure AOR album from start to finish. Perhaps this is due to record company expectations (Vigilante was the band's first album on Polydor) or the influence of Queen's Roger Taylor as producer. Whatever the reason, Vigilante just strikes me as a major departure from the "true" Magnum sound. The songs here are decent enough, but I can't help but miss the more epic rock songs that the band does so well. And was anyone supposed to take that cover image seriously after On a Storyteller's Night's powerful magnificent art?
I may not love the album, but I am surprised that it hasn't been reissued. The only version on CD I've been able to locate is a Japanese import, and the sound quality is not terribly impressive, especially compared to the remastered Magnum albums Castle/Sanctuary has released in recent years. Hopefully a cleaned-up version will be released at some point.