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Blue Magic

22 Oct 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Release Date: 15 Oct 2007
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1973 Atco Records, a label of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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  • Total Length: 43:15
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  • ASIN: B001EZDT30
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 455,499 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
Philly Soul had a distinctive face, and was rooted firmly in the Vocal group tradition. It had become a force in the early 70's as Thom Bell and Gamble & Huff had produced a string of hits, both R&B and pop, for groups like the O'Jays and the Delfonics. The latter had a very distinctive sound, due to the falsetto lead, and this in itself was a Black music tradition. They were soon followed by the Stylistics and Blue Magic, both out of Philadelphia and both of whom enjoyed huge success.

This album was Blue Magic's first, produced by Norman Harris, who had worked with Bell, as well as Gamble & Huff, and if you are familiar with the symphonic style of Philly Soul, then you know what to expect here. Ted Mills ethereal vocal leads the group through a series of tracks, which are among the best examples of the genre. Indeed it is rare to find a whole album which maintains the kind of quality on show here.

The album contains the hit singles "Sideshow", "Look Me Up" and "What's Come Over Me", and in fact "Spell" and "Stop To Start" had also been singles without hitting the heights. The whole album creates a relaxed and mellow feel, and I seem to remember it being ideal for generating a romantic mood when I had this album on vinyl on it's original release.

It is a surprise that it has taken this long to resurface on CD, but a welcome one. Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Blue Magic was formed in Philadelphia in June 1973 when former member of The Delfonics, Randy Cain brought singer-songwriter Ted Mills in to do some writing with the Philly-based WMOT production company and a short time later, the group Shades of Blue, featuring Keith Beaton, Richard Pratt, Vernon Sawyer and his brother Wendell, came in for an audition. According to Marc Taylor, in his book A Touch of Classic Soul of the Early 1970's, "although the group performed well, they lacked a standout lead singer and WMOT executives in a rare wise decision for executives decided to put Mills with the Shades of Love and renamed the group Blue Magic. They were signed with Atco/Atlantic Records in the same year. Blue Magic were one of the earliest acts produced by Norman Harris, a Philadelphia records veteran. The group's harmonies were supported by the MFSB house band.
If you like your soul music so smooth it would make grease seem like sandpaper then Blue Magic are the band for you. This expanded edition of the album originally released in 1974 kicks off or more aptly glides off with the top ten hit co- written by guitarist Bobby Eli "Sideshow". it's the sort of seventies soul ballad that I truly despised at that time but I'm older , wiser , balder and know better now. Strings glide like gossamer swallows , the vocals range from truly high falsetto courtesy of Ted Mills to growly baritone . It's by no means the only classy track here though.
"Stop To Start", "What's Come Over Me", "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" are all exemplary Philly soul . The truly lugubrious ballad "Spell" would placate a psychotic mastiff while "Answer To My Prayer" is more up-tempo with some addictive rhythmic backing strings .
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
Produced by NORMAN HARRIS of Philadelphia Intl fame and with their songs pumped up by the MFSB Orchestra - BLUE MAGIC were TED MILLS, WENDELL and VERNON SAWYER, KEITH BEATON and RICHARD PRATT

Released in early 1974 on Atlantic's label imprint ATCO, Blue Magic's first album was dominated by the huge US Number 1 soft soul hit "Sideshow". This October 2007 12-track reissue finally makes that self-titled debut album available on remastered CD - and for the first time in the UK.

Here's the breakdown (56:51 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 9 are the LP "Blue Magic" released on Atco SD 7038 in January 1974 in the USA
Track 10 is "Guess Who", the non-album B-side to the 1st 7" single off the album
Track 11 is "Where Have You Been", the non-album B-side to the 2nd single off the album
Track 12 is a Tom Moulton Remix of "Look Me Up" issued on a 1976 Atlantic Records compilation called "Disco-Trek", Atlantic SD 18185

The album yielded four singles in the USA:
"Spell" b/w "Guess Who" on Atco 6910, March 1973
"Look Me Up" b/w "What's Come Over Me" on Atco 6930, September 1973
"Stop To Start" b/w "Where Have You Been" on Atco 6949, January 1974
"Sideshow" b/w "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely" on Atco 6961, April 1974

The remaster has been done by Rhino's long-time tape-expect BILL INGLOT and a typically SUPERB JOB delivered - very clear despite the often overbearingly lush string arrangements. There are very detailed liner notes by noted soul writer and contributor CHARLES WARING that include interviews with the band - and the label even reflects the original yellow ATCO label and multi-coloured logo - all nice touches.

A cross between The Stylistics and The Chi-Lites "Blue Magic" were soft soul and not to everybody's taste.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K.Burslem on 4 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
You will not find many albums you can play all the way through and honestly say there is not a bad track on it.
so this is one of those incredibly rare albums where every track is absolutely brilliant. One of the greatest
albums of all-time.
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