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Mystic Merlin (Expanded Edition) [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Mystic Merlin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: BBR
  • ASIN: B0085QJ5D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,881 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Burned To Learn
2. Don t You Want To Be A Star
3. Dreams
4. Can t Stop Dancing (No Matter What Ido)
5. Dark Side Of Your Love
6. Got To Make The Best (Of A Love Situation)
7. Just Can t Give You Up (Bonus Track)
8. Burned To Learn (7 Version) (Bonus Track)
9. Can t Stop Dancing (No Matter What Ido) (12 Version) (Bonus Track)
10. Got To Make The Best (Of A Lovesituation) (12 Version) (Bonus Track)
11. Just Can t Give You Up (12 Version) (Bonus Track)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as it could have been 14 Aug 2012
By Mr. D TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This review is for: Mystic Merlin ~ Expanded Edition
Albums like this are rare to find on CD. Usually they are released only in Japan on expensive imports and go out of print quickly. So, to be able to buy this at all is a blessing. Judging the release as a whole it's excellent. However, there is one gripe I have which is that I really wanted the single version of "Just Can't Give You Up" which is a superb 2:54 edit that really packs a punch (the intro is shortened to 1:09 before the vocal starts and the ending is cold). Although it says on the inlay that the "single version" is included here, what you actually get is the USA single version which runs to 4:11 (with a 2:28 intro before the vocal starts and a fade out that sounds too early due to the long instrumental intro), so it is more like the album version faded and feels unsatisfying. So that was a huge disappointment. Big Break Records are usually thorough in their research, but on this occasion I feel they missed something. There is plenty of room on the disc to have included both edits and because this is a UK release I would have expected the UK single version. For this reason I docked one star. But as I say, on the whole, we are lucky to be able to get this at all and it's definitely worth buying. The sound quality is superb and the rest of the selection is a comprehensive round-up of bonus 12" and 7" mixes from this period.

Amazon's track list is wrong. So here is the correct listing:
1. Burned To Learn
2. Don t You Want To Be A Star
3. Dreams
4. Can t Stop Dancing (No Matter What I Do)
5. Dark Side Of Your Love
6. Got To Make The Best (Of A Love Situation)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Mar 2013
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If you love 70's and 80's jazz funk,soul and disco,then these albums are a must,and the production is second to none,a great price,and a great buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystic Merlin 25 Jan 2013
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What a great album, brought back so many great memories of clubbing in the 80s, would definitely recommend to anyone who loves soul weekenders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes 24 July 2013
By Mikey
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I had the old album of this record but got nicked at a party so when it come out on cd at to get it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, Rare Old School Funk/R&B Debut from 1980! 25 Sep 2012
By Starr - Published on Amazon.com
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Who was Mystic Merlin? That's probably what you're thinking as you view this album, scratch your head and try to hear any one of their fairly unknown songs in your head!

Well...let's make this easier for you and give you a little insight into this highly obscure Old School Funk/R&B band from the early 80's. Originally called Mystic Merlin's Magic Band, they would infuse their live performances with magic until being signed by Capitol Records in 1980. The (U.K.) Top 20 R&B hit single here is "Just Can't Give You Up."

For further information, check out the Mystic Merlin page on Wikipedia. It's great (nostalgic) reading and gives other further insight into the band's 2nd and third releases as well which were also released on Capitol. Additionally, it was on their third and final album, "Full Moon," (also available from BBR, 2012) that legendary Soul crooner, Freddie Jackson, was recruited as lead vocalist before embarking upon a highly successful solo career from 1984 to 1990.

If you're a fan of Old School Funk and R&B of the early to mid 80's (with wolf howls and other creepy effects for good measure) a la The Bar Kays, Confunkshun or Sun, Mystic Merlin may just have a place in your music library. They're tight, funky and employ a brilliant, snappy horn section as well as an impressive array of (male) lead vocals, as did the aforementioned bands. Sadly, Merlin only had one bonafide hit single in The States, which was "Mr. Magician" from their swansong album, "Full Moon." All three of their outings, newly remastered and reissued from BBR (Big Break Records, U.K.) are rare and highly recommended despite their lack of commercial success, but some of the BEST music is often eluded by "success."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 1980 Funk and R&B 22 April 2013
By Alex Litvak - Published on Amazon.com
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Mystic Merlin’ self titled debut album, released in 1980, is a solid start. Mixing a good dose of funk and R&B, the set consists of 7 tracks that are all catchy and memorable. “Burned To Learn” is a killer slice of funk that would make Heatwave and GQ jealous. “Don’t Want You To Be A Star” is another funky jam that grooves hard, “Can’t Stop Dancing (No Matter What I Do)” is a Jazzy Dance groove that is perfect for the dance floor. “Got To Make The Best (Of A Love Situation)” and “Just Can’t Give You Up” are sophisticated mid-tempo jazzy R&B jams that would also pack the dance floor at an after hours party. “Dark Side Of Your Love” and “Dreams” are both killer ballads that should have been across the board smashes on the Quiet Storm format. It is unfortunate that this outstanding album did not produce any Pop, R&B or Disco Hits since there is not one weak song on this set.

Another round of Thanks go to Big Break Records for re-mastering this long out of print delightful gem, which was a much sought after item for crate diggers and collectors for years. As is always the case with a BBR re-master, the sound is great, the liner notes are fascinating and the album’s colorful unusual and striking original album cover art front and back is preserved as well. There are Four Bonus tracks as a special treat for fans. “Burned To Learn”, “Just Can’t Give You Up” and “Can’t Stop Dancing (No Matter What I Do)” are presented in the Single Versions in addition to their original full length album version and “Got To Make The Best (Of A Love Situation)” is also available here in it’s rare 12” mix. A real find for any R&B collector.
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