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."