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Blue Magic
     

Blue Magic

by Blue Magic
 

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In the '70s, Philadelphia's most famous soul empire was Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records, home of the O'Jays, the Intruders, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes,

Overview

In the '70s, Philadelphia's most famous soul empire was Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records, home of the O'Jays, the Intruders, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees, and Billy Paul. But the Thom Bell/Linda Creed school of Philly soul was also huge thanks to heavyweights like the Stylistics and the Delfonics. When Blue Magic hit big in 1974, their smooth, polished sound owed a lot to the Bell/Creed school; this incredibly promising debut album finds the Philly vocal group wearing their Stylistics/Delfonics/Moments heritage like a badge of honor. But the LP also demonstrates that Blue Magic was a fine group in their own right. The single that put Blue Magic on the map was "Sideshow," a hit ballad that is as clever as it is melancholy. "Sideshow" describes a circus, but not an ordinary circus -- a circus in which all of the attractions are noteworthy because of their terrible luck when it comes to romantic relationships. The tune is simply brilliant; like so many great blues and country gems, "Sideshow" finds a very witty way to talk about romantic disappointments. But even though "Sideshow" is one of Philly soul's all-time classics, it isn't the only song that makes this LP worth owning. The rest of the album is also superb, and that includes the snappy "Look Me Up," as well as dreamy, gossamer ballads like "Spell" and "What's Come Over Me" (which Blue Magic revisited on a 1975 remake that features singer Margie Joseph). All of the albums that Blue Magic recorded in the '70s are worth hearing, but this 1974 debut is arguably the finest and most essential of the bunch.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431773826
catalogNumber:
7738
Rank:
26166

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Magic   Primary Artist
Keith Beaton   Vocals,Group Member
Roland Chambers   Guitar,Group Member
Don Renaldo   Accompaniment
Bobby Eli   Guitar,Group Member
Norman Harris   Guitar,Group Member
Ron Kersey   Piano,Group Member
Ted Mills   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Vince Montana   Vibes,Group Member
Richard Pratt   Vocals,Group Member
Vernon Sawyer   Vocals,Group Member
Wendall Sawyer   Bass
Larry Washington   Percussion,Group Member
Earl Young   Drums,Group Member
Jim DeJulio   Bass,Group Member
Cotton Kent   Piano,Group Member
Larry James   Drums,Group Member
Lee Smith   Bass,Group Member
Ted Cohen   Guitar,Group Member
Jimmy Grant   Bass,Group Member
Ronnie Baker   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bobby Eli   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Jim Grant   Composer
Norman Harris   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing,Audio Production
Carl Helm   Vocal Arrangements
Jay Mark   Engineer
Vince Montana   Arranger
Don Murray   Engineer
Kenny Present   Engineer
Alan Rubens   Producer,Executive Producer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
John Freeman   Composer
Ira Friedlander   Cover Design
Steven Bernstein   Producer,Executive Producer
Bruce Gable   Executive Producer

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