Magic Colors: The Lost Album

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A cautionary note is in order before you jump to possible conclusions based on this compilation's title. There was indeed a Lesley Gore album titled Magic Colors, whose release was canceled around late 1967, and the ten tracks that would have comprised it form the basis of this 25-song compilation. However, all 25 of these cuts have been released. In fact most of them (including seven of the ten tracks on the canceled LP) were released back in the late '60s, although four had to wait until a 1994 German box set to see the light of day. So this is really more of an anthology of Gore's late-'60s recordings (with most of the bonus cuts taken from 1968-1969 singles) than...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A cautionary note is in order before you jump to possible conclusions based on this compilation's title. There was indeed a Lesley Gore album titled Magic Colors, whose release was canceled around late 1967, and the ten tracks that would have comprised it form the basis of this 25-song compilation. However, all 25 of these cuts have been released. In fact most of them (including seven of the ten tracks on the canceled LP) were released back in the late '60s, although four had to wait until a 1994 German box set to see the light of day. So this is really more of an anthology of Gore's late-'60s recordings (with most of the bonus cuts taken from 1968-1969 singles) than it is the unearthing of a "lost," or at least unheard, album by the singer. None of the tracks were substantial hits, and find Gore in something of a dilemma as she tried to maintain her career in the era's radically changing music climate. Her voice and persona were so ideally suited to the girl group style -- and to the more innocent and girlish side of the girl group genre, at that -- that she simply couldn't make as much of an artistic or commercial impact when moving into more mature, diverse pop sounds. That wouldn't be as much of an issue had her material been as strong as it had been a few years earlier, but it wasn't, except when she sang hits (like "To Sir with Love" and, on her final Mercury single, Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues") that were strongly identified with bigger and better hit versions by other artists. What we're left with is a collection of soft pop
ock, or rock-influenced pop vocals, that just can't measure up to the best of her earlier work in memorability, even as her voice was intact and she made attempts to branch into mild blue-eyed soul. It might be of primary interest to the most serious of Gore fans, but it's not without its decent tracks. The 1967 single "Summer and Sandy" stands out as an engaging good-time number that might have been a sizable hit had the breaks gone her way; "I Can't Make It Without You" has a bit of the orchestrated melodrama that had distinguished vintage Gore hits like "You Don't Own Me"; her own "Ride a Tall White Horse" (written with brother Michael Gore) shows a heavy Laura Nyro influence; and the three tracks produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the most concentrated attempts to push her in a soul direction, most successfully on "Look the Other Way." Another of the stronger tracks, the bittersweet ballad "One by One," has the distinction of being co-written by Howard Liebling and a young Marvin Hamlisch, the same team responsible for her "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667046022
  • Catalog Number: 6704602
  • Sales rank: 46,421

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lesley Gore Primary Artist
Trade Martin Conductor
Paul Leka Conductor
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Lesley Gore Composer
Laura Nyro Composer
James Griffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Trade Martin Arranger
Jack Nitzsche Arranger
Bob Crewe Composer, Director, Producer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Thom Bell Arranger, Composer
Herb Bernstein Arranger, Producer
Don Black Composer
Garry Bonner Composer
Al Capps Arranger
Felix Cavaliere Composer
Hutch Davie Arranger
Mikki Farrow Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer
Alan Gordon Composer
Michael Gore Composer
Howard Greenfield Composer
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Charles Koppelman Producer
Paul Leka Arranger, Producer
Mark London Composer
Robb Royer Composer
Don Rubin Producer
Peter Udell Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Eric Woolfson Composer
Bodie Chandler Composer
George Fischoff Composer
Steve Douglas Producer
Ramón Arcusa Composer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Malcolm Baumgart Liner Notes
Manuel de la Calva Composer
Gary Geld Composer
Mick Patrick Liner Notes
Howard Liebling Composer
John Carter Composer
Edward McKendry Composer
Cindy Scott Composer
Raymond Bloodworth Composer
Bobby Martin Arranger
Tony Powers Composer
Gary Knight Composer
Victoria Pike Composer
L. Russell Brown Composer
Michael Julien Composer
Phil Springer Composer
Mike Gordon Composer
Edward Brigati Composer
Francine Nieman Composer
Tim Hallnan Composer
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