Magician

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Some albums are classic journeyman's efforts, the work of someone who might have gained notice with other bands but was never quite a name in his own right -- thus Andrew Leigh's one-off solo effort Magician, recorded between his stint in Spooky Tooth's final months and becoming part of Matthews Southern Comfort soon afterward. Despite the cover art and swirl of flutes helping kick things off, Magician is less acid folk/prog whimsy and more an overview of a lot of things in the year of its release, with a little electric bite here and there but otherwise aiming for gentler twang and rough-and-ready acoustic chug. There's stately late-Beatles pop via "Get Myself Together" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Some albums are classic journeyman's efforts, the work of someone who might have gained notice with other bands but was never quite a name in his own right -- thus Andrew Leigh's one-off solo effort Magician, recorded between his stint in Spooky Tooth's final months and becoming part of Matthews Southern Comfort soon afterward. Despite the cover art and swirl of flutes helping kick things off, Magician is less acid folk/prog whimsy and more an overview of a lot of things in the year of its release, with a little electric bite here and there but otherwise aiming for gentler twang and rough-and-ready acoustic chug. There's stately late-Beatles pop via "Get Myself Together" (one of two songs from friend and fellow pro Kevin Westlake), a bit of moody folk-rock with "Windy Baker Street," easygoing country-tinged rambles like "Solitaire" and "Leaving Song," and more besides. Throughout, the echoes of people like Bob Dylan, the Band, the Byrds, Free, and many others can be heard, all slotting into what would be Leigh's own career path well and showing that if his work wasn't deathless it was pleasant listening with a bit of flair. Leigh's liner notes are a fun read, the voice of someone who explored a path, then decided on a new one in later years, before returning to music on a casual for-the-heck-of-it basis -- not a bad place to be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2011
  • Label: Sunbeam Records
  • EAN: 5051125508013
  • Catalog Number: 5080
  • Sales rank: 100,067

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magician (3:22)
  2. 2 Get Myself Together (4:03)
  3. 3 Goin' Out To the West (4:36)
  4. 4 Solitaire (3:57)
  5. 5 Windy Baker Street (4:55)
  6. 6 Take Me Back (4:50)
  7. 7 Leaving Song (2:58)
  8. 8 Fresh Brown Eggs (2:29)
  9. 9 Up the USA (9:19)
  10. 10 The Passing (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Andrew Leigh Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Maracas, Recorder, Vocals, Claves, Mellotron, Hand Drums
Gary Wright Piano, Electric Piano
Gary Farr Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica
Gordon Jackson Electric Sitar
Reg King Piano, Background Vocals
Kevin Westlake Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Brian Godding Electric Guitar
Tony Priestland Flute, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Kellie Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
Bryn Hayward Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Technical Credits
Kevin Westlake Composer
Peter Reynolds Mastering
Mike Weighell Engineer
Paul Whitehead Original Cover Artwork
Ray Stevenson Original Photography
Terry Yason Producer
Steven Carr Executive Producer
Mike Craig Engineer
Andrew Leigh Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
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