The Best of Blue Magic: Soulful Spell

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Released in 1996, The Best of Blue Magic: Soulful Spell typified the pros and cons of compiling a set from one of '70s R&B's best acts. It should be easy. During its 1972-1989 run, Blue Magic always had a fierce and devoted fan base and at least 30 essential songs to choose from. The thing that weighs this set down is the omission of quite a few of those tracks. However, the majority of what's here can't be argued with. "Sideshow," "What's Come Over Me," and "Look Me Up" are all powered by Ted Mills' uncommonly strong falsetto and Norman Harris' earthy yet ethereal productions. This set offers essential tracks from 1975's great 13 Blue Magic Lane. "Loneliest House on ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
Released in 1996, The Best of Blue Magic: Soulful Spell typified the pros and cons of compiling a set from one of '70s R&B's best acts. It should be easy. During its 1972-1989 run, Blue Magic always had a fierce and devoted fan base and at least 30 essential songs to choose from. The thing that weighs this set down is the omission of quite a few of those tracks. However, the majority of what's here can't be argued with. "Sideshow," "What's Come Over Me," and "Look Me Up" are all powered by Ted Mills' uncommonly strong falsetto and Norman Harris' earthy yet ethereal productions. This set offers essential tracks from 1975's great 13 Blue Magic Lane. "Loneliest House on the Block," "Haunted By Your Love," and "Chasing Rainbows" are all suitably creepy and sweeping. If anything makes this CD less than great, it's the single edits of album favorites like "Spell," "Look Me Up," and "Chasing Rainbows." The diminishing quality of the post-1975 work doesn't help either. "Teach Me It's Something About Love," and "Freak-N-Stein" are as deplorable as the core tracks are sublime. The Philip Bailey co-written EWF clone, "I Waited," the retro "Land of Make-Believe," and the synth-heavy "Magic #" are all textbook flops. Fans will note that essentials like "You Don't Have to Tell Me Goodbye" and 1989's "It's Like Magic" didn't make it here. Sure, most of the work here is great, but a few key inclusions would have made it definitive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/1996
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227220723
  • Catalog Number: 72207

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blue Magic Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Philip Bailey Percussion, Conga, Vibes
James Ingram Keyboards, Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Phil Hurtt Background Vocals
Bunny Sigler Background Vocals
Dexter Wansel Keyboards
Bob Babbitt Bass
Spencer Bean Guitar
Tony Bell Guitar
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Percussion, Conga, Background Vocals, Vibes
Roland Chambers Guitar
Charles Collins Percussion, Conga, Drums
Robert Cupit Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Eugene Lambchops Curry Keyboards
Bobby Eli Guitar
Jack Faith Flute, Alto Saxophone
Mikki Farrow Background Vocals
Michael Foreman Bass
Bruce Gray Background Vocals
Bunny Harris Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Norman Harris Guitar
Carl Helm Background Vocals
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Billy Ingram Guitar, Background Vocals
Butch Ingram Bass
John Ingram Drums, Background Vocals
Jerry Jones Drums
Darnell Jordan Guitar
Carlton "Cotton" Kent Keyboards
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Larry LaBes Bass
Theodore Life Harmonica
Al McKay Guitar
Ted Mills Keyboards
Vince Montana Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Bill Neale Guitar
Lenny Pakula Keyboards
Robert Russell Bass
Lee Smith Bass
Michael Stanton Keyboards
Ernest Straughter Keyboards
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Ron Tyson Background Vocals
Larry Washington Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Earl Young Drums
Erskine Williams Keyboards
Jim DeJulio Bass
Harry Dixon Horn
Larry James Drums
Ron Baker Bass
Louis Russell Guitar
Ted Cohen Guitar
Robert Ingram Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Jimmy Grant Bass
Henri Smith Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Travers Huff Keyboards
Ronald Lee Horn
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Keith Beaton Contributor
Steven Burnstein Executive Producer
Bobby Eli Arranger, Producer
Norman Harris Arranger, Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Butch Ingram Arranger, Producer
Ron Kersey Arranger, Producer
Vince Montana Arranger
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Richard Pratt Contributor
Alan Rubens Executive Producer
Vernon Sawyer Contributor
Wendall Sawyer Contributor
Skip Scarborough Arranger, Producer
B. Smith Composer
Dan Wexler Composer
Jimi Tenor Composer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
J. Taylor Composer
Dave Crawford Arranger
Walter Smith Contributor
Bruce V. Allen Composer
Coco Shinomiya Art Direction
Steven Bernstein Executive Producer
Bruce Gable Executive Producer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
M. Brooks Composer
J. Norwood Composer
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