The Magic Garden

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This record did contain the small hits "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but the group, or more likely arranger/conductor Jim Webb, was probably shooting for something a bit higher than the Top 40. Aside from a misfired cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," Webb wrote everything on this album, which -- with between-track segues, lyrics expounding dreams and possibility, and dense orchestral settings -- seemed to be aiming for a song cycle of sorts. It's not Pet Sounds, however, or even Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle. It's overambitious MOR pop-soul with mild psychedelic colors, and a bit ludicrous, though not unattractive due to the typically conscientious harmonies. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This record did contain the small hits "Paper Cup" and "Carpet Man," but the group, or more likely arranger/conductor Jim Webb, was probably shooting for something a bit higher than the Top 40. Aside from a misfired cover of the Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," Webb wrote everything on this album, which -- with between-track segues, lyrics expounding dreams and possibility, and dense orchestral settings -- seemed to be aiming for a song cycle of sorts. It's not Pet Sounds, however, or even Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle. It's overambitious MOR pop-soul with mild psychedelic colors, and a bit ludicrous, though not unattractive due to the typically conscientious harmonies. "Orange Air" is probably the group's best shot at pseudo-psychedelia; "The Girls' Song," on much firmer MOR territory, was done much better by Jackie DeShannon; and "The Worst That Could Happen," Webb at his most disagreeably sentimental, was covered for a huge hit by the Brooklyn Bridge about a year later. A recent biography of cult singer/songwriter Nick Drake, by the way, revealed that this album, along with such estimable underground classics as Love's Forever Changes and Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, was a special favorite of his because of its combination of rock and orchestration. That means it might suddenly become a lot harder to find in the dollar bins, although many of those copies will probably find their way right back there after Drake fans play it once or twice. [The album was also reissued by Soul City under the title The Worst That Could Happen.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2005
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017628997
  • Catalog Number: 37570

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (1:24)
  2. 2 The Magic Garden (2:48)
  3. 3 Summer's Daughter (3:03)
  4. 4 Dreams/Pax/Nepenthe (3:24)
  5. 5 Carpet MAn (3:16)
  6. 6 Ticket to Ride (4:00)
  7. 7 Requiem: 820 Latham (4:26)
  8. 8 The Girl's Song (4:09)
  9. 9 The Worst That Could Happen (2:37)
  10. 10 Orange Air (2:38)
  11. 11 Paper Cup (2:48)
  12. 12 Epilogue (0:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 5th Dimension Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Marilyn McCoo Vocals
Jimmy Webb Conductor
Billy Davis Jr. Vocals
Florence LaRue Vocals
Lamonte McLemore Vocals
Ron Townson Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Webb Arranger, Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Bones Howe Producer, Engineer
Armin Steiner Engineer
Woody Woodward Art Direction
Mike Ragogna Liner Notes
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Wayne Kimbell Illustrations
Joanne Feltman Archives Coordinator
Glenn Korman Archives Coordinator
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