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Evening of Magic, Live at the Hollywood Bowl
     

An Evening of Magic, Live at the Hollywood Bowl

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by Chuck Mangione
 
Recorded at the height of Chuck Mangione's fame when "Feels So Good" was still busting up the charts, this double-LP set attempts to recapture the dynamism of his earlier live albums but falls short on a few counts. For one thing, the sound gives the listener no idea of what it was like to be in the audience that evening; there are only fleeting traces of the live

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Recorded at the height of Chuck Mangione's fame when "Feels So Good" was still busting up the charts, this double-LP set attempts to recapture the dynamism of his earlier live albums but falls short on a few counts. For one thing, the sound gives the listener no idea of what it was like to be in the audience that evening; there are only fleeting traces of the live presence and electricity of the event in this tightly mic'ed recording. For another, the sense of fresh discovery of a new voice in the Mercury sets is replaced by a mostly self-congratulatory round of reprises from earlier albums, centered in the jazz-funk idiom of Mangione's then-current quintet (the funkified "Hill Where the Lord Hides" in particular lacks the majesty and tension of the original live version). Mangione and his sidemen (Chris Vadala, winds; Grant Geissman, guitars; Charles Meeks, bass; James Bradley, Jr., drums) are sufficiently pumped up and energetic, sometimes outdoing the studio performances of the material, and there is a 70-piece orchestra of L.A. musicians who mostly form part of the scenery. The only "new" stuff (as of July 1978) is a set of excerpts from the film score to Children of Sanchez -- a heavily truncated selection from what was heard that night -- that comes off pretty well. Of the two live Mangione A&M albums, this one is a more accurate career retrospective, but Tarantella is quirkier and thus more fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0082839670128
catalogNumber:
396701
Rank:
23863

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An Evening of Magic, Live at the Hollywood Bowl 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In response to the above reveiw I find it way off base. After listen to this album again for the first time in many years, I find the performance and material fresh as ever. Indeed C. Magione & Co. captured an evening of musical magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this album. Yes, it is probably not as good as being there, but I felt the excitement. I also loved the selection of music. The B&N review is way off target and the first time I have seen someone not like the album. Everyone I know that has it, says it is outstanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'M WRITING THIS REVIEW IN RESPONSE TO THE FREAK THAT WROTE THAT HORRIBLE REVIEW THAT IS ALREADY SHOWING. THIS REVIEWER HAS LISTENED TO LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL AND FINDS IT TO BE AWESOME. I ONLY HAVE ONE THING TO SAY TO THAT OTHER REVIEWER. GET A LIFE.
sandrafay More than 1 year ago
I first heard this album back when it was released in 1978! When albums went out of style, I looked for it on CD in the 80's with no luck. Now in 2010, I find it and I am thrilled. Although, it has been over 30 years since I listened to this album, I always remember it with a smile. If you are new to Mangione's music, this is a wonderful place to start.
TheRavingReviewer More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment. Chuck Mangione's music makes for such great listening that I was stunned to hear him speak at length between almost every song. I mean, how many times do you really need to introduce your band? He ruined the flow of what could have been a great evening of music. And furthermore, to announce that each song features this member and that member totally breaks up the music. At one point he actually says, "Thank you. We'd like to play another song from the Main Squeeze album...you hear from Chris and from Grant and from everybody..." So Chuck, you mean the song happens to have all the members of the band on it? Wow! I feel sorry for all the fans who went to hear him play and spent all evening listening to him talk. I also can't believe they left all the speaking on the album. At the end of Children of Sanchez (Finale) there is actually more than a minute and a half of band reintroductions, (including part of the orchestra,) and cheering, before the encore! Add to that the 70's ideal that long pauses of nothing increase drama and tension and you get a very disappointing album. Then, what was up with the mix of alternating slow and fast songs? Who put B'Bye right between the 2 Children of Sanchez tracks. And why not have 10 different climaxes? Who needs a big finish? I feel like the 3 reviewers who spoke so glowingly about this album owe me my money back.