by Blue Magic


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Lovers of classic Philly soul had reason to celebrate in 2006, when Collectables Records reissued Blue Magic's first three studio albums (Blue Magic, The Magic of the Blue, and 13 Blue Magic Lane) and this live recording on CD. Recorded in 1975 at Cherry Hill, NJ's Latin Casino, this two-CD set (originally a double LP) finds Blue Magic sharing the bill with two other '70s soulsters: Major Harris (an ex-member of the Delfonics and cousin of the late producer Norman Harris) and Margie Joseph (who is the only non-Philadelphian on the bill). Blue Magic soar on inspired performances of their hits "Sideshow," "What's Come Over Me" (a duet with the talented if underrated Joseph), "We're on the Right Track Now," and "Stop to Start," and Harris doesn't let listeners down on the congenial "Loving You Is Mellow" or his sexy 1975 smash "Love Won't Let Me Wait" (which was covered by the late Luther Vandross in 1989). Regrettably, Harris was a one-hit wonder as a solo artist; "Love Won't Let Me Wait" was his only major solo hit, but his contributions to Live leave no doubt that he was a skillful provider of Philly soul. Joseph, meanwhile, is quite enjoyable when she gives Paul McCartney's "My Love" the Northern soul treatment, although her performance of Morris Albert's "Feelings" is undeniably the low point of this album. Joseph tries to inject some soul into Albert's insipid, mushy ballad, but it doesn't work; Joseph, for all her talent, cannot salvage one of the most insufferable easy listening songs of the '70s. But the presence of "Feelings" should not discourage anyone from acquiring this generally rewarding, if mildly uneven, release. All things considered, Collectables did R&B fans an enormous favor by reissuing Live on CD.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2006
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431774120
catalogNumber: 7741

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blue Magic   Primary Artist
Keith Beaton   Track Performer
Valerie Brown   Background Music
Arthur Capehart   Flute,Trumpet
Larry LaBes   Bass
Greg Moore   Conga
Vernon Sawyer   Track Performer
Erskine Williams   Keyboards
Edward Moore   Guitar
Larry James   Drums
Vince Montana   Conductor
Doug Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Smith   Bass
Ted Cohen   Guitar
Ted "Wizard" Mills   Track Performer
Ted Cohen   Guitar
Frank DiGiovanni   Keyboards
Jimmy Lee   Trombone
Art Capehart   Flute,Trumpet
Edward Moore   Guitar

Technical Credits

Blue Magic   Audio Production
Margie Joseph   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Paul McCartney   Composer
Barry White   Composer
Gregg Wright   Composer
Major Harris   Producer,Audio Production
Morris Albert   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Bobby Eli   Composer
Jack Faith   Arranger
Allan Felder   Composer
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Norman Harris   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Bruce Hawes   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Joseph B. Jefferson   Composer
Ron Kersey   Arranger,String Conductor
Arif Mardin   Composer
Jay Mark   Engineer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
Andrew Porter   Composer
Kenny Present   Engineer
Sam Reed   Composer
Richard Rome   Arranger
Alan Rubens   Executive Producer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Ron Tyson   Composer
Wayne Wilfong   Engineer
Carl Paruolo   Engineer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Vince Montana   Arranger
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Tony Sepe   Composer
Terry Collins   Composer
Arnie Roberts   Art Direction
Steven Bernstein   Executive Producer
Jimmy Grant   Composer
P.S. Radcliffe   Composer

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