Magician

Magician

by Andrew Leigh

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Magician

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2011
Label: Sunbeam Records
UPC: 5051125508013
catalogNumber: 5080

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
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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