The Partridge Family Sound Magazine, the third long-player from the pre-fab and made-for-TV combo, was also the last to make it into the Top Ten. Taking a page right out of the overwhelming phenomenon that was Monkee mania, The Partridge Family ran on ABC-TV from September 25, 1970, through August 31, 1974. Although the tunes were more or less a byproduct of the show's success, producer Wes Farrell actually incorporated the same methodology that Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson had used on The Monkees. This involved primary cast members Shirley Jones and David Cassidy on lead vocals for all Partridge Family projects in addition to their chores as actors. The campaign yielded not only consistently favorable ratings on TV, but no less than nine Top 40 LPs and 11 Top 40 singles. Providing instrumental support for Cassidy and Jones were some of the most prolific pop and rock studio musicians of the era -- many of whom had likewise worked on Monkees platters. Heavyweights such as Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Carlton (guitar), Joe Osborne (bass), and Larry Knechtel (keyboards) gave the vocalists a nonconfrontational and genteel sound to match their squeaky-clean persona. Also joining the proceedings were the cavity-invoking backing harmonies of the Love Generation, who had participated to some degree on every Partridge Family release. The single "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" reached the Top 20 survey, making it the highest-profile side on the album. Other notable fan favorites included are "Echo Valley 2-6809," "Summer Days," and "Love Is All That I Ever Needed," the Cassidy co-composition concluding this effort.
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Performance CreditsPartridge Family Primary Artist
Shirley Jones Vocals
David Cassidy Vocals
John Bahler Background Vocals
Tom Bahler Background Vocals
Hal Blaine Drums
Max Bennett Bass
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Ron Hicklin Background Vocals
Larry Knechtel Piano
Mike Melvoin Piano
Jackie Ward Background Vocals
Louis Shelton Guitar
Technical CreditsDon Everly Composer
Phil Everly Composer
John Bahler Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Durrill Composer
Wes Farrell Arranger,Producer,rhythm arrangement
Bob Kovach Engineer
Mike Melvoin Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ken Sharp Liner Notes
Beverly Weinstein Art Direction
Ken Fredette Reissue Design
Lisa M. Sutton Art Direction
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The Partridge Family Sound Magazine based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This first album from the series' second season is a pop masterpiece in which the PF sound has been brought to perfection. With writers like Paul Anka, Rupert Holmes (''The Pina Colada Song''), Levine & Brown (writers of many Tony Orlando & Dawn hits), and Tony Romeo contributing, every song is a gem. The arrangements, production, and performances are first rate. Includes the smash hit ''I Woke up in Love This Morning'' regarded by many as the quintessential pop song. This album shines in Surround Sound.
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