Personnel: Shirley Jones, David Cassidy (vocals); Dennis Budimir, Louis Shelton (guitar); Mike Melvoin, Larry Knechtel (piano); Max Bennett (bass); Hal Blaine (drums); John Bahler, Tom Bahler, Jackie Ward, Ron Hicklin (background vocals).
Recorded at Western Recorders (Studio 2), Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Lisa Sutton.
Digitally remastered by Mike Hartry (BMG Studios, New York).
The Partridge Family's second album, THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY SOUND MAGAZINE, is the album which initiated the gimmicky series of cover designs (magazine, notebook, shopping bag, etc.) which identified the Partridge albums. Featuring the hit single "I Woke Up In Love This Morning" and 11 other songs which debuted on the popular TV show, this is probably the group's most consistently listenable release.
Like the Monkees, the Banana Splits, and other TV-spawned bands, the grind of producing a weekly TV series meant that there was always a high-quality backstock of bubblegum pop songs by such writer/producers as Tony Romeo in the group's cupboard, which makes their albums a bit more enjoyable than some bubblegum acts of the same era. The ballad "You Don't Have to Tell Me" and Rupert Holmes' "Echo Valley 2-6809" are particular standouts.