- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Collectables Records
- Original Album: Atco 36-103 (1974)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Another fine release from the Philadelphia-based R&B group, That Magic of the Blue was a huge success charting on both the Billboard Pop and Black Albums charts. The album was originally released by Atco in 1974 and is just as relevant now as it was upon its release.
- 1.Three Ring Circus
- 2.Stringin' Me Along
- 3.You Won't Have To Tell Me Goodbye
- 4.Never Get Over You
- 5.Talking To Myself
- 6.Let Me Be The One
- 7.Maybe Just Maybe
- 8.Love Has Found Its Way To Me
- 9.When Ya Coming Home
- 10.Looking For A Friend
Personnel: Tony Bell, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers, Bobby Eli (guitar); Theodore Life (harmonica); Cotton Kent, Ron Kersey (piano); Vince Montana (vibraphone); Earl Young, Charlie Collins (drums).
Recording information: Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Photographer: David Gahr.
Arrangers: Vince Montana; Jack Faith; Norman Harris; Ron Kersey; Bobby Eli.
Blue Magic's sublime sophomore effort manages to retain the delicate beauty of their debut while summoning a more confident, robust approach to group harmony. The Magic of the Blue is above all a celebration of the human voice in all its myriad forms of expression. Whether transcending contrived ballads like "Three-Ring Circus" (a bland rewrite of the earlier hit "Sideshow") or soaring on the strength of up-tempo dance tunes like the excellent title cut, Blue Magic's harmonies are impeccable, showcased by arrangers Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and Vince Montana in a series of elegant, richly detailed contexts as unique to Philadelphia as the Liberty Bell. ~ Jason Ankeny