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Mystic Merlin - Full Moon (1982) Remastered [2004]

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Mystic Merlin - Full Moon (1982) Remastered [2004]Artist: Mystic Merlin
Title Of Album: Full Moon
Year Of Release: 2004-08-23 (1982)
Label (Catalog#): Capitol Records/EMI [072435787652]
Country: USA
Genre: R&B, Soul/Funk, Post-Disco
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 36:33
Full Size: 252,04 Mb







The superb set from 1982 was the third and final set from this eccentric and colourful ensemble, but sales-wise, it did not do at all well at the time. Thouogh it was obviously a good album then if all other in-demanders are anything to go by today. This set by Mystic Merlin, an overlooked group in the early 1980s, has now attained an almost cult status for cuts such as "Mr. Magician" and "Full Moon". This album sees the timely introduction of Freddie Jackson as lead vocalist and he doesn't disaapoint as he shines on just about every track. The band also comes complete with funky bass, horns and real driving rhythm. The early 1980s could be described as the golden period for fans of soul and funk, and this has hitherto been an unexploited era for reissues. Crammed with steppers and midtempo numbers this is really essential soul from the Capitol vaults. Every track offered here is a winner, and Freddie delivers the goods on all tempos. My standouts have to be the opener and cult favourite "Mr. Magician" and the ESSENTIAL stepper, "Full Moon", complete with freaky keyboards. Atmospheric and funky to the point of pain, this funky slap-bass driven groove is just amazing. This beats any of the drivel which passes as R&B today. With a bass line straight out of the Curtis Mayfield "You're So Good To Me" groove, you know that this is a showstopper. The sumptuous ballad, "Your Love", resplendent in fender rhodes keyboards, with hindsight, offered us a glimpse of the Freddie Jackson we would come to know and love in later years as a very successful solo artist. I cannot recommend this album enough. ~Review by Barry Towler, Soul Express

Credits:

Arranged By [Horns] – Greg Mathieson (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 8), Jerry Hey (tracks: 1, 3)
Arranged By [Strings] – Gene Page
Artwork [Design] – Andy Engel
Artwork By [Design] – Dyer/Kahn Inc.
Backing Vocals – Augie Johnson, Jim Gilstrap, John Lehman, Steve Buckley, Varnell Johnson
Bass – Clyde Bullard, Nathan East (tracks: 1 to 4, 6)
Drums, Percussion – Sly Randolph
Engineer [Assistant] – Jim Hodson
Engineer, Mixed By – Mark Smith
Guitar – Charles Fearing, Jerry Anderson
Keyboards – Greg Mathieson, Laythan Armor
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Freddie Jackson
Other [Synthesizer Concept] – Fred MacFarlane, Jr.
Percussion – Paulinho Da Costa
Photography By – Daniel Catherine, Ron Slenzak
Producer, Backing Vocals – Alan Abrahams
Reissue Producer – Gilles P?tard, G?rard Woog
Saxophone – Barry Strutt, David Woodford (tracks: 4, 6)
Synthesizer – Michael Lewis


Release of the album: 1982 [LP Capitol Records/EMI, Cat.# ST-12195, USA]
Release of this CD: 2004, August, 23 [CD Capitol Records/EMI (EU), Cat.# 072435787652 / UPC: 724357876520]
(p)&(c) Digital Remaster 2004.
The Copyright in this sound recording is owned by Capitol Records, Inc. (original recording 1982).
Manufactured and Distributed by EMI
Printed/Made in the EU


Notes: High Resolution 24-bit / 96-kHz digital remastering.

Tracklist:

01. Mr. Magician (04:46)
02. Perfect (04:23)
03. Rock The World (04:31)
04. Your Love (04:00)
05. Full Moon Rising (Prelude) (05:13)
06. Love Is What You Need (03:50)
07. Back To Zero (04:32)
08. Mindreader (05:17)


Mystic Merlin - Full Moon (1982) Remastered [2004]


Mystic Merlin - Full Moon (1982) Remastered [2004]

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