Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mystic Merlin – Mr Magician (Capitol)

Most wanted! Mystic Merlin – Mr Magician (Capitol)

Remembered for classics such as ‘Just Can’t Give You Up’ and ‘Sixty Thrills A Minute’. Mystic Merlin welcomed Freddie Jackson as their lead singer on their 1982 released ‘Full Moon’ LP.
An album which spanned the heavily sought after ‘Mr Magician’. A furious groove enlightened by a catchy horn section under the direction of Jerry Hey and lush strings arranged by Gene Page over an infectious slapped bassline courtesy of Nathan East.
Classy and timeless, and probably their most boiling jam ever!

Overview
Hailing from NYC, Mystic Merlin probably got their name because of their initial activity. As a matter of fact, they started as a novelty act incorporating magic in their shows.
Infos may vary upon sources as to if they started as a 5 or 6-piece band. In other words, if Leslie Dorsey was on the original line-up made of Barry Strutt, Clyde Bullard, Jerry Anderson, Keith Gonzales, and Sly Randolph. Or if he happened to join them later on. One thing for sure being the fact that Freddie Jackson joined them as the lead vocalist on their third and final album.

Clyde Bullard has been seen collaborating on a couple of tracks with Manu Dibango in the early 80’s. Meanwhile Freddie Jackson made himself a serious reputation in the R&B scene. Most likely by the second half of the 80’s with albums such as ‘Rock Me Tonight’, ‘Don’t Let Love Slip Away’ or ‘Do Me Again’ (all on Capitol Records).

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