13 Blue Magic Lane...
D. S. HARDEN | L.A.,CA USA | 06/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Blue Magic is a true 'soul' group! After 30 years of listening to them, I am finally collecting their albums on CD! The standout track is 'What's come over me' (featuring Margie Joseph). The interaction between Ms. Joseph and Blue Magic's lead singer was something that stuck back in '75 (my senior year of high school!). Another special track on this album is 'Chasing Rainbows.' The price is right, I invite you to get ourself a copy and see what 70's music was all about! Blue magic was the 'real deal!' Four stars!!"
Nice Second Album
G-Funk 4ever | Listenin' to the Delfonics | 09/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Blue Magic does good on the sophomore album, Thirteen Blue Magic Lane from 1975 following 1974's classic self-titled album. Teddy Mills still hits them high tenor notes again. This time around, the album's motif seems to touch upon Halloween. The songs centered around Halloween topics and imagery are also the neater ones here. On the slow jam "Born On Halloween," the love interest was born on 10/31 and seems to have a spell over him, and on another slow burner,"Haunted by Your Love" discusses a strong love for a woman again using references to Halloween hauntings. The opener is a sad jam about a lonely man living alone. This jam is beautiful, if not heartbreaking, and opens the album with a classic slower mid-tempo jam with fantastic harmony, nice and poetic. We get an uptempo jam more appropriate for dance and pop crossover, "We're On The Right Track Now" with great harmony, a neat change of pace from the slow jams and ghostly references on side A. "Stop And Get A Hold Of Yourself" is slower and keyboard synth driven during the verses, and then there are faster and funkier hooks with one dropping a gruff vocal. "Magic Of The Blue" ia another faster danceable jam on side B, a pre-disco type funker. Although the first album to me was a bit better, it was nice to see Blue Magic experiment with the Halloween imagery and incorporate it into love songs, a nice original idea. How well it fits depends on the individual listener. I like how they vary the pace from one side to the other here, delivering a solid album with variety, soul, dance, and some funk."