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Magic Time: Millennium Ballroom Sessions Box set

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Magic Time-The Millennium Ballroom Sessions. We've combedthe Columbia vaults to present. Magic Time, the most comprehensive set of Ballroom and Millennium material ever assembled: a three CD set with nearly three dizzying hours of music, produced by Curt


Disc: 1
1. Spinning, Spinning, Spinning - The Ballroom
2. Love's Fatal Way - The Ballroom
3. Would You Like To Go - The Ballroom
4. Magic Time - The Ballroom
5. You Turn Me Around - The Ballroom
6. Forever - The Ballroom
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Disc: 2
1. I'm Not Living Here - The Ballroom
2. Opus To A Friend - The Ballroom
3. Believe You - The Ballroom
4. The Island (Original Version) - The Ballroom
5. 5 A.M. (Original Version) - The Ballroom
6. Karmic Dream Sequence #1 (Original Version) - The Ballroom
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Disc: 3
1. Prelude - The Millennium
2. To Claudia On Thursday - The Millennium
3. I Just Want To Be Your Friend - The Millennium
4. 5 A.M. - The Millennium
5. I'm With You - The Millennium
6. The Island - The Millennium
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B00005JY1Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,414 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "paulkristi" on May 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The is the most complete collection of Curt Boettchers' musical vision. Its a 3 disc set which starts with all of the original recordings of Curts first full blown studio project named "The Ballroom." The first song in the set is The Ballrooms only chartting single, "Spinning,Spinning,Spinning." This song sets the stage for all of the rest to come. The second C.D contains Ballroom versions of songs that were later re-recorded by The Millennium and included on their one and only CLASSIC album "BEGIN." The 3rd C.D. is The Millennium,"BEGIN" in mindbending stereo sound, plus plenty of bonus tracks. Kudos to Sundazed for first, releasing all of the recordings, second for doing it with uncompromised quality and sheer class. Look, if you were blown away by the Sagittarius album "Present Tense" (Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher)for the love of all things musically wholly, buy this box set! If you love "Pet Sounds," "Smile," or even "The Yellow Balloon" buy it! you wont regret it. After that check out the C.D. of previously unreleased recorded songs that were supposed to go on The Millenniums' second album "Again" or the Curt Boettcher solo album produced by Gary Usher titled "Misty Mirage." Rock on!!!!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By David Goodwin on September 2, 2001
Format: Audio CD
...yeah, I'll admit it. This set left me a bit disappointed.
Before I hit what let me down, let me repeat what everyone else has said: Curt Boettcher and his associates were very, very ahead of their time. They made music which, essentially, went wholly unappreciate by anybody around at the time. And finally, they're all getting their due.
Now, my problems with this set (interspersed with some praise...hey, I DID give this four stars, right?). The first disc is quite nice, finally assembly the entire Ballroom album WITH the two missing tracks that were absent on Rev-Ola's previous issue of this material. Filling out the disc are some stereo instrumental outtakes of the backing tracks of the Ballroom songs. Which, of course, raises the immediate question: why not mix the entire Ballroom album in stereo, then? Another problem is made apparent at this stage; while I'm not one to care too much about audiophilic quibbles (I notice, but I don't necessarily care), this odd issue is an exception: on the entire set, the treble is WAY TOO HIGH. It hits hardest on the first disc...you can hear some of the instruments distort on some songs. Why did this happen? Especially with Bob Irwin in charge...
...but I'll let that pass. The second disc is a killer, filled with mostly unreleased material. The pre-Millennium tracks are particularly enticing..it's amazing that mere production turned Karmic Dream Sequence from the rough demo on disc 2 into the buzzing masterpiece on Begin. My problem with this disc? That it conspicuously leaves out Boettcher's piano demo of "It's a Sad World," which means that Rev-Ola's set still (irritatingly) has something that doesn't appear here. Bah.
The third disc is Begin (in what appears to be an almost exact duplicate of the Rev-Ola lineup).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First off, this set is fantastic. If you're into Boettcher, this is for you. The sound on the Ballroom stuff is great. Apparently the Revola reissue was mastered from a cassette, so if you have that you'll find the sound here startlingly crisp and present.
If you're unfamiliar with this stuff and like psychedelia and lush light pop like Pet Sounds, The Millennium's Begin might be the next place to go for you. Sundazed really should have released this set in two parts with the Begin album packaged separately. I've turned many casual music listeners onto this record but few would really want to shell out [$$$] for rarities and outtakes just to get it. It belittles the album's significance that it's only available as the last disc of this box set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Luciani on June 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because one of the lead singer of The Ballroom, Michelle O'mally passed away last year after a long illness. She was one of my dear friends. I have always heard her private work, but never this collection. I was so amazed!It was incredible! Not just because I love Michelle, but I love the sound! Michelle has a voice like Karen Carpenter. They sound like the Carpenters to me. If you enjoy this type of mellow sound you will love these CDs. They really are fantastic and well worth the money!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By aliled VINE VOICE on July 4, 2001
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I'd argue with anyone that this is the most delightfully sublime collection of "unheard" sets of music from the 60s. Substantially less than half of this material was even released, not a single tune came close to the charts and contrary to the other review here, the Ballroom's "Spinning" wasn't even released as a stock single and never approached chart status. It's hard to say what makes this such a strong collection - shockingly magical production values with soaring, sweet and stunningly beautiful compositions - it's as if Brian Wilson created something as perfect as "Pet Sounds" without any of that album's introversion and inherent loneliness. Why any of this failed to register with the public is beyond me - it's bewildering that so much of this material was left in the vaults. Similarities to artists such as the Association ("5 AM") or the Byrds ("Some Sunny Day" and "Blight" have a "Notorious Byrd Bros" vibe) don't come hinting of the magic of these songs - much of the material from the Millenium album has a production value more akin to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" than anything else from the 60s. Ultimately, the only reason I can find for the commercial failure of this music is its shameless joy and spiritual purity - the sort of thing that would have made much hit music of the day ring untrue. Which is exactly why Sundazed felt an unknown musical entity merited a pricy 3 CD box set three decades after the fact, and exactly why you should warm up your credit card and get going . . .
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