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The Magic Touch: An Anthology (2CD)

The PlattersAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001DTF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,566 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Every hit plus unissued cuts, songs they sang that others made famous and more rarities from the velvet-voiced R&B legends. Sixteen Tons; The Glory of Love , and My Old Flame join the smashes The Great Pretender; Only You (and You Alone); Twilight Time; My Prayer; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; (You've Got) The Magic Touch; Enchanted; On My Word of Honor; You'll Never Know; It Isn't Right; I Love You 1000 Times 50 in all!

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4.9 out of 5 stars
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the Platters That Matters (And Then Some!) April 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When lead vocalist Tony Williams died in 1992--just a year after this collection's release--popular music lost one of its most memorable voices. Beginning in 1955 with "Only You (And You Alone)" through 1961's "If I Didn't Care" (actually recorded in 1958), Williams' powerful tenor was the voice of numerous smoochin' music classics, including chart toppers "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes."

Sonny Turner replaced Williams in 1961, but this collection covers the Platter's peak years, 1955-1961, when they charted more than thirty songs on Billboards Hot 100. As such, Turner appears only on disc-2's final two tracks.

As the liner notes point out, the Platters were "the first black group ever to have a Number One Pop record, the first to cross racial barriers on the concert circuit and the first to overcome the 'cover' syndrome of white acts copying black originals." Listen to artists like Curtis Mayfield's Impressions or Smokey Robinson's Miracles and the Platter's influence on early rock and R&B is undeniable. Their 1990 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is a testimony to their success and this two-disc collection is a must-have for serious fans of Fifties R&B. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album Is The Real Deal July 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
In my opinion, no one could do it like The Platters, which says a lot I think being that The Platters are my favorite vocal group of the 50s era. They were the first black vocal group to have hit records without anyone covering them. For this two CD set pictured above is the real deal that features the original Platters along with their original Mercury recordings. This CD set has everything anyone would ever want by The Platters and that this is the ultimate collection.
What I found unique and enjoyable about this collection as I was listening that it included B-Sides to many of their chart toping singles heard here. For any of you out there who may have owned some of these original Platters singles back in the 50s may find it to be a nice added touch. Even the flip sides I found were just as good as the hits themselves for the most part. None the less all selections were great. Also the sound quality of theese digitally re-mastered recordings were very good and clean to the ear. I don't know what else to say about this CD is that when you pop this in to your CD player, the music speaks for itself. Happy Listening.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is enchanted! May 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
These are the original recordings from Mercury. Most tracks are mono, but the sound is terrific. I have listened to these CD's over and over again since obtaining them, and each time the material is still fresh. Tony Williams was phenomanal, and his voice comes through fresh and clear. There are other tracks featuring Zola Taylor and Herbert Reed, not often heard even in the group's heyday. If you like the Platters, you'll love this collection. A five star plus album!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Seven Years They Indeed Had The Magic Touch August 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I vividly remember, as a 17-year-old in 1955, hearing the music begin to change in an exciting manner, starting with Elvis and his Sun recordings, Fats Domino's Ain't It A Shame, Chuck Berry's Maybelline, Rock Love by The Fontane Sisters, Boyd Bennett and His Rocket's Seventeen and, of course [We're Gonna] Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets [actually done first in 1954 but never a hit until the release of the film Blackboard Jungle].

But in the midst of the change to this fast-paced music, which would soon begin to make its presence felt in spite of some determined efforts to kill it at birth, came the melodic sound late that year of The Platters and Only You [And You Alone]. Their unique way with a ballad - some of their material dating back to the 1930s - would help define R&R as something more than just jump tunes as they went on to put a total of 35 songs into the Billboard Pop Hot 100 to 1961, 17 of which also scored on the R&B charts, all for the Mercury label.

Only You, written by their manager Buck Ram, had actually been recorded by the group when with the Federal label, and at a time when it included lead Tony Williams, tenor David Lynch, baritone Alex Hodge, and bass Herb Reed. After securing a contract with Mercury in 1955, Paul Robi replaced Hodge and female vocalist Zola Taylor was added in time for the re-recording of Only You which had, as its flipside, the up-tempo Bark, Battle And Ball, sort of an "answer" song to Joe Turner's Shake, Rattle & Roll.

That B-side did not chart, but on their next seven hits, to 1957, they had only double-sided winners. All of these are contained in order on disc one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Touch Anthology February 4, 2006
By Pete P.
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This is as good as it gets, ........... if you remember the Platters, as I do, you will enjoy this great collection of some of their best work! The enclosed bio is full of good info too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best (and the real) Platters May 27, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Of all The Platters cd's .. this is the one I recommend. It has nearly all of their charted songs .. certainly all their hits .. and a couple that are hard-to-find songs for the collector such as Zola Taylor's "Bark, Battle and Ball" and her "He's Mine". Although a couple of not so well known (but really good) songs such as "Love of a Lifetime" are missing, this is a nearly complete album that is well engineered ... even the mono cuts are surprisingly clear for their age... especially "Remember When".

Best of all ... these are the real Platters and the original versions...NO REMAKES. Including the hard-to-find original version of "Heaven on Earth". Because these are original and clear, I give them 3 thumbs up. (Okay so I'm gifted)

After Tony Williams and Zola "The Dish" Taylor left in the early 60's, and new members came on board, the sound was not the same. But the "new" Platters also released albums singing the original group's there were (and still are) other groups calling themselves The Platters. If you buy one of those cd's by mistake, they won't sound the way you remember and you could be in for a letdown. Or as Mr. T would say.."I pitty the poor fool".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly one of the greatest groups, great memories
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cd arrived on time and as advertised
Published 17 days ago by JOHN CUMMINS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Platters CD You Will Ever Need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
This is the ultimate compilation of the true Platters. All songs but 2 feature the original voice of the Platters, the one and only Tony Williams. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fifties music.
Platters are still amongst the greatest of the Doo Wop era. All voices and instruments without electronic add ons. Real music.
Published 1 month ago by zjaco17
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Good Tracks. The sound quality is good! Well done.
Published 1 month ago by G&P
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ALL current singers should listen to the masters and LEARN to sing and STOP moaning and screaming.
Published 2 months ago by orchid lover
5.0 out of 5 stars The smoke gets in your eyes
I listen to this album all the time. It always brings me back to the 60's. My mom used to play this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything like expected.
Published 3 months ago by Rocnic
4.0 out of 5 stars new fans, start here; old fans, continue here..........
all the major and minor hits are know the names.

this is a Mercury-only, Tony Williams' Platters-only (save one) collection. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Phil S.
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