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  • Audio CD (November 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Funkytowngrooves US
  • ASIN: B0043937IG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Oscar
2. Feeling The Love
3. Who Could Ever Leave You?
4. Welcome Back
5. Land Of Make Believe
6. Seems I Haven't Seen Her
7. Standin' On The Edge Of A Love Affair
8. Let There Be Love
9. All I Really Need Is You
10. Remember November

Editorial Reviews

Blue Magic's 1981 Capitol release, Welcome Back, arrived at a time when soul and R&B music had resurfaced as a popular genre yet in a different manner. While heavy funk grooves & well-crafted ballads driven by rhythm sections/horns/strings were the norm in the 1970s, the rise of synthesizers & drum machines in the 80s resulted in light pop-driven arrangements - evident in hits by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio (A Woman Needs Love) and the Four Tops (When She Was My Girl). Instead of following this trend, Blue Magic (lead singer Ted 'Wizard' Mills, Keith Beaton, Vernon Sawyer & Wendell Sawyer) as well as producer Norman Harris & his crew of session musicians (members of MFSB) stuck with the winning formula that made the group successful - and met with resistance from the industry.

After several years of hit singles & albums on Atlantic/Atco/WMOT Records, like many great soul acts, Blue Magic was blind-sided by the rise of disco. This prompted radio programmers to almost dump R&B music from the playlists - no airplay, no record sales. When disco finally wore out its welcome and the excesses were sharply felt by many (see Casablanca Records), the record industry faced its first recession in several years with Philly soul being one of many casualties. ''It was like the Titanic after it hit the iceberg,'' explained legendary songwriter/producer/session guitarist Bobby Eli (the man who - along with collaborator Vinnie Barrett - gave Blue Magic its first #1 hit, Sideshow, in 1974). ''Those of us who were lucky to have survived the music biz recession had to take whatever gigs came our way to make ends meet. So, when Capitol signed Blue Magic, it meant work for me and the crew - Vince Montana, Kenny Washington, Ron Kersey and, of course, Norman Harris.''

Back to work, yes - but not at Joe Tarsia's Sigma Sound Studios, where Blue Magic cut the bulk of their 70s classics. Eli - ''The Welcome Back album was recorded at Alpha International Studios. I felt that the engineers who manned the sessions really didn't know how to capture the sound of our music. If we had access to Sigma, the recording would have been consistent with Blue Magic's prior work.'' Nonetheless, engineer Gene Leone & Alpha's studio personnel did their best with the group, session players & producer. -Kevin L. Goins, Amery, Wisconsin

This CD reissue of the original album is remastered from the Original Studio master tapes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DavidS91 on March 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Here's the thing... the key rhythm section of MFSB were wildly successful during the early 1970's, playing on hits like, "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," "You Are Everything," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love," "I'll Be Around," "Sideshow," and many more. Ronnie Baker, Norman Harris, Earl Young, Bobby Eli and the rest of the incredible session players became so successful that they received offers to be in charge of their own sessions during that time. For example, Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, Vince Montana and others became producers. And because of their popularity, not all of the incredible session players that produced the huge Philly Soul hits of the early 70's were always available for the sessions done later. As a result, the classic MFSB lineup was spread thinly at times during the mid 1970's. This release was a reunion that featured just about all of the core MFSB rhythm section from 10 years earlier. This album came out in the early 1980's and was like a time machine back to 1973 or 1974. An incredible album through and through, featuring great songs and the unique, incredible falsetto of Ted Mills. This is a wonderful album, and a reunion of what made Philly Soul the incredible, magical sound that it was!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edward D. Turner on November 29, 2010
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The last GREAT LP by Blue Maigic! The Sawyer Brothers took a small leave of absence but came back for "Welcome Back" which features some of their best long songs. The Oscar, for one, is a song for the ages. This is also the last LP wherein Richard Pratt was a member of this Magical singing group. This is also the final LP that is now available on CD, so there is no excuse for not owning more classic soul music!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dell on April 23, 2012
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I will proudly say I have every thing Blue Magic ever made. I'm gonna say "Welcome Back" is the best. For the Blue Magic fan, there isn't a bad song on this thing. I played the album so much, it sound like I was frying an egg. When this thing came out on CD and was remastered, I was on it, had to have it.
Where do I start, let's start with #1, "the oscar", great musical arrangement (like the whole CD) great lyrics, and Teddy Mills....such a great lead singer. Totally honest to the Philadelphia sound, with a hint of the Delfonics lingering a little. I've never notice that before."Seems I Haven't Seen Her" another great song. I really like that up beat sound of "All I Really Need Is You". Seven more tunes I'm sure you'll love. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Pearl" on February 17, 2011
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I received the Blue Magic CD as promised. Just another Blue Magic CD to add to my Blue Magic collection. Take it from a Philadelphia native, it is a good CD!!!
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