- Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
- Number of Discs: 7
- Format: Box set
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- Label: Polygram Records
- ASIN: B00000AFFQ
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Magic Voices Box set
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Len Dresslar, one of the Singers Unlimited.
Years ago a friend (thanks much, Warren) gave me a tape of the McConnell-backed set. Afraid the tape would eventually go (it was losing its highs and lows) and I'd be missing a critical piece of my beloved McConnell connection, I searched the web for the single--out of print!! Oh, no!! Then I saw it could be covered by purchasing the boxed set. I thought it was worth it to get the one disk! And then....WOW! Puerling is the vocal arranging counterpart to McConnell, adding extra voices, experimenting with close harmonies, and even throwing in occasional subtle humor. The artists are similar to McConnell's collection of great individuals, all working together selflessly because the charts are sooo good to play or sing. And sadly, neither McConnell nor Singers Unlimited go live (with the exception of McConnell's practice sessions in Toronto.) Thank goodness for the technology that enables all of us to share the joy of hearing these master artisans, wherever we are.
Finally, thanks Gene, Bonnie, Len, Don, Georg...and guests. You've brought me more aural pleasure than you'll ever know!
Ahhh, but for those who listen, what's here is sublime. Puerling uses standard tunes as a playground for vocal arranging. Communicating a lyric is not the priority. It's all about creative harmonic textures, reharmonizing, voice leading, and chord voicings - all performed with tremendous accuracy and exquisite blend. SU is harmonic movement and surprise. This is the essence of SU's contribution.
I bought this set after hearing "Christmas" and a few snippets of other songs on the Internet. On first listen, I only really liked about a third of the material because of style or song choice. After a couple of weeks, I've grown to enjoy nearly all of it. Since this is their entire catalog (except Christmas), there are certainly cases where the song choice, arrangement or production does not work for me. But I'm glad I have the choice of what to listen to rather than getting a pared down best-of set. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase and recommend it to vocal harmony or big-band jazz fans. If you perform vocal or instrumental jazz this set is Highly recommended ear-training.
SU is not for everybody. It's not dance music or sing-a-long music. It's listening music that demands attention to fully appreciate.
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This is a set that includes all of the Singers Unlimited recordings except for the Christmas album. If you are into vocal jazz, you won't find any better examples anywhere.Published on September 20, 2013 by Aardvark
This is indeed a magical collection of the complete recordings of Singers Unlimited for MPS, a German record company that produced LPs and CDs for about 15 years from 1968. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
Gene Puerling was the architect of the Hi-Los, and being a "boomer" more expected to listen to the 'stones, byrds and beatles than jazz, I was harassed for loving the sounds of... Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Robert M. Schnick
I first became aware of this group through their Christmas album, which is a cut above the usual. This retrospective collection has become one of the most played sets in my... Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Edward E. Fairchild
I've owned this box since it came out,a treasured gift from a treasured friend. I have to be careful bringing this thing out because for a week or so I won't listen to anything... Read morePublished on February 18, 2010 by jimac51
I was introduced as a young music lover to the Singers Unlimited and had a couple of LP's on tape. Thanks to this beautiful set, my collection of the Singers is almost complete. Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by E. H. J. Peet
The Singers Unlimited Magic Voices 7 CD box set is an absolutely fabulous collection of their unique vocal artistry. Read morePublished on February 8, 2008 by Robert W. Jack
Magic VoicesIncredible performances of absolutely awesome arrangements of some of the greatest pop/jazz music. Read morePublished on January 27, 2008 by Francis Manning