Thirteen Blue Magic Lane

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Thirteen Blue Magic Lane
Studio album by Blue Magic
Released September 1975
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Philadelphia soul
Length 37:17
Label Atco
SD 36-120
Producer Norman Harris, Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey
Blue Magic chronology
The Magic of the Blue
(1974)
Thirteen Blue Magic Lane
(1975)
Mystic Dragons
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Thirteen Blue Magic Lane is the third album by American soul group Blue Magic, produced by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey and released in 1975 on the Atco label.

History[edit]

The album was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia and features Sigma's famous house band MFSB. Thirteen Blue Magic Lane is the third of Blue Magic's highly regarded triumvirate of classic Philadelphia soul albums of 1974-1975, admired for its mixture of equally strong ballads and uptempo tracks. "Chasing Rainbows" and "The Loneliest House on the Block" are ballads in the style for which the group had become known, while tracks such as "We're on the Right Track" are seen as being at what was at the time the cutting edge in the development of disco music out of established soul music forms. "What's Come Over Me" is a remake of a track from the group's first album Blue Magic, featuring vocalist Margie Joseph.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Loneliest House on the Block"   Norman Harris, Al Felder 5:07
2. "Chasing Rainbows"   Ted "Wizard" Mills 4:11
3. "Born on Halloween"   Harris, Felder, Tanya Jones 3:17
4. "Haunted (By Your Love)"   Ron Tyson, Felder, Bruce Hawes 3:03
5. "I Like You"   Mills 3:14
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Magic of the Blue"   Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey, Harris, Felder 2:56
7. "We're on the Right Track"   Harris, Felder 4:45
8. "Stop and Get a Hold of Yourself"   Pat Cooper, Kersey 5:18
9. "What's Come Over Me" (with Margie Joseph) Mills 4:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Vernon Sawyer, Wendall Sawyer, Richard Pratt, Keith Beaton – vocals
  • Ted "Wizard" Mills – vocals, keyboards, sound effects on "Looking for a Friend"
  • Margie Joseph – vocals on "What's Come Over Me"
  • Bobby Eli, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers – guitars
  • Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey, Carlton "Cotton" Kent, Dexter Wansel – keyboards
  • Vince Montana – vibes
  • Ronald Baker, Michael "Sugar Bear" Foreman, Rusty Jackmon, Larry LaBes – bass
  • Earl Young, Charles Collins, – drums
  • Larry Washington, Robert Cupit, Bunny Harris – percussion
  • Don Renaldo and his Strings and Horns – strings accompaniment, horns accompaniment

Production[edit]

  • Norman Harris, Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey – producers, arrangement
  • Alan Rubens, Steven Bernstein, Bruce Gable – executive producers
  • Carl Paruolo, Kenny Present, Jay Mark – recording engineers
  • Dirk Devlin, Mike Huchinson, James Gallagher – assistant engineers
  • Nimitr Sarikananda, Wayne Wilfong – mastering
  • Richard Rome – arrangement
  • Ted "Wizard" Mills – rhythm arrangement

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
[2]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 50
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 9
Singles
Year Single Peak
US
R&B

[2]
1975 "Chasing Rainbows" 17
"What's Come Over Me" (with Margie Joseph) 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. Thirteen Blue Magic Lane review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  2. ^ a b "US Charts > Blue Magic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 

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