Magic (Gillan album)

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Magic
Magic - Gillan.jpg
Studio album by Gillan
Released October 1982
Recorded Kingsway Recorders, London, UK, July 1982 – August 1982
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:45
Label Virgin
Producer Mick Glossop
Gillan chronology
Double Trouble
(1981)
Magic
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Magic is an album by British rock band Gillan, their final collaboration, released in October 1982. It features eight original songs, mostly co-written by Ian Gillan and Colin Towns, and a cover of Stevie Wonder's 1973 hit single "Living For The City". This cover was released as a 7" single, in both picture-bag and picture-disc editions, and was accompanied by a promotional video.

Although the album was generally accepted by Gillan's staunch UK following it failed to achieve the chart success of Glory Road or Future Shock, peaking at No. 17 in the UK chart.

Magic was reissued in 1989 and in 2007 with seven bonus tracks, including cover versions and B-sides.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1

  1. "What's The Matter" – (3.33) (Gillan, John McCoy, Janick Gers)
  2. "Bluesy Blue Sea" – (4.48) (Gillan, Gers)
  3. "Caught in a Trap" – (3.34)
  4. "Long Gone" – (3.59)
  5. "Driving Me Wild" – (3.05)

Side 2

  1. "Demon Driver" – (7.15)
  2. "Living A Lie" – (4.27)
  3. "You're So Right" (2.55) (Gillan, McCoy)
  4. "Living for the City" – (4.27) (Stevie Wonder)
  5. "Demon Driver (reprise)" – (0.42)

1989 Re-release[edit]

In 1989 Virgin re-released the album in CD format. The revised track listing was as follows:

  1. "What's The Matter" – (3.31) (Gillan, McCoy, Gers)
  2. "Bluesy Blue Sea" – (4.51) (Gillan, Gers)
  3. "Caught In A Trap" – (3.35)
  4. "Long Gone" – (3.57)
  5. "Driving Me Wild" – (3.01)
  6. "Demon Driver" – (7.16)
  7. "Living A Lie" – (4.25)
  8. "You're So Right" – (2.55) (Gillan, McCoy)
  9. "Living For The City" – (4.28) (Wonder)
  10. "Demon Driver (reprise)" – (0.44)
  11. "Breaking Chains" – (3.28) (Gillan, Gers)
  12. "Fiji" – (5.21) (Gillan, McCoy)
  13. "Purple Sky" – (3.24) (Gillan, McCoy)
  14. "South Africa" – (4.03) (Bernie Marsden)
  15. "John" – (4.44) (Gillan)
  16. "South Africa" (12" extended version) – (7.18) (Bernie Marsden)
  17. "Helter Skelter" – (3.26) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)*
  18. "Smokestack Lightning" – (4.08) (Burnett)*

Total running time 74.50

* Previously unreleased

2007 Re-release[edit]

In 2007 the album was re-released in CD format again on the Edsel label.

  1. "What's The Matter" – (3.31) (Gillan, McCoy, Gers)
  2. "Bluesy Blue Sea" – (4.51) (Gillan, Gers)
  3. "Caught in a Trap" – (3.35)
  4. "Long Gone" – (3.57)
  5. "Driving Me Wild" – (3.01)
  6. "Demon Driver" – (7.16)
  7. "Living A Lie" – (4.25)
  8. "You're So Right" – (2.55) (Gillan, McCoy)
  9. "Living for the City" – (4.28) (Wonder)
  10. "Demon Driver (reprise)" – (0.44)
  11. "Breaking Chains" – (3.28) (Gillan, Gers)
  12. "Fiji" – (5.21)
  13. "Purple Sky" – (3.24)
  14. "Helter Skelter" – (3.26) (John Lennon, Paul McCartney)
  15. "Smokestack Lightning" – (4.08) (Burnett)
  16. "South Africa" – (4.03) (Marsden)
  17. "John" – (4.44) (Gillan)
  18. "South Africa" (12" extended version) – (7.18) (Marsden)

Personnel[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Recorded at Kingsway Recorders, London, UK, July/August 1982
  • Produced by Mick Glossop
  • Assistant engineer: Bob Broglia

Sales accomplishments[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 1982 17

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