Magic Colors: The Lost Album

Magic Colors: The Lost Album

by Lesley GoreLesley Gore


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A cautionary note is in order before you jump to possible conclusions based on this compilation's title. There was indeed a Lesley Gore album titled Magic Colors, whose release was canceled around late 1967, and the ten tracks that would have comprised it form the basis of this 25-song compilation. However, all 25 of these cuts have been released. In fact most of them (including seven of the ten tracks on the canceled LP) were released back in the late '60s, although four had to wait until a 1994 German box set to see the light of day. So this is really more of an anthology of Gore's late-'60s recordings (with most of the bonus cuts taken from 1968-1969 singles) than it is the unearthing of a "lost," or at least unheard, album by the singer. None of the tracks were substantial hits, and find Gore in something of a dilemma as she tried to maintain her career in the era's radically changing music climate. Her voice and persona were so ideally suited to the girl group style -- and to the more innocent and girlish side of the girl group genre, at that -- that she simply couldn't make as much of an artistic or commercial impact when moving into more mature, diverse pop sounds. That wouldn't be as much of an issue had her material been as strong as it had been a few years earlier, but it wasn't, except when she sang hits (like "To Sir with Love" and, on her final Mercury single, Laura Nyro's "Wedding Bell Blues") that were strongly identified with bigger and better hit versions by other artists. What we're left with is a collection of soft pop
ock, or rock-influenced pop vocals, that just can't measure up to the best of her earlier work in memorability, even as her voice was intact and she made attempts to branch into mild blue-eyed soul. It might be of primary interest to the most serious of Gore fans, but it's not without its decent tracks. The 1967 single "Summer and Sandy" stands out as an engaging good-time number that might have been a sizable hit had the breaks gone her way; "I Can't Make It Without You" has a bit of the orchestrated melodrama that had distinguished vintage Gore hits like "You Don't Own Me"; her own "Ride a Tall White Horse" (written with brother Michael Gore) shows a heavy Laura Nyro influence; and the three tracks produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the most concentrated attempts to push her in a soul direction, most successfully on "Look the Other Way." Another of the stronger tracks, the bittersweet ballad "One by One," has the distinction of being co-written by Howard Liebling and a young Marvin Hamlisch, the same team responsible for her "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/05/2011
Label: Ace Records Uk
UPC: 0029667046022
catalogNumber: 6704602
Rank: 61161

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lesley Gore   Primary Artist
Trade Martin   Conductor
Paul Leka   Conductor

Technical Credits

Neil Sedaka   Composer
Lesley Gore   Composer
Laura Nyro   Composer
James Griffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Trade Martin   Arranger
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Bob Crewe   Composer,Director,Producer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Composer
Herb Bernstein   Arranger,Producer
Don Black   Composer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Eddie Brigati   Composer
Capps   Arranger
Felix Cavaliere   Composer
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Mikki Farrow   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer,Producer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Michael Gore   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer,Producer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Charles Koppelman   Producer
Paul Leka   Arranger,Producer
Mark London   Composer
Robb Royer   Composer
Don Rubin   Producer
Peter Udell   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Eric Woolfson   Composer
Bodie Chandler   Composer
George Fischoff   Composer
Steve Douglas   Producer
Ramón Arcusa   Composer
Malcolm Baumgart   Liner Notes
Manuel de la Calva   Composer
Gary Geld   Composer
Mick Patrick   Liner Notes
Howard Liebling   Composer
John Carter   Composer
Edward McKendry   Composer
Cindy Scott   Composer
Raymond Bloodworth   Composer
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Tony Powers   Composer
Michael Julien   Composer
Gary Knight   Composer
Victoria Pike   Composer
L. Russell Brown   Composer
Phil Springer   Composer
Mike Gordon   Composer
Francine Nieman   Composer
Tim Hallnan   Composer

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