Magic Journey

Magic Journey

by The Salsoul OrchestraThe Salsoul Orchestra

CD(Canadian Import)

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Sadly, the Salsoul Orchestra's third album does not live up to its fanciful title. Magic Journey forsakes the consistent feel of the group's past albums in favor of an odd assemblage of material that never comfortably coheres. In fact, it goes all over the map -- from soul ("Runaway") to traditional tunes ("Guantanamera") to pure orchestral instrumentals ("Theme From Montreal Olympics, 1976"). The strangest inclusion is a cover of "Short Shorts" that forsakes disco entirely for a '50s nostalgia feel and goofily rewrites the lyrics to mention the members of the band. Another problem with Magic Journey is that it allows the "orchestral" to overpower the "soul" in their orchestral soul sound: "Theme From Montreal Olympics, 1976" is a straight orchestral instrumental that is lacking in any kind of R&B content while "Journey to Phoebus" and "Alpha Centuri" feel like outtakes from a science fiction film score instead of the dancefloor material the Salsoul Orchestra is known for. Despite these problems, Magic Journey does have its moments: "Getaway" is a high-octane instrumental retooling of the Earth, Wind & Fire classic and "Magic Bird of Fire" transforms musical themes from Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" into a thrilling and hard-grooving slice of orchestral soul that pulsates with frantic percussion and swirling strings. The Salsoul Orchestra also manages to transform the Latin standard "Guantanamera" into a credible mid-tempo dance track layered with a classy string arrangement. Despite these occasional bright spots, Magic Journey is too inconsistent in both the quality of its material and its danceable content to qualify as a solid disco outing. Completists may want to add it to their collection but the casual listener would be better off sampling Magic Journey's highlights on the group's Anthology retrospective.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0068381244321
catalogNumber: 851275
Rank: 82570

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Salsoul Orchestra   Primary Artist
Loleatta Holloway   Vocals
Michael Pedicin   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Amaroso   Cello,Celli
Charles Apollonia   Violin
Davis A. Barnett   Viola
Diane Barnett   Violin
Rocco Bene   Trumpet
Errol Crusher Bennett   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Carla Benson   Vocals
Evette Benton   Vocals
John Bonnie   Alto Saxophone
Edward Cascarella   Trombone
Charles Collins   Drums
Michael Contino   French Horn
Roger DeLillo   Trombone
Don Renaldo   Violin
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Lance Elbeck   Violin
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Jack Faith   Flute,Piccolo
Michael Foreman   Bass
Larry Gold   Cello,Celli
Barbara Ingram   Vocals
Ronnie James   Guitar,Vocals
Carlton "Cotton" Kent   Keyboards
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Helen Kwalwasser   Violin
Rudolph Malizia   Violin
Vince Montana   Chimes,Conductor,Marimbas,Bells,Timpani,Vibes
Robert Moore   Trombone
Peter Nocella   Violin
Milton Phibbs   French Horn
Walter Dewey Pfeil   Harp
Peter Quintero   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Christine Reeves   Violin
Anthony Sinagoga   Viola
Evan Solot   Trumpet
T.J. Tindall   Guitar
Larry Washington   Bongos,Conga,Timbales
Lenore Wolaniuk   Violin
Earl Young   Drums
Joseph Cataldo   Trumpet
Jim DeJulio   Bass
Romeo Distefano   Cello,Celli
Fred Linge   Trombone
Joseph Bonaccorse   Violin
John Ciurlino   Vocals
Edward J. De Palma   Baritone Saxophone
Julia Ann Di Gaetani   Viola
Patricia Gott   Violin
Gov Hutchenson   Violin
Vito J. Kasiello   Violin
Jeffrey Kirschen   French Horn
Victoria Ann Matosich   Viola
Bridget Pumpolis Mitten   Violin
Americus Mungiole   Violin
Emily Nicholl   Violin
Louis Opalesky   Trumpet
Ralph Dino   Vocals
Anthony de Simone   Celeste
Bertram Greenspan   Violin
Bill OBrian   Synthesizer
Charles Parker   Violin

Technical Credits

Joseíto Fernandez   Composer
Joe Cayre   Executive Producer
Ken Cayre   Executive Producer
Stan Cayre   Executive Producer
Peter DeAngelis   Arranger
Dirk Devlin   Engineer
Jim Dougherty   Engineer
Rick Essig   Engineer
Vince Montana   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Kenny Present   Engineer
Darrell Rogers   Engineer
Arthur Stoppe   Engineer
Stan Hochstadt   Art Direction
Pasquate J. Spino   Arranger
Karen Bernath   Cover Design

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