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    Beth Hart, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, 2018, PRD 75671 Provogue EU, 3 LP

    "Mama this one's for you" E2. Her mama Dorothy is sitting in the Auditorium.
    One voice, one piano, two souls: shivers up and down your (and Dorothys?) spine....
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    Can, Spoon, Soundtrack, 1971

    Can was one of the best selling Krautrock bands in the 1970ies because of this track: "Spoon". It was the signature theme of the popular German TV thriller "Das Messer" (after Francis Durbridge). Where is the magic? Look the movie "Das Messer": the killer waits in the dark behind your back.....
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    Roy Harper, Short And Sweet, 1980, LP The Unknown Soldier, Harvest England, SHVL 820

    This guitar sound as intro of "Short and Sweet": who has invented it? It's the trademark of David Gilmour. Simply magical, isn't it?
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    Manu Dibango, Douala Serenade/ Bushman Promenade, 1986, from album "Afrijazzy"

    These 2 songs B3/A2 are Africa's breath and heartbeat. A full moon evening in the savannah. Ear cinema. Listen also to the other songs on this great album full of laughter and lust! Afrijazzy magic!
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    David Bowie, Space Oddity, 1969, Philips UK, Mono, 45rpm

    Since 50 years: this iconic intro-take-off, orchestrated in a mildly way by Paul Buckmaster, followed by this sawing guitar-take-off. So simple and pure. Was the guitar played by Mick Ronson, or not? Mick Wayne? Listen to the guitar solo at the end of the song: another lift off into space... This nice story is sugarcoated by the Mellotrone of Rick Wakeman. A magical masterwork. Buckmasterwork.
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    Supersession, His holy modal majesty

    This was a superb session in 1968, indeed. "Always, the best things happen after hours by accident, while the cat's away, when the moon goes behind a cloud and there's no one else around." (Cit. Liner notes by Michael Thomas on back cover) A magical moment in popular music. Especially the bow of Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield to John Coltrane and modal jazz in "His holy modal majesty" is 9' 13" of pure spirited magic.
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    A letter for "Dear John" Paul Jones written with "magic ink" and a swan song

    A very interesting concept from the master sleeve designers, Hipgnosis, containing a sad story concerning "Dear John" Paul Jones.
    The sleeve "proper" features a man in a bar burning a "Dear John" letter, watched by a bemused barman and a couple of ladies in the bar, whilst the piano player bashes out a tune of some sort. (In fact on this album the piano player contributes too much synthesizer crap). The scenario has been photographed from 6 different viewpoints within the bar and the 6 different sleeve variations have been created (with the letters A-F at the top of the spine denoting each variation).
    To diguise the buyers which sleeve variation they were purchasing, an outer brown bag was added - creating a sense of mystery when the sleeve design was revealed.
    The (no doubt expensive) concept was further enhanced by the inclusion of an inner sleeve that featured "magic ink". Gently wet the inner sleeve and different colours would appear on the design: the Dollar bill, the cigar in the ashtray and b/w the burnt "Dear John" letter and the broken glass.
    The goal for all Zeppelin collectors is to collect pristine copies of all 6 versions, complete with outer brown bags and with uncoloured inner sleeves.
    "Dear John" Paul, the keyboard parts you played are too cheesy to accept! Important for this (mishandled by "Dear John") album: the vocals of Robert Plant are the best he ever did with Led Zeppelin (also on Presence LP) - a matured distinctive voice with a range of lower level as usual. That means: less ambulance horn screamings! But these crappy keyboards! Let's burn the letter, "Dear John". You have broken the glass. The magic? LZ had a presentiment that this album is the swan song (Schwanengesang) of LZ...
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    The Beatles, I want you (She's so heavy)

    After 50 years: "I want you" grows more and more in its impressiveness: it reveals the pure magic of The Beatles. Lennon uses only 14 different words, but they recorded 35 takes! (In my brain there are hundreds of takes until now, because i always can discover new aspects of this song.)
    All in all, there's a magical mood in this song, incredible (!!!) bass playing, turning near the end of these 07:47 into the Moog-signal noise and then we have this brutal metaphorical cut. First, they had planned to put this song at the end of side B. The cut was meant to be the end of the "Abbey Road" album. Finally the "End" became the end of the Beatles. No fade out of The Beatles at all, it's a brutal cut...
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    Beatlemania

    All over the world: The Beatles live were magical in August 1964 and 1965. Listen to "Live at the Hollywood Bowl": those girls went crazy! Don't even listen to the music because the girls made the sound of those concerts! But not only the Beatles had their screaming girls. Also Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas were a famous Merseybeat band in 1963 - 1965. They were also produced by George Martin and managed by Brian Epstein for NEMS Enterprises. Listen to the live version of their "Sugar Babe" B10: the girls didn't want to rest seated on their folding chairs. Kramermania...
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    Classic Les Paul and Hammond sound

    When 2 giant instruments meet: what purely magical sounds by the Les Paul Gibson guitar followed by the powerful entry of the Hammond organ. Magical sounds united in one of the most beautiful instrumental recordings of 20th century music: Carlos Santana's "Samba pa ti". Same wonder on flip side: "Se a cabo".
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    Bee Gees, Odessa, 1969, Polydor Austria, 184199/200

    "First of May": at the end of the song there is a short break. Some seconds of pure silence as a kind of theatrical moment. Then once again the faint voice of Barry Gibb: "Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by, someone else moved in from far away", fading slowly into the past. The song is followed by a haunting mood played by the classic orchestra: "The British Opera". The finale grande. Still a magical moment in this hour of "American Opera" or "Masterpeace" called masterpiece. After all these 50 years: still something magic because there are so many beautiful melodies on these 2 LPs. For the music streaming listeners: hey, these 2 LPs are packaged in a red velvet cover box with gold lettering front and back and an elaborate background painting for the box interior....Does "Odessa" stand the test of time? Is it Kitsch? Or am i getting just a little bit too sentimental?
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    War, Nappy Head & Slipping Into Darkness, 1971

    Hypnotic atmosphere. A magically grooving album: "All day music"!
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    Willie Nelson, Stardust, 1978, Columbia/CBS USA, AL 35305

    This one has kept its warm magical mood over all these 40 years. One of the most played LPs in my collection. Produced and backed by Booker T. Jones. Chris Etheridge, bass.
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    Django from: John McLaughlin, The Promise, Verve France, 1995, 529 828 2, CD

    "Django": a fantastic dialogue of two superb guitar players: McLauglin and Jeff Beck. Pino Paladino, b. Affectionate tribute to Django Reinhardt.
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    Perfomance of the birds

    The window is wide open. Today 4:31 a.m. daybreak.
    The blackbird's song is the opener. Then the redstarts begin their twittering, followed by the robins, titmice, chaffinchs and the sparrows. Big chirping orchestra. After one hour the concert ended at 5:24 a.m. Costless ticket. Magical!
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