Magnum – 1974 – Fully Loaded

Intro Review by Dusty Groove  Main Review by Eddie Landsberg

Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos

A killer album of funk and soul!

The group’s got a nice warm sound, with lots of Fender Rhodes and mellow basslines – and they move between sweet ballad soul and sinister funky instrumentals! Best of all, though, they’ve got a great organ player who keeps putting in these nicely produced licks that get all flanged-out in a very groovy way. The whole album’s the kind of lost funky classic we’d love to find on wax – but you’ll have to settle for this CD reissue, because we almost never see the vinyl!

Tracks
A1 Evolution 5:39
A2 Your Mind 3:48
A3 Natural Juices 6:36
A4 It’s the Music That Makes Us Do It 3:49
B1 Witch Doctor’s Brew 7:25
B2 Funky Junky 5:02
B3 Composition Seven 9:32

For fans of groups like Rasputin Stash, Funk. Inc., Black Heat, Mandrill and whatnot, this album is right up your alley. A sampling DJ’s best wet dream, the album features horn driven ’70s black rock, wet bottom heavy basslines and a tight rhythm section.  A popular music review web site that I respect very highly, remarked that they were a very good group but not quite up to par with other funk ventures of the time (like Earth Wind and Fire and Sly Stone).

I disagree… In all fairness, I think when you listen to many of those legendary bands, you have to realize that as great as they are, your ears have been biased by years and years of hearing the music over and over again and the memories that comes with it (plus once a group has one mega hit… trust me, they get to record in better studies and get much better pre and post production.)  In all honesty, a few weeks ago I heard Magnum for the first time and I have to say while their music didn’t have the advantage of “bringing back warm memories”, I liked the music enough to have been listening to it over and over again… so I’m sure in time this album will fall into that category… this album offers variety of a Jazzed out Frank Zappa meets Miles Davis soul Jam, to the sheer rockin’ funkiness of It’s The Music That Makes You Do It and fingerpopping blaxploitation groove of Funky Junky.. there are also plenty of production surprizes and kicks thrown in to make this album a rare treat and great listen straight through. 

Yes, maybe I wouldn’t trade all the Tower of Power albums in my collection to get my hands on this if I had to, but trust me… this is must have for any serious ’70s “free soul” fanatic !

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22 Comments
  • TheJazzHoppa
    Posted at 02:54h, 06 July 2013 Reply

    wow man this looks awesome. thanks for all the hard work

  • Mark Desmet
    Posted at 07:45h, 06 July 2013 Reply

    Thanks for pointing this record out!

  • zobba
    Posted at 11:08h, 06 July 2013 Reply

    Thanks

  • Barry
    Posted at 18:26h, 06 July 2013 Reply

    Nikos, Million thanks for the gems.

  • Asley
    Posted at 18:54h, 07 July 2013 Reply

    Dope dope dope. Amazing blog.

  • Andre
    Posted at 14:00h, 08 July 2013 Reply

    thanks so much for bringing us those gems my man. much appreciated.

  • Kerry
    Posted at 14:06h, 08 July 2013 Reply

    wooow…nikos, you are a true legend, thx for the hard work you puttin into that, totally appreciated!!! this is an amazing album, thank you so much ; ))°!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rollo
    Posted at 18:01h, 08 July 2013 Reply

    Wow, always dicovering new thing, stuff… this is a great record, anyway I will not swap it with TOP, but it is well worth a “loop” listen.
    And the wanted list is going to be BIG 🙂
    Keep on with the blog, thank you all so much.

  • rich
    Posted at 20:36h, 08 July 2013 Reply

    cant wait to give this one a listen. thsnx nikos

  • Backspacez
    Posted at 01:24h, 09 July 2013 Reply

    Thanks, this is a great site. This looks like a great LP. Can’t wait to give it a listen. If I can just give one suggestion, if you guys can upload to ZippyShare? There is no slowdown for free users, it’s like downloading from a regular server.

    Thanks. Have a nice day and keep these deep soul records coming!

  • Clive
    Posted at 00:33h, 10 July 2013 Reply

    Wow absolutely loved it.

  • Aldara
    Posted at 12:51h, 10 July 2013 Reply

    You always come with the heat. Thanks for that bruh!!!

  • Laura
    Posted at 09:04h, 11 July 2013 Reply

    I can’t get enough of this tune! LOVE IT!!!

  • Dino
    Posted at 23:58h, 11 July 2013 Reply

    Listening to it now, GREAT stuff!!! Thanks again.

  • Carlo
    Posted at 09:43h, 12 July 2013 Reply

    THIS IS SOUL,
    THANX FOR POSTING

  • Radek
    Posted at 15:31h, 12 July 2013 Reply

    Incredible! You just keep on rediscovering one rare gem after another, This is a tremendous record. Thanks a lot!

  • Petra
    Posted at 22:54h, 13 July 2013 Reply

    Much love for another great contribution.

  • Vic12
    Posted at 12:37h, 14 July 2013 Reply

    A true classic!

  • Ray
    Posted at 04:21h, 20 July 2013 Reply

    Brilliant.

  • Robin
    Posted at 01:34h, 22 July 2013 Reply

    Just wow !

  • Herm
    Posted at 00:33h, 03 August 2013 Reply

    Sublime Piece of music

  • NIja
    Posted at 18:48h, 18 October 2016 Reply

    “Natural Juices” what a wonderful tripping music.

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