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!
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 !