Lost Recordings of obscure but influential Colorado Jam Band ‘Magic Music’ to finally be released on September 14
Originally recorded between 1970-1976 but never released, the album will be available on compact disc and digitally with bonus tracks newly mastered for the movie.
NEW YORK, NY (August 28, 2018) – Colorado’s first acoustic jam band, MAGIC MUSIC, will release their original 1970s recordings for the first time ever on 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, through The Orchard on September 14.
Porcupine Flats Shuffle
2. Bright Sun Bright Rain
3. Never In My Life
4. Bring The Morning Down
6. Eldorado Canyon
7. Down To The University
8. Gandy Dancer
9. Mole’s Stumble
10. The Friend’s Song
11. Cedar’s Sigh
14. Old Man Das
15. Sad And Troubled Lady
16. Better Days
17. Colorado Rockies
18. Cosmic Jingle
19. Eldorado Canyon/ Sometimes When I’m Lonely
20. The Morning Song
21. Bring the Morning Down (1974)
22. The Morning Song (1974)
The album will be available on all digital and streaming platforms as well as in select independent music retailers. The album complements the award-winning, critically acclaimed documentary 40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE written and directed by Emmy-nominated writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory).
There are 22-tracks in the collection featuring fan favorites like “Cedar’s Sigh,” “Bring the Morning Down,” and “Gandy Dancer.” The songs are an exuberant reflection of the era, capturing the ideals and optimism of mountain life in the 1970s, the celebration of nature, and love. Three singles, “Cedar’s Sigh,” “Bright Sun Bright Rain”, and “Cosmic Jingle” are currently available for download and streaming in advance of the album’s release.
“We recorded these tracks for various live radio shows, in the studio for broadcast and to give to friends. They are the real-deal: two-track recordings capturing what we did live, no overdubs,” remembers Chris “Spoons” Daniels, one of the long-standing members of the band. “They’ve been mastered to sound fantastic in the modern world of ‘streaming’ and they sound incredible, capturing the essence of the band and the era.”
The recordings are featured throughout the documentary, 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. Writer/director Lee Aronsohn was a student at CU Boulder during the band’s heyday. He remembered the music decades later, which is what inspired him to reunite the members of the band and make the film. The release of the soundtrack completes Aronsohn’s mission to share the music of one of his favorite bands with the world.
Magic Music is one of the most fondly remembered bands of the 1970’s Boulder Revolution that included Dan Fogelberg, Steven Stills, Chris Hillman & Manassas, and many more. Living from hand-to-mouth up in the mountains, they delighted local residents, university students and audiences from Minnesota to Phoenix, New York to LA with their original songs, acoustic instruments, and rich harmonies.
They came out of the mountains in school busses and the growing popularity of the band brought them to the brink of success more than once. They played gigs opening for Cat Stevens, Doc Watson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Richie Havens among others.
40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
They were offered publishing and recording contracts that they never signed yet they kept touring until they eventually broke up in 1976. The band reunited in 2015 for the documentary and have since been appearing for select performances. They recently performed at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and have performed on Martha’s Vineyard and Napa Valley. The band is currently booking dates for 2019.
Magic Music is George Cahill (Tode), Chris Daniels (Spoons), Rob Galloway (Poonah), Will Luckey (Wilbur), and Kevin Milburn (CW). Past members include Lynn Poyer (Flatbush) (deceased) Bill Makepeace (Das), and Pam Nation (Petunia).
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