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The Circle City Band 'Magic' (greg wilson edit)

gregwilson on December 08, 2011 12:38

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    The Circle City Band 'Magic' (greg wilson edit)

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    Never previously shared

    Just over a year ago I was being driven back to my hotel, having played in Los Angeles for the Heading Home crew. DJ Rick Wren was behind the wheel and he had a CD on, which he'd compiled, featuring some early 80's grooves. A track came on that was instanly familiar, but I couldn't quite place it, I waited for the vocal to come in and, when it did, I instantly knew it was 'Magic', but the group name eluded me, so I asked Rick, 'who is this?', to which he replied 'The Circle City Band'. Of course, how could I have forgotten - it was like bumping into an old friend who hadn't crossed your mind for years, but now they were with you again the good times you once shared came flooding back.

    I hadn't heard 'Magic' since I bought an import copy when it was out back in 1983, not long before I stopped deejaying if my memory serves me right. I don't think it was ever released in the UK, so it was pretty obscure in the wider scheme of things, a track you'd only hear on the black scene - I remember it being a big tune in Manchester for Chad Jackson, who took over my Wednesday nights at Legend when I stopped. It would have been one of the records I had stolen in '85, and it had completely slipped under my radar ever since - for a full quarter of a century! So it was a real buzz for it to re-appear to me as if by magic (excuse the pun), and, recognising this, when we got to the hotel Rick ejected the CD and kindly gave it to me.

    After I got back to the UK I dug out the CD Rick had given me and put this edit together. Nothing fancy, just an extended intro and a mix out, with a touch more tinkering inbetween. The first time I played it out was at East Village in London the week before Christmas, on a memorable night when people braved blizzard conditions to pack the club out - 'Magic' is the 2nd track in:
    EAST VILLAGE LONDON 18.12.10 (greg wilson live mix) by gregwilson

    It's the fact that a year has almost passed and I'm returning to East Village for that same Saturday before Christmas slot, this time on the 17th, that made me think about sharing this edit here now.

    Greg Wilson - December 2011

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