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Magic - T-Connection

Magic
T-Connection, formed in 1975, were a Funk/Disco group who hailed from reportedly one of the funkiest places on the planet, Nassau, in the Bahamas. Looking to further their chances of success the group leader, Theophilus "T” Coakley (vocals, guitar and keyboards) persuaded the other members of the group, his brother Kirkwood Coakley (bass, drums), David Mackey (guitars) and Anthony Flowers (drums, percussion) to take the short flight to Miami, Florida shortly after the birth of the group. Shortly after arriving T-Connection signed with dash Records, an off-shoot of the very successful Miami based T.K. Disco imprint.
In 1977, T-Connection released their second offering on Dash, "Magic”. Magic would kick start a successful run of albums and singles with ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ setting that trend in motion climbing to #1 on the Billboard Disco chart and #15 R&B. Other notable tracks include the single ‘Disco Magic,’ which reached #16 on the US Disco chart and ‘Go Back Home.’
BBR is delighted to bring you this newly remastered and fully expanded edition of T-CONNECTION - MAGIC.
Complete with extensive liner notes and added bonus content this BBR re-master is a must have for all Funk, Soul, Disco and R&B fans out there!

Release Date: 29/07/2013
Our Price: £9.95
Code: CDBBR0238
Weight: 200
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1. DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO
2. DISCO MAGIC
3. GO BACK HOME
4. GOT TO SEE MY LADY
5. CRAZY MIXED UP WORLD
6. MOTHERS LOVE
7. MONDAY MORNING
8. PEACE LINE
BONUS TRACK

9. DO WHAT YOU WANNA DO (SINGLE VERSION)

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Ravi Shankar, who died aged 92, in December 2012, was the musical visionary who thanks to the cultural influences of his family, the advantages of a disciplined classical background and a heady sixties association with George Harrison and The Beatles, established the sitar and the raga into western consciousness. He was thus the first performer and composer to bridge the musical gap between India and the west.
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