The Platters

The Magic Touch: An Anthology

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A double-disc, 50-track extravaganza from one of the paragons of smooth soul, The Magic Touch: An Anthology is the most complete look at the Platters, barring only Bear Family's 1994 box set Four Platters and One Lovely Dish. Between 1955 and 1962, the quintet recorded 36 entries that reached the pop charts and they're all here, led by the ones that absolutely must be on any effective Platters compilation: "Only You (And You Alone)," "The Great Pretender," "(You've Got) The Magic Touch," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time," "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Harbor Lights," and "Red Sails in the Sunset." That leaves plenty of room for the type of material collectors drool over, like the previously unreleased "Hula Hop" and a rare Tony Williams solo record ("When You Return"), plus obscure Platters versions of songs made famous by others ("The Glory of Love," "Goodnight Sweetheart, It's Time to Go," "My Old Flame," even an enjoyable stab at "Sixteen Tons"). It's all delivered in the sweetest sound heard yet, with a lengthy booklet and many superb photos. It's the ultimate Platters anthology, and it's everything this important group deserves.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:06 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:24 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:50 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
21 1:56 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:16 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:57 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:18 SpotifyAmazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:44 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:45 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:49
6 2:14 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
17 2:25 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:07 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:29 SpotifyAmazon
22 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
23 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
24 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
25 2:14 Amazon
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