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Principle Edwards Magic Theatre - The Works 1969-1971 album review

Album Review

John Peel’s favourite hippie multimedia big band’s total output

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre could only have happened in heady 1967, when it didn’t seem too extraordinary that a large gaggle of Exeter University students hatching a theatrical music and dance spectacle could find themselves supporting Fairport Convention and Free at their first gig and become championed by John Peel. MCing at gigs he helped secure, then signing the 17-piece troupe to his new Dandelion label in early 1969, Peel released beguiling age gap ditty Ballad (Of The Big Girl Now And A Mere Boy) as a first single, followed by Soundtrack.


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