The original Magic Carpet album has become a sought after item on the collectors' market and Magic Carpet Records
officially re-released the album on CD and limited edition vinyl (MC1001CD & MC1001LP). The LP re-release quickly sold out and
has become collectable in its own right; it was pressed from the original
tapes on top rate EMI heavy-weight vinyl.
The growing audience who appreciated the Magic Carpet sound
soon asked the question would Magic Carpet be getting back together? Was there
any more Magic Carpet material hidden in the vaults? After a lengthy
gap, the four met up again. Jim was no longer performing in public and Keshav
had retired, but Clem and Alisha were still playing professionally
and it seemed like a natural step to do another album, referred
to as the 'rush follow-up'! In 1996 they recorded the album Once Moor (subtitle
Magic Carpet II) released on the Magic Carpet Records label (MC1004CD & MC1004LP).
Once Moor consists mostly of songs with some instrumental tracks, the line-up
being voice, guitar, sitar, tamboura and tabla. The album was pressed on
best quality EMI heavy-weight vinyl as well as on CD, with a
full-length classical raga as the bonus track for the CD version. Both CD booklet
and LP sleeve contain all the lyrics plus original art work by Alisha. With
eerie serendipity, shortly before the release of Once Moor , the band found
a real 'Magic Carpet' – an Afghan rug with two Baraq images, the half-horse half-woman image depicted on the front of
the original Magic Carpet LP cover. Check it out!
You can buy the CD or the LP from the Shop below.