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Album Review

The Partridge Family Sound Magazine, the third long-player from the pre-fab and made-for-TV combo, was also the last to make it into the Top Ten. Taking a page right out of the overwhelming phenomenon that was Monkee mania, The Partridge Family ran on ABC-TV from September 25, 1970, through August 31, 1974. Although the tunes were more or less a byproduct of the show's success, producer Wes Farrell actually incorporated the same methodology that Bert Schneider and Bob Rafelson had used on The Monkees. This involved primary cast members Shirley Jones and David Cassidy on lead vocals for all Partridge Family projects in addition to their chores as actors. The campaign yielded not only consistently favorable ratings on TV, but no less than nine Top 40 LPs and 11 Top 40 singles. Providing instrumental support for Cassidy and Jones were some of the most prolific pop and rock studio musicians of the era — many of whom had likewise worked on Monkees platters. Heavyweights such as Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Carlton (guitar), Joe Osborne (bass), and Larry Knechtel (keyboards) gave the vocalists a nonconfrontational and genteel sound to match their squeaky-clean persona. Also joining the proceedings were the cavity-invoking backing harmonies of the Love Generation, who had participated to some degree on every Partridge Family release. The single "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" reached the Top 20 survey, making it the highest-profile side on the album. Other notable fan favorites included are "Echo Valley 2-6809," "Summer Days," and "Love Is All That I Ever Needed," the Cassidy co-composition concluding this effort.

Customer Reviews


This is the quintessential Patridge Family album. Every song here is great, and it includes many of the best songs David Cassidy ever recorded: esp. Summer Days, One Night Stand, I Woke Up in Love This Morning, Love is all that I ever Needed, ECHO-Valley 26809, and I'm on my Way Back Home. If you grew up in the 70's, and even it you didn't, this terrific Partridge package really stands up against the test of time.

SOUND MAGAZINE .. a step back in time

To when I was an adolescent/teen growing up listening to the partridge family (and watching them on TV).. I had this LP (record) as a kid and played it over & over. What wonderful memories it brought back to find it on iTunes.....

The essential Partridge Family album

This album contains the greatest number of hits of all of the original releases. The songs are fantastic and the chemistry was at its peak. A must have.


Formed: 1969

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The Partridge Family was the '70s successor to the Monkees. Both were totally fictional rock/pop "bands" produced by Screen Gems, the television branch of Columbia Pictures. While the Monkees (TV series and band concept) were styled as mid-'60s counter-culture zaniness à la the Beatles' film Hard Days Night, the Partridge Family was strictly wholesome with traditional family values despite the lite quasi-hip tone of the show. The top-rated series first-aired on ABC from 1970 to 1974, premiering September...
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