One of the best collections of Philly soul we've ever heard – and a collection of work that goes way past the hits and cliches to get at the deeper roots of the scene! The folks at Soul Jazz are always ones to trust with the farther reaches of popular music – and for this set, they've brought together a batch of tracks from both indie and major labels – fleshing out a darker, funkier side of the Philly scene in the years before the city's bigger radio and dancefloor crossover hits. The sound is incredibly full – much more righteous than the gentler Philly pop soul hits of the 60s, and not nearly as slick as the disco of later years – just stepping forth in a proud, strong, positive approach to soul music, one that grabbed us from the very first note! As usual with Soul Jazz, the set's got a great batch of notes to match the music – and boasts a stellar track list that includes "Glad I Knew Better" by Howard Tate, "100 South Of Broadway" by Philadelphia Society, "I Can't Believe You Love Me" by The Ambassadors, "Yellow Sunshine" by Yellow Sunshine, "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" by Frank Beverly
& The Butlers, "You Are My Sun Sign" by Nat Turner, "Come Out Smokin" by The Panic Buttons, "Hey Ruby (Shut Your Mouth)" by Ruby & The Party Gang, "Ready Or Not" by The Delfonics, "I Want My Baby Back" by The Ethics, "Hot Pants" by Norma & the Heartaches, "Reflections Of Yesterday" by Three Degrees, "Ain't It Baby" by Kenny Gamble & the Romeos, "Cheyenne" by The Promised Land, and "Nation Time" by Family.
(Out of print)