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Three DegreesStrategy – Our Tribute To Philadelphia ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
This legendary trio of singers go back to their Philly Soul roots of the 70s – and come across surprisingly well in the process! We'll be the first to admit that we were a bit wary, given the cover and length of time since the group's classic releases – but Three Degrees really step up strongly here, thanks in part to some tight core arrangements that reprise the best Philly sound of the 70s, without ever trying too hard to update the style or give things a too-contemporary twist! The arrangements aren't credited, but production is by Buzz Amato, who also works in the backing group – and the grooves have a warm blend of funky currents and strings that really fit the reworkings of "Love Train", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Strategy", "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now", "You'll Never Find Another Love", "Me & Mr Jones", and "TSOP". CD

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Three DegreesWith Love ... LP
Philadelphia International (Italy), 1975. Sealed ... $6.99
An Italian album released by CBS – compiling Philly International tracks by Three Degrees, most of them stormers, in that strong pre-disco mode that the girls were working in. Music is by MFSB, arrangements are by Philly maestros like Bobby Martin and John Davis, and titles include "TSOP", "Loving Cup", "Get Your Love Back", "Long Lost Lover", "Take Good Care Of Yourself", "Another Heartache", and a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Distant Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing. Cover has some wear and a factory sticker in one corner.)

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✨✧ Three DegreesMaybe ... LP
Roulette, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing early work from the Three Degrees – tracks cut before their more famous disco years in the 70s – but already showing a whole new approach to girl group soul! At some level, the trio take off strongly from the best late 60s styles of The Supremes – taking the most righteous elements, and working them into a hip new take on female soul – often using slight undercurrents of funk, in ways that are a bit like Honeycone, but even groovier! Arrangements are by Sammy Lowe and Steve Swanson – who bring in a nice east coast bite – and titles include "Sugar On Sunday", "Rosegarden", "You're The One", "The Magic Door", "Collage", "Maybe", and "You're The Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split bottom seam with stains from moisture.)

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✨✧ Three DegreesNew Dimensions ... LP
Ariola, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The girls definitely have a "new dimension" here – working with Giorgio Moroder on a set of tracks that trade their previous Philly groove for more of a pulsating, dark electro-disco sound – a German-styled groove that works surprisingly well for the girls! Given that so much German disco work of the mid 70s copped the mode the Degrees had used in previous years, the switch is an apt one for the trio – a move that has them taking the format back over, and proving that their vocals still sound lot better than some of the quickly cooked-up groups for the overseas dates. Moroder's never too cold in his rhythms, but still has a nice sort of force – and titles include "The Runner", "Woman In Love", "Magic In The Air", "Giving Up Giving In", and "Looking For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Jones GirlsAt Peace With Woman ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1980. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Classic Jones Girls for Philly! The record's a landmark album in the shift from Philly disco to sophisticated modern – and the smooth tight vocals of The Jones Girls are to the latter half of Philly what the runaway singing of Three Degrees were to the early half. Includes their excellent remake of the Stylistics' "Children of the Night" – which has a cool sample riff on the intro – plus the cuts "I Just Love The Man", "When I'm Gone", "At Peace With Woman", and "Back In the Day". One of the best female records on Philly International, and with excellent work by Dexter Wansel and Kenny Gamble! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Mellow MoodsTell Love Hello ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A trio of lovely ladies from the Philly scene of the 70s – heard here in a surprisingly great contemporary recording! The Mellow Moods grew up in the same generation as bigger Philly female trios like First Choice or Three Degrees – and although they never hit the heights of those groups, they had a wonderful harmony sound that was every bit as great as some of the stellar male groups that were making mellow soul magic in the underground! All these many years later, a reformed version of the group works here with Butch Ingram and the Ingram Family – who provide the perfect sort of Philly backings for their vocals – contemporary, but handled with lots of classic touches that really fit the choice of material. The whole thing feels more like a set of female harmony soul from the late 70s, instead of something from this century – and titles include "Stop Taking My Love For Granted", "Tell Love Hello", "Right On The Tip Of My Tongue", "Tell Him That I Love Him", "Hello Stranger", and "Selfish One". CD

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ParletBest Of Parlet ... CD
Polygram/Casablanca, Late 70s. Used ... $6.99
11 tracks from one of George Clinton's loveliest groups! Parlet were clearly George's most disco-oriented group – featuring a trio of female voices in the lead (ala First Choice or Three Degrees), with backing by Parliament and the rest of the P-Funk crew. The tracks tend to be a bit longer and faster than your usual Parliament record, but there's still plenty of funk – and the overall feel of the work is very much in the P-Funk party ensemble mode. Titles include "No Rump To Bump", "Pleasure Principle", "Wolf Tickets", "Love Amnesia", "Play Me Or Trade Me", "Ridin High", and "Cookie Jar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Silver ConventionSave Me ... LP
Midland, 1975. Very Good ... $0.99
A huge breakout moment for disco in the 70s – the first album from Silver Convention, a very early example of the European power on the club scene! The group's the brainchild of arranger Sylvester Levay and producer Michael Kunze – who come up with some great German disco rhythms for the record, mixed with soaring female trio vocals, by a group that includes two German gals and American soul singer Roberta Kelly! The vocal approach is similar to that 70s Philly group mode – popularized by First Choice, Three Degrees, and others – and pumped it up with the Munich sound of throbbing bass and heavy beats, which was arguably one of the first steps towards house music in the 80s. Titles include the huge hit "Fly Robin Fly", plus "Save Me", "I Like It", "Chains Of Love", "Tiger Baby", "Always Another Girl", and "Heart Of Stone". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSwan's Soul Sides – Dance The Philly ... CD
Swan/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Swan Records was a real powerhouse of Philly Soul back in the 60s – a label whose efforts really set the scene for countless more Philly achievements to come! Swan was primarily a pop label – with some big hits (including early US release of Beatles singles) to its name – but the company was also on the scene to cut some of the best soul in Philadelphia as the 60s got going – a great deal of which is brought together on this set! Swan's sides often have a Northern Soul vibe that rivals the best of Detroit, especially labels away from Motown – and the pop experience gave the label a quality of production and professionalism that few other labels could match! Yet there's also no pop commercialism here, either – as these sides often step back and really let the artist do their thing – as you'll hear on 26 tracks that include "Everybody Crossfire" by Sammy Stevens, "Gotta Draw The Line" by The Three Degrees, "Have Faith In Me" by Sugar & Spice, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Azie Mortimer, "In Love" by Tony Galla & The Rising Sons, "Misery" by Eddie Carlton, "Run Run" by The Persianettes, "You're Everything" by The Showmen, "Put That Woman Down" by John Leach, "Who Do You Love" by The Sapphires, "Handsome Boy" by The Ladybirds, "Trying To Find My Baby" by Troy Dodds, and "Two Steps Ahead" by Herb Johnson. CD

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✨✧ Muhal Richard AbramsLevels & Degrees Of Light ... CD
Delmark, 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". CD

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✨✧ Muhal Richard AbramsLevels & Degrees Of Light ... CD
Delmark, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". CD

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✨✧ Muhal Richard Abrams (Muhal Richard Abrams)Levels & Degrees Of Light ... LP
Delmark, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early pressing with a 7 W. Grand address. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Roy BuddDiamonds ... LP
Cinephile/Castle (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! Roy Budd rises to the groovy occasion and scores some excellent moments that match a light orchestral sound with a throbbing electric bass and percussion underground – in a style that's like Lalo Schifrin's best work from the time. The LP's overflowing with tracks, including a few bonus mixes, and there's even 2 vocal numbers that feature The Three Degrees. Titles include "The Thief", "Beauty & The Bass", "Diamonds", "Party Piece", "Thief On the Prowl", and more! Nice notes, and some nicely funky crime themes, too! Nice gatefold cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Paul Desmond with Jim HallComplete Recordings Of Paul Desmond With Jim Hall (4CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Early 60s. Used 4CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ahhh . . . The genius of Paul Desmond and Jim Hall! Desmond was the icy alto tone behind Dave Brubeck's legendary quartet of the late 50s and early 60s – and although we always liked his work with Dave, Paul's even better on his own! Desmond has a lanquid, lyrical tones that's simply beyond compare – and in the right setting, he crafts these snaking, inching, arcing lines that take the alto sax to a whole new level of expression. In these sides with guitarist Jim Hall, he's certainly in the right setting – as modernist Hall, fresh from work with the Jimmy Guiffre 3, really helps set the mode on these recordings, painting colors with a subtle brush, filling in spaces ever so gently as Desmond angles his way around tunes that have an increasingly Latin bent to them. The first album in the set features tracks from Desmond's rare 1959 Warner Brothers album , plus an obscure tune ("Susie") that was only ever issued on a 1959 Playboy compilation. The remaining 5 LPs feature tracks from Desmond's sublime RCA sessions from the early 60s - sparely recorded with only bass and drums behind work by him and Hall. Titles include "All Across The City", "East Of The Sun", "Greensleeves", "Rude Old Man", "Samba Cantina", "Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West", "Samba De Orfeu", and loads more. CD
(Out of print. Does not include box or book – only the CDs.)

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✨✧ MFSBLove Is The Message (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key moment for the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and the first album to feature the MFSB backing group as a solo act on their own! The ensemble were responsible for key sounds on countless soul singles of the time – yet also find a way to soar beautifully on their own – in a sweet instrumental groove that matches the strength of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, and which was definitely a key inspiration for the sound of the Salsoul Orchestra! There's definitely a bit of early disco in the mix, but the style's more uptempo east coast overall – that pre-disco groove that was going down in the clubs – with larger strings added to a core group of funky rhythm players. Gamble & Huff production make the whole thing sparkle, and arrangements are by Vince Montana, Bobby Martin, and Jack Faith – on titles that include "Love Is The Message", "Cheaper To Keep Her", "TSOP", "Zack's Fanfare", "Touch Me In The Morning", and "My One & Only Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Love Is The Message (single version – with Three Degrees)", "TSOP (with Three Degrees)", and "Love Is The Message (Tom Moulton mix)". CD
 
 
 



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