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Billy Paul was one of the most compelling forces in 70s soul – blessed with a unique voice that was equally comfortable in the high ranges as in the low, and wholly capable of handling a number of different styles with equal skill, including mellow jazz, catchy soul, and strident uptempo ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Billy Paul – and one of his strongest non-nonsense soul albums of the 70s! The album's a stellar set of mellow cuts and righteous soul tunes – with Billy singing in that sublimely sophisticated mix of jazz and soul that crossed him firmly over the charts during the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although Jerry Butler had the first hit with "Only The Strong Survive" – way back in the late 60s, when Gamble & Huff were using his career to first forge their new ideas of Philly soul, Billy Paul does a great job with the cut here, taking it into a smooth modern mode that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although they didn't have as big of chart success as in earlier years, the O'Jays managed to do alright as the 80s moved in on them. Their sweet vocal style was a perfect match for Philly International's move to more modern soul production, and this album has them nicely set up by McFadden & ... LP, Vinyl record album
By the end of the 70s, Archie and crew were firmly entrenched in the up-tempo dancefloor style that made them one of the more winning groups at Philly International – and this album was one of their last for the label. The record features production work by the Gamble/Huff and ... LP, Vinyl record album
After working with Gamble & Huff on his big hits for Mercury in the late 60s, Jerry returned to work with the pair in the late 70s on their own Philly International label – stepping out with the same sweet groove that the Philly sound had brought to Lou Rawls, in a way that helped Butler ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime stuff! When Teddy left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, he was making one of the best moves of his career – as you'll hear on these amazing tracks, totally perfect bits of modern soul that moved the career of Teddy up about a zillion notches, and which also had a profound effect ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wicked work from Dexter Wansel – a funky classic for Philly International, put together with just the sort of care he brought to his albums for other artists! The album's a bit more straight Philly than some of Dexter's earlier records – a bit less of the cosmic funk from before, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
A mellow stunner in the legendary Teddy Pendergrass solo run for Philly International – and a set that's every bit as perfect as the rest of Teddy's classics from the time! There's few folks we'd trust more with a mellow groove than Teddy P – and on a set like this, he's totally at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful overlooked gem from the late 80s – one that takes Lou back to the smooth sophisticated groove he first set up on Philly – and in some ways, the anthemic title cut is enough to make the album great! Rawls really has a great sense of what the growing middle class status meant ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jean Carn was one of the best-ever singers to hit the Philly International label – a sophisticated diva with a style that would strongly influence soul music for the next 10 years, and a downright compelling voice that crafted some of the best modern soul of her generation. Although Jean ... LP, Vinyl record album
An amazing little record that's easily one of the most righteous albums ever from Philadelphia International – a set designed to "give back" to the communities who supported the label strongly in the 70s, as a unique fund-raising effort, done before such records were commonplace! ... LP, Vinyl record album