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Dexter WanselStargazer – The Philadelphia International Anthology 1976 to 1980 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
Five years of amazing sounds from Dexter Wansel – a keyboardist who could be as far out as his fiercest fusion contemporaries of the 70s, yet also groove with enough soulful styles to be a key part of the Philadelphia International explosion of the 70s! This massive collection really gets at all that made Wansel so great back in the day – his incredible ear for inventive arrangements, spacey way of spinning out a soul tune, and great sense of balance that never made his music sound overdone – always an effortless blend of jazz, soul, and funk – in ways that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to touch! Many of these tunes have vocals, but they also have plenty of keyboard solos too – kind of like CTI hitting a Philly groove, but one that was definitely reserved for the hipper spaces of the clubs – or the hipper clubs out there in outer space. 2CD set features great notes, sublime sound, and a killer batch of 32 tracks that includes "Life On Mars", "Disco Lights", "Let Me Rock You", "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco (12" version)", "The Sweetest Pain", "Holdin On", "One Million Miles From The Ground", "Rings Of Saturn", "Theme From The Planets", "Funk Attack", "Stargazer", "Ode Infinitum", "Latin Love", "Let Me Rock You", "Holdin On", "Prelude 1", "New Beginning", "Time Is The Teacher", "A Prophet Named KG", "I Just Want To Love You", "All Night Long", "It's Been Cool", "Voyager", and "Time Is Slipping Away". CD
 
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MFSB/Three Degrees/Billy Paul/O'JaysGolden Gate Groove – The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, this 1973 concert marks the only time they worked live with the singers – in a stunning showcase for the young label, performed as part of a Columbia Records convention in San Francisco! Given the setting, and the uniqueness of the whole event, the release of this rare material is a treasure for soul fans of many generations – a rare addition to the amazing run of music the label first started giving us at the time. The set begins with MFSB doing a version of "Freddie's Dead" – then runs into Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes singing "I Miss You", "The Love I Lost", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – followed by Three Degrees on "I Didn't Know" and "Dirty Ol Man". MFSB then follow with "TSOP", then Billy Paul sings "East" and "Me & Mrs Jones", and the set ends with The O'Jays on "Love Train", "Sunshine", "Back Stabbers", and "When The World's At Peace". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MFSBTSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)/Something For Nothing ... 7-inch
Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Green label Phillipines pressing. A-side label has a tiny sticker.)

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Jean CarnHappy To Be With You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Near Mint- ... $16.99
One of Jean's classic Philly albums, recorded after she left Doug Carn, and started to make records as a solo artist. The record's got stellar production by Gamble & Huff and Dexter Wansel, and features a nice mix of up-tempo cuts and mellow ones. With the monster "Don't Let it Go to Your Head", and the mix of "Revelation" and "Infant Eyes" that she recorded earlier with Doug Carn. Other cuts include "(No, No) You Can't Come Back Now", "Together Once Again", and "I Bet She Won't Love You Like I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ IntrudersBest Of The Intruders ... LP
Philadelphia International/Legacy, 1970s. Sealed ... $16.99
A beautifully-done collection of work from The Intruders – a brilliant package that follows the group from early harmony days into some of their more sophisticated grooves for Philly International in the 70s! The Intruders have a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a sound that's sweet, but which has a kind of rasp at the back too – a really human, almost hesitating quality to the vocals that makes just about anything they do come out sounding wonderful. The set begins with early singles for the Gamble label, then runs up to a few key album cuts from the 70s – titles that include "Love Is Like A Baseball Game", "Slow Drag", "When We Get Married", "Mother & Child Reunion", "United", "Together", "I'll Always Love My Mama (part 1)", "I Wanna Know Your Name", "Sad Girl", "She's A Winner", "A Nice Girl Like You", "Plain Ol Fashioned Girl", and "To Be Happy Is The Real Thing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thad Jones & Mel LewisPotpourri ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1974. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of the hippest albums ever recorded by the Jones/Lewis band – oddly cut for Philadelphia International, during the height of that label's classic soul output! The group is totally great – filled with deeply soulful players like Ron Bridgewater, Cecil Bridgewater, Billy Harper, Roland Hanna, Jon Faddis, and George Mraz – and the tunes have a laidback feel that moves past the group's big band stylings, into a ream that includes some hipper mellow tracks – including a few with nice electric piano work. Quite soulful throughout – almost a Quincy Jones feel – and includes covers of "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "For The Love Of Money", and "Living For The City" – plus the originals "Yours & Mine", "Quiet Lady", "All My Yesterdays", and "Blues In A Minute". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Label has a small sticker. Cover has a cut corner & light surface wear.)

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Jones GirlsDance Turned To A Romance (double-a side single) ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1980. Near Mint- ... $9.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label on one side has some light smudges and aging.)

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Harold MelvinWake Up Everybody (expanded version – with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony, 1975. Used ... $9.99
Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. This edition includes the bonus track "Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton Mix)". CD
(Out of print, Total Soul Classics edition – with bonus Tom Moulton mix! Mark through barcode.)

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O'JaysFamily Reunion ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $16.99
A great sense of righteousness and groove – the key mix that made the O'Jays so great back in the day – and which really helped put the Philly International enterprise on the map! The album's miles from the group's simple harmony soul roots – even though those were pretty darn great – and it blends together soaring backings with a sweet Gamble/Huff finish, and really makes some magic in the way the whole thing comes off. Titles include the great mellow ballad "Stairway To Heaven", the party groovers "Livin For The Weekend" and "I Love Music" – and the cuts "Unity", "You & Me", and "She's Only A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has minimal wear.)

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O'JaysLove Train/Who Am I ... 7-inch
Philadelphia International, 1972. Very Good ... $8.99
"Love Train" is a perfect blend of righteous message and Philly club – the kind of track that both the group and Gamble & Huff were born to create! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have initials in pen.)

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Teddy PendergrassTeddy ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Proof that Teddy Pendergrass was a fantastic solo act – and some of the most godlike work that he ever recorded! The record shows Teddy moving into territory all his own – with wonderfully smooth quiet storm arrangements offsetting the deeply soulful vocals he forged with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. This one's perhaps the ultimate Teddy Pendergrass album of all time – as it features the incredible track "Come Go With Me", which kicks off the album, and which has some of the most sublime backings we've ever heard on a mellow soul cut! Other killers include "Turn Off The Lights", "Life Is A Circle", and "Do Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Teddy PendergrassThis One's For You/Heaven Only Knows ... CD
Philadelphia International/Edsel (UK), 1982/1983. Used ... $28.99
Teddy Pendergrass' last 2 albums for Philly International – back to back on one CD! This One's For You was Teddy's first album after his legendary car crash in the early 80s – and a record that has him stepping back into the limelight with a smooth Philly groove! The overall sound is a bit more laidback and mellow – with not as many clubby groovers as before – but Teddy's still got the right mix of rough and smooth to win favor from our ears, even on the ballad cuts. Tunes on the set were written by Gamble & Huff, Ashford & Simpson, and McFadden & Whitehead – and titles include "I Can't Win For Losing", "This One's For You", "This Gift Of Life", "Now Tell Me That You Love Me", "Don't Leave Me Out Along The Road", and "Only To You". Heaven Only Knows features a warmer Teddy than ever before – one who glides along with a majestic, mature approach to his music – in a way that shows that Pendergrass was as good an interpreter of ballads and mellow cuts as he formerly was of more club-driven tunes. A few tracks on the album still hit a nice midtempo groove, but there's a mellower feel here overall – one that has the aging Teddy setting a sound that other singers would steal heavily in the decade to come. Titles include "Just Because You're Mine", "Crazy About Your Love", "Judge For Yourself", "Life Is For Living", "Heaven Only Knows", and "Don't Ever Stop". CD
(Out of print.)

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Teddy PendergrassTP (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $7.99 20.99
As perfect a summation of the Teddy Pendergrass genius as you'll ever hope to find – a magnificent maturation of that incredible sound he first forged with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, set forth in even more confident, sophisticated soul territory! As with the Melvin albums, there's a nice mix here of sultry ballads and groovers – the latter of which are changing with the Philly modes of the time, but still very much at the top of their game – light years from clunky commercial work, or easy dancefloor fodder. The album's stunner is "Love TKO" – a killer mellow soul track that's not only one of Teddy's best, but which has enjoyed recent popularity due to a heavy bit of sampling by hip hoppers – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Take Me In Your Arms Tonight", "Let Me Love You", "Girl You Know", "Is It Still Good To Ya", "I Just Called To Say", and "Can't We Try". CD features bonus tracks – "Take Me In Your Arms Tonight (12" long version)", "This Gift Of Life (12" long version)", and 7" single versions of "Is It Still Good To Ya", "Can't We Try", and "Love TKO". CD

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People's ChoiceWe Got The Rhythm ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1976. Used ... $16.99
People's Choice have the rhythm – as they did right from the very start, when they were first cutting records as a late 60s funk combo in Philly! The style here is more late 70s club, handled with perfection by the team of Gamble & Huff – but the PC approach is still a lot more funk than some of their contemporaries – with lots of sharp, live rhythms at the bottom of the grooves – and plenty of sweet keyboards from leader Frankie Brunson! Brunson sings a bit too, but the group seem to balance out the sound with lots of instrumental moments – and titles include "Here We Go Again", "Jam Jam Jam", "We Got The Rhythm", "Cold Blooded & Downright Funky", and "Opus De Funk". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Three DegreesThree Degrees (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/BBR (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Smooth female soul from one of Philly's hottest female trios – Gamble & Huff's big answer to First Choice, and an equally important force in 70s female soul! The album's got a nice mixture of Philly groove and tighter crossover arrangements from the likes of Norman Harris, Bobby Martin, Lenny Pakula, and Richard Rome – all top-shelf Philly soul talents who really help move the album past the territory of the girl group soul of the trio's earlier work! Titles include the hit "When Will I See You Again", plus the long-running classic "Dirty Ol' Man", and the cuts "Can't You See What You're Doing To Me", "I Didn't Know", "I Like Being A Woman", and "Year Of Decision". This edition includes 3 bonus tracks: "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" by MFSB featuring The Three Degrees, "Love Is The Message" (single version) and "Dirty Ol' Man" (Tom Moulton mix). CD

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✨✧ Jean CarneCloser Than Close – The Best Of Jean Carne ... CD
Philadelphia International, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the nicer things about the global centralization of culture into the hands of a few giant companies is that you can at least get a "greatest hits" comp like this which spans the artists career on a number of different labels! As proof, you'll find killer stuff from Jean's best years, on Buddah, Philly Intl, and Columbia – with tracks like "Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors, "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Was That All It Was", "When I Find You Love", and "Closer than Close". 16 cuts in all, and way better than we expected from a US major! CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ FrantiqueStrut Your Funky Stuff (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure one on Philly International. The cut was actually recorded in France, and has more of a Euro disco groove than some of the other work on the label – but it's still a pretty nice funky club track, with female vocals and a bass-heavy groove. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Labels have a sticker spot.)

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✨✧ O'JaysBack Stabbers ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoulstatus! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! CD

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassTeddy Pendergrass ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Teddy Pendergrass – we love you! This is one of Mr. P's greatest albums of smooth mellow soul – recorded after he left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and began working in a wonderfully warm solo style that had a huge influence on male vocal soul for years to come! The sound here is tremendous – nearly perfect all the way through, with a great balance between class, sophistication, and soul – clearly an indication that Teddy made the right move by going on his own. The record features the classic "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me", plus lots of other nice material like "Be Sure", "Somebody Told Me", "You Can't Hide From Yourself", "Easy Easy Got To Take It Easy", and "The More I Get The More I Want". CD
(Total Soul Classics edition, slight mark through digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ Lou RawlsWhen You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The move to Philly International did wonders for Lou's career – and there's no denying that the smooth soul sound of Gamble and Huff worked perfectly with his rich vocal style! The "classy" setting took Lou to a whole new level, while also providing a good force for his still-soulful vocals to work a lot harder than in earlier years. This album's got a few of Lou's best tracks from the era – including the semi-hit "Lady Love", and the nice groover "Dollar Green". Other titles include "That Would Do It For Me", "There Will Be Love", "Trade Winds", and "I Wish It Were Yesterday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a name in marker & minimal wear.)

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✨✧ Bobby RushI Wanna Do The Do/Hey Western Union Man ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1979. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little funky number from Bobby Rush – still with a bluesy undercurrent, but some smoother Philly touches as well! "Do The Do" is quite different than the usual club you might expect from Philly International at the time – and although produced with a full feel, still has a nice gritty, stomping groove at the bottom! "Hey Western Union Man" is Bobby's remake of the early Gamble/Huff hit – again given a very bluesy approach. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(UK pressing in a stickered Philly Int'l sleeve.)

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✨✧ Dexter WanselTime Is Slipping Away ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 in its place are some amazing jazzy backings – modern soul galore, with key adult touches – completely sublime throughout, and wrapped up with more great keyboards than you're likely to find on other Philly albums! The album features a killer cut – "The Sweetest Pain", a smooth stepper with some subtle keyboard grooving behind warm female vocals by Terri Wells – and other great tracks include "Funk Attack", "New Beginning", "One For the Road", "It's Been Cool", and "I'll Never Forget My Favorite Disco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing. Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit at the bottom seam. Cover has a promo stamp in back and some light wear at the bottom seam where exposed.)

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsWhere Will You Go When The Party's Over ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An excellent set of midtempo soul tracks recorded at Sigma Sound – and probably the group's greatest album for Philly International! The progression from raw Texas funk to smooth Philly soul was a big one – but Archie and crew did it wonderfully, and kept a lot of their soul intact during the move – really shining strongly in this new mode, and keeping their sound alive a lot longer than most of their late 60s contemporaries. Proof that the group sound was one of the biggest assets of the Philly imprint – whatever the form, and whatever the origin. Includes the stellar cuts "Don't Let Love Get You Down" and "Where Will You Go When The Party's Over" – plus "Everybody Have A Good Time", "I Swear You're Beautiful", "I Bet You I Can Do That Dance You're Doing", and "Nothing Comes Easy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBlue Notes & Ballads ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime ballad work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – material that easily represents the greatest side of their talents from the Philly International years! Although the group charted biggest with their groovers, we've always loved their mellower tunes best – and this CD is filled with them – killer slow-moving cuts that really let Teddy Pendergrass stretch out with amazing vocals, a tangle of emotions set beautifully to soulful Philly backings. A few tunes are from the post-Teddy years, but are still pretty great too – and titles include "Pretty Flower", "I Miss You", "Ebony Woman", "Let Me In Your World", "It All Depends On You", "To Be True", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", "I'm Weak For You", "It's All Because Of A Woman", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", and "Yesterday I Had The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Billy PaulMe & Mrs Jones – Best Of Billy Paul ... CD
Legacy/Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 dancefloor material. His work at Philly International has always been hidden behind the cut "Me & Mrs Jones" – which is a great track, but doesn't even begin to hint at the genius behind Billy's style. Fortunately, you'll get more than a good taste of Billy's skill on this set – which feature a strong batch of 14 tracks that cover a lot of the mode that Billy worked in at Philly. Titles include "Love Buddies", "Am I Black Enough For You", "Be Truthful To Me", "Billy's Back Home", "Black Wonders Of The World", "Bluesette", and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassIt's Time For Love/This One's For You ... CD
Philadelphia International/Right Stuff (UK), 1981/1982. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Time For Love is 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 top of his game – almost single-handedly wrapping up all the best mellow soul elements forged in the 70s, then putting them out in a fresh, mature sound that's all his own – one that still has vocals that's deeper than just about anyone else working at the time, yet which also comes across with a smoothly seductive feel that's as powerful now as it was a few decades back! Definitely the standard for male ballad soul of the 80s – with cuts that include "I Can't Live Without Your Love", "You Must Live On", "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone", "Nine Times Out Of Ten", and "Keep On Lovin Me". Next up is Teddy Pendergrass' first album after his legendary car crash in the early 80s – and a record that has him stepping back into the limelight with a smooth Philly groove! The overall sound is a bit more laidback and mellow – with not as many clubby groovers as before – but Teddy's still got the right mix of rough and smooth to win favor from our ears, even on the ballad cuts. Tunes on the set were written by Gamble & Huff, Ashford & Simpson, and McFadden & Whitehead – and titles include "I Can't Win For Losing", "This One's For You", "This Gift Of Life", "Now Tell Me That You Love Me", "Don't Leave Me Out Along The Road", and "Only To You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ IntrudersBest Of The Intruders ... LP
Philadelphia International/Legacy, New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully-done collection of work from The Intruders – a brilliant package that follows the group from early harmony days into some of their more sophisticated grooves for Philly International in the 70s! The Intruders have a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a sound that's sweet, but which has a kind of rasp at the back too – a really human, almost hesitating quality to the vocals that makes just about anything they do come out sounding wonderful. The set begins with early singles for the Gamble label, then runs up to a few key album cuts from the 70s – titles that include "Love Is Like A Baseball Game", "Slow Drag", "When We Get Married", "Mother & Child Reunion", "United", "Together", "I'll Always Love My Mama (part 1)", "I Wanna Know Your Name", "Sad Girl", "She's A Winner", "A Nice Girl Like You", "Plain Ol Fashioned Girl", and "To Be Happy Is The Real Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Best Of The Intruders ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ SilkMidnight Dancer (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/PTG (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer soul album from Philly – and one that often gets overlooked! The group's a smooth harmony combo with a nice modern finish – perfectly showing the mode that Philly was hitting after the disco years, one that would show that Gamble & Huff still had their ears open to new and sophisticated sounds in music. The record features the excellent mellow groover "I Can't Stop (Turning You On)", plus other nice ones that are more uptempo – like "Midnight Dancer", "Get On Up", "Keep Dancin", and "Love's Gonna Get You In The End". This CD edition includes a bonus track: "Midnight Dancer (Special Disco Version)". CD

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBe For Real – The PIR Recordings 1972 to 1975 (I Miss You/Black & Blue/To Be True/Wake Up Everybody/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection – four classic Philly International albums from this legendary group – plus a CD of bonus material too! First up is I Miss You – a groundbreaking record that forever changed the course for male soul music in the 70s – a set that has the young Teddy Pendergrass fronting the Blue Notes with a sound that's completely sublime – a mix of rough and smooth, personal and polished – which really pushed the music forward strongly for generations! The strength of the record really comes through in these amazing long tracks that have Teddy speaking, then singing – "I Miss You" and "Be For Real" – delivering a message of mature, masculine power – very much in keeping with the new values that Philly International were putting forth. The whole album's great, though – a sophisticated soul masterpiece, with the tracks "Ebony Woman", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", and "Let It Be You". Next is Black & Blue – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony of soul, and one that takes arrangements from Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Vince Montana – and wraps the vocals up in a soaring, righteous sort of feel! The rougher, more personal Teddy Pendergrass style of I Miss You is folded a bit more into the harmonies of the rest of the group here – and the result is a powerful wave of soul that pushes The Blue Notes right to the top of the pack. The album features classics like "The Love I Lost" and "Is There A Place For Me" – plus other nice material like "Concentrate On Me", "It All Depends On You", and "I'm Weak For You". To Be True is one of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, professional backings and deeply personal lyrics – as Teddy soars to the top of the mix with his excellent leads, and gets excellent support from the rest of the Blue Notes on harmonies – but also steps aside to make a bit of space to introduce singer Sharon Paige on one cut, who'd have a greater role in the group in years to come. The songwriting, production, and other Sigma Studios touches are sublime – and titles include "Hope That We Can Get Together Soon", "Where Are All My Friends", "Bad Luck", "To Be True", "Nobody Could Take Your Place", and "All Because Of A Woman". On Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. CD3 features bonus tracks – some of them nice and long – titles that include "I Miss You (live)", "Everybody's Talkin", "Bad Luck (Tom Moulton mix)", "Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton mix)", "The Love I Lost (live)", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (live)". CD

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBlack & Blue/Wake Up Everybody (SACD multi-channel disc) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of 70s gems from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes! Black & Blue is classic Philly soul from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony of soul, and one that takes arrangements from Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Vince Montana – and wraps the vocals up in a soaring, righteous sort of feel! The rougher, more personal Teddy Pendergrass style of I Miss You is folded a bit more into the harmonies of the rest of the group here – and the result is a powerful wave of soul that pushes The Blue Notes right to the top of the pack. The album features classics like "The Love I Lost" and "Is There A Place For Me" – plus other nice material like "Concentrate On Me", "It All Depends On You", and "I'm Weak For You". On Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. CD
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B BaxterWhere Is The Love ... CD
Society Hill, 2020. Used ... $5.99
Philly singer Mark Baxter bills himself as the "ladies choice" when he's on the stage – but he's got a warm, mature vocal style that's right up there with some of the greats of his city from years back – including some of the bigger male vocalists to record for the Philadelphia International label in the 70s! Baxter continues that legacy here in a nice way – especially hitting that mellow midtempo groove that Philly International had after the disco years – updated here with some more contemporary production and instrumentation, courtesy of the Ingram family. Titles include "Already Missing You", "Where Is The Love", "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Baby", "You're My Latest My Greatest Inspiration", "Love So True", and "Standing Right Here". CD

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Archie Bell & The DrellsLet's Groove – The Archie Bell & The Drells Story ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 24.99
A great great group who never lost their groove – featured here on a set that's the first-ever label-spanning collection of their genius! The set begins with a huge amount of tracks from the Atlantic Records years of Archie Bell & The Drells – records that start with their raw Texas funk groove, then move into the group hitting a Philly soul mode – which they do wonderfully, and continue to expand their sound in a really great way! The second half focuses on their sublime 70s Philly gems for Gamble & Huff – tracks that showed up on the Philadelphia International family of labels, and which had Archie and the group sounding equally great on the modern club dancefloors! There's also some rare material that was recorded in between these stretches for the Glades label – and the 44 track, 2CD set is overflowing with rare gems, well-remembered favorites, and other well-chosen tracks. Titles include "Soul City Walk", "I Love My Baby", "My Balloon's Going Up", "You Never Know What's On A Woman's Mind", "Girls Grow Faster Than Boys", "Old People", "Strategy", "Show Me How To Dance", "Glad You Could Make It (12" disco)", "Go For What You Know", "Showdown", "Dog Eat Dog", "A Soldier's Prayer 1967", "Do The Choo Choo", "Girl You're Too Young", "Don't Let The Music Slip Away", "Wrap It Up", "Deal With Him", "Archie's In Love", "Ain't Nothing For A Man In Love", "I've Been Missing You", and "Nothing Comes Easy". CD

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✨✧ VariousDe-Liteful & Soulful – Mellow Mover ... CD
De-Lite/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really rare side of the legendary De-Lite Records – served up here in a range of obscure 45s before the company exploded into bigger fame with the success of Kool & The Gang! The work here puts De-Lite right on the same level as important indies on the east coast at the turn of the 70s – and shows an especially strong ability to capture the best group styles of the period – from the sublime harmony styles being crafted in New Jersey and Philly, to some of the growing funky styles in the pre-disco years! The set's a much-needed look at this early part of the label – and also features titles on the related Red Coach label too – in a wonderful package of 25 tracks that includes "I'll Never Let You Get Away" by Universal Mind, "So Long Sweet Little Girl" by Reggie Saddler Revue, "I'm At The Breaking Point" by The Trumains, "Girl (part 1)" by Philadelphia Ambassadors, "Gotta Let Some Sunshine Into My Life" by The Exceptionals, "I'll Always Love You" by The New Cymbals, "So Fine" by The Fiestas, "The Story Of Our Love" by The Carstairs, "Love You Can't Shake It" by Reggie Saddler & The Jammers, "Nothing In The World" by The Electras, "Back On The Road Again" by Richmond International, and "Love Foundation" by Electrified Action. CD

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✨✧ Jean CarneDon't Let It Go To Your Head – The Jean Carne Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the great Jean Carne – a singer who started out in jazz, working with then-husband Doug Carn on spiritual sessions and drummer Norman Connors on his soulful sides of the 70s – then shifted over to the Philadelphia International label, where she really helped Philly soul find new direction moving into the 80s! Jean always brings all the sophistication of her roots into her music – making her way more than just another soul singer, and instead a vocalist with a great range of expression that has her opening up in just the right way, no matter what the setting. This excellent collection is filled with classics from her years on Philadelphia International, and also includes some rare 12" mixes and duets with other artists too. Titles include "Free Love", "No Laughing Matter", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "You Can't Come Back Now", "There's A Shortage Of Good Men", "Time Waits For No One", "Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World", "Bet Your Lucky Star", We Got Some Catchin Up To Do", "When I Find You Love", "Was That All It Was (12" mix)", "What's On Your Mind (12" mix)", "Revelation/Infant Eyes", "Mystic Stranger", "Completeness", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – plus "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Sweet & Wonderful" with Glenn Jones, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Love Is Beautiful" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington, and "Dindi", "Love's In Your Corner", and "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors. CD

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✨✧ Mike PedicinHotter Than A Pistol ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge overview of the early days of saxophonist Mike Pedicin – a player who'd later become part of the Philadelphia International sound in 70s soul – but who here is a dedicated rocker, from a time when the sax was every bit a big part of the new sound as the guitar! The tracks here are mostly small combo sides recorded for a variety of indie labels, plus a few more for RCA – real gems from the time when an energetic cat like Mike could burst out of his local scene in Philly, and cook up a mixture of vocal and instrumental tunes that drew heavily on R&B and jump blues, and which point the way towards rocking sounds to come. The package is the first we've seen to cover this much territory of Pedicin's early years – and features 33 titles that include "Saxi Boogie", "Hey Pop Give Me The Keys", "Disc Jockey's Boogie", "Mmm Boy", "One Potato Two Potato", "The Large Large House", "Jackpot", "Close All The Doors", "I'm Hip", "Mambo Rock", "Devil", "Burnt Toast & Black Coffee", "Closin Out", and "The Dickie Doo". CD

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✨✧ VariousNothing But A House Party – The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967 to 1971 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some folks might associate Philadelphia soul with the famous Gamble & Huff productions of the 70s disco years – but the city was already overflowing with great music in the years before Philadelphia International – as you'll hear in this totally groovy set! Philly was making as much great soul music in the 60s as Detroit, Chicago, and New York – thanks to an earlier musical framework that was set up by the city's big pop hits of the late 50s – which provided plenty of labels, studios, and other facilities for Philly's ever-growing array of soul talents, too – so much so that by the end of the 60s, the city was turning into a destination for singers outside of town – almost as much of a musical magnet as studios in Memphis or Muscle Shoals! This set does a great job of bringing together both aspects of that scene – wonderful homegrown talent, mixed with outsiders to really took off in the new Philly sound of the 60s – a joyous, positive, upbeat approach that worked wonderfully well for a variety of artists. Titles include "Your Fool Still Loves You" by Oscar Weathers, "It's All Over But The Shouting" by George Tindley, "You've Been Untrue" by The Delfonics, "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" by The Show Stoppers, "Peace To You Brother" by Lou Johnson, "Christine" by Executive Suite, "Help Me" by Honey & The Bees, "You Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott, "Rainmaker" by The Moods, "Keep On Striving" by Moses Smith, "That's The Price You Have To Pay" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "What You Gave Up" by The Continental 4, "Every Day Is A Holiday" by The Intruders, "Standing In The Darkness" by The Ethics, and "Girl You're Too Young" by Len Barry. CD
 
 
 



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