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Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia Live in San Francisco 1973

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This 1973 concert, amazingly left unreleased for nearly 40 years, features Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees, Billy Paul, and the O'Jays, all at the peak of their powers and backed by MFSB with Soul Train's Don Cornelius as emcee. The occasion, which took place at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel on June 27, was a convention for CBS Records, distributors of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International label. It was a true one-off, mostly because a tour of that scope would be too massive a production; MFSB alone, featuring Huff on organ, included 35 members. Even Joe Tarsia of Sigma Sound, PIR's recording home base, was flown out; he recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This 1973 concert, amazingly left unreleased for nearly 40 years, features Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees, Billy Paul, and the O'Jays, all at the peak of their powers and backed by MFSB with Soul Train's Don Cornelius as emcee. The occasion, which took place at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel on June 27, was a convention for CBS Records, distributors of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International label. It was a true one-off, mostly because a tour of that scope would be too massive a production; MFSB alone, featuring Huff on organ, included 35 members. Even Joe Tarsia of Sigma Sound, PIR's recording home base, was flown out; he recorded the event, and the sound is vivid, with Ronnie Baker's bass and Earl Young's drums present enough to keep one's feet moving throughout the likes of "The Love I Lost," "Dirty Old Man," the second half of "East," "Back Stabbers," and "Love Train." It's all supremely entertaining and moving, not just for the quality of the music but for the impassioned energy emanating from all the performers, as well as the amusing banter from several of the vocalists and Cornelius. There are six number one R&B singles played here. It should be an additional kick for any soul freak to hear one of them -- MFSB's own "T.S.O.P. The Sound of Philadelphia" -- performed prior to its release, before Cornelius was able to use it as the most popular theme for his long-running music program. Ashley Kahn provides extensive, insightful, and quote-filled liner notes that enhance the listening experience. There certainly could not have been a better place to be that night.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2012
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886919062328
  • Catalog Number: 190623
  • Sales rank: 123,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction By Master of Ceremonies Don Cornelius of Soul Train - Don Cornelius (1:35)
  2. 2 Freddie's Dead - MFSB (4:30)
  3. 3 If You Don't Know Me By Now - Theodore Pendergrass Jr. (4:11)
  4. 4 The Love I Lost - Theodore Pendergrass Jr. (5:05)
  5. 5 I Miss You - Theodore Pendergrass Jr. (11:32)
  6. 6 I Didn't Know - Fayette Pinkney (2:52)
  7. 7 Dirty Ol' Man - Fayette Pinkney (4:31)
  8. 8 T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB (2:13)
  9. 9 East - Billy Paul (10:21)
  10. 10 Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul (8:34)
  11. 11 Back Stabbers - Walter Williams (4:41)
  12. 12 When the World's at Peace - Walter Williams (5:52)
  13. 13 Sunshine - Walter Williams (5:33)
  14. 14 Love Train - Walter Williams (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rocco Bene Trumpet
Bobby Eli Guitar
Jack Faith Saxophone
Norman Harris Guitar
Leon Huff Piano, Keyboards
Vince Montana Vibes
Lenny Pakula Piano, Keyboards
Larry Washington Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Earl Young Drums
Ronnie Baker Bass
Zack Zachary Saxophone
Richie Genovese Trombone
Fred Joiner Trombone
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer, Executive Producer
Leon Huff Executive Producer
Richard Rome Orchestra Director
Joe Tarsia Engineer, Liner Notes
Mark Wilder Mastering
Leo Sacks Producer
Rob Santos Producer
T.W. Brown Composer
J.P. Lang Composer
Alice Butts Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Bobby Martin Orchestra Director
Maria Triana Digital Editing
B. Martin Composer
J. Whitehead Composer
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