Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB is an extensive, 16-track career summary for Philadelphia soul's greatest instrumental outfit. Despite all the strings and horns coloring its orchestrations, MFSB managed to remain fairly funky, and along with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, the band's early work helped create the instrumental blueprint for disco. Love Is the Message illustrates that MFSB crossed the line between smooth instrumental soul and disco quite often, even despite the fact that it's missing quite a few of the band's most popular disco cuts -- "Let's Go Disco," "Get Down With the Philly Sound," "Zip," "K-Jee," "Picnic in the Park," and "Summertime and I'm...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Love Is the Message: The Best of MFSB is an extensive, 16-track career summary for Philadelphia soul's greatest instrumental outfit. Despite all the strings and horns coloring its orchestrations, MFSB managed to remain fairly funky, and along with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, the band's early work helped create the instrumental blueprint for disco. Love Is the Message illustrates that MFSB crossed the line between smooth instrumental soul and disco quite often, even despite the fact that it's missing quite a few of the band's most popular disco cuts -- "Let's Go Disco," "Get Down With the Philly Sound," "Zip," "K-Jee," "Picnic in the Park," and "Summertime and I'm Feelin' Mellow" all earned substantial club/dance play, but are nowhere to be found here. Despite that bit of revisionist history, Love Is the Message does make for a fine overview of the band's more soulful outings. "T.S.O.P. The Sound of Philadelphia," the title track, "Sexy," "My One and Only Love," and "T.L.C. Tender Lovin' Care" were all among the group's most popular cuts, and they're all present, as are covers of Curtis Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead," the O'Jays' "Back Stabbers," and Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom." Even if Love Is the Message isn't quite complete, though, it does accurately summarize how MFSB defined the sound of Philly soul, and it's really all that most fans will need.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972410425
  • Catalog Number: 724104
  • Sales rank: 25,373

Album Credits

Performance Credits
MFSB Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Don Renaldo Strings, Horn
Bobby Eli Guitar
Norman Farrington Drums
Eddie Green Piano
Norman Harris Guitar
Leon Huff Electric Piano
Anthony Jackson Bass
Vince Montana Vibes
Lenny Pakula Organ
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Larry Washington Bongos, Conga
Harold "Ivory" Williams Piano
James Calvin Wilsey Flute, Saxophone
Earl Young Drums
Zach Zachary Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Ron Baker Bass
Ronnie Baker Bass
Eddie Green Piano
Toni Williams Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Dexter Wansel Arranger
Al Smith Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
Don Renaldo Contributor
Jack Faith Arranger, Producer
Kenny Gamble Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Leon Huff Producer
Vince Montana Arranger, Producer
Lenny Pakula Arranger
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Richard Torres Liner Notes, Essay
Zach Zachary Arranger
Tom "Curly" Ruff Mastering
Tony Sellari Art Direction
Tony Martell Executive Producer
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Zach Zachary Composer
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