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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sony/Legacy's 2008 four-disc Love Train: The Ultimate Sound of Philadelphia isn't the first box set assembled on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's legendary Philadelphia International Records -- most notably it follows the triple-disc Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love 1966-1976 by just over a decade -- but it is surely the best, covering more ground and painting a fuller picture of the Philly soul sound than any other similar compilation. This is largely due to how Love Train doesn't focus solely on singles released on Philadelphia International: it encompasses sides released on early, pre-PIR imprints like Crimson, Philly ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sony/Legacy's 2008 four-disc Love Train: The Ultimate Sound of Philadelphia isn't the first box set assembled on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's legendary Philadelphia International Records -- most notably it follows the triple-disc Philly Sound: Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and the Story of Brotherly Love 1966-1976 by just over a decade -- but it is surely the best, covering more ground and painting a fuller picture of the Philly soul sound than any other similar compilation. This is largely due to how Love Train doesn't focus solely on singles released on Philadelphia International: it encompasses sides released on early, pre-PIR imprints like Crimson, Philly Groove, and Gamble but, more importantly, it weaves in outside productions by Gamble & Huff and their crucial partner Thom Bell. Adding all these non-PIR singles greatly expands Love Train, as does the decision to have this set run all the way into 1983, thereby emphasizing how Gamble & Huff's symphonic soul opened the doors for both disco and quiet storm. Part of the set's appeal is that it does offer some education, illustrating how the psychedelicized soul of 1967's "Expressway To Your Heart" led to the cool, soft grooves of 1980's "Love T.K.O.," a document of how rich and adventurous '70s soul was thanks to Gamble & Huff and Bell, and all their artists and associates, but this set never drags like a history lesson. It keeps moving from peak to peak, spending the first disc on early triumphs from the Delfonics "La-La -- Means I Love You," "Didn't I Blow Your Mind", Joe Simon "Drowning in the Sea of Love", the O'Jays "Back Stabbers", the Spinners "I'll Be Around", Billy Paul "Me and Mrs. Jones" and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes "If You Don't Know Me by Now", the songs that established the Philly Sound, then giving way to the glory days documented on the second disc, which opens with the O'Jays' "Love Train" and closes with "T.S.O.P. The Sound of Philadelphia," the singles that helped cement the Philly sound on a broader scale. The third disc finds Gamble & Huff and Bell expanding their lush signature, ushering in disco with singles like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way," then the fourth disc charts the aftermath through the Spinners' "The Rubberband Man," Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mind," and Deniece Williams' "It's Gonna Take a Miracle." Although there are assorted lesser-known singles scattered throughout the box, this is by design hits-heavy, which is how it should be, as this showcases a body of work -- and as this superb set proves, Gamble & Huff's body of work ranks among the strongest popular music of the 20th century.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
1/2 Founded in 1971 by local R & B writer-producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Philadelphia International Records was designed to be a hit factory — a Motown with East Coast swagger, a Stax with silken swing — and this four-CD history tells the tale as they intended.
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Motown had polish. Stax had grit. But Philly International had it all.

Motown had polish. Stax had grit. But Philly International had it all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886973527924
  • Catalog Number: 735279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Expressway (To Your Heart) - The Soul Survivors (2:19)
  2. 2 La-La - Means I Love You (3:20)
  3. 3 Cowboys to Girls - The Intruders (2:38)
  4. 4 Hey, Western Union Man - Jerry Butler (2:39)
  5. 5 Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love) (2:00)
  6. 6 Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler (2:35)
  7. 7 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) (3:22)
  8. 8 Brand New Me (2:25)
  9. 9 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You (2:48)
  10. 10 You're the Reason Why - The Ebonys (3:03)
  11. 11 Drowning in the Sea of Love - Joe Simon (3:21)
  12. 12 I'm Stone in Love with You (3:21)
  13. 13 I Miss You (8:38)
  14. 14 Back Stabbers - The O'Jays (3:06)
  15. 15 Sunshine - The O'Jays (3:43)
  16. 16 I'll Be Around - The Spinners (3:10)
  17. 17 Slow Motion, Pt. 1 - Johnny Williams (2:57)
  18. 18 Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul (4:46)
  19. 19 If You Don't Know Me by Now (3:26)
  20. 20 Love Is Here - The Futures (4:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love Train - The O'Jays (2:58)
  2. 2 Break Up to Make Up (3:57)
  3. 3 Family Affair - MFSB (4:22)
  4. 4 It's Forever - The Ebonys (4:30)
  5. 5 Time to Get Down - The O'Jays (2:53)
  6. 6 There's No Me Without You - The Manhattans (3:37)
  7. 7 I'll Always Love My Mama - The Intruders (6:37)
  8. 8 The Love I Lost (6:22)
  9. 9 I Wanna Know Your Name - The Intruders (5:49)
  10. 10 Dirty Ol' Man - The Three Degrees (3:04)
  11. 11 Put Your Hands Together - The O'Jays (4:07)
  12. 12 Thanks for Saving My Life - Billy Paul (2:58)
  13. 13 Mighty Love - The Spinners (4:56)
  14. 14 Be Thankful for What You Got, Pt. 1 (3:24)
  15. 15 For the Love of Money - The O'Jays (7:20)
  16. 16 Where Do We Go from Here - The Trammps (3:43)
  17. 17 T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB (5:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Then Came You - The Spinners (3:56)
  2. 2 Love Is the Message - MFSB (6:36)
  3. 3 When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees (2:58)
  4. 4 Where Are All My Friends (3:20)
  5. 5 Picture Us (2:35)
  6. 6 Bad Luck (6:28)
  7. 7 Give the People What They Want - The O'Jays (4:11)
  8. 8 Billy's Back Home - Billy Paul (4:30)
  9. 9 Hope That We Can Be Together Soon (3:39)
  10. 10 Do It Any Way You Wanna (3:15)
  11. 11 The Big Hurt (3:25)
  12. 12 Let Me Make Love to You - The O'Jays (3:38)
  13. 13 Wake Up Everybody (7:31)
  14. 14 I Love Music - The O'Jays (6:50)
  15. 15 Don't Leave Me This Way (6:04)
  16. 16 Let's Groove (3:04)
  17. 17 Livin' for the Weekend (6:35)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Kiss and Say Goodbye - The Manhattans (4:28)
  2. 2 I'm Not in Love (5:15)
  3. 3 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls (4:26)
  4. 4 The Rubberband Man - The Spinners (3:34)
  5. 5 Enjoy Yourself - The Jacksons (3:21)
  6. 6 Free Love (4:05)
  7. 7 I Don't Love You Anymore (3:58)
  8. 8 See You When I Git There - Lou Rawls (4:26)
  9. 9 Use Ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays (4:01)
  10. 10 Close the Door (5:25)
  11. 11 Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now (7:01)
  12. 12 You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else (4:31)
  13. 13 Hurry Up This Way Again (3:35)
  14. 14 Love T.K.O. (5:00)
  15. 15 I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin' - Leon Huff (5:55)
  16. 16 It's Gonna Take a Miracle (4:11)
  17. 17 If Only You Knew (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Ingram Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Michael Jackson Vocals
Harold Melvin Vocals
Teddy Pendergrass Vocals
Gerald Alston Vocals
Archie Bell Vocals
James King Vocals
Bunny Sigler Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dexter Wansel Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Keyboards, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Terri Wells Background Vocals
Philippe Wynne Vocals
Marlon Jackson Vocals
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Jackie Jackson Vocals
Roger Andrews Bass, Vocals
Thom Bell Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Interviewee
Carla Benson Background Vocals
Evette Benton Background Vocals
Cynthia Biggs Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Victor Carstarphen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Jerry Cohen Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
T.G. Conway Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Kenneth Crew Background Vocals
David Cruse Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Eugene Lambchops Curry Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Ugene Dozier Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Don Renaldo Strings
James Dunn Vocals
Raymond Earl Bass
Robert Edwards Vocals
Bobby Eli Guitar
Henry Fambrough Vocals
Norman Farrington Drums
Guy Fiske Guitar, Vocals
Donald Ford Vocals
Michael Foreman Bass
Miguel Fuentes Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Kenny Gamble Interviewee
Derrick Graves Bass
Bruce Gray Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Eddie Green Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Dennis Harris Guitar, Vocals
Norman Harris Guitar
Wilbert Hart Vocals
William "Poogie" Hart Vocals
Bruce Hawes Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jim Helmer Drums
Leon Huff Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Interviewee
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Anthony Jackson Bass
Pervis Jackson Vocals
Randy Jackson Vocals
Tito Jackson Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie James Guitar
Joseph B. Jefferson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Valorie Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
Darnell Jordan Guitar, Vocals
Quinton Joseph Drums
Tom Kennery Guitar
Ron Kersey Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Eddie Levert Vocals
Theodore Life Guitar
Airrion Love Vocals
Gene McFadden Vocals
Harry McGilberry Vocals, Background Vocals
Vince Montana Vibes
Larry Moore Bass
Herb Murrell Vocals
Lenny Pakula Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Lloyd Parks Vocals
William Powell Vocals
Sam Reed Horn
Richard Rome Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jimmy Sigler Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Andrew Smith Drums
James Herb Smith Guitar, Background Vocals
Phil Terry Vocals
Russell Thompkins Jr. Vocals
Dave Thompson Vocals
David Thompson Drums
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Robert Upchurch Vocals
Harold Wade Vocals
Stanley Wade Vocals
Larry Washington Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
John Whitehead Vocals
Walter Williams Vocals
Earl Young Drums, Vocals
David Bay Guitar
James Mendell Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jon Hart Vocals
Edward Moore Guitar
David Beasley Vocals
Edward "Sonny" Bivins Vocals
William Bloom Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Kenneth "Wally" Kelly Vocals
Cotton Kent Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jon King Vocals, Background Vocals
Winfred "Blue" Lovett Vocals
Bobbie Smith Vocals
James Tuten Vocals
Clarence Vaughn Vocals
Lee Bell Vocals
Randy Cain Vocals
Jerry Cummings Vocals
Ritchie Daniels Vocals
Eugene Daughtry Vocals
Billy Henderson Vocals
Charles Ingui Vocals
Richard Ingui Vocals
Kenny Jeremiah Vocals
Willie Parnell Vocals
Fayette Pinkney Vocals
Shirley Porter Vocals
Sam Strain Vocals
Linda Turner Vocals
Bernard Wilson Vocals
James Wise Vocals
Charlie Collins Drums
Scott Miller Drums
Keith Benson Drums
Shirley Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
Harold Williams Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Bobby Martin Vibes
Michael Thompson Drums, Vocals
Philip T. Pugh Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Frankie Brunson Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
Ronnie Baker Bass
Win Wilford Bass
Steve Green Bass
Brenda Lee Jones Vocals, Background Vocals
Herb Johnson & The Impacts Background Vocals
James "Hal" Smith Vocals
Doc Wade Guitar
III Sam Brown Vocals
Richard Taylor Vocals
Kim Miller Guitar
Frank Washington Vocals
Bob Conga Percussion, Bongos, Celeste, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Timpani, Orchestra Bells
Jimmy "Rashid" Williams Bass
David Jones & the Revels Chorus Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jimmy Ellis Vocals
Nick Dimico Vibes
Dennis Dozier Guitar
John Hart Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer
Phil Hurtt Composer
Bunny Sigler Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dexter Wansel Arranger, Composer, Producer
William DeVaughn Composer
Teddy Randazzo Composer
Thom Bell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Cynthia Biggs Producer
Bruce Bluestein Engineer
Micaela Boland Art Direction
Victor Carstarphen Arranger, Composer, Producer
Roland Chambers Producer
Linda Creed Composer
Dirk Devlin Engineer
Ugene Dozier Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bill Dorman Engineer
Bobby Eli Essay
Jack Faith Arranger
Jim Gallagher Engineer
Kenny Gamble Arranger, Composer, Executive Producer, Author
Cary Gilbert Composer
Norman Harris Arranger
John Hudson Packaging
Leon Huff Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Author
Peter Humphreys Engineer
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Jay Mark Engineer
Joe McEwen Producer, Essay
Gene McFadden Arranger, Composer, Producer
James "Sing" Miller Essay
Vince Montana Arranger
Don Murray Engineer
Lenny Pakula Arranger
Kenny Present Engineer
Rocky Schnaars Engineer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart Composer
Arthur Stoppe Engineer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
John Whitehead Arranger, Composer, Producer
Wayne Wilfong Engineer
Cecil Womack Producer
Carl Paruolo Engineer
Leo Sacks Producer, Interviewer, Essay
Mike Tarsia Engineer
Staff Producer
Brian Chin Essay
John L. Usry Jr. Arranger
Jeffrey Stewart Engineer
Felix Hernandez Essay
Mike Spritz Engineer
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Russell Hall Interviewer
Frankie Brunson Arranger
Gerald Early Essay
R.L. Martin Composer
Maurice Bottomley Essay
Lynell George Essay
Jeffrey Cohen Producer
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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Marvelous set and a MUST HAVE for fans of the Philly sound

    Just received this set today and I JUST LOVE IT. Amazing sound and great liner notes and a must have for fans of the Philly Sound.

    Only problem I have with the set was the glue holding the CD case in seperated in shipping to me but I fixed it, another problem is why can't they put full versions of some of the songs on here? Like the full Love Train and I Love Music. Two brilliant songs. Indeed.

    Overall, you wont be disappointed, but do be careful the CDS dont arrive damaged.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome CD set

    This is a must have if you like the Motown music of the 70's. These classics will always be favorites.<BR/>The remake of these songs on these cds is unmatched with anything I have heard before.<BR/>This is real music.<BR/>You got to get this set! Great booklet with wonderful pictures.

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