MFSB [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
MFSB's debut album was more of a soul-funk mix than the kind of disco for which the band would become known with their "T.S.O.P." hit. There's less of a thumping rhythm and a greater inclination to lengthy, occasionally jazzy instrumental grooves, as on the seven-minute cover of "Freddie's Dead" that opens the set. The group also made a fair instrumental workout of Sly Stone's "Family Affair" and put the flute in the lead for much of the arrangement of "Back Stabbers." It's pretty well-crafted instrumental soul that's not quite super-slick, though your attention might eventually wander if you're not using it as dance fodder. The lush pop inclinations that would form ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
MFSB's debut album was more of a soul-funk mix than the kind of disco for which the band would become known with their "T.S.O.P." hit. There's less of a thumping rhythm and a greater inclination to lengthy, occasionally jazzy instrumental grooves, as on the seven-minute cover of "Freddie's Dead" that opens the set. The group also made a fair instrumental workout of Sly Stone's "Family Affair" and put the flute in the lead for much of the arrangement of "Back Stabbers." It's pretty well-crafted instrumental soul that's not quite super-slick, though your attention might eventually wander if you're not using it as dance fodder. The lush pop inclinations that would form part of the bed of their later work both as MFSB and backing numerous Philly soul artists come more to the fore on some other tracks, particularly the grandiose "Poinciana," though even that breaks up the soaring violins with some tasty jazz-blues piano and guitar. The 2002 CD reissue on Epic/Legacy adds a live version of "T.S.O.P. The Sound of Philadelphia" which is not, incidentally, otherwise represented on the album, with the Three Degrees on vocals, that was previously issued on the Three Degrees' 1975 album Live.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 696998594128
  • Catalog Number: 85941
  • Sales rank: 116,485

Album Credits

Performance Credits
MFSB Primary Artist
The Three Degrees Track Performer
Reggie Lucas Guitar
Karl Chambers Drums
Roland Chambers Guitar
Bobby Eli Guitar
Norman Farrington Drums
Norman Harris Guitar
Leon Huff Electric Piano
Anthony Jackson Bass
Vince Montana Vibes
Lenny Pakula Organ
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Larry Washington Bongos, Conga
Earl Young Drums
Zach Zachary Alto Saxophone
Ronnie Baker Bass
Tony Williams Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Russ Freeman Composer
Al Smith Composer
Thom Bell Arranger
Kenny Gamble Arranger, Producer
Norman Harris Arranger
Leon Huff Arranger, Producer
Ed Lee Cover Design
Joe McEwen Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Vince Montana Arranger
Lenny Pakula Arranger
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Joe Tarsia Engineer
Leo Sacks Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Alex Gnidziejko Cover Art
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
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