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Philadelphia International Records: The 40th Anniversary Box Set

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia, released by Sony Legacy in 2008, provided an excellent and deep overview of the Philadelphia International catalog, as well as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's outside work as songwriters and producers. The 40th Anniversary Box Set, released in 2012 by the U.K. label Harmless, sticks to PIR but goes ten discs deep. Naturally, there is a significant amount of overlap; 29 of the 71 songs featured on Love Train, including every big PIR single, appear here. In addition to featuring all the popular classics -- "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Wake Up Everybody," "T.S.O.P.," "Love Is the Message," "Love Train," "Back Stabbers," "You'll Never Find ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia, released by Sony Legacy in 2008, provided an excellent and deep overview of the Philadelphia International catalog, as well as Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's outside work as songwriters and producers. The 40th Anniversary Box Set, released in 2012 by the U.K. label Harmless, sticks to PIR but goes ten discs deep. Naturally, there is a significant amount of overlap; 29 of the 71 songs featured on Love Train, including every big PIR single, appear here. In addition to featuring all the popular classics -- "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Wake Up Everybody," "T.S.O.P.," "Love Is the Message," "Love Train," "Back Stabbers," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "Only You," and on and on -- the box showcases the label's stylistic breadth. There was neither one Philly sound nor one PIR sound. Picking five songs at random from five different artists will likely demonstrate the label's range from perfectly shaped soul-pop to progressive and experimental rhythm & blues, as well as its relevance beyond the '70s. Billy Paul's rollicking and explosive take on "Compared to What" (1971), Yellow Sunshine's eponymous Santana/War-like funk-rock hybrid "Yellow Sunshine" (1973), Dexter Wansel's jazz-funk floor burner "Life on Mars" (1976), the Jones Girls' transportive "Nights Over Egypt" (1981), and Phyllis Hyman's plush "Ain't You Had Enough Love" (1986) have their own placement as significant events in the PIR time line. (One minor quibble, possibly explained by a licensing issue: Edwin Birdsong's "Cola Bottle Baby" or "Phiss-Phizz" should be here.) This is a slick black box, albeit one prone to dulled and whitened corners, with a thick booklet stuffed with photos, liner notes, and detailed track information. There are meticulous singles and albums discographies, too. It's a lavish treat for anyone with serious interest in the label, and it should manage to stun hardcore PIR fans as well. No one has done such a loving job with the entirety of the label's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2012
  • Label: Harmless
  • EAN: 5014797138278
  • Catalog Number: 9713827
  • Sales rank: 44,911

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zach's Fanfare - MFSB (1:05)
  2. 2 K-Jee - MFSB (4:14)
  3. 3 T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia) - MFSB (3:19)
  4. 4 Message In the Music - The O'Jays (3:22)
  5. 5 Sexy - MFSB (3:11)
  6. 6 Let's Groove, Pt. 1 - Archie Bell & the Drells (3:04)
  7. 7 Back Stabbers - The O'Jays (3:04)
  8. 8 The Love I Lost - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:34)
  9. 9 When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees (2:59)
  10. 10 I Love Music - The O'Jays (6:53)
  11. 11 I'll Always Love My Mama - The Intruders (2:42)
  12. 12 Year of Decision - The Three Degrees (2:40)
  13. 13 The Soul City Walk - Archie Bell & the Drells (3:10)
  14. 14 Bad Luck - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (6:26)
  15. 15 Do It Any Way You Wanna - People's Choice (3:16)
  16. 16 Philly Jump - Instant Funk (5:08)
  17. 17 Take Good Care of Yourself - The Three Degrees (3:04)
  18. 18 Love is the Message - MFSB (6:38)
  19. 19 Show You the Way To Go - The Jacksons (3:29)
  20. 20 Darlin' Darlin' Baby - The O'Jays (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Win Place or Show (She's a Winner) - The Intruders (2:28)
  2. 2 992 Arguments - The O'Jays (2:23)
  3. 3 Dirty Ol' Man - The Three Degrees (3:13)
  4. 4 Satisfaction Guaranteed (or Take Your Love Back) - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:27)
  5. 5 Love Train - The O'Jays (6:16)
  6. 6 Get Down With the Philly Sound - MFSB (4:30)
  7. 7 Jam Jam Jam (All Night Long) - People's Choice (3:38)
  8. 8 A Nice Girl Like You - The Intruders (3:29)
  9. 9 If You Don't Know Me By Now - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:24)
  10. 10 Me & Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul (4:48)
  11. 11 Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (7:32)
  12. 12 For the Love of Money - The O'Jays (3:33)
  13. 13 Don't Leave Me This Way - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (6:06)
  14. 14 Livin' For the Weekend - The O'Jays (2:53)
  15. 15 You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls (4:28)
  16. 16 Free Love - Jean Carn (4:04)
  17. 17 People Power - Billy Paul (4:19)
  18. 18 Nobody Could Take Your Place - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (5:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 You're the Reason Why - The Ebonys (3:03)
  2. 2 Days Go By - Bobby Bennett (2:38)
  3. 3 New York City’S a Lonely Town - Rick Jenson (3:07)
  4. 4 Stop and Think - The Trammps (3:09)
  5. 5 One Day of Peace - Love Committee (2:50)
  6. 6 The Devil Made Me Do It - Robert Upchurch (2:41)
  7. 7 Who In the World - Ethics (3:59)
  8. 8 Do You Like the Way I Love - The Ebonys (3:05)
  9. 9 Never Let You Get Away From Me - John & Gene (4:34)
  10. 10 I'm a Changed Person - Kaleidoscope (3:14)
  11. 11 If You Move, You Lose - Carolyn Crawford (2:54)
  12. 12 I'm So Glad I'm Me - The Ebonys (3:01)
  13. 13 Can't Believe That You Love Me - Bunny Sigler (3:53)
  14. 14 You Bring Out the Best In Me - Derek & Cyndi (3:07)
  15. 15 Hey Baby - Anthony White (2:52)
  16. 16 Where Do We Go From Here - The Trammps (3:43)
  17. 17 Good & Plenty - Carolyn Crawford (2:45)
  18. 18 Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine (4:07)
  19. 19 To Be Happy is the Real Thing - The Intruders (3:29)
  20. 20 It's Forever - The Ebonys (4:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Where Are All My Friends - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:22)
  2. 2 Summertime and I’M Feeling Mellow - MFSB (4:06)
  3. 3 Let Life Flow - The O'Jays (4:31)
  4. 4 If You Wanna Go Back - Jean Carn (3:22)
  5. 5 It's Hard Not To Like You - Archie Bell & the Drells (4:00)
  6. 6 Party Time Man - The Futures (5:14)
  7. 7 Everyone's a Star - The Intruders (5:42)
  8. 8 Your Love is Good - Bunny Sigler (2:54)
  9. 9 The Whole Town's Talking - Billy Paul (4:46)
  10. 10 So Glad I’M the One - Instant Funk (3:16)
  11. 11 Keep On Lovin' You - Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes (3:42)
  12. 12 Yes You Need Love - Anthony White (3:33)
  13. 13 It Ain't Reggae (But It’S Funky) - Instant Funk (3:45)
  14. 14 (You're the One) Someone Special - The Futures (4:17)
  15. 15 Keep Smilin' - Bunny Sigler (5:57)
  16. 16 I'm In Love Once Again - Jean Carn (5:54)
  17. 17 The Whole Town's Laughing At Me - Teddy Pendergrass (4:28)
  18. 18 Sooner or Later - Billy Paul (5:35)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Let’S Make a Baby - Billy Paul (3:50)
  2. 2 Now That We Found Love - The O'Jays (3:09)
  3. 3 Blues Away - The Jacksons (3:14)
  4. 4 I Believe In Love - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (3:58)
  5. 5 Easy, Easy, Got To Take It Easy - Teddy Pendergrass (4:54)
  6. 6 I Bet She Won't Love You Like I Do - Jean Carn (3:18)
  7. 7 Used Ta Be My Girl - The O'Jays (3:23)
  8. 8 Strength of One Man - The Jacksons (3:56)
  9. 9 See You When I Git There - Lou Rawls (3:09)
  10. 10 Only You - Teddy Pendergrass (5:06)
  11. 11 Intro/My Love Don't Come Easy - Jean Carn (5:08)
  12. 12 Come On and Dance Dance Dance - Bunny Sigler (5:29)
  13. 13 This Feeling is Killing Me - The Jones Girls (3:32)
  14. 14 Let 'Em In - Billy Paul (3:34)
  15. 15 Picture Us - Bunny Sigler (2:35)
  16. 16 Life Goes On - The Jones Girls (4:30)
  17. 17 Lady Love - Lou Rawls (4:02)
  18. 18 Where Will You Go When the Party's Over? - Archie Bell & the Drells (4:07)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The More I Get, the More I Want - Teddy Pendergrass (4:28)
  2. 2 Stop and Think It Over - Anthony White (4:21)
  3. 3 Living Together - The Jacksons (4:27)
  4. 4 (No, No) You Can't Come Back Now - Jean Carn (4:30)
  5. 5 You Can't Hide From Yourself - Teddy Pendergrass (4:08)
  6. 6 (I'm Just Thinking About) Cooling Out - Jerry Butler (3:37)
  7. 7 Only the Strong Survive - Billy Paul (3:27)
  8. 8 Used Ta Be My Guy - MFSB (5:15)
  9. 9 I Don't Love You Anymore - Teddy Pendergrass (4:00)
  10. 10 To Prove I Love You - The O'Jays (4:12)
  11. 11 Things Are Gonna Get Better - Bunny Sigler (2:57)
  12. 12 Not the Staying Kind - Lou Rawls (3:54)
  13. 13 Holdin' On - Dexter Wansel (4:53)
  14. 14 Don't Let Love Get You Down - Archie Bell & the Drells (4:21)
  15. 15 Let's Clean Up the Ghetto - Philadelphia International All Stars (4:53)
  16. 16 You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else - The Jones Girls (4:32)
  17. 17 What’S the Matter With the World? - Lou Rawls (5:57)
  18. 18 When Somebody Loves You Back - Teddy Pendergrass (5:00)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Life On Mars - Dexter Wansel (5:53)
  2. 2 Sonceré (the Infinite Hour Glass) - Michael Pedicin Jr. (6:21)
  3. 3 Tight Money - Leon Huff (4:50)
  4. 4 Compared To What - Billy Paul (5:22)
  5. 5 For the Love of Money - Mel Lewis (4:14)
  6. 6 Something For Nothing - MFSB (3:00)
  7. 7 Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) - Patti LaBelle (4:07)
  8. 8 Manhattan Skyline - MFSB (4:49)
  9. 9 In Good Faith - Norman Harris (5:14)
  10. 10 Reality - Monk Montgomery (5:38)
  11. 11 Forever With You - Phyllis Hyman (4:19)
  12. 12 My Favorite Person - The O'Jays (4:16)
  13. 13 I Ain't Jivin’, I'm Jammin’ - Leon Huff (5:56)
  14. 14 Mysteries of the World - MFSB (5:30)
  15. 15 Theme From the Planets - Dexter Wansel (4:54)
  16. 16 Malorie - Billy Paul (3:48)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Come Go With Me - Teddy Pendergrass (5:50)
  2. 2 Don't Let It Go To Your Head - Jean Carn (4:52)
  3. 3 Mine All Mine - The Stylistics (4:32)
  4. 4 I'm In Love Again - Patti LaBelle (5:54)
  5. 5 Brandy - The O'Jays (4:14)
  6. 6 The Sweetest Pain - Dexter Wansel (5:43)
  7. 7 Ain't No Time Fa Nothing - The Futures (5:30)
  8. 8 When I’M Gone - The Jones Girls (4:49)
  9. 9 Turn Off the Lights - Teddy Pendergrass (5:56)
  10. 10 I Can't Stop (Turning You On) - Silk (3:58)
  11. 11 I've Been Pushed Aside - McFadden & Whitehead (5:12)
  12. 12 We Got Some Catchin' Up To Do - Jean Carn (5:03)
  13. 13 Maybe It's Love This Time - The Stylistics (4:10)
  14. 14 Who Can I Run To - The Jones Girls (4:45)
  15. 15 Close the Door - Teddy Pendergrass (3:34)
  16. 16 Children of the Night - The Jones Girls (5:12)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden (7:03)
  2. 2 Was That All It Was - Jean Carn (6:30)
  3. 3 Bring the Family Back - Billy Paul (5:01)
  4. 4 Nights Over Egypt - The Jones Girls (4:41)
  5. 5 Put Our Heads Together - The O'Jays (5:42)
  6. 6 Keep It Comin' - The Jones Girls (4:50)
  7. 7 I Heard It In a Love Song - McFadden & Whitehead (5:12)
  8. 8 The Spirit's In It - Patti LaBelle (5:50)
  9. 9 Strut Your Funky Stuff - Frantique (3:39)
  10. 10 What's Your Name - The Stylistics (4:54)
  11. 11 Dance Turned Into Romance - The Jones Girls (4:30)
  12. 12 Strategy - Archie Bell & the Drells (6:56)
  13. 13 I Love You Anyway - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (4:31)
  14. 14 Bet Your Lucky Star - Jean Carn (4:52)
  15. 15 Let Me Be Good To You - Lou Rawls (5:28)
Disc 10
  1. 1 Love You Direct - The O'Jays (3:54)
  2. 2 Ain't You Had Enough Love - Phyllis Hyman (4:14)
  3. 3 Somebody's Gotta Move - The Dells (5:13)
  4. 4 Do You Get Enough Love - Shirley Jones (4:37)
  5. 5 First Time Together - Phyllis Hyman (4:04)
  6. 6 I Can't Forget You - Patti LaBelle (4:31)
  7. 7 Hurry Up This Way Again - The Stylistics (5:55)
  8. 8 Easy Money - Dee Dee Sharp Gamble (4:04)
  9. 9 Summer Fling - The O'Jays (4:50)
  10. 10 This Too Shall Pass - Phyllis Hyman (5:28)
  11. 11 Baby Don't Go Away Mad - The Dells (4:40)
  12. 12 She Knew About Me - Shirley Jones (4:37)
  13. 13 If Only You Knew - Patti LaBelle (4:45)
  14. 14 Extraordinary Girl - The O'Jays (5:20)
  15. 15 Heaven Only Knows - Teddy Pendergrass (4:08)
  16. 16 Baby Don't Go Yet - The Jones Girls (5:25)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer
Dexter Wansel Composer
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Ralph Tee Liner Notes
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