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Ultimate Blue Notes
     

The Ultimate Blue Notes

by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
 

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Actually the Ultimate Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass, this collection covers their Philadelphia International years from 1972-1975 as in-depth and representative of the band's talents as a single disc can get. Not to split too many hairs, but the vocal soul group did have a handful of good songs past this period, although none that match the majestic sweep

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Actually the Ultimate Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass, this collection covers their Philadelphia International years from 1972-1975 as in-depth and representative of the band's talents as a single disc can get. Not to split too many hairs, but the vocal soul group did have a handful of good songs past this period, although none that match the majestic sweep of this material. Boasting dance beats, swirling strings, smooth crooning storytelling, and Pendergrass' booming baritone, this is some of the best as well as most representative R&B of the '70s, and this 15-track compilation is all you'll need to hear why. Practically double the amount of songs as Collectors Item and over twice as long, this anthology adds such often ignored gems as the almost eight-minute "Yesterday I Had the Blues" and the original version of "Don't Leave Me This Way" before Thelma Houston took it Top Ten, which itself clocks in at another six minutes. An updating of Legacy's 1995 If You Don't Know Me By Now: The Best of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, this 2001 disc features improved sound, new liner notes with full chart documentation for pop and R&B positions, slightly different track selection, all full-length album versions, and a snazzier-looking package. Sequenced for most appropriate musical flow (as opposed to chronologically), the disc mixes upbeat tracks with softer ballads for a more consistent listening experience, helped by the coherent Gamble & Huff production team. If you need one album from the legendary soul vocal group, this is certainly the one to choose.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/21/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998523128
catalogNumber:
85231

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Performance Credits

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Norman Harris   Guitar
Leon Huff   Piano
Vince Montana   Vibes
Lenny Pakula   Organ
Earl Young   Drums
Ronnie Baker   Bass

Technical Credits

Harold Melvin   Producer
Lawrence Brown   Contributor
Victor Carstarphen   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Cary Gilbert   Composer
Norman Harris   Arranger
Leon Huff   Composer
Gene McFadden   Composer
Lloyd Parks   Contributor
John Whitehead   Composer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Jerry Cummings   Contributor
Bernard Wilson   Contributor
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Tom Bell   Arranger

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