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MFSB [Expanded]

MFSB [Expanded]

MFSB [Expanded]

MFSB [Expanded]



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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 The Three Degrees Live.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2002
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998594128
catalogNumber: 85941
Rank: 59358


  1. Freddie's Dead
  2. Family Affair
  3. Something for Nothing
  4. Back Stabbers
  5. Lay in Low
  6. Poinciana
  7. T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

MFSB   Primary Artist
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
Robert C. 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
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Leo Sacks   Reissue Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Alex Gnidziejko   Cover Art
Bobby Martin   Arranger,Producer

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