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Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits
     

The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits

 
The songwriting, arranging, and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff defined and prefigured the landscape for disco and contemporary urban R&B in the early '70s with their strings, horns, and sugary groove approach to making records, and although by the end of the decade the formula began to wear thin

Overview

The songwriting, arranging, and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff defined and prefigured the landscape for disco and contemporary urban R&B in the early '70s with their strings, horns, and sugary groove approach to making records, and although by the end of the decade the formula began to wear thin and feel tired, uninspired, and stale, the fact remains that the duo's Philadelphia International Records imprint was to the 1970s what Berry Gordy's Motown Records was to the 1960s -- a hitmaking machine. This 14-track collection proves the point, although it really only scratches the surface of Gamble & Huff's impressive catalog. Included here are inescapable classics like the O'Jays' "Love Train" and "Use Ta Be My Girl," the Three Degrees' silk-perfect "When Will I See You Again," and Billy Paul's melodramatic confectionary -- but absolutely infectious -- "Me and Mrs. Jones," all of which are undeniable pop culture artifacts burned into the memory of any soul who has ever been within earshot of a radio. It's an impressive legacy, really, and this set makes for a fine introduction to it.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886972108728
catalogNumber:
721087

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Teddy Pendergrass   Guest Appearance
Three Degrees   Guest Appearance
Dexter Wansel   Keyboards
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Thom Bell   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Victor Carstarphen   Keyboards
Karl Chambers   Drums
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Jerry Cohen   Keyboards
David Cruse   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Hand Clapping
Don Renaldo   Track Performer
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Kenny Gamble   Background Vocals
Dennis Harris   Guitar
Norman Harris   Guitar
Leon Huff   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Joseph B. Jefferson   Background Vocals
Quinton Joseph   Drums
Ron Kersey   Keyboards
Vince Montana   Vibes
Lenny Pakula   Organ
Sam Reed   Saxophone,Track Performer
Larry Washington   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Hand Clapping
Cecil Womack   Guitar
Earl Young   Drums
Anthony Bell   Guitar
Charlie Collins   Drums
Keith Benson   Drums
James Williams   Bass
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Michael "Sugar Bear" Foreman   Bass
Carl Heim   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dexter Wansel   Producer
Thom Bell   Arranger
Jack Faith   Arranger
Kenny Gamble   Producer,Executive Producer,Author
Leon Huff   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Author
Joe McEwen   Producer
Gene McFadden   Producer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
John Whitehead   Producer
Leo Sacks   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Bobby Martin   Arranger
Frankie Brunson   Arranger
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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