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Soul of Philadelphia: Conquer the World
This classic LP release on CD includes bonus tracks. Soul music fans and collectors' have been searching for these treasures for the last 30 years. Wonderful rare photos and liner notes in a beautifully designed package. Philadelphia International Records was a hotbed for some of the most celebrated stars of the 70's, solo stars like Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls and Bill Paul who epitomized style with sophistication. As well there were the artists on PIR who barely made it to the national stage - local celebrities like Bunny Sigler, Bobby Bennett, Johnny Williams, Ruth McFadden, Pat & The Blenders, The Soul DeValiants and Love Committee. Beloved in Philadelphia's bars and neighborhoods, they never conquered the world yet they were the Lost Soul of Philadelphia. 16 tracks.
|Audio CD Release Date:
||March 04, 2008|
|Number Of Discs:
|Average Customer Rating:
|| based on 7 reviews|
|1. ||Hard Workin' Man - Pat & the Blenders|
|2. ||Conquer The World Together - Bunny Sigler & Dee Dee Sharp|
|3. ||Grasshopper - Soul Devalients|
|4. ||It's So Wonderful - Johnny Williams|
|5. ||Makin' Up Time (Parts 1 & 2) - Frankie & the Spindles|
|6. ||Theme For Five Fingers Of Death - Bunny Sigler|
|7. ||Good And Plenty - Carolyn Crawford|
|8. ||Darling Come Back Home - Love Committee|
|9. ||Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine|
|10. ||Ghetto Woman (Parts 1 & 2) - Ruth McFadden|
|11. ||Everybody Needs Good Lovin' (Parts 1 & 2) - Bunny Sigler|
|12. ||Days Go By - Bobby Bennett|
|13. ||The Big Hurt - People's Choice|
|14. ||Love Is Here - The Futures|
|15. ||Ruby's Surprise Party - Ruby & The Party Gang|
|16. ||Stop Taking My Love - The Mellow Moods|
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20 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Digging Deeper into the Philly Soul catalog! Hopefully the first of many!Mar 09, 2008
If you are a fan of Philadelphia Soul music, then you know that the same core group of musicians played on many of the biggest hits coming out of Philadelphia in the 1970's. They were known as MFSB and they were the musicians on hundreds of songs, including, "Love Train," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "La La Means I Love You," "Sideshow," "Love Won't Let Me Wait," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "For The Love of Money," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "You Make Me Feel Brand New," "I'll Be Around," "Could it be I'm Falling in Love," "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time," along with many others. Pretty good resume, huh? And the ones I mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg.
This CD features some of the lesser known songs from that period. Songs that came out alongside those great classics, but for one reason or another were not big hits like the ones we heard on the radio. Still, they are great songs with the classic Philly sound! Like Motown before them, the musicians of MFSB created a unique sound that is timeless and always enjoyable to listen to, even 35 years later!
Here in the United States, record labels are always reluctant to take chances, often releasing the same "greatest hits" compilations over and over again. This project breaks the mold and is clearly a labor of love.
If you love songs like, "Break Up To Make Up," "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely," and "Then Came You," you really should give this collection a try. You just may find that you have a whole new group of songs to enjoy from the same musicians who brought you the classics you've enjoyed for years. And hopefully, if we support this release, it will convince the record label to continue opening up the vaults of Philadelphia International and give us volumes 2, 3, 4, etc.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Great collection of rarities from the PIR vaults.Mar 27, 2008
By Justo Roteta
This excellent collection of rarities from the PIR vaults is most definitely a must-have. The songs by The Futures, Frankie and The Spindles, Bobby Bennett, Love Committee and Ruth McFadden are not well-known but will become real favorites once you hear them. The artists and groups featured on this CD certainly drifted into obscurity but their music was just as good as that of their much better-known labelmates. Indispensable!!!
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
BACK IN THE DAYJul 18, 2008
By Lester L. Carter
You had to be around Philly in the early 70's to see and hear Soul Devalents, Yellow Sunshine and Bunny Sigler. Yellow Sunshine used to be known by another name that now escapes me. This disc adds a footnote to my Philadelphia history. And how did Love Committee miss. Maybe it was those outrageous outfits they used to wear.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
excellentJun 09, 2010
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
Philadelphia International was the label Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell used to make their orchestrated soul sound so huge in the 1970s. Like Impulse! with free jazz and Takoma with folk, Philadelphia International is identified with its sound, made so massive by bands like the Stylistics and Intruders and Harald Melvin and the Blue Notes.
None of the tracks on Conquer The World have names this big. This comp goes deep into the vaults with lesser known artists like Carolin Crawford and--get this--Pat and The Blenders. But lesser known does not mean lesser music.
It is impossible to know why none of these artists hit, but the music is the lush soul you would expect, just from new voices. This is particularly advantageous: we forget how much craft and effort were invested in those big singles by the O'Jays or Spinners, only due to radio ware.
Conquer The World will flood the Philly Soul Sound with fresh light, making you listen more and more to both this album, and with a new angle, the Philly soul classics.
Nicholas Free Form Sandwhich
Jimmy Smith--Back At The Chicken Shack
Ruth McFadden-Ghetto Women
Elvis Presley-Only The Strong Survive
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I can almost hear Sonny Hopson's voice ! ! !May 08, 2010
By Eddie Landsberg
"My 10th year as a reviewer ! ! !"
For a period in the early-mid '70s, the Philly Sound reigned supreme...
offering the gutbucket of STAX plus the slick production values of MOTOWN, this is the label that defined the sound of an era, and definitely part of the soundtrack of my life (I actually went to school up the corner from the famous studio, and even remember passing by SIGMA sound now and then.)
As for this album, it is a collection of late '60s/'70s gems that I'm sure got plenty of black AM radio airplay, but sadly many of the groups never quite took off (say as did The O'Jays and Billy Paul.) Bunny Sigler, the guy that wrote a lot of the big hits (including Love Train is here... and a lot of the tracks have the same studio sound as their more famous/remembered counterparts and the artists are just as good - - so if you love the Philly International sound expect gems from the vaults... not mere outtakes and leftovers... take for example Good and Plenty... Caroline Crawford was a MOTOWN back-up singer... she also recorded for TAMLA and was also the back-up vocalist on Bohannon's LET'S START THE DANCE... - - Why this tune didn't become a major disco hit baffles one. - - Another tune that should have been a hit was definitely SOUL DEVALENTS' horn, clav and drum beat driven Temptations/O'Jays soul inspired Grasshopper... definitely an early-mid '70s style booty shaker.. Venturing on, the tune DARLING COME HOME represents classic 70s group sound soul... Perhaps the name of the group sound's familiar... that's because by 1978 they moved over to Salsoul and had a nice hit with 'Law and Order'... Lead member Ron Tyson was also a songwriter for The O'Jays, Eddie Kendricks, Archie Bell and others... By 1983 he was singing with the temptations. - - THE (undeservedlyobscure?) MELLOW MOODS in contrast give you some heavy sweet sou with STOP TAKING MY LOVEl (very deep changes!)... On the other hand enjoy some surprising psychadelic soul meets funk/Jazz with Yellow Sunshine... and remember dig Ruth McFadden (no relation to Gene)'s '72 Esther Phillips meets Ruth Brown meets (of course) Philly Soul rare soul gem GHETTO WOMAN... as well as the Jr. Walker/Archie Bell/Jimmy Castor-ish Ruby's SURPRISE PARTY. I love Ruby's big loud mouth... definitely makes me feel like I got of the train well after 30'th Street station (and well before 69th Street Terminal) and wound up in the right/wrong neighborhood depending upon how you look at it.
Overall, this album is a straight through listen. Hope more gems from the vaults will be coming...
For some more great RARE Philly Soul check out THE SOUND EXPERIENCE ! ! !
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