Soul City Philadelphia: Philly Gems From The Dawn Of Soul Music – 2 LP

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Vinyl
£16.99
Release date: 14 Jul 2014

“Philadelphia may be synonymous with the string-laden creamy soul of Gamble & Huff and the PIR label, but it was also responsible for some of the hardest dancefloor R&B ever recorded...****” Record Collector

"The digging is sure footed...a tightly balanced, thoughtfully assembled collection...wonderfully informative. Encompassing the smooth with the rough, love against hate, drama and tedium, but the motive is clear: its authentic and groundbreaking. Ignore at your peril." SoulMusic.com



CAT No: FVDV198UPC TEXT: 5055311071985

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The 2LP vinyl collector’s edition of Soul City Philadelphia sees soul music authority Clive Richardson select 28 of the most sought-after tracks from his 60-track 2CD compilation. These recordings served to establish the musical direction of the city in the late 1950s and early 1960s, at the dawn of the soul era. Compiled and annotated by soul music authority Clive Richardson, Soul City Philadelphia is the latest in a series that has previously explored the nascent soul scenes in Detroit, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

America’s fourth-largest city proved to be a focal point for money, growing to be a major banking centre on the East Coast, and money also brought music – as cited by Tony Cummings, author of The Sound of Philadelphia, the “Philly sound was made possible due to a web of coincidences which brought the right people to the right place at the right time.”

The Philly Sound means different things to different people, depending on their age or musical era of choice.  In the early 1960s the sound was likely to be the blasting sax solos and crisp snare-beat which typified the chart hits on Bernie Lowe’s Cameo and Parkway labels, generated by the key A&R duo of Kal Mann and Dave Appell. It is this style that forms the focus of this anthology, with Lowe’s labels being matched for independent success by the likes of V-Tone (run by Venton ‘Buddy’ Caldwell from 2034 Ridge Ave), Chancellor (run by Peter DeAngelis and Bob Marcucci from the Chancellor Room of the Hyatt Hotel), and Heritage (run by Jerry Ross). Also featuring are artists who originated in Philadelphia but who achieved success on labels outside the city, such as the Sensations, Solomon Burke and the Majors.

 Other famous artists included on this limited edition vinyl selection include Don Covay, Bobby Parker, the Orlons, Donnie Elbert, Lee Andrews and Chubby Checker, but as always in this series, there are fascinating recordings by lesser-known acts. Here we have music from the formative period of the soul era in Philadelphia.

Tracklist

Side 1

  1. Watch Your Step (Bobby Parker)
  2. Words Of Love (Al Downing)
  3. Don’t Tease Me (The Cruisers)
  4. Party Across The Hall (Yvonne Baker and The Sensations)
  5. The Popeye Waddle (Don Covay)
  6. Tonight (The Orlons)
  7. A Good Woman (The Blue Notes)

Side 2

  1. If I Had Our Love To Live Over (Al Downing)
  2. No Changes (Yvonne Baker and The Sensations)
  3. Cryin’ Over You (The Cruisers)
  4. One Little Boy Had Money (Don Covay)
  5. Holiday Hill (The Orlons)
  6. Blue Star (The Blue Notes)
  7. Time Will Tell (The Majors)

Side 3

  1. Be Bop Grandma (Solomon Burke)
  2. A Little Bit Now (A Little Bit Later) (The Majors)
  3. When We Get Married (The Dreamlovers)
  4. Mama Get Your Hammer (The Bobby Peterson Quintet)
  5. Will You Ever Be Mine (Donnie Elbert)
  6. Maybe You’ll Be There (Lee Andrews and The Hearts)
  7. Toot (Chubby Checker)

Side 4

  1. Dance The Mess Around (Chubby Checker)
  2. I Can’t Believe It (The Larks)
  3. One Day (The Bobby Peterson Quintet)
  4. I Miss You (The Dreamlovers)
  5. Half As Old (Donnie Elbert)
  6. All I Ask Is Love (Lee Andrews and The Hearts)
  7. It’s Unbelievable (The Larks)